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a motherboard that supports two quad core processors

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August 15, 2008 8:04:48 PM

I would like a suggestion for a motherboard that supports two quad core processors. This CPU is going to be my workstation, running Linux and Windows XP 64. I plan to do the usually challenging things, video editing, and running 3d applications. I would prefer a motherboard without a built in sound card, thanks.

I would also like suggestion on processors for the motherboard and I am budgeting $300.00 USD a processor. I have no allegiances to Intel or AMD I am only interested in the fastest within its class.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

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August 15, 2008 8:08:58 PM

intel skulltrail
August 15, 2008 8:17:12 PM

georgy, I just read about this motherboard very impressive thanks.
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August 15, 2008 8:38:43 PM

Budget of $300? A Skulltrail is double that.
August 15, 2008 10:58:12 PM

@scotteq: lindylex is suggesting "$300.00 USD a processor" (not for the mobo), witch is OK in my opinion.

At around $320, INTEL, Xeon E5410 Quad-Core Processor (2.33GHz, LGA771, 1333MHz FSB, 12MB L2 cache, EM64T EIST VT XD, 80W, 45nm) is a great choice for 3D applications and video editing. You can also get the XEON E5405 (same, but with 2.0GHz) for about $260-$270.

And to point to your question, there are some good DP XEON motherboards from Intel, SuperMicro and Tyan. In order to be compatible with the 5400 XEON line, it must feature an Intel 5400 (Seaburg) chipset. Here are a couple of recommendations:
  • SUPERMICRO, X7DWA-N, LGA771 /2, Intel® 5400, 1600MHz FSB, DDR2-800 ECC FB 64GB /8, PCIe x16 /2, SATA 3.0 Gbit/s RAID 5 /6, HDA, GbLAN, FW /2, EATX - this one is my personal choice, because it supports more RAM, PCI-X and it's more towards the server stream; also not as expensive as the Skulltrail motherboard.
  • INTEL, D5400XS (Skulltrail), LGA771 /2, Intel® 5400, 1600MHz FSB, DDR2-800 ECC FB 8GB /4, PCIe x16 SLI CF /4, SATA 3.0 Gbit/s RAID 5 /6, HDA, GbLAN, FW /2, EATX - this has the advantage 4 PCI-E x16 expansion slots, but I can hardly believe you're installing SLI or similar to a graphics workstation - you should get a single solid professional video interface, unless you really have money to spend on two of these (as they can easily pass the $1k segment)
  • TYAN, Tempest i5400PW (S5397AG2NRF), Intel® 5400, 1600MHz FSB, DDR2-800 ECC FB 128GB /16, PCIe x16 /2, SATA 3.0 Gbit/s RAID 5 /6, VGA, GbLAN /3, FW /2, EATX – another good option, since it offers both PCI-E and PCI-X along with a huge capacity of 128MB of RAM.

    These are some of the suggestions, so you may search some other based on these. You said that you would prefer a motherboard w/out integrated audio – that’s hard to find, since integrated ‘HD’ audio chips are so cheap that every manufacturer implement them by default. If you’ll install your own audio interface (and I’m sure you will), you can easily disable the integrated one from BIOS.

    Cheers,
    Mihail.
    August 15, 2008 11:02:29 PM

    Another advice: if you’re not in a rush & hurry and can wait a couple of months, you can wait for the Intel XEON Gainestown CPU series. I’m pointing this out because the Intel XEON 5400 series is and end-of-line, meaning that there won’t be any future XEON processors for the LGA771 motherboards. This means that you’ll need to change your motherboard if you want to install the new LGA1366 Nehalem XEON CPUs.

    So I suggest waiting until September-October to see what the prices of a Nehalem-based configuration are (and maybe gather some money in the mean time). It possible that the workstation-class CPUs to arrive a bit later than the consumer ones, like in November-December, but I can't be sure of that.

    These are my inputs regarding XEON only - there may be good configs using AMD Opteron but I haven't studied them so much...

    Good luck,
    Mihail.
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    August 16, 2008 7:57:41 AM

    Maybe you should wait for Nehalem
    !