Mainboard suggestions?

Willem Jan Withagen wjw at
Sat Sep 18 15:00:52 PDT 2004

Freddie Cash wrote:

>On September 15, 2004 01:39 am, John Wilson wrote:
>>From what I've been able to gather, the two best mainboards for the
>>AMD64 platform come from either Asus or MSI.  My original goal was to
>>find a board with the minimum of additional features onboard, save for
>>sound and a NIC. Firewire is useless to me.
>The MSI Master series of mobos work very nicely with FreeBSD, both in 
>32-bit and 64-bit mode.  We have a handful of the Master dual-AthlonMP 
>boards, and a pair of the Master dual-Opteron boards.  All deveices on 
>the mobo as detected and usuable under FreeBSD 5.2.1 and 5.3.  The VIA 
>K8T800 chipset is very stable in our testing, and the SATA support is 
>decent (didn't stress it much, but never had any problems with it).
Well I'd have to argue about that. I had to replace a MSI  K8T 
Master2-FAR board with 2 opteron 242 processors because it was causing 
crashes to no end during high load. As soon as the load went over 10 for 
a longer period the board crashed. After long discussions with people 
doing the amd64 port I bought a new board (Tyan Tiger), and that has 
proven rock solid with all the same components. Supposedly it is because 
of  "things" with the VIA chipset, but the finer details never became clear.
And looking at others thru google, there are a lot of people not very 
happy with that board.


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