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Will ASRock 770 Extreme3 (AMD 3) Be Able To Run Bulldozer?

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October 10, 2011 8:13:09 PM

Hi everyone,

I've been reading that some (but not all?) AMD 3 motherboards will be able to run AMD's new Bulldozer CPU via bios upgrades. I've also read that the 800 and 900 series chipsets will be able to run bulldozer, but I've heard nothing about the older 700 series chipset.

I currently have an ASRock 770 Extreme 3 (AMD 3) motherboard running an AMD Athlon II X4 640. On ASRock's website, there is no listed support for Bulldozer (http://www.asrock.com/mb/cpu.asp?Model=770%20Extreme3). At the same time, there there are no recent bios updates listed on the website.

Does anyone know if this motherboard will be able to run Bulldozer, and if yes, whether ASRock plans a bios update soon?

On a final note, considering that the Bulldozer's launch is supposed to be October 12 (for real this time), it's surprising that there has been so little news about whether Bulldozer will be compatible with specific AMD 3 motherboards.

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October 10, 2011 11:49:03 PM

That is going to be depending on Asrock and if they can make a updated BIOS that will support Bulldozer. Originally it was announced that AM3+ boards would take AM3 CPU's but not AM3 boards AM3+ CPU's.
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October 11, 2011 12:33:20 AM

Thanks for the response. I came across a March 2011 press release where a related company, Asustek, announced that they would support Bulldozer in the 800 Series Chipset.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/mainboards/display/2011031...

However, I have yet to come across any announcements of any 700 series chipset being supported.

I wonder, too, whether any Mobo manufacturers would have any incentive to support the budget 700 series chipset. Not supporting that chipset would encourage people to upgrade their boards.
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October 11, 2011 12:35:10 AM

Which would make them money!
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October 16, 2011 5:21:50 AM

After looking at the benchmarks, I think I'll pass on Bulldozer for the time being. My motherboard supports an Phenom II X6, which seems to benchmark as well or better than the 8-core Bulldozer in most categories. So yeah, maybe I'll wait to pick up a cheap used Phenon II X6 or just buy a Z68 motherboard and an i5-2500k.
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October 16, 2011 5:22:14 AM

Best answer selected by Bordee.
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November 14, 2011 2:43:34 AM

Here an interesting update.

It appears that there is a beta bios update available from the AsRock website that allows the board to support CPU code:

http://www.asrock.com/mb/beta.asp?Model=770%20Extreme3


This might mean that the board will be able to run Bulldozer.
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March 3, 2012 12:44:02 PM

Anybody have any luck with this? this is the board i have and I'm torn between i5/Z68 or just going the cheaper route and getting 1100t or BD (if it works)
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March 10, 2012 1:12:44 AM

AlderonnX,

Open a new question thread, that is the best way to get helped : )
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