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- differences: servers MBOs vs. regular MBOs
- Majki Majk
July 24, 2008, 4:04 am
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It seems that today there's no big differences beween this two, as the
regular MBOs bacame very equipped and strong. What's than purpose of
server motherboards as you can put 32GB on a AM2 board and more...
Could someone more experienced explain do server boards have any
purposes any more...ok i admitt they have places for more than one
processor which means general what ? "Usual" motherboards have
super-ultra-quad-double-x2 ...etc. processors ? What's the catch?
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Re: differences: servers MBOs vs. regular MBOs
A server is more likely to be equipped with ECC or a similar mechanism,
on the RAM. For your "32GB" case, that would be important, due to the
odds of a memory error occurring. Some servers will even include
the ability to have a "spare" DIMM present, which can be used in the
event of a hardware failure.
Servers have a variety of I/O slot types. For example, a server
may have a PCI-X slot, which is suited for some of the older
RAID cards. While there are PCI Express versions of cards
available now, they still don't have the same breadth of
function, as the ones for PCI-X.
A server board can have more CPU sockets. For example, two Tyan
motherboards can be used to build a server with 8 AMD sockets.
The server board can have a provision for a slot with a
remote control. This allows the server to be reset
remotely, without someone having to go and press
the button on the hardware. (You can get this capability on
a few Intel "executive" desktop motherboards, but it isn't that
common for desktops.)
Those are the things I have run into, and I don't even use
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