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Topic Title: Recommendations on C32 Bulldozer friendly Server Mobo?
Topic Summary: building a new home server...
Created On: 10/02/2011 02:19 PM
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 10/02/2011 02:19 PM
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SilverDragon
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Hi,

I'm looking for recommendations on a dual CPU mobo for the following applications:

a) (Primarily a) Storage server - Running either Centos 6 or OpenFiler
Primarily NFS, Samba and iSCSI

b) A few virtual machines

Hopefully I can use the same motherboard, pin the IO stuff to one CPU, and the virtualization to the other.

I am not planning on running many VM's on that CPU, but just a few crucial ones that would benefit from fast IO (Database) and administration.

My plan is to get the mobo, and one C32 CPU (probably a 4180), and test it out, then swap in two Bulldozer CPU's when they become available.

I already have a big rackmount 4U 16 drive case, that will fit EATX and EEB mobo's.

Features I'd like to have:
IPMI, dual GB, and a number of PCIe slots(one or two of which will have a LSi 9261-8i in it), and might add an iSCSI specific server NIC.

I am looking at the ASUS KCMA-D8, and Tyan S8225A and Tyan S8226.

Anyone have any recommendations or options?

Any references to Bulldozer compatibility?

Thanks!
 10/04/2011 03:34 PM
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meatling
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Are you aware of Supermicro's H8DCL-iF?
 10/04/2011 10:22 PM
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Most should work with Bulldozer-based Opteron 4200s, since AMD explicitly designed Socket C32 (and its counterpart Socket G34) to specifically work with Bulldozer-based parts. Any of those should be fine. TYAN's dual-chipset board obviously has the most I/O capabilities, but I'd definitely give ASUS the leg over TYAN in reliability and support if something goes wrong. Supermicro would be #1 for customer support, likelihood of new CPU support, and reliability. They also make their boards in the USA instead of Taiwan or China, too.

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 11/02/2011 01:44 PM
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meatling
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Originally posted by: MU_Engineer

Supermicro [...] make their boards in the USA instead of Taiwan or China, too.


What makes you believe that? The H8DCL-(i|6)[F] which we're talking about is definitely made in Taiwan.
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