Computex 2011 is officially underway. Although technically it started yesterday with informal meetings at LAX, Ian and I kicked off our plethora of meetings at the show today with ASRock.

ASRock met with us this morning bearing goodies, three new motherboards to be specific.

First up was the A75 Extreme6, ASRock's Socket-FM1 motherboard designed to accept AMD's A-series Llano APUs. A number of leaks have already happened around Llano so if you want more details I'd suggest going to the source at this point. We're working on coverage of the platform but it'll be a little while longer before we can post on it.

Llano is mainly targeted at mobile systems first, but we will see desktop platforms going forward. Llano will become AMD's mainstream desktop CPU over the coming quarters, replacing the Athlon II and Phenom II in many cases.

Just above Llano we will have the long awaited Bulldozer CPU. AMD originally wanted to launch Bulldozer at Computex but performance issues with its B0 and B1 stepping chips pushed back the launch. Now we're looking at a late July launch with B2 silicon, but performance today is a big unknown. Apparently the performance of B1 stepping silicon doesn't look too good.

Bulldozer will be mechanically compatible with Socket-AM3 motherboards but AMD will only officially support the CPU on AM3+ motherboards. To differentiate AM3+ from AM3 motherboards AMD is releasing a new chipset: the 9-series. Functionally the 9-series chipset is no different from the 8-series that it replaces; it'll simply be used on AM3+ boards exclusively.

ASRock showed us its high-end 990FX motherboard: the Fatal1ty branded 990FX Professional:

Obviously a very high end motherboard, ASRock included two front panel USB 3.0 headers on its 990FX board. There are also three PCIe x16 slots and six 6Gbps SATA ports driven off of the 990FX chipset itself.

Finally we have ASRock's Z68 Professional motherboard, once again with Fatal1ty branding. At Jonathan Wendel's (Fatal1ty) request, the Z68 Professional includes an IDE port for optical drives and a floppy drive connector as well.

We've got several more meetings lined up so expect more coverage from the show today.

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  • Targon - Thursday, June 2, 2011 - link

    Why would the CPU have the SSD controller? A new standard is needed for SSDs to eliminate a lot of the legacy "hard drive" stuff that we have in SATA right now.
  • cactusdog - Monday, May 30, 2011 - link

    There are new socket 2011 X79 boards at computex...lets see those.
  • dagamer34 - Monday, May 30, 2011 - link

    PCI ports? Ewww...
  • DanNeely - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - link

    Not enough PCIe lanes on the southbridge to fill out a fully loaded full ATX board. Unless Intel bumps the number of SB lanes from 8 to 12 (vs 5 PCI ports) on their legacy PCIless 7x chipsets I expect most full ATX boards will either have a bridge chip (1xPCIe - PCI or 1xPCIe to 4x PCIe) or will have several empty slots in the expansion section.
  • jackylman - Monday, May 30, 2011 - link

    I can't believe this guy is still pimping products and that people actually pay more to buy them.
  • Zap - Monday, May 30, 2011 - link

    I think these products sell in spite of him. Yeah, I can remember back when he was actually competing in games. Fatal1ty branded products are usually decent, and current younger gamers who don't even know who Wendell is will purchase it because "Fatal1ty" just looks cool. The word has street cred with the online instant messaging gaming crowd because of the "1" in it, LOL.
  • aegisofrime - Monday, May 30, 2011 - link

    I have been waiting to upgrade my video encoding rig for a while now. Originally I wanted to get an i7-2600K but decided to wait for Bulldozer. After this, would you say that it's safe to get a i7-2600K now?
  • Targon - Thursday, June 2, 2011 - link

    No, because we are already into June, so you are only looking at two months until Bulldozer, and that's NOT a long wait to make sure you make the right decision.
  • velocci - Monday, May 30, 2011 - link

    Hi all, anyone know when this z68 fatality mobo is comming out?
  • dezz - Monday, May 30, 2011 - link

    "AMD originally wanted to launch Bulldozer at Computex"

    No, the plan was to launch it at the AMD 2011 Client Launch Event on June 14, at Settle, WA.

    "Functionally the 9-series chipset is no different from the 8-series that it replaces"

    Not true, the 9-series is enhanced in several ways. It's the _pinout_ what is the same.

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