[Fwd: Looking to upgrade my hardware and run 6.2-RELEASE]
rsmith at xs4all.nl
Mon Jan 29 17:36:44 UTC 2007
On Sun, Jan 28, 2007 at 09:56:22PM -0500, Glenn Sieb wrote:
> I said...
> > Since I tend to build my own boxes, I'd like to make sure my choice of
> > CPU/MB is good fro FBSD before I buy :-)
> > I'm looking at an AMD X2 64 5400 and an Abit AN9 32X.
> > The AN9 has:
> > NVIDIA nForce SPP 190/nForce 590 SLI MCP
> > Dual NV Gigabit LAN
The nve(4) driver supports the following chipsets:
It doesn't look like nForce5 is supported yet.
> > 6x SATA 3gb/s ports with RAID 0/1/0+1/5 JBOD support
> > (plus 2x SATA ports non-RAID)
The ata(4) driver supports the following chipsets:
nVidia: nForce, nForce2, nForce2 MCP, nForce3, nForce3 MCP,
nForce3 Pro, nForce4.
No nForce5 here either.
> > I know that NVIDIA chipsets (at least used to) require separate
> > downloads of the chipset drivers. Is this still the case?
According to nve(4):
This driver is a reimplementation of the NVIDIA supported Linux nvnet
driver and uses the same closed source API library to access the underly-
ing hardware. There is currently no programming documentation available
for this device, and therefore little is known about the internal archi-
tecture of the MAC engine itself.
> > I've been using Abit MBs for years now, but I'm not necessarily tied to
> > them, if there are better suggestions from the list.
Looks like you'd better stick with a KN9 (nForce4) for now.
Asus has the M2V-MX with VIA chipset that looks OK. Not sure about the
Realtek RTL8100C ethernet chip though. Same goes for the MSI K9VGM-V. It has
a RTL8201 ethernet chip.
I've never had trouble with MSI mobos with VIA chipsets. They might not be
the fastest, but generally everything works. AMD chipsets are fine as well.
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