System advice requested

Willem Jan Withagen wjw at
Tue Feb 24 03:31:22 PST 2004

> From: "Willem Jan Withagen" <wjw at>
> > If I were to get a dual opteron board/system what things would be
> > to watch out for, or would be required. Hardware wise that is.
> > 
> > In the beginning I would like to use is as:
> >     1) FreeBSD/windows/linux desktop
> > and lateron it would turn into my 
> >     2) Home NFS/Samba-server running FBSD
> > 
> > In case 2) I'd remove any fancy user-interface stuff...
> > 
> > All suggestions welcomed,
> To follow-up on myself...

And even more followup:

HTML-ed version on:

It is still every inaccurate, so suggestions are more than welcome.
There is also still very little distinction between info on
Athlon 64, single Opteron, SMP Opteron. So that creates a lot of confusion
as well.

To be honest: I would not be able to select a good board from all the 
gathered info myself.

So I'm now sort of tempted to go for an MSI K8T Master2-FAR, even though
this board has only 4 memory slots.... For me it has the advantage of 
a lot of PCI-32 slots, because I have oddles of old PCI cards.

And as always:
    Suggestions, improvements, updates, add-ons are welcome

Especially for David:
    Could you point me at the info for the 0,5 Gb loss of memory,
    so I can include that info?


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