Here are key points about the TYAN S7076.
Mini-SAS Galore: The S7076 is obviously built for storage, and the "E" version I just reviewed has a lot of connectors with room for even more expansion. The four NVMe mini-SAS HD connectors are excellent for the latest in NVMe based drives. TYAN even makes a point to provide a mezzanine slot specifically for their proprietary module for SAS expansion. The board combines both PCH based SAS/SATA 6Gb/s and the CPU NVMe compatible ports so that you can mix and match.
High-Quality Components: There are many International Rectifier parts found on this motherboard, actually all of the power delivery is basically from IR. I have seen these same components in close to the same configurations push almost 250W for a single CPU during overclocking, and similar configurations have pushed even more with CPUs such as the 5960X. Considering that the server won't be overclocked, and Xeon TDPs aren't above 200W, these quality components will instead run at peak efficiency, leading to lower power conversion losses and lower temperatures.
Remote Control: I have used IPMI in the past, and I think TYAN did a nice job with their interface. Everything was simple to use, and features were abundant; even a novice could figure it out. Once you set the system up you will never need to visit it again, you can even update the motherboard's BIOS remotely. TYAN's iKVM is pretty good as well, and there wasn't any noticeable lag even over a 1Gbit home network.
Only two SATA ports: While mini-SAS is quite common, SATA is still demanded in certain fields, especially when you are dealing with smaller businesses where cost might play a larger role. While the mini-SAS HD connector offers much greater bandwidth, it comes at a much higher price tag. Obviously, this motherboard is built to be expanded upon, meaning you will need to spend the big bucks on compatible storage options, which isn't an issue for most enterprise buyers considering the gains in reliability and speed.
TYAN's S7076 is a well-built server motherboard with a heavy mini-SAS focus. The use scenario for the S7076 is obviously not rooted in powerful graphics processors, and as such there isn't room to use them without a riser card. Apart from that pitfall and the lack of SATA ports, the motherboard is loaded with other features. Overall manageability of the product was quite good, IPMI and console redirection were easy to use and worked quite well.
The TYAN S7076 can handle heavy workloads and easily supports processors with 140W TDPs. Overall thermals and power consumption numbers are where I expected them to be. I was also impressed with the accuracy of the remote monitoring of voltages.
At $395, the S7076 isn't too expensive, especially when compared with competitors. The availability of two mezzanine card expansion slots and the included storage options is sure to fit many business use cases. If you are in the market for a dual socket LGA2011-V3 server board with the latest in storage technologies, the TYAN S7076 is definitely worth a look.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||93%|
|Bundle and Packaging||83%|
|Value for Money||90%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||91%|
The Bottom Line: TYAN's S7076 is a mini-SAS heavy product with a variety of other connectivity options to meet server need. If you are looking for a server ready for heavy CPU, memory, and storage workloads, the S7076 is worth a look.
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