eVGA Classified SR-2 review with Quad SLI GTX 480 on LN2
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 09/05/2010 01:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
Dual 1366 sockets which allow for hyperthreaded Intel Xeon 5500/5600 series CPUs to be combined together for massive amounts of workload, spread across a multitude of processing threads. Lots of space around the sockets, the LN2 pots and liquid cooling will fit fine.
Combined with compatible CPUs, you create a massive system capable of up to 24 CPU threads of compute power. Oh and you can certainly fill up a memory bank or 12 if you want to. Each CPU will need at least one DIMM though. After that you can opt for dual and triple channel configurations. 4GB per slot is your maximum x 12 slots... yep, you can load this rig up with 48GB of memory. With a server based chipset and Xeon processors, there's also support for ECC modules.
With a grand motherboard comes more SATA connectivity. Eight ports are at your disposal, they are far away from the graphics cards so the upright position does not block the cards.
An enormous array of seven PCIe x16 slots where bridged by two NVIDIA NF200 switch chips (each providing 32 PCIe lanes) helping with QUAD SLI bandwidth - the board as such supports four-way GPU configurations for either NVIDIA SLI or AMD CrossFire. Here we also spot buttons for RESET and Power ON and Clear CMOS (the small one to the right).
We test and review the eVGA Classified SR-2 motherboard. The SR-2 is a dual-socket Intel 5520 chipset based server motherboard dressed up for hardware enthusiasts and pro-overclockers. We'll smack two six-core Xeon X5680 processors on there, four GeForce GTX 480 cards, we'll cool them all with Liquid Nitrogen, overclock it... and see if we can break some records.