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Jonathan C.

Jonathan C.

Joined on 04/12/07

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Most Favorable Review

great board.. with some minor irritations

TYAN S7010AGM2NRF SSI EEB Server Motherboard Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5520 DDR3 1333
TYAN S7010AGM2NRF SSI EEB Server Motherboard Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5520 DDR3 1333

Pros: Great chipset. Support for dual E5500 series CPUs is wonderful (I've got 2 E5520s), lots of room for memory (I've got 12G of Kingston Model KVR1066D3S4R7SK3/6GI240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM, which is ECC Registered DDR3 1066). With everything switched on, including the GeForce 7600GS video card I added, 2x 1T Samsung Spinpoint F1 drives, and an Intel X25-E, I'm typically drawing around 165W... not bad for a machine of this class. Overall, I'm very happy with this board, and with the machine I built on top of it -- the thing flies like nothing I've ever owned before. Wow.

Cons: If you plan on creating a machine for your office, rather than a server room, you've got a bit of a project on your hands... for now at least. I wanted this thing to be quiet, so I needed big slower moving fans... yet there aren't too many options available for SSI EEB form factor boards like this one. Finally, I settled on an Antec Titan 650 ExtendATX case. There were 2 issues: the built-in Antec TP3-650 power supply didn't have dual 8-pin EPS12V connectors, just a single one, forcing me to use an Athena Power 6" EPS-12V 8-pin Y-splitter Power Cable Model CABLE-YEPS828.... which wasn't quite long enough... so I had to perform surgery and extend 1 arm of the Y by a few inches by splicing in some extra 18 guage molex wire & electrical taping it up. Note: 18 gauge molex wire is rated for 5Amps. 2 cpus 80w*2/12V= 13.3A. 13.3A / 4 wires = 3.3Amps per wire < 5 Amp rating == wires in stem of Y looks ok. Each rail is 19A so PSU is ok also (13.3A 70% of 19A 12V PSU rail).

Overall Review: Finding nice quiet CPU cooler was also a bit tricky, because many of the ones that modders/overclockers use are too big (given the geometry of this dual cpu layout), and most of the others use push-pins, rather than screws for attaching to the motherboard (and this board uses M3 screws). There wasn't anything out there when I bought this board, but the Zero Therm Core92 was close. It fit & was well reviewed, but used push-pins. I ended up yanking the pins off the coolers & rigging up my own spring-loaded M3 screw mount with some washers & stiff coils from a hardware store. This was surprisingly easy to do & worked out well... but probably not something that all people would be comfortable doing. The "minor irritations" I experienced were mostly due to the way I'm using it -- as a quiet in-the-office setting, rather than being allowed to scream in a server room. Still, it would be great if hardware vendors would coordinate power & cooling better.

Most Critical Review

A useful splitter, but arms should be longer

Athena Power CABLE-YEPS828 6 in. EPS-12V 8-pin Y-splitter Power Cable
Athena Power CABLE-YEPS828 6 in. EPS-12V 8-pin Y-splitter Power Cable

Pros: Solves a nasty problem -- currently, it's hard to get a power supply that isn't huge, yet has dual 8-pin EPS-12V. My specific issue was a TYAN S7010 motherboard. I had an Antec Titan case with a built-in TruePower Trio 650W power supply (which only has a single 8 pin EPS-12V). The alternative was to get a power supply that was way too big for my needs (plus it was another $109). This splitter was a cheaper & easier solution.

Cons: The length of the arms of the "Y" was too short for my motherboard. I ended up getting some 18 gauge molex wire & electrical tape, and spliced in a few more inches. I would have given this product 5-eggs if I didn't need to do that (or if Athena made another version of the same product with longer arms).

Overall Review: Here's how I figured out that my splice job was a safe thing to do: 18 guage molex is rated at 5Amps. I've got dual Xeon E5520 cpus with a thermal design power of 80w. Given: 80W * 2/12V= 13.33A, and TPW is usually 20%-30% peak, we're talking at most 17.33A peak (13.33A * 1.3 = 17.33A). Each limb of the Y is made out of 4 strands of 18 guage molex wire, so that's 4.33 A / wire, which is still below the conservative 5A/wire rating. Each rail of the PSU is 19A, so that worked out too. The extra voltage drop was tiny -- not a problem.

No hassles -- it just does the job.

ICY DOCK 2.5" to 3.5" Bay SATA HDD & SSD Converter / Mounting Kit /Bracket - EZConvert MB882SP-1S-1B
ICY DOCK 2.5" to 3.5" Bay SATA HDD & SSD Converter / Mounting Kit /Bracket - EZConvert MB882SP-1S-1B

Pros: Easy to use, works perfectly with my Intel X25-E SSD.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: The X25-E draws so little power, I doubt cooling is an issue.