Originally Posted by gsa700;15389170
Cool but why is it missing two ram slots?
Two? One socket has four fewer than the other.
Anyway, this is fairly common on dual-socket boards as a space/trace saving measure. You do not need to install a second CPU, and if you do, they do not need to have the same memory configuration.
Originally Posted by ComradeNF;15389171
Why does it have 2 Northbridges?
X79 (or whatever the xeon equivalent is) is not a northbridge, it's a PCH. Also, this board looks like it has one X79 and one PCI-E bridge chip.
Anyway, multiple chipsets are also common on multi-socket boards. It allows for more I/O options.
Originally Posted by just_nuke_em;15389542
Not a lot of power circuitry on that board considering the power conenctions, must be a mock up
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I see plenty of power circuitry. Look at the big digital VRMs. There is also likely quite a bit on the back of the board.
This does not look like a mock-up, it looks like something ready for mass production.