Ivy Bridge-EP Compatibility Announced from ASUS and GIGABYTE

Along with the most of the consumer level X79 products being upgraded for Ivy Bridge compatibility, arguably Xeon compatibility for the server side of each motherboard manufacturer is more important.  In my inbox today I found two press releases, one from ASUS and one from GIGABYTE, showcasing their server line support for E5-2600 V2 (and E5-1600 V2) processors.  The E5-1600 V2 line of CPUs are quad and hex-core parts designed for uniprocessor setups, whereas the E5-2600 V2 line are for dual processor workstation boards (but can be used on their own) and run up to 12 cores. On the ASUS side, support for these processors extends to the ASUS E7, Z9P, ESC4000 G2, ESC2000 G2, Z9PE-D8 WS and P9X79-E WS series products with a BIOS update, (much like the non-Xeon focused motherboard counterparts and standard Ivy-E that require BIOS updates).  ASUS likes to point out that one expansion slot on their new generation boards is reserved for the ASUS PIKE (Proprietary I/O Kit Expansion) card for increased storage configurations. For GIGABYTE, the server GA-7P and workstation GA-6P lines have the new Xeon support as well as their GPU/MIC, Network, High Density Computing and

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