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AMD Chipsets

AMD Chipsets

I found it impossible to find a proper block diagram for the AMD chipset architectures which was a serious block to evaluating them. the best I found was in the manual for one of gigabyte's motherboards. See Gigabyte Motherboards this I assume is the 890FX chipset.



Then I found some more!




990

There's only one true AM3+ chipset, and that's that 9XX series. The 8XX series boards that support AM3+ only do so because they have a modified BIOS, not because they were meant to support it to begin with. The 9XX boards also use a different system for power regulation, so if you're planning on overclocking, the 8XX boards may not take kindly to it. The 9XX chipset also features a faster HyperTransport, 3.1 vs 3.0.

As for a breakdown of the chipset, it goes like this:
Chipsets with no designation do not supposrt Crosfire or SLI.
G chipsets have onboard graphics, typically featuring a PCI-e x16 slot.
M chipsets have onboard graphics, typically featuring a PCI-e x16 slot. These are designed for mobile processors
GX chipsets have onboard graphics, typically featuring a PCI-e x16 slot. Supports Crossfire by also utilizing onboard graphics.
X chipsets also have PCI-e x16 slots, but typically feature two of them. Supports Crossfire.
FX chipsets also have PCI-e x16 slots, but typically feature four of them. Supports Crossfire. Also the only chipset that supports quad graphics.










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