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    AMD64 1u motherboard

    Hi,

    I wonder if this is the right forum for my question, if it isn't I'd appreciate it if a moderator would move the thread.

    Can anyone recommend a quality motherboard that fits into a 1u case.

    The motherboard is for the AMD Socket 939 chip CPU's. I need to have onboard VGA, LAN and SATA.

    I've seen the Tyan motherboards but I'm not so keen as they use the nForce chipsets.

    Thanks in advance.
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    this should go to the colo form but umm i think one of the the chenbro cases fits this
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    Why are you not keen on the nForce chipset? It is the best chipset available for the AMD platform and we have deployed over 20 servers using the nForce3 Ultra chipset in a 1U setup without a single problem.

    AFAIK the only S939 motherboard you are going to find with onboard video is the MSI RS480M2-IL (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130485) which uses the ATI Xpress200 chipset.

    I don't have any experience with these boards, and I have no idea about what their Linux driver support is like.
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    If you talk to Chong Lee at Apaq Digital Systems http://www.apaqdigital.com/ he builts all kinds of rackmount equipment and he usually has good recommendations on motherboards based on his experiences. He posts here on WHT. I'm not sure if he's built any Socket 939 systems, though.
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    Well you don't have to many choices with 939 socket and on board video.

    ECS RS480-M V1.0 Socket 939 ATI Radeon XPRESS 200

    MSI RS480M2-IL Socket 939 ATI Radeon XPRESS 200

    JetWay A210GDMS Socket 939 ATI RS480

    JetWay A210GDMS-Pro Socket 939 ATI RS480


    Put If you only need on board Lan. Alot of 1u cases come with a adapter for one pci slot. And you could put in a pci video card. But

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    Tyan K8E as well...not sure why you don't like the Tyan's, we've had good luck with them over the years.

    http://www.tyan.com/products/html/tomcatk8e.html

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    Originally posted by TomK
    Tyan K8E as well...not sure why you don't like the Tyan's, we've had good luck with them over the years.

    http://www.tyan.com/products/html/tomcatk8e.html
    That's a nice board, but it's over $200 on Pricewatch.
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    The Tyan k8e is the best 939 board for 1u. They are backordered 2-4 weeks from most vendors though.
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    Originally posted by ServerDave
    The Tyan k8e is the best 939 board for 1u. They are backordered 2-4 weeks from most vendors though.
    Dave,

    What 1U cases have you used it in? We've been using ours in 2u Chenbro's up until now.

    Also, have you had a chance to test it with the AMD64 X2 yet?

    Tom

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    tyans are great and so is the msi board, problem with msi is that it has a stacked audio on it so you would have to desolder that portion of the board, and I am still not sold on doing that to a production server

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    Hi,

    Thanks for the info.

    I was going with the Tyan board but heard there were a few Linux compatability issues. Turns out these are only with the 2.4 kernels, as we'd be running 2.6 this isn't an issue.
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    yes I do believe the 2.4 kernal had an issue with nforce chipsets in general but I believe that has been all cleared up, tyan usually gears their stuff for server environments so they are always a good choice

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    You might have to solder off the sound ports. The 1u might not fit the MSI board.
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    Socket 939 chips are much harder to source parts for to build a 1U server. Looking at Pricewatch, you can get an Opteron 14x or 24x for about the same price as an Athlon 64 until you get up to the higher clock speeds. Personally I'd just use Opteron chips, especially for a server.
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    Originally posted by bqinternet
    Personally I'd just use Opteron chips, especially for a server.


    Socket 939 is generally intended for desktops.

    I don't believe you will find a board to fit a 1U chassis; unless of course, you remove the vertical audio ports.
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    As long as you get the S2865G2NR model without audio the k8e will fit in any atx chassis. The board does not mention if it supports the X2 dual core chips so if you're planning on running them I'd ask Tyan about it first.
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    for a 1U form factor I would recommend the Tyan Board, I have build a handful of them and have been very happy with them.

    What are you going to be using this for? Normally for something like an AMD 64 I just build whiteboxes. Do you want a 1U for colocation?

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    Hi,

    We will be using these for our dedicated and gaming services.
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