I'm looking for a motherboard that supports:
Core 2 Quad Q9450 (755)
PCI Express video card
8GB DDR3 1333Mhz
But it also, will have a video capture card that requires a 66MHz pci slot and here is my problem.
I went to many different motherboards on Intel's web site and i can't find this feature (66MHz pci slot) on the specifications.
I'd like to know if someone can give me an opion/suggestion because i really want an intel motherboard on this workstation.
Thanks in advance.
- Intel® Core™ m
Before we move on to your search for the
motherboard, let me guide you over PCI support in newer motherboards and how to
cope if a motherboard comes without a PCI slot.
The newer motherboards come with PCI-X
support and just one or two conventional PCI slots at max. Let us say that you
don't find a motherboard with a PCI slot and you have to, by all means, plug in
your PCI card in a PCI-X slot.
PCI-X is backward compatible with PCI 2.0
only, not with PCI 1.0 and 1.1 because the minimum clock speed for PCI-X is
66MHz. If your card complies with the PCI 2.0 specification (66MHz) it will fit
and work without problems in the PCI-X slot, but if you have a 1.0 or 1.1 card
(33MHz) it won't work. Moreover, originally the PCI bus was a 5-volt bus.
Later, in PCI Revision 2.x, the PCI bus was a dual-voltage interconnect. In 3.0
this was changed to 3.3 volts only. The PCI-X bus is not compatible with the
older 5-volt cards but newer 3.3-volt PCI cards will work in a PCI-X slot so always
ensure that the PCI card complies with PCI 2.0 specifications in order to make
it work with PCI-X slot.
Now, coming to your query about the
supported motherboards; your requirement was;
Support for Quad
Core Q9450 Processor.
Now first of all as I have explained earlier
that even if your motherboard does not have a PCI slot, you can plug your PCI
card in a PCI-X slot provided your PCI card is PCI 2.0 complaint.
Moreover, here is a list of http://processormatch.intel.com/CompDB/SearchResult.aspx?ProcNbr=Q9450 Q9450 supported motherboards,
most of which fulfill your requirements; however out of all these, I would suggest that you go for either
because they fully meet your requirements. You can plug in Q9450 processor, a
PCI express video card and 8GB DDR3 1333MHz memory along with your 66MHz video
capture card as you get 2 PCI conventional add in controllers. These are
extreme series motherboards and might be a bit expensive but believe you me,
they will give you superb performance with a C2Q processor and to top it all,
since the audio is Intel HD audio (7.1 dolby) and also note that 38BT supports
both ECC and Non-ECC memory modules.
I hope you find either of these motherboards
useful, let me know if you encounter any problems, keep me posted.