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So, this is my first real post on the forums even though I joined about .... a month ago I think? So far, the forums is great and I actually feel happy that there is an awesome place where I could finally talk about tech and not feel singled out, besides tom's hardware of course, but the aesthetics there isn't as good. Now, back to the main point. I finally took my time and researched quite a bit on motherboards on multiple manufacturing websites such as Asus, AsRock, MSI, Gigabyte, and Biostar. All of them seem well manufactured, but then I found out there was actually such a thing as dual CPU sockets. *puts up shield in case of insults and rants* ( well, sorry, but I didn't really have a need for dual CPUs! ... yet ) confused.gif

I decided that I would want that type of mobo for my next build. I don't know why but I never really was good at deciding on what motherboard to choose because of their variations of #s of USB 3.0/2.0 slots, PCIe 3.0 slots, whether if more PCIe 2.0 slots would really matter, and basically stuff like that. If any of you would kindly inform me of the best dual socket X79 LGA 2011 motherboard, provided with an explanation, it would be gladly appreciated.

Also, if you don't think that dual sockets aren't really that much of a help, then please say so, and provide another X79 LGA 2011 motherboard that you think is the best; again, provided with an explanation. The main things that I do on my computers from greatest importance to least are the following: designing (like CAD, Maya, and 3DS Max), gaming (fps, puzzle platforms, action-adventures, stealth), browsing the web, YouTube videos, and rarely movies. I'm sure that there's something else i'm forgetting, but it's probably not important if I'm forgetting it. Again, thanks for the help. thumb.gif
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The only board that i know of that is more readily available is EVGA's SR-X. however it currently only supports Xeons and not the mainstream x79 CPUs.
there are probably others but they will be more server oriented and probably also only support zeons and be more expensive.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188119
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In things like cad and that there will be a large differance in having two cpus. However, im everything else there will be almost no differance whatsoever, so you need to make up your mind on whats more importent to you. The second is overclocking- a single 3930k overclocked to 4.8 ghz will be on par in cad with two 2.4ghz x79 xeons, while being much better at gaming and that and cheaper. However if this is a 'workstation' where you will be doing cad like work that your livly hood depends on, you might not overclok at all, for reliability reasons. In that case a single six core xeon might be best, as it gives you ecc memory support. So it would help to out line what you do and why alittle more. Personnaly however it seems that unless you have unlimited budget or do hours of cad and maya a day, a single 3930k would be best. So please tell us why you do cad/maya so we can see if its worth it to spend on a dual socket rig.
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@ Nemises Thanks. biggrin.gif Anybody else? Also, just for a reminder, if you don't think that dual CPUs are worth it considering my uses stated in my first post, then you can just inform me of a "normal" X79 LGA 2011 mobo.

@ jrl1357 Edit: The reason why I do Cad and maya is just for personal reasons, not anything like a job. I do do it hours a day, and I kind of do overclock alot. Besides that gaming is also important to me too.
Edit: I also dont really have a limited budget, but anything in total going over $6,000 is pushing it waayyyy too much.
Last Edit: When I was researching, I also found out that there are motherboards that support both the mainstreams like 3930k and e5-2687w, like the Asus P9X79 WS, and others.
Edited by BuizelON - 7/3/12 at 9:39am
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The Asus ROG Rampage boards are pretty popular, and so far i haven't found any reason to dislike my extreme thumb.gif
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@ Nemises Thanks. biggrin.gif Anybody else? Also, just for a reminder, if you don't think that dual CPUs are worth it considering my uses stated in my first post, then you can just inform me of a "normal" X79 LGA 2011 mobo.

@ jrl1357 Edit: The reason why I do Cad and maya is just for personal reasons, not anything like a job. I do do it hours a day, and I kind of do overclock alot. Besides that gaming is also important to me too.
Edit: I also dont really have a limited budget, but anything in total going over $6,000 is pushing it waayyyy too much.
Last Edit: When I was researching, I also found out that there are motherboards that support both the mainstreams like 3930k and e5-2687w, like the Asus P9X79 WS, and others.

They may support the mainstream and server x79 chips but you cannot run two 3930K's, no matter what board you use.
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They may support the mainstream and server x79 chips but you cannot run two 3930K's, no matter what board you use.

Okay. Since there isn't really any motherboard out there that can run both a server and mainstream x79 in dual CPU "mode", can anybody just tell me the best single socket mobo that can run both of them? Thanks for the help. Also, it would be much more greatly appreciated if you were to put a bit of research into your answer before you say anything.
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The reason you can't run two 3930K's in a 2P board is that they only have one QPI (Quick Path Interconnect). Xeon chips have 2, one for the system and one to go to a second processor. the 3930K's don't physically have a way to communicate with each other.

As far as a single cpu board you want to look at the Rampage IV Formula http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131808

You can look at the extreme but I don't think there is anything to justify the extra $100 for it.

I just picked up an ASRock X79 Extreme6 for my 3930K that I hope to get up and running soon.
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The reason you can't run two 3930K's in a 2P board is that they only have one QPI (Quick Path Interconnect). Xeon chips have 2, one for the system and one to go to a second processor. the 3930K's don't physically have a way to communicate with each other.
As far as a single cpu board you want to look at the Rampage IV Formula http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131808
You can look at the extreme but I don't think there is anything to justify the extra $100 for it.
I just picked up an ASRock X79 Extreme6 for my 3930K that I hope to get up and running soon.

there are some xeons with only 1 QPI link as well, something to keep in mind
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The reason you can't run two 3930K's in a 2P board is that they only have one QPI (Quick Path Interconnect). Xeon chips have 2, one for the system and one to go to a second processor. the 3930K's don't physically have a way to communicate with each other.
As far as a single cpu board you want to look at the Rampage IV Formula http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131808
You can look at the extreme but I don't think there is anything to justify the extra $100 for it.
I just picked up an ASRock X79 Extreme6 for my 3930K that I hope to get up and running soon.

Thanks selectstriker2, you've been a great help. +rep. Along with jrl1357 too.
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