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Tyan Thunder i7501 Xtreme S2726UGN Rev.02 Server Motherboard Review

Tyan Thunder i7501 Xtreme S2726UGN Rev.02 Server Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Tyan does have a reputation for quality and stability, and the company earns its bread and butter by producing some of the best server and workstation motherboards in the market.
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External Mfg. Website: Tyan Aug 15 2005   Mike Dowler  
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Tyan is a name you can trust...

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 legacy hardware.

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 before hand.

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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Contents of Article: Tyan Thunder i7501 Xtreme S2726UGN
 Pg 1.  Tyan Thunder i7501 Xtreme S2726UGN Rev.02 Server Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  EPS12V Power and ECC Registered Memory
 Pg 3.  PC2100 DDR Memory types
 Pg 4.  PCI-X and 64-bit PCI Expansion Slots
 Pg 5.  Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 6.  Stability and Management Software
 Pg 7.  System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: WebBench static_mt_wb401
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: WebBench static_wb401
 Pg 10.  — Tyan is a name you can trust...

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