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I seem to have read somewhere that the i7 980 chip could be run on dual-socket motherboards, but I can't seem to find it. Can it ? My 980 needs a brother ;)

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The thread I7 980 microprocessor from Tom's Hardware says :

i7 CPUs only have 1 QPI which allows it to talk to the chipset. You need 2 QPIs so the CPU can talk to another CPU and to the chipset. So no, you can't use 2 980Xs in a motherboard.

Xeon 5500 (quad-core) or Xeon 5600 (hex-core) is what you'd need.

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