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Old November 26, 2007, 06:35 PM
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What's the difference between a "standard" board and a server board?
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Old November 26, 2007, 06:40 PM
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What's the difference between a "standard" board and a server board?
They're deeper for one thing.... (hence how deep the tech stations are.....) :)
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Old November 26, 2007, 06:49 PM
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Server grade boards usually use higher quality components, as well as different RAM support, and PCI/storage controllers. Also, most mainstream motherboards don't have Server OS support and drivers, but the Server boards do. They also have pretty indepth BIOS protection and other security monitoring features.
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Old November 26, 2007, 06:50 PM
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Thank you Steve for this deep insight in the Great world of Server Boards...

Anything else?

edit: thanks Captain. But what can a server board do that a mainstream board can't? I'm trying to find out why one would choose such a board. What's so special about Servers OS?
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Old November 26, 2007, 06:50 PM
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They are not always deeper. This one is deeper, but fits in most enthusiast cases anyway. Standard E-ATX form factor. Takes Dual Quadcore CPU's, up to 128GB of RAM, as well as SAS/SATA harddrive support with RAID. Killer!

http://www.supermicro.com/products/motherboard/Xeon1333/5100/X7DCL-3.cfm

(sorry, realised that board is E-ATX....Check this one: It is a standard ATX board. You could put this in a Sonata if you wanted to! - Supermicro, Inc. - Products | Motherboards | Xeon Boards | X7DCL-3 )

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Old November 26, 2007, 06:55 PM
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I wrote my edit while you answered... here's the question again: But what can a server board do that a mainstream board can't? I'm trying to find out why one would choose such a board. What's so special about Servers OS?
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Old November 26, 2007, 07:05 PM
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Well, a server board is not designed for gaming, or editing work, or anything like that. They are designed to share, distribute, database, and all of the above, usually with hundreds of connections at one time. Have you ever tride accessing a single computer's shared documents with more than 12 computers? Not going to go over well...... I think on non-server OS there is a limit to active connections. Also remember, these boards are not your run of the mill mama's boards. These are designed for 24/7 usage, usually in dense area's where there is little to no airflow, and extreme temperatures.
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Old November 26, 2007, 07:15 PM
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The board you linked is a monster! That would be perfect for folding, no? Dual Quad CPUs with 16 gb of Ram, quadruple Linux distros under Vmware... hmm, interesting. Does it accept non-ecc ram?

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I think on non-server OS there is a limit to active connections.
Tell me about it. Max. is 5 connections on Vista. I had to decide which of the 6 computers would have access to the printer downstairs...
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Old November 26, 2007, 07:19 PM
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Sadly, it only takes ECC. Luckily, ECC is definitely coming down in price now though.

Kingston 2GB DDR2 SDRAM Memory Module at FrontierPC.com Canada
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Asus Xonar Essence STX
OCZ Z-Series GOLD 850W
2 x 128GB Corsair Force GT SATA3 SSD RAID0 :)
Acheiva Shimian Q270 Lite 2560x1440

Benq W500 Pojector.

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Old November 26, 2007, 07:50 PM
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So with two procs on board, do they have the paths to allow for true parallel processing? If so, then that would be the biggie with regards to why a server mobo would be chosen for heavy server duty.
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