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Hi guys...I have 1 x5680 intel cpu and was wondering if I can run it in single CPU mode on a cheap mobo? I really don't want to spend $700 on the evga sr-2. If that is the only way, I think I will have to sell the CPU. Thanks.
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Ya any normal LGA1366 mobo will do it, sr-2 is just if you want two CPUs. Why cheap out on the mobo tho? You have such an expensive CPU.
     
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Ya any normal LGA1366 mobo will do it, sr-2 is just if you want two CPUs. Why cheap out on the mobo tho? You have such an expensive CPU.
CPU was given a a gift...currently I have a e8400 on a asus p5q-e Overclocked to 4.2Ghz.

Are you sure any normal LGA1366 mobo will take a x5680? I was told only intel 5520 chipsets can take the X5680 6 core. I havent found any normal single cpu LGA1366 board that have the x5680 as compatible cpu on the list. Only the W series.

Thanks.
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CPU was given a a gift...currently I have a e8400 on a asus p5q-e Overclocked to 4.2Ghz.

Are you sure any normal LGA1366 mobo will take a x5680? I was told only intel 5520 chipsets can take the X5680 6 core. I havent found any normal single cpu LGA1366 board that have the x5680 as compatible cpu on the list. Only the W series.

Thanks.
Its a workstation cpu. Therefore you'll have to get a Workstation Board as well.
    
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Its a workstation cpu. Therefore you'll have to get a Workstation Board as well.
The vast majority of X5000 series Xeons will work just fine in many consumer LGA-1366 boards.
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Unless....the X5680 is the same as the i7 980X when installed in a X58 mobo?!?!? Can anyone confirm this before I go buy a X58 mobo for my X5680...thanks.
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That motherboard works great for my x5660, some mobos will work while others will not.
Asus sabertooth x58 is another that has been confirmed to work.

Please use caution when purchasing your board, google it to find someone else that has one with your chip if possible.
Edited by Lutro0 - 6/2/11 at 5:44am
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I am 99% sure that it will work on most X58 boards so long as you update to the latest BIOS for that specific board

I was looking at getting one and putting it in my P6X58D Premium short term until I could afford and SR2 and second CPU.

And I'm pretty sure that the P6X58D Premium works with the x5680 so long as it has the newest BIOS.
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Unless....the X5680 is the same as the i7 980X when installed in a X58 mobo?!?!? Can anyone confirm this before I go buy a X58 mobo for my X5680...thanks.
It's not the same as a 980X as it has a different microcode and doesn't have an unlocked multiplier.

It's still a Gulftown and should still work fine in most desktop boards, even if the board doesn't have official support for it. Might not display the correct name on boot, and might need to be manually configured, but there is no reason it should not work.

The only functional differences are that the Xeons support ECC and the second QPI bus is enabled on the X line of chips. Unbuffered memory is still supported and a the second QPI doesn't get in the way of anything.
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you can use any 1366 mobo, some may require a bios update. it will work exactly how it should.
     
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