I am currently retrieving parts for a custom build and I'm stuck trying to find a motherboard. I have determined that I am going to run two i7-3970x extreme editions, and the socket is LGA 2011. While looking for motherboards with dual LGA 2011 sockets, it says they are Xeon E5 compatible. I want to know whether or not I can run i7 extremes on the board even though the sockets are compatible if the xeon differs from the i7 to the point where you cannot run an i7. Thanks
I do work with 3DS max, After effects, Photoshop, C++ scripting, Web Design, and Gaming, I'm essentially trying to make a super computer because of all that, and I figured two i7's could be SLI'd
You'd have to go Xeon e5-2000 series or opteron to do dual CPU. And since none of these come with 6 really fast cores like the i7-3900s, you'll need to go 8+ slower cores to get there. Dual E5-2660s would be about the same as dual i7-3970K's, but a little more expensive.
You could also go dual AMD 16-core Opteron for a little cheaper and get similar performance.