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Why are their no multiple CPU motherboards? (not counting servers)

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So I was wondering why there are no motherboards out there that can support multiple mainstream cpus from AMD or Intel. I am not talking about server boards; I am talking about the latest FX processors or i5/i7's. Is there just not a need for this or what? It would be nice to be able to have at least one more cpu for double the performance. I know you can just buy the latest and greatest but it would be awesome if you could just pop another processor in after a year or 2 instead of upgrading the entire system. Just as you can with graphics cards when they start to fall behind and you no longer can run your latest games on max settings. If you add another card you just doubled your graphics power for the most part.

I know of distributed computing because I used to fold@home quite often. Are multiple motherboards able to be installed inside of a giant case each with its own cpu and make it work as 1 PC? This route would be much more expensive as you would need a lot more hardware. It would be pretty sweet to have your own mini-supercomputer at home.

There are a lot of reasons why the first option would be very beneficial to a lot of people around the world. At schools where they do not have much funding, they could have one PC with several multi-core processors and they can run virtual machines off of them for many separate workstations. I think Windows multi-point server Operating System does this.
    
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1: the CPU and chipset are not compatible for multi CPU
2: consumers dont require multi CPU
3: if you require multi CPU then get a server board with xeons that are made for multi CPU
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Probably for the same reason as why there isn't a k version for the i3 series. It could cannibalize the sales of the higher end chips. Tho probably not as bad of a cannibal act considering the consumer has to buy a second intel chip for these boards.
Edited by TwistedTime - 7/9/13 at 8:30pm
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Probably for the same reason as why there isn't a k version for the i3 series. It could cannibalize the sales of the higher end chips. Tho probably not as bad of a cannibal act considering the consumer has to buy a second intel chip for these boards.

Yea I thought about this as well. Thinking about it more carefully now, I believe this would even slow down engineering as sales wouldnt be as often and not so much of a demand for "New" hardware if people could just add a second cpu for the now depreciated price(say, initial price=$300/cpu, 2 years later same cpu sells for $175) ok guys thanks for opening up my eyes. I was just looking inside my giant Hafx and thought it could use something else. smile.gif +1 to you guys
    
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