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Originally Posted by dansusx264 should scale across both cpu's near 100%. Try with the latest build and see if you get better results, Handbrake could be using an older version.
Originally Posted by bw67958Wonder what the gaming figures would look like with 4 x Sapphire toxic cards in it??????
Originally Posted by HakurenWhile interesting as a curiosity, sadly this MB is completely pointless investment.
1. First of all, useless as a server board. You have no hardware RAID functions, only 8 SATA ports, no SAS, which means you need to invest much more money to buy add-on cards. This is not an issue with many server/workstation dual-CPU boards. A lot of them comes with hardware RAID from major brands (mostly LSI/Intel). So you have out of the box connectivity for 12-15 HDDs at the same price point.
2. Network cards are poor Realteks. Forgive me, but for this kind of MB they should bolt 2 Intel NICs. I wouldn't pay so much cash to buy MB which is not as good as it could be - it is after all supposedly best of all motherboards. Same with sound card. For an enthusiast using some atrocious AC'97/HD Audio (by Realtek) is complete no-go.
3. Heat. In traditional EVGA style cooling of NB/SB is atrocious. So no surprise, you need to invest even more money to replace that rubbish.
4. Compatibility issues. You need to buy Mountain Mods case to use this motherboard. And one thing straight I'm owner of MM cases so I know few things about them. Importing this stuff from US to Europe will cost you pretty much as much as case itself (or more depending on location and options). To mount/use HPTX comfortably you need Extended case like UFO or Ascension. Only someone who is completely mad will squeeze this behemoth into 18" cube. You need 24" length end of story. For such big case you need to spend between ~450 and 630 USD (brushed alu extended UFO to anodized black extended Ascension). Then S&H+customs+VAT. And you end with ~1000+ USD purchase. Make no mistake, MM cases are gorgeous, simple as that.
5. Hmm how many real, every day applications/games using all cores on your standard i7? Ok, few at most. Hell maybe even 50. And how many of those applications is capable to recognize 2 CPUs and use both of them (not to mention all cores). Answer is a number very much close to 0.
So to sum this up a bit. If you want ultimate Folding machine (and you own personal anti-matter power station) / enjoying showing off at LAN parties / or you have more money than sense but know absolutely nothing about PCs then SR-2 is for you. For everyday use you must be drunk and mad to buy SR-2. Buy instead gorgeous MM case and some nice MB + plenty of modding bits for cash you saved from not investing into SR-2 solution.
Originally Posted by cdbCouple of questions on the folding side. Were all the ppds done with the 4 gpus and cpus all folding together?
Originally Posted by cdbDid you try folding on just the cpus? I've seen someone say it's not worth gpu folding on the sr2 as you have to give them a core or 2 to work with and that takes alot of points away from the cpu bigadv at those time frames. They were getting 130K just on the cpus. Any chance you could try folding with say just a 240gt fitted for graphics and fold only on the overclocked cpus to see if 130K is possible and what power this then uses, I'm guessing a good 450W less.
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