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    Default Mainboard with dual processor socket.

    I consider building a new computer using a mainboard with support for two processors. I wish to do this to improve performance of course, specifically in regards to audio production. Though, what I would like to know is if anyone has some experience with using such a hardware on an ordinary desktop system and if there are some general implications I should be aware of?

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    Smile Re: Mainboard with dual processor socket.

    I consider building a new computer using a mainboard with support for two processors. I wish to do this to improve performance of course, specifically in regards to audio production. Though, what I would like to know is if anyone has some experience with using such a hardware on an ordinary desktop system and if there are some general implications I should be aware of?

    Thanks,
    Olav
    So we have had a couple of people here in the forum using Dual CPU motherboards, but from that small sampling, it seems to have real issue booting openSUSE. If you want to know my opinion, I would go with an Intel i7 2600K and a motherboard based on the P67 chipset like the ASUS P8P67 or anything that is similar. Go with Fast DDR3 memory of 1600 mhz. I would go with a really good cooler, perhaps even water cooling and a case big enough to hold it. Get a good SSD drive of 120 GB or so size and SATA III. You can still spend plenty of money on that setup but feel very confident it will be able to boot openSUSE, but fast...

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    jdmcdaniel3 wrote:

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    >> I consider building a new computer using a mainboard with support for
    >> two processors. I wish to do this to improve performance of course,
    >> specifically in regards to audio production. Though, what I would like
    >> to know is if anyone has some experience with using such a hardware on
    >> an ordinary desktop system and if there are some general implications I
    >> should be aware of?
    >>

    Using a dual-CPU computer for audio seems a bit overkill. If audio
    production is the primary purpose, check that the motherboard you're
    interested in has slots for the sound card you intend to use. For example,
    my Dual Opteron PC has only PCI-Express slots, minimal onboard video, and
    no onboard audio. I bought a cheap USB adapter for audio since my nice PCI
    audio card could not be used with it. It works OK for playing MP3s, but
    using a USB adapter is probably not what you would want to do if audio-work
    is your primary purpose for the machine. Most dual-CPU systems use ECC RAM.
    The cost of this could eat up your budget if you don't have a nice sound
    card/device already. A single, multi-core CPU workstation would use RAM
    that is much less expensive.
    Also, the cooler you choose depends on the use and TDP of the processors.
    Running passive 1U heatsinks on this machine with quad-core processors that
    runs folding at home has been flawless, but the processors are quite
    efficient. OpenSuse will boot fine on it, and it's very nearly silent.
    Quiet is good if you're wanting undisturbed audio.


    >> Thanks,
    >> OlavSo we have had a couple of people here in the forum using Dual CPU

    > motherboards, but from that small sampling, it seems to have real issue
    > booting openSUSE. If you want to know my opinion, I would go with an
    > Intel i7 2600K and a motherboard based on the P67 chipset like the ASUS
    > P8P67 or anything that is similar. Go with Fast DDR3 memory of 1600
    > mhz. I would go with a really good cooler, perhaps even water cooling
    > and a case big enough to hold it. Get a good SSD drive of 120 GB or so
    > size and SATA III. You can still spend plenty of money on that setup
    > but feel very confident it will be able to boot openSUSE, but fast...
    >
    > Thank You,
    >
    >



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    I have a dual Xeon which runs fine and multiboots several Linuxes, including openSUSE ... but, due to the noise of its two helicopters (I mean the CPU fans) totally inadequate for audio work.

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    Smile Re: Mainboard with dual processor socket.

    I have a dual Xeon which runs fine and multiboots several Linuxes, including openSUSE ... but, due to the noise of its two helicopters (I mean the CPU fans) totally inadequate for audio work.
    please_try_again, what kind of bribe would it take to get you to compile a kernel source file, such as kernel 3.0-rc3 with sakc and let me know just how fast it compiles? I have never had an opportunity to use such a dual CPU motherboard before myself and would want to compare it to my computers.

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    Hi James, you won (even with your laptop). This is an old server - before Dual Core time but with hyperthreading . This machine is about 7/8 years old, I would say.
    Let me check .... Yep, BIOS from 2004, Asus PC-DL, one of the cheapest server board at that time (DDR1 RAM without ECC), 2 Xeon CPUs 2.4 GHz, 32bits. I was just kidding. This is certainly not what the OP is looking at.

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    Smile Re: Mainboard with dual processor socket.

    Hi James, you won (even with your laptop). This is an old server - before Dual Core time but with hyperthreading . This machine is about 7/8 years old, I would say.
    Let me check .... Yep, BIOS from 2004, Asus PC-DL, one of the cheapest server board at that time (DDR1 RAM without ECC), 2 Xeon CPUs 2.4 GHz, 32bits. I was just kidding. This is certainly not what the OP is looking at.
    OK, I believe you, but this rig was out of my league back when it was new. Just never had an opertunity to work with one of those, ever.

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    Default Re: Mainboard with dual processor socket.

    Thank you all! I have been too busy lately to read the suggestions through, I will do that on Monday. But please, just keep discuss the topic.

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