Originally posted by: AlonzoTG
Yeah, I made the mistake of buying my case 6 months ago. =( Blew a lot of green on that baby! =P
Good cases can be very expensive, particularly if they are decent-sized. The least-expensive new case I've seen that will fit a quad-socket board like the Supermicro units is the Akiwa GHS-2000, which is about $450 plus however much it is to ship a 97-pound case (probably 105-110 pounds shipping weight.)
Also, I had never heard of a power supply that has 2 8-pin connectors on it. (Blew a pretty penny on an Antec that's only twice as powerful as my current supply...) I think I can get it to work by using an adaptor on the secondary "P4" connector and a drive connector, barely.
Most new PSUs rated at 1000 watts or better now have two 8-pin connectors. Some in the 750-1000 watt range do as well. You can get P4-to-EPS12V (the official name for the 8-pin) adapters that will work. You can also get PCI Express-to-EPS12V adapters, dual Molex-to-EPS12V adapters, and even add-on modular EPS12V cables for some PSUs.
I've been watching the other vendors but google does not seem to know about any boards other than supermicro and Tyan. Vendors such as Asus, MSI, Giga-byte seem to have product only for the previous generation. =\
I haven't seen anybody carrying the ASUS KGPE-D16, but ASUS says it exists. MSI is supposed to be bringing in a dual Socket C32 board, but I haven't heard anything about G34 boards. I think Gigabyte had dropped out of the workstation board market some time ago.
(I think the Asus board has been withdrawn, It is not a workstation board anyway.)
I wouldn't think it has been withdrawn unless they ran into huge problems.
I was not planning to buy a 4P board until 2012, and then for a scientific app, not a desktop. =\
I'm going with a 4P board because the 2P and 4P boards take the same CPUs and I want to be able to expand later without buying a new board. The only issues with getting a 4P board are that they're somewhat more expensive but mostly that they're an unusual large size that demands a custom or uncommon and very
expensive server case.