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Tyan Trinity KT-A Motherboard Review

Tyan Trinity KT-A Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Tyan have generally been known as the manufacturer of highly stable server boards. While the groundbreaking dual AMD Thunder K7 has recently propelled them into the spotlight somewhat.
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External Mfg. Website: Tyan Aug 11 2001   Colin Sun  
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Notes on the KT-A layout

There isn't anything really out of the ordinary with the KT-A: one 4x AGP, six PCI slots (5 busmastering slots) and even an ISA slot for legacy cards.

The ISA slot was a nice touch, much more useful then an AMR. However, I kind of wish the motherboard manufacturers would drop it all together. We're never going to move ahead unless we let go of the past!

Ultra/100 ATA support was there care of VIA's "troubled" 686B southbridge. There are a total of two total fan headers, with one being taken up by the CPU heatsink/fan itself so in reality there is one left to play with.

While there was a silk screen outline for onboard audio, none was included on the board. By the size of the outline it looks like it might have been for VIA's AC97 codec.

Two extra USB ports are included with the 686B chipset, however Tyan neglected to include the USB bracket for them. It seems that many motherboard makers are doing this, the only exception I can think of right now is Asus.

The Processor Socket

There were some design quirks that I didn't on the KT-A, and the most notable one was the large gathering of tall capacitors around the processor socket.

I was able to install my Zalman CNP-5000P, but it was a very snug fit. I had a hard time installing my GlobalWin FOP-38, and just for the fun of it I even tried out the Swiftech MC462A - which believe it or not just barely fits (albeit with a bit of nudging to one particular capacitor). On the plus side there is a thermistor located dead center under the core of the processor for good thermal monitoring.

I also wasn't too keen on the fanless Northbridge heatsink attached with thermal glue/tape. The BGA heatsink did get quite hot during testing I noticed. Lastly, but not least, everyone's favorite; having to remove the AGP video card to install memory. I guess that's the price people have to pay for a motherboard with six PCI slots. Well at least the KT-A will hold up to 1.5GB of unbuffered SDRAM

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Contents of Article: Tyan S2390B
 Pg 1.  Tyan Trinity KT-A Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  KT-A Spec Sheet
 Pg 3.  — Notes on the KT-A layout
 Pg 4.  A BIOS built not for Overclocking
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: WinBench 99, Content Sandra
 Pg 6.  Quake III Arena Benchmarks

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