No dual-CPU boards from Intel for the PC market...

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by VirtualRain, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    Interesting perspective from the PC side of the world... (unlike last generation where Intel launched the "Skulltrail" system based on the Penryn CPU's).

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  2. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    Skulltrail was only good for a few things, overclocking and the SLI/crossfire support for DP platform and it appears other board makers will be doing that this time around.
     
  3. sneezymarble macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, we already have confirmation from other board makers that they'll be putting out DP boards. It is a little surpising that Intel won't be following up Skulltrail themselves. It was a pretty cool board, and an even cooler name.
     
  4. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    PCI-e slots need to be A) grouped in twos and B) grouped in threes.
     
  6. Outsider macrumors regular

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    No PCI Express x16 slots? :( This looks to be a server motherboard. I saw that MSI was coming out with one better suited for workstations.
     
  7. Cliff3 macrumors 65816

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  8. Outsider macrumors regular

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    I looks like Apple has the best dual Nehalem system on the market for the near future. It has 2 real x16 slots and 2 x4 slots. I'd expect Tyan to be the first to offer up something rivaling the Mac pro's board, but expect a huge price tag from them.

    Or this SuperMicro one.
     
  9. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    Apple aren't even close to providing the best system. It's not terrible, but there are boards with two IOHs (48, 60 or 72 PCI-E 2.0 lanes) and 18 DIMM slots out there already, not to mention onboard SAS and SATA in much higher numbers than 4.
     
  10. Outsider macrumors regular

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    Are they out yet? Or soon to be released?
     
  11. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    Nothing is out yet but you can preorder for the usual $500-$600 price such boards launch at althoug details are scarce. Intel have things really locked up on this launch. Board manufacturers have been ready for months, so there should be a lot of products available by March 30th.
     
  12. Dzokayi macrumors member

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    Umbongo, got any links to said boards? And how well do they figure into the Hackintosh scenario?

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  13. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    SkullTrail were an enthusiast board.

    There will, of course, be workstation and server-grade reference motherboards from Intel and 3rd parties.
     
  14. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=660891 This thread has some links and bits. We won't really know how the DP boards feature in the Hackintosh scenario until people start trying.
     
  15. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Information's been sparse so far. Board makers have the gear ready, but haven't released any information on thier sites yet. :( What little has, is either off of a few articles, or from e-tailers that have SKU numbers. (Pics not matching the descriptions either).

    I do think we'll see what we're looking for, generally speaking, but need to be patient for a couple of weeks yet. ;) :p
    Without detailed information though, I certainly wouldn't be brave enough to do so. ;)

    Perhaps we can lure another member to be a guinea pig... err .... Early Adoption Tester? :p
    Somehow, this feels like and Ad... :D :p

    Unfortunately, the lack of information has almost completely stalled the thread. :rolleyes: I was hoping board samples would have been released for testing by now, at least whatever models are aimed at enthusiasts. :eek: ;)

    Obviously, not the case. :(

    GRR... I'm not sure I can remain patient any longer! :p
     

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