Compressed Thunder : Tyan's Tiger K8WE Opteron Motherboard
Posted on: 11/03/2005 05:09 PM

From GamePC:
Since the day of its launch, Tyan's Thunder K8WE motherboard has dominated the AMD Opteron-based workstation motherboard market. Tyan's potent mix of high-end features, a superb layout, and a trusted name brand has led the Thunder K8WE to be featured in a very high percentage of Opteron workstations on the market today. While the board started off on shaky feet with early BIOS revisions and lacking the necessary adapter needed to use SLI, Tyan is now doing a terrific job of keeping their BIOS's up to date, as seen by the fact that the Thunder K8WE was the first motherboard on the market to support AMD's newly launched dual-core Opteron processors. While there have been competitors along the way, the Thunder K8WE is still undoubtedly our top choice for a high-end Opteron motherboard.

Our love for the Thunder K8WE motherboard is likely part of the reason why we are so excited to see Tyan's "Thunder-lite" Opteron platform hit the market, in the form of the Tiger K8WE. While the Thunder K8WE is a great platform, it's also one of the most expensive on the market, and has quite a few features which the majority of users don't take advantage of, such as PCI-X 133 MHz slots, dual GigE connectors, 8 DIMM slots, and optional onboard Ultra320 SCSI connectors. Many users simply want the raw power of dual Opteron processors with SLI graphics cards in a package which won't require them to purchase an Extended ATX chassis.

The Tiger K8WE looks to fit into this niche market perfectly. Tyan has stripped many of the ultra-high-end features and left the bare essentials needed for a dual-Opteron workstation, which in turn allows the board to shrink in size and for the price to come down quite a lot as well. In addition, Tyan has apparently done so without having to resort to bizarre layout and cooling choices, like competing choices from Asus (K8N-DL) and MSI (K8N Master2-FAR) have done. The final product appears very polished, much more so than the first Thunder K8WE boards we saw hit the market. Let's take a closer look, shall we?

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