Intel C202, C204, C206 Xeon E3 Bromolow Motherboards Thread

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  1. ChillyPenguin

    ChillyPenguin New Member

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    No vt-d on p8b ws confirmed

    I understand that asus does not mention vt-d explicitly, but the cpu and chipset specs do. I got an email from asus confirming that they chose not to enable vt-d on the p8b ws. My board is going RMA today.
     
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  2. nitrobass24

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    Other consumer vendors may choose to have a VT-d option, but for companies like Asus, they want you to purchase their Workstation/Server Line of products....they make more money on those :)

    Sucks....but such is life.
     
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  3. XZed

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    It confirms me to concentrate on real server-grade brands (SuperMicro, Tyan...)... Indeed, initially, i found appealing such (Asus) line of products but after reading so many articles, i understood that i'd respect one statement :

    Server entry level always would be better than Consumer high level.

    Hope i didn't frustate anyone :), but i'm really considering these words : all posts i read on this forum lead me to this conclusion.
     
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  4. vv111y

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    Anyone know whether the new 22nm 3D transistor Ivy Bridge CPU's will be 1155 socket compatible?

    I've got no old gear and I'm about ready to build 2 new servers (openindiana/zfs/?ESXi) and thought it's a good time to go with new Sandy Bridge. But this news changes things. If the CPU's are compatible then (hopefully) I can keep the rest of the gear and only swap out the CPU's when the time comes. Any issues re: ram, pci, features, etc?
     
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  5. dpante1s

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    Just for your information: Intel Xeon E3-1230 running on my Asrock P67 Extreme4 (Consumer) board now... no problems from the start so far
     
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  6. XZed

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    Official answer from SuperMicro :

    When i compare to Tyan block diagram : Tyan also links pci-e x16 slot directly to Sandy Bridge CPU... but still keeps @ x8 only

    Or does it mean that SuperMicro achieves this (full x16) by dispatching pci-e lanes between SB chip and Intel PCH ?
     
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  7. nikode

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    ASUS supprot team response

     
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  8. ubiquityman

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    That seems to be a nonsense response.
    If it's not supported on the E3 CPUs, then what is it supported on?
     
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  9. nikode

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    It seems supported on i7 or i5 second generation CPUs...
     
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  10. vv111y

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    Some digging:
    - CPU's will be backward compatible with socket 1155
    - new associated mobo's will have faster I/O, ports

    So can do a CPU upgrade and then mobo later if needed
     
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  11. draftversion

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    I would like to buy a base Dell PowerEdge T110 II server because they are so cheap. The motherboard is based on the C202 chipset. Does anyone know whether I can replace the stock i3 processor with an i7 2600k?

    Thanks!
     
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  12. Patrick

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    I have had success with the C20x boards from other vendors (not Dell) and swapping in i5/i7 chips. Dell does do some funny lock-out stuff, but it would be interesting if it works.
     
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  13. fr33zm4n

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    Hi,


    One board isn't mentioned at all here.
    I found this one:GA-6UASL3.

    What do you think about?
    This is to build an esxi server.

    The issue: my local vendor can't find any distributor.
     
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  14. Patrick

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    Gigabyte sent me a note the other day about looking at their server boards, but I have not had the chance to test one yet. They are harder to find.

    My big thought on that model is it does not appear to have IPMI 2.0/ KVM-over-IP. I would strongly suggest looking at a board with that feature.
     
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  15. NME

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  16. XZed

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    Thank you : manufacturers seem to take care of new Xeon E3.
     
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  17. fr33zm4n

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    Thanks,

    Yes you are right, that feature is missing. In fact not so critical this is for home/lab use only. And with the Gigabyte board it could have been used also as a gaming rig afterwards. :cool:
     
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  18. Michael Logies

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    Our experiences with the Asus-Board "P8B WS" (with chipset Intel C206) are extremely disappointing so far. There seems to be no way to get a RAID1 with 3 TB harddisks running (3 TB: Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 HUA723030ALA640). A smaller RAID1 (500 GB) is working. Asus told us that all Intel-Chipsets (C202, C204, C206) don`t run such a big RAID1 at the moment. The Intel support didn`t offer any help. A separate RAID-controller (from Dawicontrol) didn`t help. Here it seems that Intel or Asus are delivering hardware "defect by design".
     
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  19. Patrick

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    Just receive a P8B WS last night and will confirm. Thanks for the heads up.
     
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  20. Michael Logies

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    It`s even worse (P8B WS): If a RAID1 (500 GB) is actice, the 3 TB harddisks cannot be used at full capacity even as single disks. Capacity is under 800 GB then. Full capacity of disk can only be used without any use of RAID.
     
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