Dual PPro boards with Orion 450GX

Dual PPro boards with Orion 450GX

Post by Klaus Kusch » Wed, 25 Sep 1996 04:00:00



We will set up a high-end linux server in the near future. I wanted a
dual ppro motherboard based on the Orion 450GX, but no such boards seems
to be available here, only boards based on the 440FX were offered:

* Supermicro P6DOF: According to the Central Europe distributor in
Germany, this board is no longer available, "because the chipset was
withdrawn"???

* Asus P6RP7D: According to Asus Germany, this board has not yet been
certified for general shipment (betas only), and it is unknown if and
when this board will ever become available, "it is overdue for some time
now, there seem to be chipset problems"?

* AMI Goliath: Said to be available, but by far too expensive in my
opinion?

Questions:

* Is something wrong with the 450GX chipset, has intel really cancelled
it?
* Does anybody know for sure if, when, and where the Asus and/or
Supermicro boards will be available?
* Did I miss any available 450GX-based motherboards?
* Has anybody actually compared 440FX and 450GX boards under typical
server loads (and Linux SMP)?
* Is the Goliath really as good as the price suggests?

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1. Asus or Intel Dual PPro board ?

I am looking to build a Dual PPro system and would like recommendations
about the motherboard.  I am considering the
 Asus Dual PPro board and the new Intel Providence board.

The Intel board is the new ATX form, has integrated scsi, sound and
ethernet, requires dimms, while the Asus board needs a daughter board,
uses simms, and has more slots.

I am leaning toward the Intel board because with all the on-board stuff,
the total package will be cheaper. Also, it is newer technology.

But, the Asus board supports daughter boards with both PPros and
Pentiums.  I wonder if there are plans to support future daughter boards
which will support future processors like the Klamath, Merced, etc.  

Comments and suggestions would be very much appreciated.

TIA,

-sen

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