ASUS M4 motherboards get AMD Phenom II X6 compatibility (now we just need the CPUs)

AMD may be trying to keep a lid on their upcoming hexacore AMD Phenom II X6 processors, but ASUS are just too excited about their motherboards to play along.  The company has announced which motherboards in its range will be compatible with the new processors – codenamed Thuban – thanks to a new batch of BIOS updates.

The Phenom II X6 chips are expected to offer a lower-cost alternative to Intel's recent hexacore processor, the potent Core i7-980X Extreme.  Pricing details from earlier in the week suggested that the AMD range would kick off at 4199 for the 2.8GHz X6 1055T, while the 3.2GHz Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition chip should come in at $295.

ASUS M4 motherboards should also take advantage of the Phenom II X6's overclocking abilities, using the Core Unlocker functionality.  According to one set of rumors, AMD will announce the new six-core processors on April 26th.

Press Release:

ASUS Readies Latest Motherboards for Upcoming Six-core CPUs

Full Range of AMD-based Motherboards are Ready to Support Next-generation Personal Computing with Six Cores

ASUS today announced a full range of motherboards that are ready to support the upcoming six-core AMD® Phenom™ II X6 processors to herald a new era in ultra-powerful personal computing.

Early Praises from Media Organizations World-wide

The AMD six-core processor-ready ASUS M4 Series motherboards deliver maximum performance on a mainstream platform. Joe Hsieh, General Manager of ASUS Motherboard Business, said, "Besides being ready to support six-core processors, the ASUS M4 Series gives users of every level the best performance and value with its Core Unlocker feature. This has received notable recognition from many of the world's top media organizations for delivering a phenomenal boost in performance." M4 Series motherboards with the exclusive Core Unlocker technology have also garnered global media accolades for being the best motherboard for AMD processors.

Simple BIOS Upgrade For 6-core Activation

ASUS' M4 Series motherboard is ready for the AMD Phenom™ II X6 processors. To enable six-core CPU and achieve maximum performance, users simply need to update the BIOS of their existing M4 Series.

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