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Old 2015-10-09, 04:11   #1
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If I want a Xeon E5-26xx processor the motherboard specifically has to say it supports Xeon?

It is not enough:
Supports New Intel® Core™ i7 processors Extreme Edition in LGA 2011-3 socket
http://www.msi.com/product/mb/X99A-X...#hero-overview
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Old 2015-10-09, 05:29   #2
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That motherboard should work with Xeon E5-26xx v3 processors. The v3 matters. If the processor is not a v3 chip, it's probably compatible with X79 chipset boards.
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Old 2015-10-09, 05:30   #3
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You may put any LGA 2011-3 CPU into LGA 2011-3 socket, being xeon or not, and it will work.
You may have issues with memory speed for example, if you put a 4-channel cpu into a 2-channel mobo, but it will work.
The think you have to consider is that LGA 2011 CPU will not work in a LGA 2011-3 socket. They have the same pin number but different key, they don't match. You can not physically insert one in the other's socket.
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Old 2015-10-09, 06:47   #4
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Thanks. Yeah I know about the 2011-3 socket, I was just not sure about if Xeon requires some special board beyond just the correct socket.

What about ECC Ram? Does the board specifically need be able to handle ECC? Beyond just handling DDR4 Ram.

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Old 2015-10-09, 08:31   #5
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Yes, and not all motherboards can.
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Old 2015-10-09, 16:41   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ATH View Post
Thanks. Yeah I know about the 2011-3 socket, I was just not sure about if Xeon requires some special board beyond just the correct socket.

What about ECC Ram? Does the board specifically need be able to handle ECC? Beyond just handling DDR4 Ram.
There is a "Compatibility" tab on the webpage that you provided. It shows many Xeons.
There is also a "Download" tab where you can get the full manual, which states in part:
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Memory Support
■8x DDR4 memory slots supporting up to 128GB
■Supports DDR4 2133/ 2200(OC)/ 2400(OC)/ 2600(OC)/ 2666(OC)/
2750(OC) / 3000(OC)/ 3110(OC)/ 3333(OC) MHz
■Quad channel memory architecture
■Supports non-ECC, un-buffered memory
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Old 2015-10-09, 22:30   #7
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Or just buy a SuperMicro board and put in some ECC RAM also :P
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Old 2015-10-10, 02:13   #8
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Or just buy a SuperMicro board and put in some ECC RAM also :P
That's kind of what I was thinking. I mentioned before that when I buy servers for work, I get HP Proliants because I need stuff that'll "just work" when it's in a remote datacenter that I only visit a couple times a year. I need those pre-failure warnings about hard drives and memory that is going to die but hasn't yet, and has the built in arrays, spare/mirrored memory, etc.

But if I were setting up a server on the cheap and it was going to be nearby, I wouldn't mind a SuperMicro. They'll do the job okay and have similar features to the HP stuff depending on the model. Plus, their motherboards are standard sized (I think) so you don't necessarily have to get one of their cases unless you wanted some of the other things like redundant power supplies and their hot plug drive bays, or you just feel like getting one of the rack mounts for ease of install.

EDIT: I'm not pushing SuperMicro over any others, just saying I'd feel okay if that was the choice I made. ASUS has some dual Xeon LGA 2011-3 with ECC DDR4 support over on Newegg, I see. Never used one, but there are other options out there, I just haven't looked too hard.

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