[K12OSN] Motherboard Manufacturer Recommendations?

R. Scott Belford scott at hosef.org
Thu Jul 3 21:29:29 UTC 2008

Essential dittos to James.  My "Monorail" Tyan based PII from 1999 is still
a great firewall.  I have built all boxes with Tyan mobo's and AMD cpus,
until recently.  I like Supermicro, alot, and they provide great hardware.
Just did a dual quad core 16gb ram box with SuperMicro. (it uses only 400w)
For fun boxes, as James said, Abit and Asus rock.  Some people give props to
Gigabyte, too, but I have no experience with them.


On Thu, Jul 3, 2008 at 10:36 AM, James P. Kinney III <
jkinney at localnetsolutions.com> wrote:

> The top board maker by far is Tyan. They are not the least expensive nor
> the most expensive. Their boards are typically designed for heavy server
> use.
> The second place in most respects is Asus. They have a larger variety of
> boards than Tyan and that is tailored more toward the desktop. Many of
> their models are quite solid and some are really server-duty hardware.
> SuperMicro is my third choice maker. I only put it after Tyan because I
> have had a SuperMicro board fail (once) and non of my Tyans have failed
> (yet). As I have a strong preference for LTSP servers using AMD cpus, I
> do not use many SM boards as their line is geared more toward Intel.
> Last and certainly not least of what I will use is Abit. They have a
> large lineup of quite stable boards that are a good value for the money.
> I don't expect them to take the constant abuse of a Tyan, and they
> won't. But when a working Abit board can be bought and replaced twice
> for the cost of a Tyan board running the same cpu, it boils down to
> allowable down time. If a failure is OK, I use Abit. If the system MUST
> WORK and/or parts replacement is impossible because of remoteness, Tyan.
> Right now a solid system using Athlon X2/Phenom is a very good starter
> point for a new small server. Go look at the Asus Crosshair II Formula
> AM@/AM2+ board :
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131292
> On Thu, 2008-07-03 at 11:41 -0400, Henry Hartley wrote:
> > These days we have such a huge variety of options that we really
> > shouldn't complain.  In the "old days" we had to decide what speed
> > Pentium we should get.  Before that, there were even fewer choices.  So,
> > I want to build a small server.  It will be for testing purposes and
> > will probably go to run a handful of thin clients in my home when I'm
> > done.  Since I'm paying for it out of my own pocket, price matters.
> > Still, I'm not completely broke yet.  So, I think I want to use a
> > dual-core AMD processor but one should be adequate.  I know I want room
> > for lots of RAM, although again, this won't be running 20 or 30
> > stations, just three to five.  Since it's for testing, and since the
> > final product WILL be a larger lab, I want to take a step into the
> > 64-bit world.  That narrows things down a little but there are still a
> > lot of options.
> >
> > So, a very specific question.  Given the above, any motherboard
> > manufacturers you would recommend, either to get or to avoid?  If you
> > have a specific model you want to recommend, that would be welcome, of
> > course.  The reasoning behind any of your thoughts would be most
> > appreciated, too, of course.
> >
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