Friday, January 1st 2010

EVGA Prepares High-end Dual-LGA1366 Motherboard

EVGA is keeping up its streak of releasing high-end motherboards for processors based on the new Intel Nehalem architecture, with a new dual-socket monstrosity. Slated for CES 2010, not much about this high-end workstation motherboard has been revealed beyond the picture below. From the looks of it, probably EVGA is making a high-end, overclocker-friendly dual LGA-1366 motherboard based on the Intel 5500 "Tylersburg" chipset with the usual ICH10R southbridge. Existing LGA-1366 processors that support dual-socket operation which includes Xeon 5500 series may work on it. Probably, a future high-end Intel Core family CPU is released that is capable of dual-socket setups, too. The picture reveals two LGA-1366 sockets, each powered by an 8-phase digital PWM circuit. Each socket is wired to six DDR3 DIMM slots supporting triple-channel memory for that socket. More this CES.

Source: EVGA Forums
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54 Comments on EVGA Prepares High-end Dual-LGA1366 Motherboard

#1
shevanel
I am curious, what would an enthusiast user do with this board mainly? Benching?

i am just wondering how well dual cpus scale since i know nothing about it.. its hard to get a single i7 chip past 50% cpu usage unless using a stress tester.
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#2
A Cheese Danish
Hmm, could this spark more companies to start doing this, as well as game developers to utilize both cpus?
Look forward to seeing reviews on this once it is officially released with specs and all
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#3
Mussels
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by: shevanel
I am curious, what would an enthusiast user do with this board mainly? Benching?

i am just wondering how well dual cpus scale since i know nothing about it.. its hard to get a single i7 chip past 50% cpu usage unless using a stress tester.
its not really for enthusiasts or gamers. its for hardcore video renderers, or a server.

dual CPU's scales pretty much the same as dual core/quad core etc.

It can in fact be faster, since half the cores/threads have their own memory controller/memory pool
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#4

Depends entirely of the applications really. Software like MAYA, 3DS Max, CATIA, SW, HyperMesh, etc, I know for sure that support dual procs, but others...I'm not so sure. And I mean especially games. I mean there are so few games that support quads, the ones who support dual CPUs you can count them on 1 hand.
#5
Mussels
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a quad core CPU or two dual cores - they both appear the same to programs. 4 cores available.
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#6
Weer
by: Mussels
a quad core CPU or two dual cores - they both appear the same to programs. 4 cores available.
Yes, and so if you can overclock a Quad to twice the speed of two Duals, then the Quad is the better choice.

Which means that I have to know if this board can overclock.

In fact, just give me a board that can.
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Mussels
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by: Weer
Yes, and so if you can overclock a Quad to twice the speed of two Duals, then the Quad is the better choice.

Which means that I have to know if this board can overclock.

In fact, just give me a board that can.
first of all: yeah, but then you could just get two quads. see?

second:


this *is* an OCing dual socket board.
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#8
Hunt3r
Who will one day will make EVGA mobos for AMD processors
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#9
Mussels
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by: Hunt3r
Who will one day will make EVGA mobos for AMD processors
if that were to happen, one assumes EVGA would make EVGA mobos, regardless of CPU?
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#10
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: Hunt3r
Who will one day will make EVGA mobos for AMD processors
They already do.

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#11
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
by: Mussels
now THAT, is what i call high end
booyeah, even a pair of 920's on this with two 6gb ram kits is a killer setup already, throw 2 cards of your choice on and good times shall be had.
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#12
Jizzler
by: PP Mguire
You mean dual cpu boards?

Yes, they have been out a LONG time. Since like 8086 days i think (maybe older) but the problem is most if not all are for the IT crew and server junkies.

This board from eVGA is meant for the enthusiast consumer and its looking like it will be a Classified variant guessing from the color scheme. Also, it will most likely use consumer i7s instead of high priced Xeon server chips. Only some time will tell but ill be guessing that it support SLI or Crossfire too.
Mostly server til around the Pentium Pro days. Before that very few could afford (or even find) dual 486s or Pentiums:



Found her on the side of the road in an old Gateway tower. They had nice towers back then, my first computer was a Gateway Pentium 75. Anyhoo... I find it very unlikely that EVGA or anyone is going to design a board allowing for dual i7s. EVGA can with very little work release a 5520 board for 55xx Xeons with OC capabilities and call it Skulltrail II.

by: shevanel
I am curious, what would an enthusiast user do with this board mainly? Benching?

i am just wondering how well dual cpus scale since i know nothing about it.. its hard to get a single i7 chip past 50% cpu usage unless using a stress tester.
Like with all my machines I'll be crunching/folding. As well I run a number of VM's for testing/evaluation/training and I don't like to close applications. No need to totally close out of a game if I just going to get back into it an hour later :D

And I'm always looking at solutions for better simultaneous multi-user support. Share the power!

by: A Cheese Danish
Hmm, could this spark more companies to start doing this, as well as game developers to utilize both cpus?
Look forward to seeing reviews on this once it is officially released with specs and all
Even though people had been using dual CPU machines for some time (P-Pro, P2, P3, Xeon) and even Quake III had experimental multi-threading support, Hyperthreading on the P4 really started to get dev's thinking about designing more games in that fashion.

There's been roughly 5-6 years of releases since then with varying multi-threaded utilization. In other words, it's already happening and I don't think this changes things much in regards to game design.

by: Weer
Yes, and so if you can overclock a Quad to twice the speed of two Duals, then the Quad is the better choice.

Which means that I have to know if this board can overclock.

In fact, just give me a board that can.
Here's to hoping that this one can. :rockout: It's been awhile since we've had that option.
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#13
Icejon
I seriously hope it doesnt use the 8th PCI slot, that is having a PCI-e on slot 7. My chassis doesn't have a 8th PCI bracket slot! I hate it when companies mess with the ATX specifications like that.
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#14
Sihastru
If you can afford the board and the two CPUs that go into the two sockets and the buckets of DDR3 that will be filling those memory slots, let me assure you, your case is the least of your worries :)
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by: PP Mguire
Also, it will most likely use consumer i7s instead of high priced Xeon server chips. Only some time will tell but ill be guessing that it support SLI or Crossfire too.
Very unlikely that it will take the consumer chips ('Existing LGA-1366 processors that support dual-socket operation which includes Xeon 5500 series may work on it.').
i7's dont support dual socket operation, so for the moment (until perhaps intel release a consumer cpu that supports dual sockets) it will be Xeon only.

Either way this will be a formidable setup, cant wait to find out pricing and more details!
#17
Mussels
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by: Icejon
I seriously hope it doesnt use the 8th PCI slot, that is having a PCI-e on slot 7. My chassis doesn't have a 8th PCI bracket slot! I hate it when companies mess with the ATX specifications like that.
there is several sizes in the ATX specs. trying to use a high end dual socket server board in a mid tower ATX board is asking for trouble.
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#18
Sihastru
by: Ptep
Very unlikely that it will take the consumer chips ('Existing LGA-1366 processors that support dual-socket operation which includes Xeon 5500 series may work on it.').
i7's dont support dual socket operation, so for the moment (until perhaps intel release a consumer cpu that supports dual sockets) it will be Xeon only.

Either way this will be a formidable setup, cant wait to find out pricing and more details!
It can take the current Nehalem EP and perhaps the soon to be released Nehalem EX that have additional QPI paths enabled so that they can be interconnected with the other CPU(s) on the board. It's a Workstation/Desktop board, but the chipset(s) must be server class.
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#19
Paulieg
The Mad Moderator
Man, this is my crunching dream.:twitch:
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#20
mlee49
Is this spec'd at EATX or ATX? Probably to early to tell, but dare to dream.
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#21
Mussels
Moderprator
by: mlee49
Is this spec'd at EATX or ATX? Probably to early to tell, but dare to dream.
impossible to tell without a full pic
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#22
mlee49
I'm assuming EATX and needing dual 8 pin cpu power pins.
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#23

Any word on the price yet?
#24
mlee49
Easy buddy, they want you to dream about it for a while until you are abruptly awakened by the price tag.
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#25
parelem
Jacob, an EVGA tech, confirmed that it was a classified board, and will have all the same features as the current classified models. So there's really nothing new here, just more power.
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