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At the onset of this article, I pretty much knew what the outcome was going to be. Both the Tyan Thunder K8S motherboard and the MSI K8D Master, being based on the same chipset and using mostly the same bridges and tunnels, performed very similarly in almost all the benchmarks we have seen. The power of these setups lies in the processor itself, the Opteron 244 processors and the motherboards do not distinguish themselves from each other based on their performance in benchmarks. That is not to say that they don’t differ at all.

The main selling point for either motherboard is going to be the amount of features that you want or need on your dual Opteron motherboard. The MSI K8D Master has PCI-X and Gigabit LAN, but lacks the more high end option that the Tyan Thunder K8S offers like on-board SCSI and Serial ATA.

And again, readers have to realize that these boards are intended for a much more narrow audience than we are used to seeing. The MSI and Tyan dual Opteron boards are very limited in their use being focused on the server and high-end workstation segment of the market. For those uses, the Opteron processor is a very strong contender. IT professionals take heed.

Home users, you need to wait and see how the Opteron is better suited for you. For standard workstation users, you’ll probably want to wait as well. will have a look at the nForce3 platform using Opteron 1xx processors very soon and the results will be more than likely what you are interested in seeing. Stay tuned.

Find prices on these boards:
MSI K8D Master
Tyan Thunder K8S

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