Asus AM3-AM3+ BIOS upgrade

By red1776
Mar 16, 2011
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  1. Dividebyzero found (hell, maybe he wrote it) :) a story at stating that Asus is making some of their high end 890 motherboards Bulldozer compatible with a bios flash. So I looked up bios revisions for my Formula IV Crosshair, and there she is. You have to hand it to AMD on this one. Unless the Bulldozer is a flop, this is very consumer friendly.

    Here is the story DBZ posted:

    Here is the bios revision from Asus:
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,374   +68

  3. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Topic Starter Posts: 6,005   +144

    well J If its a hoax, it's one that is being perpetrated on Asustek Intl website.
    I will bench the FX 8130P as soon as I can get my hands on one.
  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,374   +68

    Yes, that is what I'm thinking. I don't think AMD wants to have Asus look the fool internationally.

    I really look forward to your work with the new AMD offerings.
  5. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 5,340   +1,058

    G has the ideal opportunity to benchmark with his C4F board. Run as many synthetic and "real life" tests on the present setup (maybe clock the CPU to stock, 1090/1100T levels and OC) then whip the Phenom out and toss in the BD, while keeping the RAM etc at the same settings.

    I can't say yet if I'll have the opportunity to do the same. AMD boards (890FX) here are about 50% more expensive than a comparable P67 and on par better-than-average X58's (the ratio is worse for the resell market)- while AMD CPU's are ballpark same price as Intel. Those are tough hurdles to clamber over for widespread adoption locally, so I don't get a lot of AMD system builds
  6. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,374   +68

    Z, I really do hope you get the opportunity. Both you and red are two posters that I pay close attention to to cut through to the chase and get to the facts.
  7. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Topic Starter Posts: 6,005   +144

    You picked that right off my brain Chef. Thats exactly what I am going to do. i will not be able to resist getting an AM3+ MB,(again the enthusiast OCD) but I am going to bench a 'flashed' AM3 C4F on the way out. I am going to bench virtually every synth and game there is. I have a feeling that BD is going to be a rather fast CPU series, and I think getting non-spun numbers are going to be a mess. Memory bandwidth is going to be interesting with dropping them into a AM3 board. Right now somewhere between the 3rd and 4th GPU, I see a CPU limitation as my GPU score exceeds my P score in Vantage. ( I see the same in Intel based SLI machines) I will be very interested to see what these do for CF/SLI machine. Basically I am going to bench everything straight up.

    Thanks J, awfully kind of you :)

    J, I will send it all over if you want it. Not sure I will post it here, probably just draw the trolls in.
  8. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 5,340   +1,058

    If PCinlife's numbers are accurate, it would seem that most of the BD models should support Turbo mode to 900-1000MHz above stock. How many modules/cores are enabled is another matter, but it would seem that a turbo of up to 4.1GHz isn't out of the question

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