Take a Sneak Peek at EVGA's Dual Socket LGA 1366 Motherboard

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Neckername

The price is $599.99. It has integrated 8 channel audio, 2 USB 3.0 and 10 USB 2.0 ports. 2 10/100/1000 ethernet ports. Get up to 48GB of DDR3 1333 (but I'm very sure it will support upwards of DDR3 2000). All PCI-E 2 slots are x16/x8 capable. Information of whether or not all slots are capable of running at x16 at once is not available yet. Also, the final version has heat pipes around both CPU sockets, while there is a heat sink with a fan behind the 7 PCI-E 2 slots.

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avenger48

Let's see... 24 threads of gulftown, 4x GTX 380 Classified, 24GB of that new g.skill pi-series DDR3 2400, a few SATA 6Gbps-based SSD's (in raid 0 or 0+1), and some phase change cooling, and you have quite possibly the best consumer PC available.  I think this could be the core of the next dream machine

 

OK, I know Gulftown may not be out buy then, but 16 threads is still pretty good... 

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JohnP

 I mean this is not your typical Xeon dual processor server MOBO. I don't think I have ever seen a dual Intel CPU MOBO that was NOT Xeon based. Oh, the benchmarks you could set... And how do you O/C this bad boy? Heh.

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avenger48

Skulltrail wasn't xeon based, it would take anything LGA 771 (OK, so that's only one non-xeon proc, but it was the best CPU available at the time) 

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K0BALT

Thermaltake's Armor+... you can fit most desktop cases inside this case. I love it. Has 10 expansion slots for future upgrades, as well.

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avenger48

Look at the sata ports.  They are vertical, which makes me wonder if there is enough clearance for future cards, with the rate cards are growing.  Achilles' heel, anyone?

Also, the form factor appears to be (God help us all) E-XL-ATX (XL-ATX height with beyond E-ATX depth).  Also, since the board is deeper than it is tall, it is at least 13.5"H (XL-ATX) x >14" long (just a guess, based on the pics).  I think this may be the largest ATX-based motherboard yet (at least, the largest aimed at the consumer spectrum). 

Time to buy a new case.  Can anyone think of one that will fit this beast? 

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MrGeek

Once it becomes affordable and mainstream.... I'll use it for my own personal holo-deck....

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dtischerd

i would definitly water cool that bad boy!

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dracx619

so if i max this puppy out, u sayin i can rip a blu-ray movie, fold@home, re-code some video, play crysis 2, and render out a hollywood blockbuster all without skippin a beat? hot DAMN...seriously, u wonder how much this puppy can handle given the right apps....prolly cost more than a mercedes to max this thing out

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linkmaster6

Yes it is impressive but will it play Crysis 2?

 

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Scootiep

If you got this, I wouldn't worry so much about the restrictions being due to the board, but rather the attached hardware.

 And for the record, I did damn near piss my pants when I saw this picture.

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deadlift1

Think of this as a new and hopefully better executed version of the Skulltrail platform.  A server motherboard designed as the ultimate enthusiast motherboard with overclocking features galore.  Imagine one of these with dual gulftowns and 4 of the upcoming 300 series nvidia cards in 4 way sli (assuming that is supported).  Would love to see what Andre, Kingpin and others could do with this setup under LN2.

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ThunderBolt

What ATX format would it be?

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Cy-Kill

You just answsered your own question.

Cy-Kill

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JanSolo

Too bad not enough apps are multithreaded.  Imagine running a few quad cores only to find out someone with a faster clocked single dual core is faster.  Oh the humanity.

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somethingelse

that's all good, but dual lga1366 is nothing new...asus had this for a while already.  I have one of these for my custom built 1U server (link below)

http://ca.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=uubLblnIvItIDTV8&templete=3

Or try this one, has 9 DDR3 slots per cpu. (link below)

http://ca.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=sqbdCm0nmFxn3sS4&templete=3

USB3 and 6GB sata is great for a workstation, but if this is a server board, why not mention SAS and Raid features.  Asus Pike is great for that.

gg evga, but i vote Asus :)

 

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kiaghi7

the only problem with both of those boards is that they are clearly not intended for any sort of home use, and most especially not for a hard core gamer.

 

One only need look at the expansion slot options to spot the crippling limitations, the first one has the "lower" CPU competing for space with the PCI-E slots, so you can either have a decent GPU which today means it's as wide as the mother board, or you can have a second CPU... kind of a harsh trade-off for that board.

 

The second mother board is a -TINY- bit better, in that you'd only have to sacrifice three RAM slots (presuming DDR3 of cours) in order to fit anything in the top PCI-E slot... like a graphics card.

 

Sure, the trick with dual GPU's has been done before, we already knew that, but "how well" it's already been done is another game all together.

 

EVGA's answer is something that may wind up sort of like Intel's skulltrail, where it looks awesome, and it soulds like it'd be incredible, but in practice it's just not as glamorous as it seems... On the other hand if it works great on games and such, able to harvest the ability of both processors (of which I'm dubious) for the purposes of running games, or to pawn off all of the mundane tasks and OS tedium to one CPU while leaving the other for "fun stuff", who knows...

 

So ASUS' answers in this category are for an entirely different tangent than EVGA's.

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tugboat_2

Eh, you need to get some glasses or learn the difference between the memory and PCIe slots and their oreintation. For heavens sake, if nothing else, lay a straight edge across the PCIe slots. They do not interfere with the memory slots. Unless, you have found a way of installing video cards upside down, that is.

The only valid observation here so far, regarding layout, is the comment on the SATA ports being vertical. Depending on the length of the motherboard, cards like the 5970 may block or hinder them. Although, here again, a possible work around, depending on the video card's installed height, may be using cables with a 90 degree plug. Just guesstimating from the pic, it looks like "normal" cards like the 5870 will be in the clear.

 

If you can't dazzel em with Brilliance, baffle em with bull puckey. (From the tome; Murphy's Law, Annex 5, Smooth Recoveries)

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kiaghi7

No, you need to try opening your eyes rather than spouting ignorant and clearly uninformed drivel with the pretense of disguising you not having the first clue of that which you speak.

 

http://ca.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=uubLblnIvItIDTV8&templete=3

The first one VERY CLEARLY has the (as the picture is oriented) has the "left hand" CPU right in line with the right most and second to right most PCI-e slots. And yes, they are PCI-e slots despite your attempt to suggest otherwise.

 

http://ca.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=sqbdCm0nmFxn3sS4&templete=3

The Second one, let's whip out the straight edge shall we? because you certianly need a rap across the knuckles for letting your ignorance out of your skull and onto a reply where you apparently think you're informed... Thankfully I'm here to demonstrate that you are not...

Note, the left most of the bottom RAM slots are clearly in-line with the top PCI-e slot, yes, RAM SLOT and PCI-e slot. Learn what a motherboard looks like and get back to us ok? Here's a tip to learning your motherboard's orientation. You see the line of external plugs along one edge at the top of the image? That's what sticks out the back, and thus the "top edge" by virtue of the way the images are oriented is the area toward the rear of your case when installed... Once the reality of that dawns on you, your last post is going to land in your gut like the uninformed drivel that it is, please remember to flush afterwards...

 

You likely didn't look at either image, or -PERHAPS- got them confused what with all the nonsense you're spewing, but regardless you're wrong in either case. In fact, from the nonsense you've vomited, I'd bet you didn't even read my post properly, and you think I'm talking about the EVGA motherboard in my first posts references to design foibles. Great reading comprehension there... Try looking at the post I was replying to to actually see what I'm talking about. I know it's not always easy to catch up to pace of an A & B conversation, but how about you at least don't bring your C-rap into the middle of it when you haven't the slightest clue of what you're talking about.

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Tekzel

Actually, I doubt any video card would reach those SATA ports. That board is WAY wide. Hell, it probably wont fit in a normal case.

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kiaghi7

It's standard SSI EEB 3.61 form factor (12"x13"), which is literally based on the ATX standard and EEB standard, as such it shares many mounting holes and is the same overall size as E-ATX boards.

Many of the larger towers either openly or "by happenstance" support E-ATX and even EE-ATX, so as far as "size" goes, the mother board at 12"x13" would fit, however three of the screw holes will not align, so that's up to the individual to decide whether or not it's worth while to use an non-officlally supported MOBO in the case simply because it can fit within it...

Even after all of that however, you've still only begun the potential problems with "fit" and function, so all in all it may well prove more trouble than its worth to put one of the above linked motherboards into anything other than a server housing designed for it.

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chaosdsm

Cy-Kill is right, this is not a server board. 

This is a desktop extreme gaming performance board.  All other dual 1366 boards are server boards designed for the Xeon family of processors.  This is the first home user level dual 1366 board, & as such does deserve recognition.

Depending on pricing, it could give amature AVCHD shooters a powerful video editing machine at an affordable price. 

 Plus, with NINE PCIe x16 slots, the folding at home community is going to love this board...

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Cy-Kill

From what I can tell, this isn't a server board, but more for the consumer who's an enthusiast; so it's a consumer level board, not a workstation or server board...that's why none of the features like SAS and/or RAID are mentioned.

Cy-Kill

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bingojubes

way cool, but can it play games at all?

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K0BALT

DROOL.... Imagine a couple i9's on this thing. I better start saving up.

~ i7 920 @ 4.4GHz, (2) GTX295's Quad-SLI, 6GB OCZ Gold ~

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