Gotcha, thanks for the info!
2S/ZS are fairly reasonable to what retail cpu's go for, do you see any reason to try and go for OEM -04 cpu? the OEM -04 are also very expensive cause of the plandemic.
I was really hoping I can run an Asrock ROMED8-2T or a Gigabyte MZ71 with all of their PCIE4.0 16x goodness, but I'm affraid the 2S/ZS cpu's will not be able to boot because of incompatible BIOS.
I'm planning on this build to run Unraid (right now have it running on an i7-870 which is 11 years old, and it is chocking pretty hard), was hoping I can run zenstates upon Unraid startup to give it a little boost.
On your KRPA-U16, are you using the 24x slot? do you have a mezzanine card? I'd like to have 10G ethernet, 1-2 gpus, Asus 4x nvme riser card on a bifurcated slot, maybe usb/thunderbolt expansion in the future, not sure if the KRPA-U16 will provide my needs, donno why it has a mix of 4.0 and 3.0 slots.