>>I'm looking for SMP mobo + CPU recommendations. In the past, I've used
>>Tyan Tiger mobos with great success, but they're quite pricey. a Tyan
>>and two Athlon XP 2400+ is well over US$600, not including memory.
>>This is for a workstation; I need to run VMWare + WinXP and I really
>>like to have some horsepower left after I start up VMWare.
>>So, any equally good (or better) mobos out there that support dual CPUs,
>>run fast, are reliable, and generally offer good value?
> In these days, SMP setups are a bit spendy. The motherboards have
> always been a little pricier than single-proc boards, but here's the
> catch: You used to be able to use the same chips (say, P2, P3) in either
> type of board. Now, the SMP-capable chips are marked up as a premium
> product. So, either way, you're going to have to fork out the money.
My Tyan 2468UGN and 2469UGN both cost less $300.
These are the high end workstation boards with
dual channel SCSI onboard and has AGP.
> Your choices are going to be the dual Athlons, dual Xeons, or dual
> Opterons. For about the same as you quited for the dual Athlons, you
> could also get a dual Opteron 240. You could put together something like
> a 2.0 GHz Xeon for about the same amount of money, but no matter how you
> slice it, dual-processing with recent CPU's isn't cheap.
Stick with the Xeons or the Athlons if the OP wants anything
to work right. Opterons work well on servers, but not well
on workstations today (that will change in time).
> On the other hand, you can occasionally find some deals in the used
> market. I picked up a used SuperMicro dual-P2 board for $20, and a pair
> of matched 450's for another $13. Not the greatest speed demon, but for
> $33, it's not at all bad.
I bought a Dual 2400MP computer using the S2469UGN board with a
36G 10K Segate and 512M of memory for $700 new (well it was used
but never used). So the deals are out there if you watch carefully
and are patient. That machine is over 6 months old now. It serves
as my wife's primary Linux workstation.
Used market is excellent for new AMD stuff.. less useful for used