Re: Advice on hardware
On Tue, 2005-08-23 at 15:09 -0400, Lennart Sorensen wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 23, 2005 at 12:08:54PM -0700, Elaine Tsiang YueLien wrote:
> > There seem to be two product lines available for quad dual core opterons
> > at this point, one based on the Iwill H4203 (MB+Chasis), and the other
> > on the Tyan S4882. Both are based on the AMD chipset. The Iwill MB has
> > only IDE controller on board, the Tyan has SATA or SCSI. The machine
> > will be used for compute-intensive tasks, server functions being not as
> > important. I would appreciate any comments on either, or comparisons.
> > Are there new MBs/systems in the works to be introduced in the near
> > future, before 2006?
> When is AMD supposed to switch to the new socket? I am wondering if it
> makes sense to buy a new system before or after that switch. I like
> buying things when I know the socket will be around for a while (I have
> an Asus A7V which was one of the first socket A boards out, and it is
> early enough revision to have some stupidities, like the IDE activity
> light only working for one of the ide controllers. :)
I have heard socket F is not till late 2006. There is an nvidia 8-way MB
+daughter. The MB may be used for quad dual (not sure), the DB could be
great for expansion. But apparently there is no kernel support for the
nvidia chipset, and indeed I have found no vendor selling it with Linux.
> As for chipsets for quad systems, I don't know if there are any new ones
> coming any time soon. I have seen dual systems with nvidia, and I have
> seen systems with AMD. I think I read that serverworks might be making
> an opteron chipset, but I don't know if that is true.
> Len Sorensen