TYAN’s S8236GM3NR-IL server motherboard supports up to two AMD 32nm 8-Core/12-Core/16-Core Opteron 6200 Series Processors (Interlagos) via 6.4GT/s Hyper-Transport 3.0 link to handle even the most demanding applications. With 8+8 DIMM slots, it can support up to 256GB RDDR3 memory to significantly improve the computing capability.
This motherboard has a full range of expansion choices. It features two PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots, providing substantial I/O bandwidth for current and future application needs. This server motherboard has 1x Mini-SAS (4-port) connector and 2x SATA 3.0 Gb/s connectors with Promise Integrated Software RAID 0/1/10/5 support. Dual Intel LAN controllers guarantee the maximum data throughput of its triple-port Gigabit Ethernet. This motherboard really benefits your workstation business with the best upgrade capability and data protection.
Sparks and Smoke
Pros: None, unless you like the smell of burnt silicon.
Cons: As soon as I pressed the power switch, sparks started shooting out of the motherboard and a column of smoke appeared. I pulled the plug as fast as I could, but the board was toast at this point. There was nothing at all special about what I was doing. I just had 2 AMD 6200 series CPUs inserted, Kingston RDIMMs, and a Fatal1ty 750W PSU connected with the 24 pin + both 12V rails. I'm not certain if it damaged my CPUs or memory, but I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if I run into problem in the future because of this garbage motherboard.
Other Thoughts: DON'T BUY TYAN! This was the first and will be the last time I will ever buy their brand. Their QA is obviously non-existent. Had they bothered to test out this board, they would've realized it was defective. I used the exact same parts with a SuperMicro H8DGU-F-O and it worked like a charm. I should've stuck with SuperMicro since I have yet to have a problem with their server boards.
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“As soon as I pressed the power switch, sparks started shooting out of the motherboard and a column of smoke appeared. I pulled ...”— 7/15/2012