Looking to put together a cheap(er) server/workstation for doing some big statistical analysis. Right now, it's running on a machine with 16gb and we're using 40gb of swap. So I want to maximize available RAM. The software is custom and old, and we don't have the resources to multi-thread it. So we're limited to 1 cpu (no dual/quad socket motherboards).
Anyway, looking at ordering an intel i7 3930K and it says on intel's site that it only supports 32GB. However most LGA 2011 motherboards say they support up to 64GB. And searching I see all sorts of people running all sorts of large amounts of ram - some claiming 256gb!
But even with a quad socket MB, 32GB per socket would limit you to 128GB.
So basically, how can I maximize my RAM potential on a cheaper server.
What happens if I put 64gb in a motherboard that supports it, but the CPU only lists 32gb. I'm assuming it just doesn't recognize the other 32gb?