Is there any m-atx boards to take advantage of cheap Xeon E7 v2 processors?

cheezehead

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mATX boards didn't exist in the mainstream for LGA2011. They are common place with LGA2011-3 boards (ie E5/E7 v3 models). There are some v2 compatible ATX boards, otherwise you could take a look at some of the proprietary formats and might find something that may fit with some case dremeling.
 

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Xeon E7 is not 2011 or 2011-3 It's 2011-1 and they're not compatible. The only boards for the E7 line are proprietary. Even Supermicro doesn't have a board for E7 v2 CPUs aside from a single one that's to be used in multi-node chassis. Everything else winds up with memory risers and proprietary power connectors, so no chance of putting them in a regular case. There's a reason the CPUs go for so little. A few years ago it was the same story with E7 v1 CPUs (which are socket 1567).
 

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mATX boards didn't exist in the mainstream for LGA2011. They are common place with LGA2011-3 boards (ie E5/E7 v3 models). There are some v2 compatible ATX boards, otherwise you could take a look at some of the proprietary formats and might find something that may fit with some case dremeling.
How about "non-existing" :D Asus Rampage IV Gene - mATX with LGA 2011 supporting Xeons E5 V2 (and NVMe too).

 
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cheezehead

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How about "non-existing" :D Asus Rampage IV Gene - mATX with LGA 2011 supporting Xeons E5 V2 (and NVMe too).

So they do exist, not many popping on ebay for cheap...most $300 with some lucky auctions around $150.
 

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um... that xeon is lga 1567 .so matx arent a thing for that motherboard as are used in quad socket system like like hp dl580 gen7
e5 xeons are lga 2011 like 2690 v2 or 2697 v2
 

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The problem lies with the socket. E7 v2 are designed for LGA2011-1 socket which is diffrent from the 2011-0 socket (that is used in the x79 motherboards). Simply put, the E7 v2 processors DO NOT FIT in anything you can find other than expensive proprietary motherboards with at least 2 sockets minimum (to my best knowledge) and those are hard to find.
 

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For what its worth...

The Xeon "EX" series E7-xxxx V2 and V3 CPUs share the same socket (LGA 2011-1), and Intel designed them to have backward/forward compatibility. So, its possible that motherboards designed for Haswell EX (Xeon E7-xxxx V3) will also work with this CPU (assuming the vendor didn't lock the CPU selection). Broadwell EX (Xeon E7-xxxx V4) also used this socket, but I don't know if the compatibility extended to them when the process shrank from 22 to 14nm.

I doubt the Haswell EX (Xeon E7-xxxx V3) boards are any cheaper though.