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Tyan was one of few manufacturers that started in the workstation business and moved to desktop boards. Although they concentrate their production on workstation and dual processor boards, they do have a selection of desktop products. Tyan is one company that actually has a decent naming system, where boards are named according to their function, and not just a bunch of numbers.
Tyan boards put performance second only to stability. They constantly end up on the higher end of the benchmarks, although they really don't release many boards. Their dual CPU configs also perform very well, usually above the competition.
Tyan puts stability above anything else, and they get it. Their server boards must be stable, they have no choice if they want to sell them. A company that can make a stable server board should have little problems making a desktop the same way.
At the expensive of free speed, Tyan chose stability. The number of overclocking options on their boards are low at best, often using jumpers if they even exist. Their performance is quite low when you do overclock, rarely getting too much past stock speeds.
Tyan boards command a little more money for what they have. You are pretty much assured you'll get a nice stable board, but it will cost you. Their server boards are costly, and that's how they are supposed to be, unfortunately some of that carries over to the desktop.
Tyan uniquely names their boards in four categories. One for high end servers, one for cheap servers, one for the desktop, and a integrated desktop division, named Thunder, Tiger, Trinity, and Tomcat, respectively. You have quite a few options to choose from but not as much as some of the premier manufacturers.
Tyan has a good history, with no real thorns in their side. The only comment I can say is that they might not update their products for future hardware, but this is a rare case.
Tyan web support works great, and is complete. Their e-mail support is also top notch, you'll get a good reply, within a reasonable time.
Products worth mentioning
The Thunder K7 and Tiger for the AMD 760MP chipset is famous, as the first dual CPU AMD board. Their other boards are pretty plain, and nothing to brag about.
Overall Rating: 6.3/10 They are solid, fast boards, but they lack overclocking goodies. They carry a higher price, but you get what you pay for.
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