Just when everyone thought that dual-processor platforms for consumers were dead, EVGA, a well-known supplier of graphics cards and mainboards, revealed plans to unveil a motherboard for two microprocessors aimed at gamers with no limits in mind and budget.
At the Consumer Electronics Show EVGA plans to demonstrate its Intel X58-based motherboard designed for two central processing units in LGA1366 form-factor. The mainboard, which image has been published in XtremeSystems forums, sports two processor sockets, twelve DDR3 memory slots (6 per socket), seven PCI Express x16 slots for graphics cards and other add-in-cards as well as numerous additional controllers that provide functionality necessary for gamers, e.g., 7.1-channel audio controller, Nvidia’s PCI Express hubs to optimize performance of multi-GPU setups and so on.
The mainboard comes in extended ATX form-factor, hence, will be incompatible with the vast majority of consumer cases. Besides, end-users will have to obtain Intel Xeon 5500-series processors for the motherboard unless Intel launches special-edition Intel Core i7 processors that support dual-processor configuration.
Both Advanced Micro Devices and Intel Corp. tried to popularize 2-way systems for consumers 2-4 years ago. However, both AMD QuadFX as well as Intel V8 platforms failed to become popular even among performance-demanding end-users as well as boutique PC makers who sell systems that can cost $5000 and upwards, since those machines either were not fast enough considering their price or could not demonstrate their full potential due to software limitations.
Even though EVGA has customers looking forward extreme performance, it is highly doubtful that the company will be able to popularize server/workstation platform on the PC gaming market during traditionally slow the first quarter amid global economic recession.
EVGA did not comment on the news-story.
Tags: EVGA, X58, Intel, Core, Nehalem, Bloomfield
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Discussion started: 01/06/10 01:09:51 PM
Latest comment: 01/27/10 09:00:24 PM
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Given the fact that every game coming out for PC is just a port of software designed to run on three-year-old PoS console hardware, saying that something like this provides the "functionality necessary for gamers" is becoming more and more of a joke... I'd go so far as to say insult... to the type of enthusiast gamers who would have once-upon-a-time wanted to buy something like this.
Honestly I see no point in buying "gaming" hardware when there are no games being released to push that hardware. Once you start getting over 90 fps with all details turned on and max resolution, where else can you go? I'm running two virtual servers at the same that I play cod4 on my core i7 machine and it barely breaks a sweat.
...and given the fact the x-box isn't going to be changing or going away anytime soon, I'm sure we can expect more of the same unambitious software for the next year at least...
Yes... I'm still bitter about the whole MW2 fiasco, and hate console gamers more every day!
01/06/10 01:09:51 PM]
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im with ya bro
01/07/10 06:31:12 AM]
Yeah, the crappy consoles killed the PC gaming. Why in a world you need 2 processors to play a game, especially when most of the games are not even optimized for quads, remains in did a good question.
01/07/10 07:29:55 AM]
Eh.... The consumer i7s (current state anyway) only has one QPI link. Two of them are needed for DP setup.
Furthermore, Xeons aren't exactly targeted for gaming and really more for throughput than calculation.
A very expensive platform but at least I see no sign of FB-Dimms being used.
01/06/10 01:32:30 PM]
The upcoming Core i7-980 XE has 2 QPI links. Anyone want to place bets on whether this board will support two of them?
01/27/10 09:00:24 PM]
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