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What is main difference between AMD's 800 and 900 series chipsets ?

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February 22, 2012 5:07:08 PM

8 series motherboard are quite cheap as compared to 9 series.
I would like to buy a bulldozer cpu and 8 series motherboard can support bulldozer easily through a BIOS update.
Is there a big difference between these 2 ??
Is there a big reason to consider 9 series or should I go with the 8 ?
February 22, 2012 5:21:33 PM

What motherboards are they? Post a link.
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February 22, 2012 5:29:48 PM

newt183 said:
What motherboards are they? Post a link.


I'm not asking difference between specific mobos.
I'm asking the main difference between the 9series chipset and 8 series.
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February 22, 2012 5:33:34 PM

Oh, well generally the 900 series have better usb 3.0 support, official sli support, and better raid for ssd users. Just to name those I know.
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February 22, 2012 5:36:11 PM

Also the 900 series chipsets have more PCIE lanes for more/better X-Fire configurations.
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February 22, 2012 5:37:35 PM

abekl said:
Also the 900 series chipsets have more PCIE lanes for more/better X-Fire configurations.


Yes, generally they do have more slots. Forgot about that
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February 23, 2012 5:33:02 AM

newt183 said:
Oh, well generally the 900 series have better usb 3.0 support, official sli support, and better raid for ssd users. Just to name those I know.


I don't want sli , I'll be using only 1 gpu.
I dont need raid either.I have 1 internal hd other external.
So these 2 factors are excluded.

But what do you mean by better usb 3.0. ?
I mean both chipsets support usb3.0 so they should work the same way.
How come 9 is better than 8?
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February 23, 2012 5:35:05 AM

abekl said:
Also the 900 series chipsets have more PCIE lanes for more/better X-Fire configurations.


Do you mean crossfire-x ?
If yes then it is of no use to me.
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February 23, 2012 5:57:56 AM

imo one of the biggest diff between the two chipsets is 900 series' both crossfirex and sli support. another one is 900 series' native bulldozer support.
minor one: 900 series doesn't support ddr2 ram.
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February 23, 2012 9:13:57 AM

save you're money and just the 800 series, sounds like you already pretty much made up your mind anyway. If you don't plan on using the features of 900 why pay for it? Other than being prepared for future upgrades
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February 23, 2012 9:27:12 AM

Be warned that some mobos with 8xx chipset (might be all of them, not sure) needs a bios update to proper run bulldozer. You would still need to have an older AMD cpu to boot the mobo, update the bios and then insert the bulldozer cpu
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