Tyan 2720 motherboard for Xeons (fwd)

Mark Hahn hahn at physics.mcmaster.ca
Mon Jun 24 13:34:10 EDT 2002


> Does anyone agree with Steve's opinion?

I have had some of each, and noticed no dramatic difference;
that's for small N, though, and in particular, no big piles
of one particular board.  

it's clear that Tyan can be stable, since several big vendors use them (I
think appro and racksaver). it's also clear that supermicro is a lot more
focused on Intel, perhaps even with fewer products overall.  that's both 
good and bad.  I think it's also reasonable to expect Tiger, Tyan's 
workstation line, to take longer to stabilize in server situations 
than Thunder boards.

the conservative choice for Intel-based solutions is clearly Intel
itself (who seems fairly agressive right now in pushing dual Xeons...)
has anyone had bad experiences with the new wave of e7500 boards?


> > I have heard from one of beowulf engineers that Tyan 2720 
> > motherboard for
> > dual Xeon CPUs has some serious problems including Memory, ECC and
> > Bios. And Super Micro P4DME-M is offered as an alternative.
> > 
> > At the same time I have also been told by other people that 
> > Tyan 2720UNG
> > is very fast motherboad for clustering solutions. 
> > 
> > I would appreciate very much to get some information and guidance
> > regarding the best motherboard for dual Xeons (2.2 Ghz).
> 
> Off the record, Tyan has always been junk.  They have a tendency to put
> something new out in the market place and have the customers debug it.
> Recent case in point is the firmware issues Hard Data spoke of on the Tiger.
> However, after 6 months in the field its usually ok.
> 
> SuperMicro on the other hand is very good.

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