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Gigabyte Dual Socket GA-7TESH1-RH 1366

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I have access to a pair of Xeon e5530 CPUs for free and am wondering about trying a dual socket build on a cheapish 1366 motherboard. I can't find too many on ebay here in Australia, but there is this one: Gigabyte GA-7TESH1-RH available at the moment. I can't find much out about it on the net and there are no references to it on this forum.

I'm wondering if anyone has any thoughts on whether it might be worth a shot? Gigabyte have a generally high compatibility with their motherboards???

Specs from the ebay page below



Form Factor 12” x 13” EATX size form factor, 8 layers PCB

CPU Supports Dual Intel® Xeon® Nehalem-EP 2S processors

Xeon® Quad Core in LGA 1366 socket

Supports QuickPath Interconnect up to 6.4GT/s

Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST) & Demand Based

Switch (DBS)

Support Intel Virtualization Technology (VT)

Chipset Intel® 5520 (Tylersburg-36D) Chipset

Intel® 82801JR (ICH10R)

Memory 12 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 96 GB

of system memory

3 channel memory architecture

Support 800/1066/1333 memory


I/O Control ITE IT8720F Super I/O

Expansion Slots 1 PCI slots 32-Bit/33MHz (5V)

1 PCI-E x16 slot (Gen2 x16 bandwidth)

1 PCI-Express x8 slots (Gen2 at x8 bandwidth)

1 PCI-Express x8 slots (Gen2 at x4 bandwidth)

1 PCI-Express x8 slots (Gen 1 at x4 bandwidth)

1 SO-DIMM for add-on SAS RAID card (optional device)

SATA RAID Controller Intel® ICH10R SATA Controller

Supports 6 independant SATA 3.0 Gb/s with Software RAID 0,1,


On-Board VGA ServerEngines Pilot II with 32MB DDR2 memory

On-Board LAN Intel® 82576EB GbE controller support dual Gigabit Ethernet


Supports QuickData DMA engine/TCP acceleration/IA-optimized

TCP stack/DCA( Direct Cache Access)/LLI, MSI-X,RSS

Internal Connector 2 x 8-pin ATX power connector

1 x 24-pin ATX power connector

6 x SATA 3.0Gb/s connectors

1 x Serial connector (COM)

2 x USB 2.0 connectors for additional 4 ports by cable

1 x front panel connecctor

1 x PSMI connecctor

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