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New AM2 motherboard and Linux

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May 29, 2007 1:04:29 AM

Hi all, I posted this in the M/B forum, but I was told I should try my luck here.

I am looking at upgrading my aging 3000+ Socket 939. Socket 939 dual chips are getting rare, and really expensive. So looking at going to AM2. (of course the new AMD stuff is getting me scared about getting stuck on a dead platform again)

I currently have a gigabyte k8n pro sli.

I am looking at either of these two at the moment:

GA-M59SLI-S5

and the

GA-M55SLI-S4

Both have pretty similar spces, just the upgraded chipsets.

Comparison is here.

I am after some advice.

1. Is there a huge performance increase between the nForce4 chipset and the nForce 590? (I am not interested in overclocking, if this makes a difference)

2. One reason I am leaning towards the older nForce4 is the audio chipset. I know that this audio works flawlessly in Linux (my main OS of choice), as it is the same one as I am currently running, but I am having a hard time finding info on if the newer audio on the 590 chipset board works well on linux. If someone can tell me if they have used the 590 board on linux, that would be great :) 

The audio card is a Realtek ALC888DD Audio Codec

I am pretty sure the network should work, it is a Marvell 88E1116 Gigabit Ethernet controller.

Ignoring the different number of sata ports, is the newer chipset a much better performer (ignoring overclocking), and worth the extra $$.
And will all the onboard components work fine in linux (on the newer chipset).

Thanks.

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May 29, 2007 4:37:45 AM

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Hi all, I posted this in the M/B forum, but I was told I should try my luck here.

I am looking at upgrading my aging 3000+ Socket 939. Socket 939 dual chips are getting rare, and really expensive. So looking at going to AM2. (of course the new AMD stuff is getting me scared about getting stuck on a dead platform again)

I currently have a gigabyte k8n pro sli.

I am looking at either of these two at the moment:

GA-M59SLI-S5

and the

GA-M55SLI-S4

Both have pretty similar spces, just the upgraded chipsets.

Comparison is here.

I am after some advice.

1. Is there a huge performance increase between the nForce4 chipset and the nForce 590? (I am not interested in overclocking, if this makes a difference)


AMD CPUs generally all perform similarly no matter what the chipset because the memory controller is aboard the CPU. Buy a chipset based on its features over the older chipsets.

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2. One reason I am leaning towards the older nForce4 is the audio chipset. I know that this audio works flawlessly in Linux (my main OS of choice), as it is the same one as I am currently running, but I am having a hard time finding info on if the newer audio on the 590 chipset board works well on linux. If someone can tell me if they have used the 590 board on linux, that would be great :) 


I've used an NForce 550 AM2 board under Linux and it worked fine. The audio card in the boards you're looking at is a Realtek ALC888DD Audio Codec, and Realtek has pretty good Linux support, so you should be okay.

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I am pretty sure the network should work, it is a Marvell 88E1116 Gigabit Ethernet controller.


Should work, I've gotten other Marvell Ethernet chipsets to work just fine.

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Ignoring the different number of sata ports, is the newer chipset a much better performer (ignoring overclocking), and worth the extra $$.
And will all the onboard components work fine in linux (on the newer chipset).


The onboard stuff should work fine as the only non-standard stuff that the board has you already mentioned- Ethernet and sound. The SATA will be standard NVIDIA SATA (sata_nv) and the USB and such will be generic EHCI USB and so forth. NVIDIA gear tends to work very nicely under Linux. I'd buy an NForce 5xx board if I were going from 939 -> AM2, but I'd not go from a NForce 4 AM2 to an NForce 5xx AM2 just because. The performance difference is minimal.
May 29, 2007 4:46:44 AM

Thanks for a very informative and quick reply :D 
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