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Dual socket motherboards

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  1. jackdw

    jackdw Thread Starter

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    Someone who has asked me to do a build for them said they wanted a dual socket processors. Is it just a case of a normal build, just whack on two CPU's and heatsinks and boot it up and install the OS?

    Never done dual sockets before...
    Thanks
    Jack
     
  2. xtreampb

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    u buy a dual socket motherboard and 2 processors that are compatable with the socket types and heatsinks and fans and the usual. The bios might be a little diffrent but i think that is the only real diffrence
     
  3. MaverickUK

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    The motherboard has to be multi-processing compliant.
     
  4. Frank4d

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    I am curious if they really mean "dual core" instead of "dual socket"? If dual socket, many Xeon and Opteron server MOBOs require ECC RAM.
     
  5. xtreampb

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    i must have miss read. there are dual socket mobo which is mobo that houses 2 processors but no dual SOCKET processor ask them do they mean a dual socket processor or dual core
     
  6. telegramsam

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    TWO processors and one motherboard with two sockets--it should automatically support SMP.

    Maybe the person wanted a dual core processor?

    Dual processors are for servers, and are a pretty expensive desktop route. Look at Tyan motherboards--they're the standard for dual processor server boards.
     
  7. jackdw

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    No not dual core, dual socket. IE, two seperate processors with their own socket.
     
  8. telegramsam

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    Opterons or Xeons then.

    Probaby best to choose the CPU's first and then hunt down a board.

    They have a few quad processor boards too--how fun would that be???
     
  9. xtreampb

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    loads and loads of fun

    wwwwwwwweeeeeeeee
     
  10. telegramsam

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    It would be pretty awesome to set up a quad core, dual core Xeon rig and see what it can handle. A little look into the future of computing...
     
  11. xtreampb

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    2 quad cores and run all 8 cores

    cooling would be a pain in the back
     
  12. jackdw

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    But can you just run the thing normally? Will it be like a dual core? Ie, two CPU's show in task manager?
     
  13. Frank4d

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    TaskManager will show two Xeons as two CPUs if Hyperthreading is not enabled, or as four CPUs if Hyperthreading is enabled. It runs just like any other PC. Whether two Xeons is faster or better than one dual core CPU depends on how it is used.

    I have dual 2.0GHz Xeons in a simulator system with eleven PCI and PCI-X boards, running XP Pro SP1 with about 160 :eek: processes running.
     
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