As more businesses move online, the hosting industry is only set for growth. With dedicated hosting, leasing a single multicore processor-powered server is an ideal option for small businesses. Often it's boards such as the TYAN S5515 released today, that make up such servers. The S5515 is a micro-ATX motherboard based on the Intel Q67 Express chipset, which takes in second generation Core i3/i5/i7 "Sandy Bridge", and Xeon E3-1200 series processors in the LGA1155 package.
TYAN is known most for its vast portfolio of enterprise motherboards of all shapes and sizes, all architectures and sockets. At the outset the S5515 could look like a sub-par desktop board, but closer inspection reveals that everything is located in the right place for server setups. Intel Q67 Express "Cougar Point" is a viable choice of chipset as it gives nearly all management features one would expect from Intel's server chipsets. These include Intel Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) with supported processors, Intel Active Management Technolgy (AMT), and the nearly-universal Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RST).
Active Management Technolgy gives network administrators a wealth of remote management tools, including hardware KVM over network helping with remote repairs and host based setup. Trusted Execution Technology ensures a high degree of trust and control over the machine and adds a line of defence against software-based attacks aimed at stealing data. Rapid Storage Technology allows administrators to build and service storage volumes connected to the chipset AHCI/RAID-compatible SATA controller.
Measuring 243.8×243.8 mm, the TYAN S5515 complies with the micro-ATX form-factor. There are four expansion slots, including a PCI-Express 2.0 x16 wired to the processor, a close-ended PCI-Express x8 that's electrically x4 and wired to the chipset, a PCI-Express 2.0 x1, and a legacy PCI. In terms of storage connectivity, there are six SATA ports, the two ports colored blue run at a max speed of 6 Gb/s, while the rest run at 3 Gb/s. RAID modes 0, 1, 10, and 5 are supported, and can be managed over RST.
The LGA1155 processor is powered by a 3+1 phase voltage regulation circuitry, there isn't any exotic digital PWM stuff here, but one can count on the board to be making use of high-grade chokes and MOSFETs. The four DDR3 DIMM slots are wired to the processor, and support up to 32 GB of unbuffered non-ECC DDR3-1333/1066 MHz memory.
There are two gigabit Ethernet connections, handled by Intel 82583 controller that comes with a suite of network management tools and a driver that spreads processing loads over multiple CPUs. Realtek ALC888 7.1 channel HD audio CODEC handles audio, it is wired to 6-channel jacks, which isn't a big concern in an enterprise environment. Display connections include DVI, D-Sub (VGA) and DisplayPort. Miscellaneous connectivity includes two USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports, serial (COM) over header, and a number USB 2.0 ports. The TYAN S5515 is available now.
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