AMD is readying two new Bulldozer chipsets for 2012, according to a slide leaked by Turkish site Donanim Haber. The 1090FX and 1070 will arrive as part of the 10-series chipset family for current FX-Series processors as well as any other AM3+ chips. It will do away with the SB850 southbridge component on the 900-series line, which has been around for over a year and a half, and instead rely on a new SB1060 south bridge that serves up eight 6Gbps SATA ports.
The 1090FX chipset will also bring native USB 3.0 support and enough lanes for a dual x16 configuration, but it looks like those features didn't make the cut for the lower-end 1070. Another feature missing on 10-series chipsets is PCI Express Gen 3.0. According to techPowerUp, support for the newer interface is unlikely to arrive on AMD chipsets until their upcoming "Piledriver" processors start selling sometime next year.
The slide makes several references to Intel's current and upcoming platforms, noting the lack of PCIe 3.0 support and a technology to rival Intel's Smart Response SSD caching feature as two disadvantages for AMD. On the other hand, AMD is touting its platform compatibility and longevity by keeping the AM3+ socket alive for a few more quarters.
There's no word yet on an actual launch date for the new chipsets. AMD's freshly appointed CEO Rory Read is set to talk about the company's strategy and path forward in a 'Worldcast' scheduled for tomorrow.
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