It’s hard to believe, but even motherboard vendors have factory outlet stores (FOS). Straight from AliExpress comes the Shenzhen FOS, which specialises in new motherboards for obsolete server processors.
Dual X79 motherboard - $76.50 from AliExpress (opens in new tab)
Every now and again, eBay and AliExpress are awash with old servers ditched by the world's cloud computing giants. With this competitively-priced motherboard from Shenzhen FOS, you can take full advantage of these server CPU flash sales.
Shenzhen FOS has managed to carve out a niche based on the fact that, every now and then, tens of thousands server CPUs flood the market as hyperscalers and cloud computing providers (web hosting (opens in new tab), cloud storage (opens in new tab), website builders (opens in new tab), VPN (opens in new tab) companies etc.) change platforms.
Suddenly, eBay and AliExpress are awash will old (but still useful) servers dumped by the likes of Microsoft, Google and Amazon - and they're extremely cheap. The problem, however, is that they don't have a consumer-focused, user-friendly motherboard to slot into.
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Enter the Shenzhen FOS and a handful of other craftspeople, who fulfil that specific need at a very competitive price.
For example, take this dual X79 motherboard (opens in new tab), which can accommodate a pair of Intel Xeon CPUs, supporting E5-1600/E5-2600 Series V1/V2 processors.
You can get a pair of them for sometimes as little as $10 (about £8, AU$12), delivering up to eight cores. Add in the motherboard, which costs $76.50 excluding delivery (about £63, AU$120), and you have a decent barebones system.
If this product comes from mainland China, it will take at least a month to reach either the US or the UK (and potentially more). You may be levied a tax either directly or through the courier.
Have you managed to get hold of a cheaper product with equivalent specifications, in stock and brand new? Let us know and we'll tip our hat to you.
However, we haven’t tested this motherboard and the usual caveats apply, especially when the website's opening statement reads: “Due to different batches of productions, there might be some difference between the pictures you've seen and the motherboard you get. Retail boxes, colors of DIMM slots, SATA ports, PCI or PCI-E Slots and other ports, are subject to change without prior notice”.
TL,DR: you may end up with a motherboard that's rather different from the one you thought you were ordering.
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