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Tyan Thunder S2676 (i7525)

The Thunder i7525

Board Revision: TC45F

BIOS: 1.03 (08/17/2004)

The American manufacturer Tyan is aiming pretty high and tries to emphasize quality and features. The Thunder i7525 or S2676 is a good example of the company's ambitions as its components are cleverly situated in order to receive optimal cooling by the CPU fans. Based on the 6700PXH and an ICH5R, it comes with a nice feature set. In addition to that, Tyan provides a Ultra320 SCSI chip. However, $600 is not particularly an attractive offer.

This is a clear message.

An EPS12V is not necessary. Any powerful standard ATX power supply will be good enough.

The basically good impression of this board is slightly reduced by the fact that the maximum memory module size validated is 1 GB. According to Tyan, using 2 GB DIMMs would be possible, but remains a future feature.