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what motherboard for W3540?

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Nov 15, 2008
San Deigo, CA
I just bought a W3540 :santa2: and i was wondering what motherboard will this Xeon cpu will work with? will all LGA 1366 MB support the Xeon cpu's? Thinking about taking this cpu to maybe 4.2-4.3ghz on air, maybe more if i can. about to place an order for the Magahalems or TRUE. i was thinking of the Evga E758-A1 for it, but i'm not sure if that huge Magahalems or TRUE in push/pull will have enough space because of that tall heatsink right next to the rear ports.

I was thinking of spending around $200 for a MB. i think i can grab an open box E758-A1 for around 200 bucks for just board only. nothing else. I was also thinking of the ASUS Rampage II Gen, its around the same price tag, but new. I had ASUS P6T Deluxe V2, and it sucked....just trying to find another MB for this chip. I am open to any Manufacture. I don't care what it looks like, it can be lime green to all black. just need a nice MB that can unleash the full potential of the W3540 for around $200. used or new. can you guys suggest me a nice MB with high BLCK or something?


Senior Member
May 6, 2001
HOT 'n Arizona
I'm running one with my Rampage2Xtreme.
But your budget is 200bux. Maybe pick a mb and research their bios selection for compatibility.