AMD 64 stability
vivek at khera.org
Thu Feb 23 08:28:25 PST 2006
On Feb 23, 2006, at 11:05 AM, Ken Gunderson wrote:
>> still), Sun X4100 dual CPU. The Dells are Intel EM64T and the Sun is
>> true Opteron.
> Did you ever test drive the x2100??
no, but someone posted to me the dmesg from an X2100 and it seems
everything worked ok. however one of the onboard ethernet is nvidia
so that could cause problems if you needed both like I do.
> I have a few Tyan Transport TA26's wh/ use the S2882 board. The one
> MAJOR PITA issue I had w/them is w/LSI 320-1 MegaRAID cards. A mirror
> using "slot 1" degrades under moderate load and cannot be recovered.
> The problem goes away w/320-2x. Tyan and LSI are investigating. Tyan
> reports "unable to reproduce/no problem found". Right.... LSI
> support, by contrast, rocks and they are investigating further.
interesting.... I have a 320-2x card I wanted to use with the X4100,
except it doesn't fit the low-profile slot that it has. So I tried
it in a Dell 1425SC server... it reports random failures at different
times on different disks on two different Dell powervault arrays
which otherwise work flawlessly with an Adaptec 2230SLP card. If I
run the 320-2X in Ultra 160 mode it has no complaints but that is
Of course everyone points the finger at everyone else... and I'm
stuck in the middle with a bunch of expensive crap that won't work
I just (literally 15 minutes ago) got an IBM e326m evaluation unit.
Watch for results shortly on that... I hope the 320-2x works fine
with this box.
> Doesn't the Sun use a Tyan board?
It is based on a Tyan design, but significantly modified. The X4100
(and other X series) has no internal cables. Everything is plugged
together more or less directly. There is one small flat 4" long
ribbon cable hooking up something, but that's it. It is absolutely
amazingly engineered. They also seem to have better QC than the OEM
boards. However, the BIOS comes configured stupidly -- you have to
turn on some options to make it bypass the BIOS 4GB hole, etc. Why
not just do that by default?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?
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