Hamish Marson <hamish@...> posted
44AA506E.70105@..., excerpted below, on Tue, 04 Jul 2006
> The question is, what's a good motherboard nowadays for
> AMD64 x2 processors?
Tyan has probably the best Linux support you'll get from a mobo
manufacturer. They tend more towards server/workstation and high end
desktop, and are priced a bit higher than some, but many of their boards
are pre-certified with Red Hat, SuSE/Novel, and TurboLinux. I have a dual
Opteron board (the s2885), and have been very happy with it. (I plan
upgrading it to dual-cores later this year or early next, after AMD
changes socket and the socket 940s start dropping in price, I'm currently
running Opteron 242s, 8 gig memory, 4 x 300 gig SATA drives in kernel-raid
0/1/6, dual 21 inch monitors in 1600x1200 each on a Radeon 9250 AGP
(freedomware X drivers), etc.) Tyan even supplies an appropriate
lm_sensors.conf file for the board, and unlike some makers, uses plain zip
and pdf for its BIOS packages and documentation, not MSWormOS executables.
As I said, they tend toward the server/workstation side (Opterons), so
their selection of Athlon64/X2/socket-939 boards is a bit limited.
However, they do have one board that fits the bill, NVidia NForce
Pro2200/Ultra chipset, depending on whether you want SLI config or not!
The model name/number is Tyan Tomcat K8E, s2866. I just downloaded the
pdf of the manual, and it says it's RH and SuSE certified, so Linux
shouldn't be an issue. (Unless I'm mistaken, which I might be as I don't
know NVidia's chipsets too well, lmsensors doesn't support that chipset
yet, so no config file.) I should note it has only 3 PCI 2.2 slots, plus
the two PCI-E for the SLI, of course. Single channel (2 drive) IDE, 4
Price? As I said, not cheap. Pricewatch.com has them starting at $223
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