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Old 20th May 2008
DrJ DrJ is offline
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No, not really. They use server-like boards, with ECC-Reg memory, often with more than one (good!) Ethernet port, have SAS options, and can handle huge amounts of memory. The S5397 I mentioned can take 128GB memory, for example. They have dual CPUs as a rule, and usually are huge (E-ATX form factors).

For one example, see

There is only one "server" chip family that you can put in a consumer board: the 3xxx Xeon series. That is just a Q6600 relabel, and so it really does not count.

You can't put in a server processor into a consumer board. Doesn't work. Intel wants to protect their Xeon franchise, after all.
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