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SubjectRe: What Athlon chipset is most stable in Linux?
On Tue, 13 Nov 2001, Paul G. Allen wrote:

> Brian wrote:
> >
> > We've tried a number of boards for our application servers and the only UP
> > AMD DDR board I trust right now is the Gigabyte GA-7DX. They are rock
> > solid.
> >
> > Other AMD 761 boards may work, but I've made too many late night trips to
> > the colo to stray from what I know works. DDR support seems to be the
> > breaking point on most boards.
> >
> Another thing to remember about Athlons is they need power and cooling. I've seen many a system with either a cheap power supply or a poorly ventilated case,
> and often both. Athlons WILL push the hardware harder, not to mention the power they suck down themselves, and need a power supply that can handle the load as
> well as the fast switching transitions. They also require more cooling, and not just on the CPU, but also on the chipset and throughout the case.

Very true. I think good numbers to shoot for are like around 40-50
degrees C for the CPU temp, probably a bit lower for the M/B temp (like
around high 30's?).

> My dual 1.4GHz (K7 Thunder) has 12 fans in it. My single 1.4GHz has 8. They both have 400W+ power supplies.

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