I am very rarely surprised about computers, specification, limits but I ran across this video clearly showing a Consumer LGA 1366 6XDIMM running 6X8GB or 48GB of RAM! It ran on an Intel i7 990X which is 'rated' for 24GB and on a Gigabyte G1.Assassin which is also 'rated' for 24GB or 4GB/DIMM density!
I beg to differ they did and do have 8GB/stick, and 8GB/stick has been around for over 6 years in production. Further, both the i7 990X and Gigabyte G1.Assassin are newer production components AFTER P67/LGA 1155 release.
That said, I assumed the lithography for the i7 9XX CPU was completely different that of the Xeon. In fact, this is making me wonder if the Xeon, i7 9XX, or Sandy Bridge are 'limited' to even 8GB/stick?!
Intel should know better than ANY of us what their CPU's limits are, example:
you have been able to install more memory than the motherboards/cpu's rated specs since forever. this is nothing new, it is not a one off, but it doesnt mean it will necessarily work, or be stable.
This is almost never true, and I've seen far too many posts where the __GB/DIMM was exceeded and either Post Failure or the 'spec' RAM limit was available to the OS with the remainder H/W Reserved. Further, not to be confused with a bad stick(s).
Heck it's EASY to say after-the-fact ... 'I knew it would work!'