Intel G7ETA Server Mobo

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SeanGorry
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Intel G7ETA Server Mobo

Postby SeanGorry » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:15 am

Hi this is my first post,

I'm doing my first retro PC build and I'm looking to get a manual for an Intel G7ETA mobo. It'll be part of my first retro PC build, along with two Pentium III Xeon's (1000mhz 256kb SL4HF). Ideally it would be great to get a manual for the board but I haven't been able to find one. If anybody could could give me any info on it, ram info, etc. would be really appreciated :D

Also will it even support the 5/12V core voltage for the Xeons I have?

Washerman
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Re: Intel G7ETA Server Mobo

Postby Washerman » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:21 pm

Hi Sean!

These forums are a little quiet these days ...

It looks like you might be out of luck getting the necessary manual for the G7ETA motherboard, unless you try Intel directly. Their online support is quite limited for much older server boards it seems. There is a Youtube video in Spanish showing off the board and the case sticker which has some of the settings, not sure if that's of use. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXoGbqkXufY

From the looks of the board, you might need a specific PSU, so if you don't have compatible server equipment it may not run properly. My dual Athlon MP build needed an ATX PSU with a separate 5V connector, which was not available on every desktop PSU.

A posting on the Computer Shopper forums suggests that the board needs ECC SDRAM, and the maximum supported would be 2GB i.e. 4x512MB http://forums.computershopper.com/showt ... 732&page=2

Also, do you know what chipset the board comes with? Wikipedia only lists the 440GX, 440BX and 450NX as supporting dual Xeons https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_I ... I_chipsets

According to that Computer Shopper link above, the guy bought it with a couple of P3 1GHz Xeons - it's not clear if it could run them properly as older chipsets didn't officially support 133Mhz Front Side Bus, so if it runs the CPUs at 100MHz FSB then you'd have a pair of 750MHz CPUs (7.5x100, instead of 7.5x133).

Overall it would be cool to have a Dual PIII Xeon 1GHz setup, but the use case even for retro might be limited, unless you are planning on running a server or basic desktop. It doesn't have AGP, so gaming options would be quite limited - maybe a PCI Voodoo 5 or something slightly newer. Do you have any other old gear, or is the only board and setup you have your heart set on?

Cheers,

Washerman

Washerman
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Re: Intel G7ETA Server Mobo

Postby Washerman » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:25 pm

Also, you could try over on vogons.org - there are a couple of retro dual CPU fans who might just have more information for you.


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