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Any current motherboards with ability to exceed 32+ GB RAM?

By galahad04 ·
I know that with Windows Vista Ultimate x64 supports up to 128 GB of max RAM. However, among the current generation of desktop motherboards, the highest capacity size I have been able to find so far is support for up to 32 GB -- and the actual memory chips to actually get to 32 GB do not appear to be available yet. Therefore, a few questions:

(1) Are there any motherboards available yet that are able to have a higher max RAM capacity than 32 GB?
(2) Does the max RAM capability make a difference based on whether you buy AMD or Intel processors?
(3) Does Opeteron have more RAM capacity than Intel Quad Core? If so, are there any Opterons that can run on a desktop (not server) PC?

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64 bit AMD Opteron can, but you'll find them in servers

by ManiacMan In reply to Any current motherboards ...

I don't know why anyone in their right mind would need so much RAM in a workstation. If you do, then you may as well plop down a $12,000+ server on your desk (RAM alone will cost you a few thousands bucks), which in my opinion, is no longer an affordable desktop PC.

Intel Xeon can also support it with the addition of the /PAE switch in the boot.ini file, but again, we're talking about server systems, not desktops running Vista.

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My desktop has a Xeon....

by JamesRL In reply to 64 bit AMD Opteron can, b ...

But its Max is 16 GB according to the specs...

The latest Dell Precisions (T7400)are listed to have up to 64GB of RAM, or 128 with a RAM riser card. They have 8 slots, so 8 x 4GB would be 32GB of RAM.

James

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If someone needs such power, they may as well buy a PowerEdge Server

by ManiacMan In reply to My desktop has a Xeon....

What in the heck are people running that they need 64GB of RAM on a desktop? Even some of the servers I support don't exceed 16GB at most.

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I'd like more RAM

by JamesRL In reply to If someone needs such pow ...

Currently I have 2 GB, and I run a game that will happily use 2 or 2.5 GB all to itself. But if I do the logical thing and put another 2GB in, XP will only show 3.5.

James

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you know the old saying....

by CG IT In reply to If someone needs such pow ...

never enough memory...

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Shades of Who will need more then 640KB?

by amin_adatia In reply to If someone needs such pow ...

Your kind of thinking is what leads to motherboards that only support a max of 1GB RAM chips and only two slots.

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Well - Your kind of thinking is what leads to 19 month old posts!!

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Shades of Who will need m ...

Can't you find anything more up-to-date since you're so concerned about being modern ??

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Seems like the wrong memory he is working on....

by jdclyde In reply to Well - Your kind of think ...

to not be able to notice something as basic as when a post was made.

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Maybe he's exceeded his own 640KB ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Seems like the wrong memo ...

And it was a thread I wuz gonna jump right into until I realised he'd dug up another zombie!

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What are we running?

by amin_adatia In reply to If someone needs such pow ...

Database, Application Server, CASE Tools with Code Generators and Testing applications. Just because it is called a "desktop" does not mean much in configuration needs. Some of us even have to train overselves at home to be able to meet the constant need for X years of experience on a product suite that has only been relased X-n years where n is sometimes larger than X. :)

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