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So I'll be jumping on the socket 2011 bandwagon most likely. I have some questions:

Obviously the 8 core xeon's will be awesome for folding. However will they be compatible with the single processor boards or will you have to get the SR-3 (or whatever it's called) even if you only want to run one cpu? ($1800 is pricey enough for now) (oh and yes I know it would be cheaper to get two seperate hex rigs)

If I went with sr-3 + one cpu, and wanted to add another cpu later (maybe when ib-e comes out) would I have to get identical cpu's in order to run at the same frequency? I.E. I assume linux is capable of handling dual cpus of different speeds, but how will gromacs handle it?
     
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Obviously the 8 core xeon's will be awesome for folding. However will they be compatible with the single processor boards or will you have to get the SR-3 (or whatever it's called) even if you only want to run one cpu? ($1800 is pricey enough for now) (oh and yes I know it would be cheaper to get two seperate hex rigs)
That's a good thing, should be the preferable option.

I also have no idea to what the answers to your questions tho...
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I don't know what the 2011 socket is like but I have some experience with the older dual LGA771 boards and you have to have identical CPUs on those. I would assume it's the same on newer platforms, but that's just an assumption.
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You have to have identical CPUs for the QPI links to communicate.
You can use a Xeon in a single socket board.
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i believe that xeon is usable is x79 and that you can only use xeon in sr-3.
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No, you can use a Xeon in a single socket board.
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I think what he's saying is that you can only use Xeon chips in a SR-3. The non server chips don't have the QPI IIRC and won't work in it.
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I think what he's saying is that you can only use Xeon chips in a SR-3. The non server chips don't have the QPI IIRC and won't work in it.
You could use dual qpi xeon's on x58 right? I assume it will be the same on X79. I haven't seen anything to confirm it though.

It would be a nice bonus if the "fully" unlockable 3960k could also unlock the last two cores
     
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Yes you can use DUAL QPI XEONS on an X58 board. Look at my sig rig. DUAL QPI means it will only run in a MAX 2 CPU configuration. The new 2011 E5 chips will more than likely be QUAD QPI. Meaning the MAX configuration they can run is 4 processors together on one board.

If you go the SR-3 option you should be able to start off with just one processor and then upgrade to two later but both of your processors WILL have to match.
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