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Old 05-01-11, 12:30 PM   #46
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Default Re: Intel X79 Chipset

Originally Posted by slaWter View Post
Overclockable multi-socket boards are rare because overclockability is not a requirement in the multi-socket target market. Now with all that Turbo hype going on at AMD and Intel, overclocking is somehow there but fully automatic. Performance/watt, stability and reliability is key for those markets - overclocking would work against that.

Those boards you mentioned are targeted for the overclocking sector, the benchmark junkies. A very small market. That's why I said EVGA deserves credit for making such a board because this is not a mass market and that's usually not something a manufacturer is interested in.
But that doesn't make the board special at all. Again, I never understood the hype around it.

In my opinion the SR-2 is the best budget board for the dual socket market. It's not the best choice when it comes to reliability but in a non-mission-critical environment you can save a lot of money by getting the cheaper, lower clocked CPUs instead of the higher end models.

First of all, the board cost 700$, wich makes it just as expensive as pretty much any dual socket board that doesn't overclock at all from the heavy hitters like Tyan or supermicro, wich specialise in dual and even quad socket motherboards for the last 15+ years...

Second, the idea behind this board is to use the same idea used in a single socket enthusiast motherboards that everyone raves about and try to apply those same ideas, for that same market on a dual socket platform, and they even took a bigger gamble here, because it also introduced a new form factor(HPTX), wich is actually larger than the E-ATX standard that regular dual socket non overclockable boards use, but needed to allow all the features this board has, even though it pretty much limits it's use to a handfull of cases with enough room to fit the board in the first place, and none of them are cheap(mountain mods, largest lian li's, little dragon)....Basically 450 to 800$ cases to fit this thing in...

The previous 3 examples i quoted are all E-ATX boards, wich automatically have a much larger selection of cases that users are able to use, and those cases cheaper too, and even intel itself when it comes to it's very own skulltrail product, still used the E-ATX form factor and fully buffered Dimms, wich is server memory that does not like to be overclocked and runs hot as hell even at stock clocks and costs a fortune....They didn't attempt to release this using standard, unbuffered, non ECC memory, wich btw the SR-2 also supports, and if the user takes that option, it can support up to 96 GB of ECC ram, rather than just 48 GB..

What i'm basically saying is that of the few dual socket boards that have been released in the last 15 years that actually overclock and were aimed for enthusiasts, and i've either owned or used all of them at one point or another, this SR-2 is about as close to the best one that's ever been released overall in that time period for features, overclocking options in the Bios and on the board itself, the actual success rate of hitting a high overclock for the CPU, QPI, and ram, the graphics card options in single and multi GPU configurations, and even better than Intel's own skulltrail product wich didn't overclock that well to begin with(the Bios options were fairly limited for it), and that's saying something right there when EVGA does a better job than intel itself....

The only niggles i can think of here would be the location of some of the connectors, why is there a pata connector on the board, and that to really use the board to it's fullest potential along with 4 video cards and extreme cooling(read, cascade, R404, liquid nitrogen...Any sub 0 cooling), the board will require the use of dual power supplies given the extra power connectors built in for those scenarios(yes there are just there for that alone), as there's no single power supply than can handle it....This is basically a board where the gloves come off so to speak, and love it for that fact that EVGA went all out on it's design, no compromises and i'm still not using it to it's full potential, that's the scary part...
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