AMD socket AM3 for Phenom II: Fabrication is making better progress than expected
On January 8, 2009 the Phenom II is supposed to become available. At first the DDR2 version, which is compatible to motherboards with AM2+ socket, will be introduced to the market. But AMD is said to make better progress in fabricating AM3 products (DDR§) than expected. Appropriate motherboards are supposed to become available in late January already.
After talking to internal sources, our colleagues from the Ati-Forum expect AM3 CPUs and AM3 motherboards to be available in large quantities by February. Our own inquiries among several motherboard producers confirmed the assumption. Elitegroup for example wants to offer a first AM3 board in late January or early February. Asus even announced an AM3 sample for mid-January.
Those who want to wait for the AM3 generation before buying a Phenom II should wait for our benchmarks: DDR3 memory is still more expensive than DDR2 modules. As soon as we receive the first AM3 sample, we will check if the performance benefit is worth the high price.
Which motherboards with AM2+ socket support the Phenom II already, can be read in: Phenom II: Those boards support the new AMD CPUs
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