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Monday, March 19th, 2001
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Agh! The Thunder K7 will be $950, whenever the hell it's actually released. My plans for a 2 athlon system are going down the drain fast... time to start looking into intel products, I guess.
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[User Picture]From: techpimp
2001-03-19 04:44 pm (UTC)
The Thunder K7 is.....? I'm assuming it's Tyan's dually K7 board. $950 for the motherboard, huh?

If you're looking at dual intel boxen, the situation is DISMAL at best. The best solution is PROBABLY Abit's VP6 dual VIA-chipset board. This is probably good for a NON-3D gaming box, because the AGP bus and such pretty much sucks.

The highest performance dual intel solution is an older 440BX dual slot-1 board, with two slot-1->FCPGA slockets and FC-PGA P3's. Get 133mhz FSB chips and run the motherboard at 133. It will outperform (in terms of memory bandwidth & AGP video card performance) everything short of the 760MP with DDR.

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[User Picture]From: kvance
2001-03-19 05:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's the Tyan board.

I didn't know the intel situation was so bad, too. G'ah, I need my SMP :P Well, if I can't weasel the incredible cost of my 760MP out of my parents, the 440BX sounds lots more affordable :P
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[User Picture]From: techpimp
2001-03-19 06:21 pm (UTC)
I think you should wait a bit. My understanding was the Tyan was a massive thing, way bigger than the ATX spec, and with onboard SCSI and such. Abit, MSI, etc.... may come out with more reasonable solutions.

If you go the BX route, let me know. I'll find you a 440BX board that can handle the 133 fsb okay. REMEMBER your AGP bus will be at 89mhz. (66 is default) My TNT2 Ultra, and all GeForce & GeForce 2 cards don't skip a beat, but some video cards will choke and die at this speed. I don't know how Matrox cards like it.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2001-03-20 02:55 am (UTC)
Yeah, it has a whole lot of unnecessary features on it. The problem is that I can wait a bit, but not too long. A couple of months. My parents offered to chip in on a new computer before I go to college, but if there's no 760MP by that time... I guess I could always buy a single athlon system, and replace it when a reasonable 760MP board comes out...
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[User Picture]From: techpimp
2001-03-20 10:46 am (UTC)
This would be my recommendation. Buy a moderately priced KT133A board (I'd recommend the Abit RAID one, even if you don't need IDE RAID, having a real controller is better.) Be sure to get a chip that handles the 133FSB, because in the 760 and 760MP boards, if you're using PC2100 DDR, (133 DDR, and you ARE going to, aren't you?) the memory & proc FSB speeds must match, unlike the VIA which can do them asynch.

Then in in the fall after some more reasonable boards have come out and get a chance to be reviewed, also a second processor will be dirt cheap by then as well.

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[User Picture]From: kvance
2001-03-20 02:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that sounds like a plan. Anandtech gave the Abit board a pretty good review; I'll probably go with that.

Did you say that I can run DDR memory on this board?
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[User Picture]From: pvx
2001-03-19 05:40 pm (UTC)
:hugs circe.

(axial@circe:~)$ grep name /proc/cpuinfo
model name : Pentium III (Katmai)
model name : Pentium III (Katmai)
(axial@circe:~)$

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[User Picture]From: det3
2001-03-19 07:26 pm (UTC)
Where are all you guys getting this 760MP information? I'm waiting until next year to snag mine... just because not only with the 760MP be more stable then and proven, but DDR will be as well.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2001-03-20 02:58 am (UTC)
I found out about this on this PC Stats article, by way of 2cpu.com. I just poke around various websites every week to get my latest athlon news...
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