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Desktop CPU with dual socket server motherboard?

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October 24, 2011 12:13:28 AM

So my question,I have 3 intel i7 920 CPU's (1366 obviously) one is in my current rig,the other 2 are sitting in my desk. Is it possible for me to use the 2 spare 920's in a serverboard? I understand i would need to use ECC memory since the 920's dont support Non ECC (from what i've read). I've looked high and low but found no direct answer,so can it be done?
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October 24, 2011 12:58:36 AM

According to Intel's datasheet, for the Intel Core i7-920 Processor, it does not support ECC Memory.

Its server equivalent, the Intel Xeon Processor W3520, supports ECC Memory.
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October 24, 2011 1:04:02 AM

Yea I'm aware of that,but can i use ECC memory on a server motherboard with a pair of 920's?
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October 24, 2011 1:46:52 AM

dxm765 said:
Yea I'm aware of that,but can i use ECC memory on a server motherboard with a pair of 920's?

Your statement "the 920's dont support Non ECC (from what i've read)" is why I stated what I did in my above response.

You should be able to use it if the Core i7-920 is in the motherboard BIOS' supported CPUs list. I highly doubt that the Core i7's will be on the supported list since to be able to use dual processors each processor must have two QPI links. The Core i7-920 has only one QPI link.

On the off chance that the Core i7-920 is supported the ECC memory should be usable but the ECC functionality will be disabled.
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