The world of servers has gone through a drastic change since the release of the Opteron processor and the advent of dual core Opteron’s is only extending AMD’s reach in to the server space.
Tyan was touting a new 8-way Opteron box this week at the show and in this picture shows the top four of the available processors.
MSI was showing off a new server/workstation motherboard based on the nForce Professional 2200 chipset and sporting dual Opteron support. It looks to be a very impressive board that would make a great system for any hardcore user.
MSI also had a server motherboard they were targeting for the entry level and low power market with this Pentium M motherboard. It does have the 915G chipset on it so it supports dual channel DDR2 memory as well as PCI Express graphics, so it very well could be a good desktop system too if you are interested.
Iwill was also showing off a system that can support up to eight Opteron processors, though theirs takes up considerably more server room. You can see that the four CPU boards plug into a separate piece of hardware that allow for easy CPU to CPU communication and then that board attaches to the actual motherboard, see below:
This is of course all a diagram and mock up, but the working version is said to be right around the corner.