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This is a really exciting time to be an AMD fan. We have their new AM3+ platform motherboards. These boards feature their new SB950 chipset. This chipset is geared for the enthusiast market. It features both USB 3.0 support and SATA 3 support. This new chipset also has support for dual-channel DDR 3 RAM. Some of these features were also present with AMD’s previous chipset but the missing element was NVIDIA multi-graphics support. So we now are getting full SLI support from AMD. This is an incredible feature that has now been added to these boards. For those of us that are both AMD and NVIDIA fans it won’t be so difficult anymore to have our cake and eat it too.
Another incredible feature of these new boards is their AM3+ support. With this feature you are set for the new Bulldozer processors when they hit the market. This chipset also features the new Hyper Transport 3.1 that increases the CPU bandwidth to 6.4 GT/s. This increase will only be available with the new AM3+ processors. Even though these new processors aren’t available yet, it’s good to be able to take a look at the boards that will be supporting them now. We appreciate that AMD has done this because now we can get an idea of how these processors will perform.
This new chipset will now also support 32 gigs of DDR 3 memory. We now will be able to get the same kind of memory options that Intel has been offering with their Sandy Bridge platform. This is a great value for those that have been thinking about going with an AMD based system. AMD’s previous chipset only had support for up to 16 gigs of memory. This effectively doubles the amount of RAM that you can add. This feature is especially important to those that do a lot of video encoding and photo manipulation. Applications like video encoding are very memory intensive, so to be able to add this much memory is of enormous benefit.