AMD has seen an eventful journey traversing from Bulldozer to Piledriver, and now onto Steamroller on Kaveri. While there were some rumours floating around that AMD might delay the release of Kaveri, which AMD has since denied, GIGABYTE has now announced motherboards with support for Steamroller-based APUs. This revelation might hint towards the fact that the release of Kaveri is just around the corner.
The new APUs will be utilizing the FM2+ socket, which has a backwards compatibility with FM2 APUs (Trinity and Richland). Apart from that, they are also compatible with the A88X+ chipset, which is restricted to just FM2+ socket as of now. These new APUs support DirectX 11.1, PCIe 3.0, and 4K playback natively.
The new FM2+ based motherboards would consist of seven models in total; four ATX and three micro-ATX. Here’s their breakdown according to model numbers:
- G1.Sniper A88X
The G1.Sniper edition is the top-end solution aimed at the enthusiast market, while the rest are all aimed at their respective categories conforming to different price points. However, neither the price, nor the release date of these new motherboards has been confirmed. They should be released around the same time AMD releases Kaveri, which would mean sometime around Q4-2013.