I was going through some of the new available boards from Intel, and one board that caught my eye was the Intel-DH55TC. This board supports a LGA1156 socket which supports Clarkdale and Lynnfield processors.
Some additional good things about this board:
- Supports upto 16GB RAM
- Since it supports Clarkdale CPUs, I am guessing it would also support Extended Page Tables, though I didnot see a bios setting for the same.
- Although Intel’s support page states that this board does not support DirectIO, when I checked the bios a couple of weeks back, I did see a DirectIO setting. With a supported Processor, DirectIO should also work.
I think this board with core i5 combination, is a good fit for folks trying to build a whitebox on a tight budget. The board is available in India at very good price points.