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Its cheaper than a QX9770 and its faster so a bargain in comparison.
Might we expect any decent X58 boards appearing around the £140-180 mark?
I might be being dumb here... but how do you run 4Gb on a Triple Channel board if the packs are 3x1Gb? Do you have to stump for like a 6Gb package.... when they come out? (i.e. 3x2Gb)
The problem is rather that the memory and the processor internals are fed synchronized voltages. Previous reports have stated that anything above 1.65V would fry a Nehalem processor and it would certainly be hard to get any of today's DDR3 memory modules to any kind of decent speeds at this voltage. But, these stories are exaggerated, but the fact remains that Nehalem processors are not going to like voltages above 1.7V.
You have to put it through some extreme handling for it to give up right away, but if you feed the memory with voltages above 1.8V, the processor could start degrading and finally cease to work. According to the information we've received you need to hit close to 2.0V to kill a Nehalem processor.