This is not a shopping question. I want to know if my basis for technical dependencies is correct. In other words, I should investigate CPU support for certain features before getting lost in a myriad of motherboards.
I need something that supports
- Quad channel memory
- PCI 3.0 Support
- 2 or 4 slots of PCI 16x
The Desktop version of Sandy Bridge [socket 2011] and is upgradeable to Ivy Bridge on most motherboards, therefore the same migration path for FCLGA2011 servers will be the same.
The server version of each desktop CPU is released 1 year after the desktop version.
Verify assumption #1 Since a cheap ASUS motherboard supports 4 channel RAM, PCI 2.0, and socket 2011, will it support PCI3 when Intel releases a Ivy Bridge CPU?
Am I correct in inferring that FCLGA2011 (Sandy Bridge with PCI 2.0 support) can be replaced with a Ivy Bridge equivalent that supports PCI3 and 4 channels of RAM?
What tool or technique can I use to locate such a motherboard? Should I start by searching the CPU? Is there any tool that allows me to search by memory bus lane count, and PCI lane count @ 16x
The purpose of these machines is for 3D graphics rendering and will run a heavy GPU-RAM load, hence my desire for PCI3 and quad channel RAM. Please let me know if my needs are mis-specified and I should revise (Use PCI 2 instead of 3, different bus speed, etc)