Tyan Tiger MPX (S2466) AMD-760 MPX Motherboard Review

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It’s hard to believe that it was as long ago as October that we first began to hear the sounds of another dual-Athlon chipset from AMD. Our first bits of news actually came from motherboard manufacturers that told me they had solutions on the chipset almost ready and I that I would have them for testing within a couple weeks. As you might have guessed, this was not the way things worked out.

AMD delayed the chipset for quite some time, for various reasons – both technical and marketing. Technically, the 760MPX chipset was having some south bridge problems around the memory controllers and the USB controllers. And in some cases, this is still true. The first motherboards based on this chipset, though AMD claims to have it worked out, will include an external USB card for the safety and stability of their products. As far as the marketing concerns go, AMD was really in no rush to push the 760 MPX chipset out the door. The initial buzz around the ability to have a dual-Athlon system had died down and those that wanted on the bandwagon were on it – those that weren’t on the wagon weren’t on the edge of their seat for another chipset. The main purpose in releasing the chipset is mainly to attract more of the business and server markets from Intel, as the sole new feature of the chipset is based around a technology that never really hit hard in the PC enthusiast and retail segment: 64-bit 66 MHz PCI.

In any event, the chipset is done, and motherboards are available for you to consider should you want the power of a dual-Athlon computer! The first up is Tyan’s Tiger MPX motherboard. Here are the initial specs:

Motherboard Specifications
CPU Socket 2 x Socket A (200/266 MHz Support)
Chipset AMD-760 MPX
Form Factor ATX
Multiplier Options default only
Bus Speed Options 100 / 133 MHz
Voltages default only
Memory Support 4 x 184-pin DDR DRAM PC1600/PC2100 Support
Expansion Slots 6/0/1/0 (PCI/ISA/AGP/CNR)
2 x 64-bit / 66 MHz PCI
4 x 32-bit / 33 MHz PCI
AGP Support 4x AGP
USB Support on-board disabled
4-port card included
Integrated Components none
Bios Award Bios
Onboard IDE 2 x ATA100 EIDE

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