The machine on test today is of great interest, as it encompasses almost
all new technologies that are coming on the market as we speak. The SuperMicro X6DA8-G2 board
uses the new Intel "Tumwater" E7525 chipset which supports the new
DDR-2 and PCI Express standards. DDR-2 memory in theory offers twice the memory
bandwidth over a traditional DDR solution and PCI Express has similar advantages
over AGP. (See this article).
This particular machine comes with 2GB of DDR-2 memory (Samsung, CAS4) and two
3.4GHz "Nocona" Xeons.
The machine is not particuarly pretty, but it's what's on the
inside that counts :)
The motherboard in this system has two PCI Express slots - 16x and 4x. Although
this will work with nVidias SLI system, performance will not be optimal. The
current systems nVidia are testing use a 16x and 8x, and the nForce 4 will support
two 16x slots.
Here you can see the two Xeons, PCI Express slots and 8 memory slots.