Quote: Originally Posted by abeeftec
Anyway... Now to the issue about Windows7 ULTIMATE........
THEY didnt put that support in Windows7 Ultimate making it no good to use with a server board!! And now I have this OS in here and am only running on 2 cores AGAIN!!! What will microsoft do to fix this issue for all the people that want to run Windows7 in their servers boards INSTEAD of the new WINDOWS SERVER 2008?
Upper-end Windows client builds have always supported 2 physical processors. A cursory web search shows that Windows 7 should be no different - up to 2 physical processor packages with Home Premium and Ultimate.
You might want to check whether your machine is artificially hobbling itself. Run MSCONFIG, "Boot" tab, "Advanced options...".
Beyond that, I don't really know why you'd bother with a "server board", unless somebody gave it to you as a present and you've got no need for a server. There's this whole mythology around "server" components, and how they're somehow magically l33ter, but that's simply not always the case. Servers are optimised for quickly switching between many tasks corresponding to multiple client requestors, and not for dispatching a single user's requests as quickly as possible. That's why Windows Server 2008 will be a slower
desktop workstation than Windows 7, even with a few tweaks applied to make it favour desktop responsiveness over serving ability.
As far as dual-proc boards are concerned, it's an utter waste of money (for a workstation) in this day and age. You pay a premium for something which is only a little faster overall than a quad-core (less bus contention). That money would have yielded far more performance had it been invested into more RAM or a faster multi-core processor.