Recommeded board for Cascade Lake CPU on CentOS 7.8

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Recommeded board for Cascade Lake CPU on CentOS 7.8

Post by bjrosen » 2020/10/28 16:12:29

Looking for a CentOS 7.8 compatible motherboard that will work with the Gen10 Comet Lake CPUs (socket 2066). Alternatively could use a Comet Lake (socket LGA 1200). CentOS 7 is a must due to software requirements, can't use CentOS 8 or Fedora.

Any recommendations will be appreciated.

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Re: Recommeded board for Cascade Lake CPU on CentOS 7.8

Post by jlehtone » 2020/10/28 18:31:44

Aren't all Comet Lakes socket 1200?

Changelog of the CentOS kernel package mentions "Cometlake" once, over a year ago.


[Edit] .. Thread title had "Cascade". Yes, some of those are socket 2066. Kernel changelog says "marked supported" about them two years ago.

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Re: Recommeded board for Cascade Lake CPU on CentOS 7.8

Post by bjrosen » 2020/10/29 14:57:16

I'm looking for a CascadeLake board which is socket 2066. If none is available then I'd be willing to look at a Comet Lake which is socket 1200. The socket 2066 boards support 8 dimm sockets which will give the system the capability of supporting 256G of memory. The socket 1200 boards support 128G of ram which is OK for now but leaves no room for growth. The important thing is that the board be able to run CentOS7.

It's not just the kernel I'm worried about, it's the BIOS. I use a NUC as a workstation. When I built a new workstation last year I was forced to install Ubuntu because the NUC wouldn't recognize a Fedora or CentOS flash key because they use EXT4 and the NUC's BIOS is strictly FAT32. I don't want to repeat the install problem with this machine because it has to run CentOS7 which isn't true of my workstation which only needs to run X, Firefox and mail. BTW it's OK if I have to run an ElRepo kernel to get full functionality but the base CentOS7 has to install before I can upgrade the kernel.

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Re: Recommeded board for Cascade Lake CPU on CentOS 7.8

Post by TrevorH » 2020/10/29 16:08:32

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