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Old 04-18-2006, 04:46 PM   #1
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Best motherboard chipset for Turion CPU?


I'm looking to build a low powererd server/NAS machine based on the AMD Turion 64 CPU. Yes, they're mobile CPU's, but a number of standard motherboards work with them. Since I'm installing from scratch, I have all the various AMD supported chipsets available to me on ATX socket 754 mobo including Via, SiS and nForce variations.

From a Linux standpoint, where power management, sleep modes and compatibility are important, can anyone tell me which is the best chipset to get paired up with?

I'm an Intel person, so I know very little about chipsets for AMD processors. Any direction would be appreciated.

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Old 04-18-2006, 07:57 PM   #2
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NForce are the best (by far). I recommend Abit motherboards.
 
Old 04-18-2006, 10:04 PM   #3
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No issues with the latest Nforce4 chipsets then?

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Old 04-18-2006, 11:35 PM   #4
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dfi nforce3 is your best bet.
 
Old 05-10-2006, 03:55 AM   #5
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How timely!

I am desiring to do the exact same thing-- build a Turion 64 based Linux box. Want to make a multi-TB (media) file server, and, since it will run 24 x 7, want low power to reduce operating cost.

I want at least 6 SATA headers and gigE onboard LAN. As far as I can tell from my search so far, that severely limits the choice of AMD 754 boards.

I have found only 2 so far: Epox EP-8HDA5+ and the Aopen N250A-FR.

I have heard negative things about VIA chipsets and Linux. Don't know whether that is really so, or not, but since the Epox board uses VIA chipset, I'm considering that board less attractive.

That leaves the Aopen board, which uses the NForce3 chipset.

Does anyone have any comments on that board for a Linux file server?

I am not really familiar with the architecture. Can anyone say whether the onboard gigE LAN would be separate from the PCI bus? I think that is important. Also, it would be good if the SATA ports were distinct from the PCI bus. Might that be the case with this board and chipset?

Thank you valnar for letting me piggyback on your thread, and thank you to any responders.

Regards,

DG
 
Old 05-10-2006, 06:10 AM   #6
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As I've discovered, only certain motherboards can get the voltage (undervolt) down to 1.2. Not all 754 motherboards work with a Turion.

See here: http://angelfall.s39.xrea.com/area2ch/turion-e.html
and here: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article300-page1.html


I bought a used DFI Lanparty UT nF3 250Gb off eBay. So far, it works well. And as I've been told on many forums, stay away from VIA. Get an nForce 3 or 4 chipset.

Robert
 
Old 05-11-2006, 07:51 PM   #7
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I think there may be only one socket 754 board in production that has 6 SATA headers, gigabit LAN, and can set voltage low enough for Turion. That would be the Aopen N250A-FR. A review is here:
www@hardwarezone@com/articles/view@php?id=1247&cid=6&pg=1
(insufficient posts-- substitute periods for "@")

This board doesn't appear in either the "good" or "bad" Turion lists, so far as I can tell.

Also, I cannot find any other similar boards.

This board doesn't use the ethernet capability from the Nforce chipset. Instead, Aopen added a Realtek ethernet chip. I wonder if there is any shared bandwidth among the gigabit LAN, the SATA ports, and the PCI bus. Might anyone know?

Regards,

DG

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