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Date:      Fri, 25 Feb 2005 20:04:52 -0800
From:      "David O'Brien" <obrien@freebsd.org>
To:        Astrodog <astrodog@gmail.com>, freebsd-amd64@freebsd.org, Nathan Vidican <nvidican@wmptl.com>
Subject:   Re: OT Hardware reccomendtions (need MB for Dual Opterons)
Message-ID:  <20050226040452.GA21842@dragon.nuxi.com>
In-Reply-To: <20050225183149.W32072@carver.gumbysoft.com>
References:  <000201c51a83$73157070$6800000a@r3140ca> <2fd864e0502241958501f8f6a@mail.gmail.com> <20050225183149.W32072@carver.gumbysoft.com>

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> We've got several dual opteron boxes now running FreeBSD, (they've
> been great thus far btw), and we're looking to add a few more...
> Problem seems to be that the motherboard we've been using is quite
> difficult to obtain, so does anyone have any good suggestions
> towards another? Here's the configuration as we're using now:
>
> Dual AMD Opteron 246 CPU MSI K8D Master3-FA4R (
> http://www.msicomputer.com/product/p_spec.asp?model=K8D_Master3-FA4R&class=s
> pd ) 2 GB ECC Registered PC2700 (DDR333) Memory 3Ware Escalade
> 9500s-4LP RAID Controller 250GB WDC RAID Edition Hardrives

For a 1U system, I would definately go with the Tyan Thunder K8SR (S2881)
http://www.tyan.com/products/html/opteron.html
It is the only Taiwan 2P Opteron motherboard with the CPU sockets and
DIMM slots properly positioned for 1U termals.  It only has 8 DIMM slots,
so you loose one of the nice things about the Master3-FAR -- the 12 DIMM
slots.
My second choice is a tie between the Tyan Thunder K8S Pro (S2882) and
Iwill DK8S2-SATA/DK8S2 (http://www.iwill.net/product_adns.asp).

-- 
-- David  (obrien@FreeBSD.org)



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