is their a chance the new chipsets could have native usb 3?
The new Hudson M3 (mobile) & D3 (desktop) platforms for Zacate/Llano:
No real reason to redo sb850. All that SATA 6Gb/s goodness is fed through 4 PCIe lanes (or maybe 3) with the separate USB3 controller chip having it's own dedicated PCIe Gen2 lane (not sure if that lane was taken from the 4 lanes to the sb, or from the 'other' 36 lanes on the nb
). You may only -FX CrossFire at x16/x15
The big advantages of the 9xx motherboards will be the improved BIOSs and better electricals, improved Turbo, the 42 PCIe Gen2 lanes on the FX, and support for the complete line of AM3 processors and BD Zambezi. Think it might unlock my Sempy 140 ?
How much of 9xx BIOS & goodness creep down into 8xx is hard to say -- fer sure will not be a top priority with all that Hudson rolling out on top of the Great X90FX Swansong.
The sweetness of the 990FX will come with a high price. 990GX most likely comes in $130 and up. I'm a good candidate for a 980G from $90-$110 (with a $150 new stepping 1090T BE) as I wait 7-8 months for the real deals on BD and 990FX (or roughly just before the Trinity/Komodo/Chipset rumors are really heating up!)
and BY GOSH those OEM pin-heads BETTER offer a RED PCB on the final FX flagship !!!