Originally Posted by MattM76
I am building a large workstation for scientific computing, and need to double check with the Anandtech experts about hardware compatibility. The system will be a dual socket Xeon 5520 machine with a whole lot of RAM.. Mostly, I am concerned about motherboard-memory issues.
***Mobo: ASUS Z8PE-D18. Dual Intel Xeon 5500 series Server Motherboard. 18 DDR3 DIMMS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131379
***The RAM: Patriot Signature 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Registered DDR3 1333: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220423
Other parts, just FYI
***PS: ENERMAX REVOLUTION85+ ERV1050EWT 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Certified: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-039-_-Product
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb
***HD#2: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb
Would anybody be able to take a look at the RAM-MOBO combination and help me decide if they willl work together?
It may be irrelevant due to the nature of your task, but still here goes, if you're topping out at 72 gigs anyway, todays SB-E platform can yield you a 64G total with cheaper non ECC ram (i know i know, it screams anti-scientific).
And if one of the confirmed bottlenecks are harddrive IO, why havent anyone replaced that raptor with an SSD, and if its linear reads/writes, maybe even a raid ssd setup.
All about eliminating the bottlenecks right?