Wednesday, August 6th 2008

Maximum PC Builds First Nehalem System

This is for all of you, who are impatiently waiting for that new CPU, the X58 boards with that new socket and that triple channel DDR3 support. Maximum PC has managed to get their hands on everything needed to build one of these systems. They give single, dual and triple channel memory setups a try as well. To top things off, they have even taken a few images. One image from Maximum PC can be seen below, but make sure to take a look at all the other ones on their site.

Source: Maximum PC
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57 Comments on Maximum PC Builds First Nehalem System

#2
FatForester
I for one am glad to see Intel doing away with IDE on their X58 board. IDE's death has been long overdue.
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#3
Fitseries3
Eleet Hardware Junkie
FatForester said:
I for one am glad to see Intel doing away with IDE on their X58 board. IDE's death has been long overdue.
and floppy too!

intel needs to look at other board makers boards and get some design cues. intel boards are black but thats about the only good thing. everything else is just odd.
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#4
ShadowFold
Yea nothing I have is IDE anymore. I do still use a floppy drive to flash my bios tho.
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#5
DOM
im on a ide hd right now on Vista Ultimate X64:p
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#6
HTC
ShadowFold said:
Yea nothing I have is IDE anymore. I do still use a floppy drive to flash my bios tho.
That doesn't work with some motherboards because the BIOS has 2 MB or more. In a Rampage Formula, for example, the BIOS is 2 MB.
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#7
Morgoth
there are flopy's of 2mb
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#8
HTC
Morgoth said:
there are flopy's of 2mb
Yes, but the floppy drives are 1.44, i believe.

It would be risky, IMO, to try and flash a Motherboard BIOS with a 2.88 MB floppy disk, being read in a 1.44 MB floppy drive.
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#9
ShadowFold
I have a really old floppy I got off of my Pentium 1 system lol i dont think it reads 2mb ones.
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#10
Scrizz
I use my flash drive for flashing lol
:o
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#11
ktr
FatForester said:
I for one am glad to see Intel doing away with IDE on their X58 board. IDE's death has been long overdue.
lol, intel had done away with ps/2 ports some time. :slap:

WarEagleAU said:
Glad to see Im not the only one who reads Maximum PC!!!
I been a subscriber for two year, and to tell you the truth, I hate it. After about 6 months, the articles like repeat itself w/ minor changes (because technology changes). There are times where some articles are good, but most of the time is pretty lame. I am also subscribed to CPU, which is a damn good mag, for it has "people of the industry" (ie: Rahul Sood of Voodoo, Anand Lal Shimpi of anandtech.com/, etc.) writing articles. There is a lot of love for linux, and always awesome technical documents in layman terms.
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#13
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fitseries3 said:
and floppy too!

intel needs to look at other board makers boards and get some design cues. intel boards are black but thats about the only good thing. everything else is just odd.
IMO, everything is layed out much more sensibly than with standard motherboards.
The SATA ports wont be covered by a large graphics card, the RAM slots are positioned in an easily accessible place (having to squeeze between the power cable and disk drive bays is annoying), the NB is in an OK spot (nothing like a big hot NB right next to your graphics card to raise temps...) and everything fits together nicely.
I'm not too exited about Nehalem though, because I dont have money or time to buy and set up a Nehalem system; a Laptop Nehalem would be interesting though...
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#14
tigger
I'm the only one
Imagine trying to get the ram out with a large cooler on though,especially in a atx case with the psu above it.

Goodbye ide,its about time.
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#15
Wile E
Power User
tigger69 said:
Imagine trying to get the ram out with a large cooler on though,especially in a atx case with the psu above it.
It's actually easier. I've had a board with the ram slots placed there. I prefer it, actually.
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#16
Quake
omg... THE DIE OF THE CHIP. NOT the whole chip. the DIE.
First you said that the die is smaller
the DIE is covered by the IHS so no one can see it to prove or disprove me wrong or right.
Then you said you cant be sure in that
its totally obvious that the whole chip is bigger and so is the socket.
and then you said that it is bigger,so what is after all? :)
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#17
Morgoth
die is 45nm
IHS is biger
socket number LGA1366
happy?
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#18
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Morgoth said:
die is 45nm
IHS is biger
socket number LGA1366
happy?
No.
How many transistors?
:p
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#20
Darkrealms
Morgoth said:
750 million
Why don't I see a power rating in your info???

lol
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#22
Darkrealms
Morgoth said:
do research
Well your no fun ; P
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#23
Wile E
Power User
Quake said:
and then you said that it is bigger,so what is after all? :)
The whole chip, and the die are 2 entirely different things.
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#24
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
Unless this gives a 100% increase in frames per second I will wait a while before I change my core 2.
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#25
largon
DrPepper,
You don't have to worry about that. Nehalem is just about as usefull for gamers as those silly "high performance gaming memory modules". Nehalem will only give you higher and higher max FPS = useless.
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