Unlike many of the other manufacturers out there, Tyan's
specialty is workstation/server grade products. They don't really dabble in the
retail sector because there's simply too much competition and the average user
buying a white box is more concerned about the bottom line.
In the workstation/server world, things are totally different.
These consumers are interested in quality and reliability with speed a far second,
and price a very distant third. Downtime is much more costly to a business than
the price of hardware, Tyan powers quite a few websites, Google for one and
PCSTATS also runs off Tyan motherboards.
The Tyan Thunder i7501 Xtreme 2726UGN supports up to two Socket 604
Xeon/DP processors which can run at a 400 or 533 MHz FSB. The six DIMM slots can
be installed with up to 12GB of registered ECC memory although to get around the
4GB 32bit limit you need to be using a PAE compatible OS. There is an one open
66/100/133 MHz PCI-X, one 66/100 MHz PCI-X and one 33 MHz 32bit PCI slot for
Onboard goodies consist of an 4MB ATi RageXL videocard, Adaptec AIC-7902W
Ultra320 SCSI/RAID (modes 0 and 1 only), one 10/100 Intel 82551QM NIC and
four Intel 82546EB Gigabit network cards! It should be obvious that this motherboard
is built for high bandwidth rackmount applications!
As you can see the layout of the board is totally different from
desktop motherboards, the processors are placed to the right of the DIMM slots to
ensure that they receive the cooler outside ambient air. The board runs with an
ESP 12V power supply so make sure you know what type of PSU you're getting
Performance of the motherboard is good overall, I just wish we had
more PC's in the test labs so we could put a bit more stress on the servers. We
did run into one blip when running the WebBench static_wb401 tests with dual
processors although I think its a software configuration error.
With a retail price of around $885 CDN ($650 US) the Tyan Thunder i7501
Xtreme is expensive but to those who need a reliable server, it's more like a
one time "investment". After all to a business hardware costs are nothing
compared to the potential costs of downtime and damage done to reputation.
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