Overall the Intel Xeon platform using the Noccona core has taken Intel to a new level. The first Noccona core has proven that it is able to keep up the pace with the 800MHz FSB, DDR-2 memory as well as PCI Express support, the future is brighter.
On the compatibility front, the Noccona core will allow end-users to run their 64bit applications and operating systems due in part to the addition of EM64T to the CPU core. One of the features of the Xeon Noccona, the Demand Based Throttling would be a great addition to the desktop market, as Prescott based CPU's are already running hot, this new technology that keeps the Xeon cool and power safe when idle is definitely a step in the right direction for Intel on the 0.09um manufacturing process.
On the part of ASUS, the NCL-DS is definitely a motherboard I would feel comfortable with having in my server room. Power supply to the CPU's are above the Intel requirements, its support for the server class storage with SCSI and SATA connectors as well as legacy IDE gives it a maximum storage potential of over 21 drives which is more than enough for a mid tier server environment.
In all, ASUS, who are more of the desktop specialists, have done a fantastic job with the NCL-DS motherboard.
Dual CPU Support for 800FSB Noccona CPU
Serial ATA RAID
Dual Independent PCI-X controllers
Dual PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet
Slightly outdated video controller
Rating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Performance Award
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- Xeon 3GHz Noccona and ASUS - Page 1 [Introduction]
- Xeon 3GHz Noccona and ASUS - Page 2 [The Xeon History]
- Xeon 3GHz Noccona and ASUS - Page 3 [The Processors]
- Xeon 3GHz Noccona and ASUS - Page 4 [ASUS NCL-DS Server Motherboard]
- Xeon 3GHz Noccona and ASUS - Page 5 [Benchmarks - Test Systems]
- Xeon 3GHz Noccona and ASUS - Page 6 [Benchmarks - ScienceMark 2.0]
- Xeon 3GHz Noccona and ASUS - Page 7 [Benchmarks - 3D Studio Max v6]
- Xeon 3GHz Noccona and ASUS - Page 8 [Benchmarks - Encoding]
- Xeon 3GHz Noccona and ASUS - Page 9 [Benchmarks - Synthetics]
- Xeon 3GHz Noccona and ASUS - Page 10 [Final Thoughts]
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