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Re: 64 or 128 gb RAM?

Postby RichardW » Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:44 pm

I usually start here: ... max&page=1 with the RAM capacity in descending order.

It is a UK site but I expect the components will be the same in the US.

If you decide on a CPU chip then you will know the chip's socket type and you can use that to filter out the incompatible mother boards. If you have a case in mind then you can also filter by form factor.

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Re: 64 or 128 gb RAM?

Postby mdyde » Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:11 am

scottherbert wrote:In looking for motherboards capable of handling larger amounts of ram, I found very few in the normal 'desktop' type, but when I started looking at 'server' type motherboards, I found that 128 gb was small! Many of them were capable of handling 512 gb to 1 Tb of ram. My question now is, what does a server do, and can it be used as a Hauptwerk computer by itself?

Hello Scott,

This is Wikipedia's article on servers:

Their hardware is primarily designed and optimised for intensive use by many people ('clients') simultaneously, and for maximum reliability and up-time, usually used in racks in computer server rooms in companies' I.T. departments.

Provided that they meet Hauptwerk's prerequisites

... they can in principle be used for Hauptwerk, although as others have mentioned they might be noisy and might (or might not) perform especially well for running a single instance of a CPU-intensive real-time audio application such as Hauptwerk. They may tend to be optimised for running many simultaneous instances of applications reasonably fast, rather than a single instance extremely fast.
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