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Tyan Tempest i5400XT

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When the Intel Quad-Core "Clovertown" Xeon processors were introduced in late 2006 we had reviewed (among other motherboards) the Tyan Tempest i5000XT (S2696) motherboard. We had found this i5000X-based motherboard to work incredibly well with Linux and it ended up being awarded with our Editor's Choice Award for its impressive feature-set, Linux compatibility, and top-notch performance. It has been a while since last looking at a Tyan motherboard, but with the emergence of Intel's Wolfdale and Harpertown processors requiring new motherboards, today we are looking at the Tempest i5400XT S5396 motherboard. The Tempest i5400XT is similar to the i5000XT, but it's been upgraded to the new Intel 5400 MCH.


- Dual LGA771 sockets
- Supports up to two Intel Xeon Processors
- Xeon 5000/5100/5300/5400 CPUs Supported
- Dempsey, Woodcrest, Clovertown, Wolfdale, Harpertown CPUs
- 1.33 / 1.06GHz FSB
- VRD 11.0

- Intel 5400 MCH + 6321ESB Chipset
- Support for 1.33 / 1.06GHz FSB
- Winbond W83627EHG Super I/O Chip

- Eight 240-pin DDR2 FB-DIMM sockets
- 4 memory channels
- Supports ECC DIMMs
- Maximum of 64/32 GB DDR2-533/667

Expansion Slots
- Two (2) PCI Express x16 slots
- One (1) PCI Express x8 slot
- Two (2) PCI-X 133/100MHz slots
- One (1) PCI 32-bit 33MHz slot
- Total six expansion slots
- Supported PCIe Add-On Cards

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