I did find a contradictory statement a day or so ago from someone from AMD about the ability to use "Bulldozer" CPU's on the existing 800 series chipsets. However it is obvious that they can be made to function with the 800 series chipsets and also claim to be backwardly compatable (something that the AM3+ socket is supposed to do), but at what cost.???
Just because it works does not mean that the end user will get the best out of the new "Bulldozer" CPU.
There is a known delay with the 900 series chipset, and this is what I will be waiting for. The 900 series chipset is "designed" to work with the "Bulldozer" CPU and be backwardly compatable with AM3 CPU's, while the 800 series chipset is "designed" for AM3 CPU's and is being "made" to function with the "Bulldozer" CPU's.
The "Bulldozer" CPU's wont hit the market until the middle of the year, and with a new chipset supposed to arrive at about the same time why would anyone bothyer buying a brand new motherboard now to put with an existing CPU, when there is a new CPU out in a few months.? This is puzzling especially as the new (top of the line) chipset sets to destroy the existing chipsets by feature-list alone, not withstanding any extra performance benefits, and power savings to be gained.
Here is a little of the info about the new 900 series chipset, I am sure that you can find more via google and when the x-bit labs website is working again, as I know they have a load of info.http://news.softpedia.com/news/AMD-s-Up ... 9448.shtml