AMD's Opteron 250 vs. Intel's Xeon 3.6 GHz in a Workstation Duel of the Elite

A Board For The Opteron: Tyan K8W

The Thunder K8W (S2885ANRF) from Tyan is intended for dual-Opteron systems and makes it possible to assign each processor its own RAM.

AMD sent us the Opteron Platform with a K8W (S2885ANRF) by Tyan. It was unfortunately not possible to launch the Solidworks-2003 benchmark with this circuit board, as the application could not address the parallel port dongle. Tyan sent us a replacement board, which did not bring any improvement, however.


Solidworks 2003 misses the dongle and refuses to cooperate.

Xeon Board: MSI Master-LS2 For Prestonia

MSI Master-LS2 (MS-9121).

We selected the MSI Master-LS2 for the Xeon with the Prestonia core, as this motherboard emerged as the test victor in our last roundup of dual Xeon motherboards .

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  • bgd73
    hey thanks for this. There is errors in the test, especially in memory speed of xeons, in fact, it is ridiculous. I am going for older 7525 chipset in CEB motherboard...these machines are just getting started. I be sure to go for HT. thanks.
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