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Xeon (Woodcrest) – Any DP motherboards announced yet?

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May 20, 2006 4:32:01 PM

The Woodcrest Xeon pricing has been announced and they seem pretty cheap ($209 - $851); any news of supporting DP motherboards yet and what type of RAM they will use? If they use FB-DIMMs then that’s going to cost a lot I figure.

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May 20, 2006 5:03:59 PM

Well I'm not completely sure about the compatibility but Gigabyte has announced a couple DP motherboards that use the Blackford chipset which is supossed to be compatible with the woodcrest xeons. As for the FB-DIMMs, those aren't too expensive. Kingston has 1 and 2 GB FB-DIMMS at about $186.52 and $426.xx from monarchcomputer.com again I'm not fully sure about the compatibility but I'll give you the links to the mb's

http://www.giga-byte.com/Products/Networking/Products_Spec.aspx?ProductID=2262&ProductName=GA-7BESH-RH

http://www.giga-byte.com/Products/Networking/Products_Spec.aspx?ProductID=2261&ProductName=GA-7VCSV-RH

I hope this helps.
May 20, 2006 5:07:49 PM

Thanks, those will support Woodcrest no doubt.
May 20, 2006 5:15:06 PM

No problem.

Hey do you know if any companies are going to be using NVidia chipsets for woodcrest boards?
May 20, 2006 5:23:23 PM

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Hey do you know if any companies are going to be using NVidia chipsets for woodcrest boards?

I’m not aware of nVidia having plans to produce a chipset for Intel server CPUs.
May 20, 2006 5:28:05 PM

Hm... well I'm looking more towards the workstation market but I guess that works. I was just wondering since I read an article somewhere about the new NVidia 590 chipset being available for the new Core 2 Duo processors (conroe, woodcrest, etc...).
May 20, 2006 5:52:06 PM

nVidia 590 is only socket 775 (have only 1 fsb)
HP it's going to use Intel chipset in 6400 and 8400 Woodcrest workstations.
May 20, 2006 7:03:13 PM

Oh ok, cool. Although it would be nice to have an NVidia chipset on a workstaion platform other than a P4 or an Opertron
May 20, 2006 7:20:27 PM

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Oh ok, cool. Although it would be nice to have an NVidia chipset on a workstaion platform other than a P4 or an Opertron

It would be good to see a Woodcrest chipset for workstations that didn’t have all the bells and whistles of the Server version so the cost could be kept down. A chipset that supported RAM other than FB-DIMMs would be nice to. I guess there’s no market for that unless nVidia think otherwise!

If Woodcrest performs well, then it may force Opteron 2xx pricing lower, which is a good thing. I don’t remember such a turbulent time in the CPU market; from mobile all the way through to 2P Servers. Interesting times.
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