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Asus shows LGA2011 concept board

Asus shows LGA2011 concept board

The Danshui Bay motherboard has one LGA1366 socket and one LGA2011 socket.,

Asus has bagged the prize for day one craziness at Computex 2011 by showing a motherboard that features an LGA1366 and an LGA2011 processor socket.

It has to be said that the motherboard, currently codenamed Danshui Bay, is only currently a concept design and is therefore unlikely to see a full manufacturing run any time soon.

The idea of a dual-socket motherboard is intriguing though, as it would of course allow consumers a more defined upgrade path in the future. Intel would also likely be supportive of the board as it essentially ensures that anyone who buys it will be buying Intel CPUs for a long while to come.

We can only guess at what price this ginormous board would be likely to retail for as having two different chipsets on a motherboard is likely to drive price up quite a bit. The board also features a ridiculous amount of SATA ports, which seems to indicate that the X79 chipset (which services the LGA2011 socket) is chock full of SATA ports.

You'll also notice that the LGA2011 socket is serviced by eight memory sockets, four either side of the CPU socket. This all but confirms that LGA2011 CPUs will come complete with a quad-channel memory controller, something which we suggested may be the fact way back at the end of last year.

Is this something that you would buy? Is tying yourself into future upgrades something that you are willing to do? Let us know your thoughts in the forum.

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HourBeforeDawn 31st May 2011, 19:59 Quote
ya its interesting how they are diving the ram between the CPU, in reason for that? I havent been following the 2011 as much as I have been following bulldozer.
Valinor 31st May 2011, 20:00 Quote
That sure looks.. interesting.

I am of course talking about the Republic of Gamers tattoo on that person's arm.
thetrashcanman 31st May 2011, 20:18 Quote
not the first time i've seen it, but look at the size of that socket!
TAG 31st May 2011, 20:26 Quote
What's this X68 chipset you're on about? I thought Z68 was for 1155 and X79 was for 2011?

edit: hmm so x68 is indeed for 2011.
So many chipsets, crisscrossed references between ranges. Thank you intel, as if your confusing CPU name scheme wasn't enough already.

edit2: actually I've just read X68 might get skipped alltogether in favour of Z79?
vdbswong 31st May 2011, 20:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by TAG
What's this X68 chipset you're on about? I though Z68 was for 1155 and X79 was for 2011?

edit: hmm so x68 is indeed for 2011.
So many chipsets, crisscrossed references between ranges. Thank you intel, as if your confusing CPU name scheme wasn't enough already.

I got confused as well...

Everywhere else i've seen mentions the X79 Chipset for LGA2011...

Can someone explain ?
cdb 31st May 2011, 21:04 Quote
I can't see the point of the board apart from comparing lga1366 and lga2011.
Now if they were to build a dual lga2011 board, that could be interesting.
How does it compare sizewise to the SR-2 board?
Aracos 31st May 2011, 21:11 Quote
Have you seen the size of the CPU sockets? If that's what they'll look like does this mean we can expect MASSIVE cpu's?
Chicken76 31st May 2011, 21:49 Quote
Hmmm... so I'm guessing today's coolers won't be compatible with LGA2011, eh?
Pookie 31st May 2011, 22:28 Quote
Debit card at the ready ;)
Altron 31st May 2011, 22:54 Quote
No idea why anyone would want this. It probably costs more than a 1366 board and a 2011 board, and will require you to have a EATX case.

This looks to be the latest in a long line of miserable failures that were designed to "make upgrading easy" - i.e. the DDR2 and DDR3 boards, the AGP and PCIe boards, and the 775 + 939 dual socket board. They 'kinda' worked, but couldn't do either thing as well as the correct mobo, plus they cost as much as both.

For someone who has a 1366 rig already, and plans to upgrade to 2011, this is a terrible idea. It would be cheaper for them to just wait for 2011 to come out and buy a 2011 motherboard, and continue using their 1366 motherboard.
Ayrto 31st May 2011, 22:56 Quote
Interesting concept, but it'd surely need v complex drivers ...bugs?

*waits for* But can it run Crysis?
TWeaK 1st June 2011, 00:11 Quote
Props to Harry (it was Harry, wasn't it?) for scooping the quad-channel memory!
Autti 1st June 2011, 01:35 Quote
Its X79 for LGA 2011 CPU's also there is heaps of photos of the new 2011 boards already.
bagman 1st June 2011, 01:35 Quote
i don't think we will ever see this on the market because of the layout of the board, because look at where the ram slots for the 2011 cpu, 4 of them are in line with where the PCI slots are, so when ivy bridge does come out you won't be able to play on it, and if you have a motherboard like this you probably have more than 1 or 2 graphics cards
Shayper09 1st June 2011, 03:15 Quote
Can I haz plox? Along with 2 ASUS Mars 2's?

Kthxbai :)
slothy89 1st June 2011, 05:39 Quote
Can they make a board that allows both 1366 and 2011 CPUs in the same socket? Now that would be a good selling point! (even if it is an AMD invention)
Bindibadgi 1st June 2011, 06:19 Quote
1) It's X79 :)

@ Slothy - Same socket? No.

@ Chicken - No. New coolers.

@ cbd - Dual 2011 will come in time, although exclusively workstation.

The two CPUs talk to each other via QPI, and the 2011 CPU then provides the PCI-E or talks to the X79 to provide the SATA etc
l3v1ck 1st June 2011, 10:31 Quote
Would youi be able to use both at the same time or is this designed to let you use 1366 now, then swap to 2011 later on?
If it's the later then it's a bit pointless, as I'm sure this board will comand a huge price premium at the moment.
Bindibadgi 1st June 2011, 10:46 Quote
No you have to use the LGA2011 chip as the 1366 connects to it. It basically means you can throw out your X58 board and still use the 1366 Core i7 ;)
RedFlames 1st June 2011, 11:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by bagman
i don't think we will ever see this on the market because of the layout of the board, because look at where the ram slots for the 2011 cpu, 4 of them are in line with where the PCI slots are, so when ivy bridge does come out you won't be able to play on it, and if you have a motherboard like this you probably have more than 1 or 2 graphics cards

you're assuming the board is the 'right' way up... the rear IO or at the top of the photo, putting the PCI-E slots under the big 'ASUS Concept Motherboard' label
l3v1ck 1st June 2011, 12:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
No you have to use the LGA2011 chip as the 1366 connects to it. It basically means you can throw out your X58 board and still use the 1366 Core i7 ;)
Then I see no point in it. You still have to buy both a new motherboard and new CPU in total. The only difference is with this board that you buy one now and one later rather than both at the same time. That seems kind of silly as prices often drop over time.
Culinia 1st June 2011, 15:11 Quote
Wait what? Can you use the two CPUs at the same time?
shadow19935 1st June 2011, 15:13 Quote
Notice the God Bless Japan on the top right corner of the board.
SMIFFYDUDE 1st June 2011, 15:51 Quote
I have 12gig of ram just because the empty slots were irritating me so much. I'd have a mental breakdown if I bought this board.
TAG 1st June 2011, 15:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE
I have 12gig of ram just because the empty slots were irritating me so much. I'd have a mental breakdown if I bought this board.

You shouldn't think that way.
Using 1 bank per channel is considered better for system stability and ram also stays much cooler.
balatro2005 1st June 2011, 16:29 Quote
First thought it's a new dual cpu board. After looking at the pictures couldn't figure out what it was. New thought what case will it fit ?
oblivion181 2nd June 2011, 18:31 Quote
is it just me or does this reek of compatibility issues. It's almost like they know there is going to be an issue with the LGA2011, so you stick the CPU sockets on one board so that you will still be able to use older applications.
jinxed_07 8th June 2011, 23:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by vdbswong
I got confused as well...

Everywhere else i've seen mentions the X79 Chipset for LGA2011...

Can someone explain ?

X79 = LGA 2011
X68 = Effectively a cross between P67 and H67, you have the option to use the built in HD Gfx 2000 or 3000 with Quick Sync, and you have a new feature, SSD caching. LGA 1155 of course
TAG 9th June 2011, 14:13 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by jinxed_07
X79 = LGA 2011
X68 = Effectively a cross between P67 and H67, you have the option to use the built in HD Gfx 2000 or 3000 with Quick Sync, and you have a new feature, SSD caching. LGA 1155 of course

Wrong
X79 is for 2011
X68 is for 2011
Z68 is the hybrid P67/H67
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