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Re: MSI K9N Diamond main board?

On Tue, Sep 26, 2006 at 04:26:30PM -0400, dtutty@porchlight.ca wrote:
> I tried to search the archives to see if this has been answered but
> got 404 errors.  Reported it to debian-www.
> I'm going to be buying a new main board and have a short list
> all based on the nVidia nForce 590 SLI chipset.  At this point,
> I'm wanting some feedback on the longevety and reliability of the
> different brands.  I tend to get/make a new computer about every decade.
> Now seems a good time with the AM2 socket with DDR memory and PCIe-16x
> becoming solid, should remain useful for a long time.

I would expect the 590 chipset to either already work with 2.6.17 /
2.6.18 or so, or if it doesn't it should work very soon.

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=506&num=1 seems to
indicate that if nothing else they had no problem downloading source for
drivers for linux to get the Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe board working.  Asus
apparently even included pre built modules for a bunch of distributions
of linux on the CD that came with the board.  That's a lot better than
Asus used to be on linux support. :)

> I'll be going with the Athlon AM2 (model depends on price when I get
> it).
> Internet reveiews focus primarily on feature set.  Now, this is
> basically a function of the chipset.  I haven't been able to find any
> retrospective reviews about how long a given board from the past has
> lasted.
> Most reviews are for Asus but have heard comments about decreasing
> reliability after a couple of years.

I haven't bought anything but Asus boards for 13 years and I don't plan
on changing either.  The one I bought 13 years ago is still running
perfectly as a firewall with Sarge on it.

> Tyan has great reliability and would be my first choice but their AM2
> uses the nVidia Pro chipset which nVidia says doesn't have mainstream
> kernel drivers, they provide binary drivers for RHES and SLES.

I really hope that changes.  I believe the AMD8111 chipset boards are
supported though.

> MSI also has a well featured board but I don't know anything about them
> and haven't been able to find out about their reputation long-term.
> What has experience of MSI shown?

No idea.

Len Sorensen

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