Monday, January 4th 2010

EVGA Dual LGA-1366 Motherboard Pictured

The recently surfaced high-end dual socket LGA-1366 motherboard is pictured in full, without its cooling assembly. The picture reveals quite a bit about EVGA's new monstrosity. To begin with, the motherboard is neither ATX, nor EATX in the truest sense. Like the recently announced X58 Classified 4-way SLI which was based on the "XL-ATX" form-factor, this motherboard seems to be 13.58 inches (344.93 mm) long, and about as wide as EATX (330 mm, 13 inches), or maybe a little more.

Each LGA-1366 socket is wired to six DDR3 DIMM slots for triple-channel memory, and is powered by an 8-phase digital-PWM circuit. Each socket further has a 3-phase power circuit for its DIMM slots. The CPU VRM for each socket takes input from an 8-pin ATX, and what appears to be a 6-pin +12V (PCI-E?) connector. The motherboard further takes power from a 6-pin PCI-E power connector apart from the usual 24-pin ATX power connector. Some of these inputs may be redundant and needed only for additional electrical stability to support competitive overclocking.
At the heart of the board is what appears to be an Intel 5500 "Tylersburg" or Intel X58, paired with an Intel ICH10-class southbridge. All of its SATA 3 Gb/s ports are located next to it, while a Marvell-made SATA 6 Gb/s controller provides two additional ports. There are seven PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots in all, driven by four x16 links over two NVIDIA nForce 200 bridge chips. The exact lane distribution is not known. There seem to be two gigabit Ethernet controllers, 8-channel audio, eSATA, USB 3.0, and EV-Bot support. More about the board may surface during the CES event.Source: XtremeSystems Forums
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77 Comments on EVGA Dual LGA-1366 Motherboard Pictured

#1
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
nebula said:
I seriously doubt that the chipset supports more than 4 GPUs... it is the nForce 200 chipset and if there is not any upgrades to it (or some rndm BIOS updates) it won't support more that 4 GPUs
There are two nForce 200 chips.

So four x16 ports, or eight x8 ports. It's just that neither SLI nor CrossFireX supports over four GPUs.
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#2
nebula
!! oh I see... do you think we will be seeing support for more than 4 GPUs from Ati or nVidia in the future?
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#3
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
nebula said:
!! oh I see... do you think we will be seeing support for more than 4 GPUs from Ati or nVidia in the future?
Not that I know of, but the idea is to power four graphics cards, and still end up with PCI-Express bandwidth for dedicated PhysX cards, RAID cards, PCI-Express SSDs, etc.

So you can feel free to add over four graphics cards (fifth one being dedicated PhysX, or fifth and sixth driving another display head).
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#4
nebula
Okay that sounds good! Clearly I didn't think the case thoroughly enough! Maybe the old fashioned thinking that PCI-e is for graphics cards and PCI for soundcards etc. Thank you for clearing things for me! :respect:
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#5
PP Mguire
I see one thing from the enthusiasts of this forum though. More than one is w1n.
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#6
roast
I'll definitly be getting one of these beautys - even if I need to sell most of my gear.

I'd buy one of these and pair it with two Gulftown CPU's, as well as four watercooled EVGA GTX285 Classifieds, and still have space for a nice PCIEx sound card and an SSD....

YUM! :D
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#7
zmanster
I know pics can be deceiving, however there seems to be very little room to fit the new monsterously wide GPUs (eg, 5870s). If you try, the fit at best looks to be very very snug. Which of course means major heat issues!! Of course you could go every other PCI E slot and get four 5870s on to this MoBo, but that means the three remaining PCI-Es will be unuseable. Just my opinion looking at this one picture.:confused:
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#8
Jizzler
Well... yes? :)

Double-slot cards take up two slots. The installation on this board would be the same as any other board.





Could always get creative with flexible PCIe extenders and a custom case if you want every slot available or simply top out with a pair of 5970's, leaving 3 (or 4) slots open.
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#9
Wile E
Power User
Jizzler said:
Well... yes? :)

Double-slot cards take up two slots. The installation on this board would be the same as any other board.

http://www.theburnerishot.com/photo/QuadCFX.jpg

http://www.theburnerishot.com/photo/TripleSLI.jpg

Could always get creative with flexible PCIe extenders and a custom case if you want every slot available or simply top out with a pair of 5970's, leaving 3 (or 4) slots open.
If you can afford 3 or 4 top end graphics cards, 2 gultowns, and this board, you can probably afford to put full coverage blocks on the gpus making them single slot. :D
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#10
Jizzler
Heh, true, that is also an option. Though stacked output connectors make some cards unable to be single-slot at all.

5970's might be able to go single with blocks, leaving 5 slots open for PCIe SSDs!
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#11
Initialised
TAViX said:
12 DDR3 memory slots?? Imagine, 24GB RAM for crazy mofos!

But the cherry on top of the cake are those 4 PCI-E full x16! Imagine 4 x 5970 in CFX! Damn, playing on 3 or 6 monitors never seems so sweet!

The question is tho, what PSU do you need in order to power the above setup??????
Your thinking is wonky, I'm running 6 CPU cores and 24GB on x58, this puppy should be able to handle 12 CPU cores and 48GB RAM and if it OCs like regular x58 board then it could be a solid base for a number crunching box.
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#12
Master_of_Time
So are XL-ATX (like the MM Ascension) cases gonna support this mobo or are we gonna have to buy 3U/4U server cases? I'm concerned, because server cases (rackmount and towers) usually come with high-wattage power supplies and are quite costly... For example: if the board cost $500, a Supermicro Rackmount 4U case with 24 HDD slots and a redundant 900W PSU (the weakest PSU option) cost 3X the board itself - $1300-1500. So what are the options for housing this monter without breaking the bank (or robbing it :D )?
I might have the money for the board + 1 xeon (and later another) + a proper psu + 2 GTX300s, but a costly server case is out of my budget, so that's why I'm asking - the case is pretty much the only thing that might stop me from buying this thing. :banghead:
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#13
Jizzler
A "U" designates the height of a rackmount case. What you're looking for are cases that can accommodate the extra height of these motherboards.

Probably were looking at an 846 with a SAS Expander backplane, which is why it was so pricey. Besides, it doesn't fit this board anyway. The 747 should do it, and it comes in just under $900 with 1400w gold level redundant PS's, two of their heatsinks, and 8 x 3.5" hotswap bays. I love it, but it's not for everyone.

At the moment Lian-Li has one or two, Thermaltake's Xaser VI line, and some other already mentioned in this thread are 10-slot and should fit it (as long they are also spec'd to fit the width of an EATX board).

Short answer: You'll most likely be able to find a case on the cheaper-end that allow you to pick your own PS.
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#14
HammerON
The Watchful Moderator
CRUNCHING MACHINE :laugh:
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#15
Master_of_Time
Jizzler said:
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Yeah, I know 1U=1in=2.54cm, and I looked at 4U cases because I wand to mod it and watercool the whole machine, but that isn't exactly easy or even possible in a 2U case, is it? :laugh: Also, thanks for reminding me of the 747, I completely forgot about this one and it's pretty damn good. At the moment I'm considering a custom Mountain Mods Ascension so I can fit all the watercooling and 2 PSUs, but FedEx/UPS shipping is gonna cost me at the least $400. :banghead: But I suppose that when the board is released EVGA is going to put info on their page about case compatibility and then I'll choose.
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#16
Wile E
Power User
I would just build a tech station for it.
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#17
Initialised
It will fit in Cosmos, HAF etc... just look for EATX compatibility.
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#18
Wile E
Power User
Initialised said:
It will fit in Cosmos, HAF etc... just look for EATX compatibility.
Nope, this takes a case with 10 expansion slots.
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#19
cadaveca
My name is Dave
Thermaltake Xaser+. I have a red/black one sitting here..seems like it's finally found a board worthy of it:laugh:

What a montrosity.:eek:



:shadedshu
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#20
niko084
Now this should be pretty sweet...

Now I need to wait for its release along with the i9's so I can push it to the limit and let it run WCG for a night and F@H for a night :P
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#22
mlee49
THE BEAST:



It's freakin huge! Almost as big as that guy!
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#25
Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
Easy Rhino said:
true, but you need to throw it in your car and get it up to 88 MPH for it to work properly. :laugh:
thats fine. after i buy it thats probably the speed ill be going to get back to my house
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