ASUS Danshui Bay Motherboard Combines LGA1366 and Socket 2011

Subject: Motherboards, Processors | June 1, 2011 - 09:40 PM |
Tagged: socket 2011, lga1366, danshui bay, asus

At their Republic of Gamers press conference ASUS showed off a prototype concept motherboard that really got some attention.  The board combines an LGA1366 processor socket for current generation Nehalem processors AND a socket for the upcoming Sandy Bridge-E processors called Socket 2011.  What does a beast like this look like?


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Okay, so this board probably won't fit in your case and maybe won't even see the light of day outside a few reviews and interesting designs.  But the concept is cool to see: use your LGA1366 processor today and still be able to upgrade to the Socket 2011 platform when those CPUs are released.  You can see each processor has its own seperate memory slots though they share most of the other components. 

The price of this board will also likely make it less than appealing to consumers; even those conscious of upgrade paths. 

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June 1, 2011 | 09:48 PM - Posted by Grunteh

I really don't see a point behind this, and I doubt that anyone would get it outside of fun and games.

June 1, 2011 | 11:50 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

If you get 2 Xeon cpu's 1366 and 2011 will this board work like a server board ?.

June 2, 2011 | 10:26 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

I don't think you'll be able to run both at the same time, no.

June 2, 2011 | 10:43 AM - Posted by rkinslo

If you get 2 Xeon cpu's 1366 and 2011 will this board work like a server board ?.

June 2, 2011 | 10:52 AM - Posted by Formula350 (not verified)

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say a resounding "No". lol Assuming you're asking if it can SMP, then you'd need identical chips (alright, technically you don't, but we're talking about chips 1 or 2 generations apart here).

Not to say it couldn't be done, given things we've seen in the past years like Lucid's HYDRA, but I'm pretty sure that's not what ASUS was aiming for :)

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