Re: MSI K9N Diamond main board?
On Tue, Sep 26, 2006 at 04:26:30PM -0400, email@example.com wrote:
> 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'll be going with the Athlon AM2 (model depends on price when I get
> Most reviews are for Asus but have heard comments about decreasing
> reliability after a couple of years.
I've heard the same comments.
> 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'm not sure what's up with that comment. I've got a board with that
chipset (Tyan K8WE) and it works fantastically. Like a rock. My
previous system that I built was a Tyan something dual Athlon, built in
July 2002, still running strong. I'm pretty sold on them at this point.
The following functions work excellently for me:
forcedeth driver for gigabit ports -- IP NAT between them
USB2.0 ports -- both back panel and headers;
SATA -- dual 200GB drives running raid1 for everything
PATA -- DVD burner
4 x 512MB dual channel DDR ECC
dual PCIe -- no SLI, it's just craptastic anyway
nvidia I2C module -- sensors works quite well with stock Debian packages
What support is not included here that you would want?
I don't recall anyone mentioning any problems with this board, apart
from Sarge installation problems because of the need for recent 2.6.12+