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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  • formulav8 - Monday, May 30, 2011 - link

    Didn't AMD add support for USB 3.0 in the new 990 chipsets? Thats a pretty big new feature. Also there are supposed to be some new power features when used with a BD cpu. So really the chipsets are not a simple rebadge.
  • haukionkannel - Monday, May 30, 2011 - link

    Noup. No native USB 3 support from sb950. The next version should be out in the next month or so, that will bring that feature by Fusion Controller Hub.
    There are some electrical differencies and new HyperTransport 3.1 in 990 thats are new.
    So minor tweaks in here and there. What is good is that most features can be supported via 890 by bios update. Not all though.
  • dezz - Monday, May 30, 2011 - link

    Hmm, I've thought USB 3.0 was native. Anyway, they say there is a "full speed" PCI-Expess 2.0 x4 link now between the NB and SB (it was the same on paper, though). SATA got TRIM support for SSD's. They will support (enable) IOMMU also with 990X and 970, not just the top-end part (990FX), like in case of the 8xx.

    There is also something about the CPU core temperatures reading and faster VID changes, but perhaps these are not related to the chipset.
  • dezz - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - link

    To correct myself on the date: it was to launch on June 7.
  • poohbear - Monday, May 30, 2011 - link

    lol they're naming a mobo after some guy who requested IDE & Floppy connectors be included on a mobo being released in 2011???? this guy is clueless about hardware, and if this is meant to be an enthusiast mobo he has just killed it!
  • DanNeely - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - link

    What makes you think fatal1ty has any involvement beyond cashing the checks he gets for letting them use his handle>
  • Trevor08 - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - link

    I have a real bad feeling about this. Real bad. This is going to finish off AMD.
  • carnachion - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - link

    Anand and Ian, do you heard any news about the AMD interlagos processor there in Taipei?
  • henhaohenhao - Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - link

    Come go and see, will not regret it Oh look

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