AMD 900 chipset series

The AMD 900 chipset series is identical to the AMD 800 chipset series except for the fact that it is only found on Socket AM3+ mainboards, whereas its predecessor is only found on Socket AM3 mainboards. It was released in 2011.

AMD 900 chipset series
CPU supportedOpteron,
FX,
Phenom,
Athlon (X2, X3, X4),
Sempron
Socket supportedSocket F+/F, G34, C32
Socket AM3, AM3+
Southbridge(s)SB950, SB920
Desktop / mobile chipsets
Enthusiast segment990FX
Performance segment990X
Mainstream segment970, 980G
Miscellaneous
Release date(s)June 1, 2011
IGP Direct3D support10.1 (980G)
PredecessorAMD 800 chipset series
SuccessorAMD 300 series chipset

This allows consumers to easily identify the Socket through the chipset name. Socket AM3+ supports solely Bulldozer (microarchitecture)-based FX-processors.

In support of AM3+ CPUs, AMD has validated the 9-Series chipset for use with HyperTransport 3.1 (up to 6.4GT/s). They also worked with NVIDIA to bring SLI support to this chipset series.[1] AMD OverDrive is supported for simplified overclocking.

LineupEdit

Common features of all chipsets in the 9xx series:[2]

990FXEdit

  • Codenamed RD990
  • Four physical PCIe 2.0 ×16 slots @ x8 electrical which can be combined to create two PCIe 2.0×16 slots @ x16 electrical, six PCIe 2.0×1 lanes in various combinations of 1x 2x or 4x slots, and an additional PCIe 2.0x4 slot that does not exist on the 990x or 970 the chipset provides a total of 42 PCIe 2.0 lanes and 4 PCIe 2.0 for A-Link Express III solely in the Northbridge
  • HyperTransport 3.0 up to 2600 MHz and PCI Express 2.0
  • ATI CrossFireX supporting up to four graphics cards
  • 19.6 Watt TDP
  • Southbridge: SB950
  • Enthusiast discrete multi-graphics segment

990XEdit

  • Codenamed RD990
  • One physical PCIe 2.0×16 slot or two physical PCIe 2.0×16 slots @ ×8, one PCIe 2.0×4 slot and two PCIe 2.0×1 slots, the chipset provides a total of 22 PCIe 2.0 lanes and 4 PCIe 2.0 for A-Link Express III solely in the Northbridge
  • HyperTransport 3.0 up to 2600 MHz and PCI Express 2.0
  • Support for up to two graphics cards
  • 14 Watt TDP
  • Southbridge: SB950

980GEdit

(Identical to 880G)

AMD 970Edit

  • Codenamed RX980
  • One physical PCIe 2.0 ×16 slot, one PCIe 2.0 ×4 slot and two PCIe 2.0 ×1 slots, the chipset provides a total of 22 PCIe 2.0 lanes and 4 PCIe 2.0 for A-Link Express III solely in the Northbridge
  • HyperTransport 3.0 up to 4800 MT/s and PCI Express 2.0
  • 13.6 Watt TDP
  • Southbridge: SB950/SB920

SouthbridgeEdit

The SB950 is the companion southbridge that provides I/O support. It provides the following additional capabilities:

  • RAID 0, 1, 10, 5 support

Southbridge issues (SB9x0)Edit

  • Linux platform:
    • HPET operation with MSI causes LPC DMA corruption on devices using LPC DMA (floppy, parallel port, serial port in FIR mode) because MSI requests are misinterpreted as DMA cycles by the broken LPC controller[3]
    • Enabling multiple MSI vectors for the SATA controller when three or more SATA ports are used results in loss of interrupts and system hang.

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