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    • Sometimes you can get surprised by the processors in systems with only crummy VGA cards. I usually check to see what the motherboard model is before I discount them.

      Those are kind of poor-man’s servers, the kind I usually build for my house. A cheap rack case with a commodity motherboard. More flexible, but not as compact as the purpose built 1U servers.

      LGA1366’s aren’t modern. They are always I7’s though. But that’s a discontinued socket. Only the very earliest generation of I7’s have that socket. (I7 920 through 990 models.) My son still uses an I7-950, the same model as that one. Still decently fast systems. It’s a triple-channel ram socket though, which is unusual and doesn’t really give you much more performance than dual-channel.

      SAS is Serial Attached SCSI, a high end hard drive interface.

    • Syd Jessop

      Cool octonauts T-shirt! Sagan rocks!

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