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Workstation motherboard vs consumer/gamer motherboards. Help

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September 24, 2013 8:18:25 PM

So basically the question is either a workstation mother board vs consumer/gamer board?.

I was about to buy all my parts for my workstation build then 2 new mobos came out. (I like new things). Then i questioned "is a workstation motherboard even really necessary"? The reason i ask is i won't be using ECC memory as i will be sporting the 4930k which doesnt even support ECC and i will only have 1 gpu which leaves all the other lanes open. Sli and or crossfire is useless to me. I've read and seen so many videos about needing a workstation motherboard for high end workloads for 3d animation, video editing and so on and so forth. So how would a workstation motherboard benefit me? Thanks in advance.

Oh and here are my components:

Cpu: intel 4930k (will be overclocking to a stable speed)
Cpu cooler: Corsair H100i (stock fans replaced with noctua nf f12 fans)
Case: nzxt or cooler master cosmos II (i only considered cmcII because that thing looks bauss)
Case fans: replacing all stock fans with noctua nf f12 fans.
Mobo: the 2 new releases that i saw were the new asus x79-e-ws and the egva x79 dark (evga dark had great reviews)
Memory: corsair vengeance LP 32GB or G.skill ripjaw x or z series 64GB @1866Ghz
Gpu: K4000 (little to no rendering as i will be using a render farm.
Psu: corsair ax860i platinum

Storage set up as follows:
Storage 1: 1x samsung 256gb ssd for os plus other apps
Storage 2: 1x samsung 256gb ssd scratch disk/cache
Storage 3: 4x seagate barracuda 2TB HDD in raid 0
Storage 4: 2x seagate barracuda 2TB HDD JBOD
Storage 5: 2x external HDD's for backup

So this is my build minus the motherboard. So thoughts comments on my mobo question be great. Thanks in advance guys.

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September 24, 2013 8:33:05 PM

The difference is really just a different chipset and as with any chipset of the same socket, it is just offering different features. It wouldn't benefit 3d or video. You could use xeon and ecc on consumer x79 mobos. Asus won't put them on the support list even if they do work. Just one reason why I prefer asrock and gigabyte.
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September 24, 2013 10:22:37 PM

k1114 said:
The difference is really just a different chipset and as with any chipset of the same socket, it is just offering different features. It wouldn't benefit 3d or video. You could use xeon and ecc on consumer x79 mobos. Asus won't put them on the support list even if they do work. Just one reason why I prefer asrock and gigabyte.


I see i figured as much. 1 gpu would be wasted on a ws mobo. I get that they say theyre "true" 16x but what good is that when you occupy only 1. Thanks for confirming and easing my doubts. Thanks.
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