AMD 990FX: Prepping for Bulldozer

AMD Gets Back Into Fighting Mode

AMD has a very interesting year ahead of them. In response to Intel’s successful Sandy Bridge, they aim to fight back with the upcoming Llano processor that touts strong integrated graphics and positions itself as the superior mainstream platform – generally, where the price and performance ratio comes into play – and AMD has positioned itself as a viable contender.

However, the AMD enthusiast user has been patiently awaiting their high-end Bulldozer line-up that has seen numerous delays and really missed a key opportunity to steal some of Intel’s thunder during the Cougar Point (P67/H67Q67) chipset fallout. Intel has clearly dominated the market for a long time, and it needs some healthy competition.

While there is no concrete date for the CPU yet, motherboard manufacturers have kept on schedule and released the next generation of boards that will not only support upcoming AM3+ Bulldozer processors, but also existing AM3 CPUs as well. This is a great opportunity for AMD fans to prep for the highly anticipated CPUs and an easy upgrade path for existing customers, but what about new customers? Does it make sense to purchase a 990FX board and an existing AM3-based Phenom II CPU?

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Author: Rajiv Kothari

Rajiv Kothari is an industry insider who moonlights as a computer enthusiast, providing a different perspective and insight to new technologies.

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