COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 ASUS has given the sign that AMD are planning to get around the clockspeed limitations of existing Phenom parts by simply making them more power hungry.
In an official announcement by ASUS a short time ago, they have stated that no less than ten of their Socket AM2+ motherboards are equipped to handle an upcoming new breed of Phenom processors with 140W thermal envelopes, which is 15W higher than the existing 2.5GHz Phenom 9850 Black Edition.
Apart from the 140W consumption figure, ASUS only go so far as to say that these next generation AMD Phenom processors are equipped with blazing fast CPU core frequencies.
You can find the full list of supported motherboards here, with ASUS reporting that there'll be plenty more 140W Phenom-ready boards on the way.
FREMONT, CA (June 2, 2008) - ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today announced a wide range of high-performance AMD based motherboards are ready to support the upcoming 140W Phenom processors. These next generation AMD Phenom processors are equipped with blazing fast CPU core frequencies, and will provide unprecedented performance gains for thread-intensive games and applications. Backed by a solid power design, systems built around these CPUs will also offer an extraordinarily stable operating environments ASUS is the first motherboard manufacturer to offer complete product lines supporting the new 140W powered AMD Phenom processors offering users a wide range of choices that are also future proof.
With support for AMD's Socket AM2 and AM2+ CPUs, these motherboards are the perfect choice for enthusiasts who wish to get the most out of their AMD processors while at the same time knowing that their system is future proof. Additionally, users who wish to use AMD OverDrive with unlocked processors will need motherboards that can handle these 140W processors.