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Tyan S5502 Server/Workstation System Board

The Board Up Close:


At first glance the S5502 looks to have everything and the kitchen sink in terms of support and expandability. What is easy to spot is the onboard 4 port SAS controller, a single CPU socket, a x16 PCI-E slot, and two onboard USB ports. For those not in the know the onboard USB ports come in very handy with VMWare ESXi as use as bootable devices inside the system case.  Additionally the S5502 has not one or two but a total of three LAN ports and onboard Aspeed VGA video. Conspicuously missing from the list of features for some is audio support, but remember this platform is intended as a server and typically servers have no use for audio. If this is an issues you only have to look at the extra onboard PCI and PCI-E slots to fulfill your expansion needs. Server and storage admins will be pleased with the 6 onboard SATA ports and additional 4 SAS ports controlled by the Marvell 6440 controller.  In fact a quick look at the number of SATA, SAS, PCI-E, and memory slots should give you the impression that this bad boy was meant for growth.


Processor Supported CPU Series Intel Xeon Processors 3400 Series
Socket Type / Q’ty LGA 1156/ (1)
Thermal Design Power (TDP) wattage Max up to 95W
CPU list Coming soon
Chipset PCH Intel 3420
Super I/O Winbond W83627
PCI-E Switch IDT 89HIO524G2PS
Memory Supported DIMM Qty (6) DIMM slots
DIMM Type / Speed DDR3 800/1066/1333* RDIMM/UDIMM / * limit 1 per channel for 1333MHz speed
Capacity Up to 32GB RDIMM/ 16GB UDIMM
Memory channel 2 Channels
Memory voltage 1.5V
Expansion Slots PCI-E (2) PCI-E Gen.2 x8 slots / (1) PCI-E Gen.2 x16 slot (w/ x8 link) / (1) PCI-E x4 slot (w/ x1 link)
Recommended TYAN Riser Card M2083-RS, PCI-E x16 1U riser card (left) / M2091, PCI-E x16 1U riser card (left)
PCI (1) PCI 32-bit slot
Recommended Barebone / Chassis 1U Barebone GT20-B5502
LAN Port Q’ty (3)
Controller Intel 82574L
Storage SAS Connector (4) SAS
Controller Marvell 6440
Speed 3.0 Gb/s
RAID RAID 0/1/10
SATA Connector (6) SATA
Controller Intel 3420
Speed 3.0 Gb/s
RAID RAID 0/1/10/5 (Intel Matrix RAID)
Graphic Connector type D-Sub 15-pin
Resolution 1600×1200@60Hz
Chipset Aspeed AST2050
TPM Chipset Infineon SLB9635
Version TPM v1.2
Input /Output USB (8) USB2.0 ports (2 at rear, 4 via cable, 2 type A – vertical onboard)
COM (2) ports (1 at rear, 1 via cable)
PS/2 (1) PS/2 connector
SAS (4) SAS connectors
RJ-45 (3) GbE ports
Power EPS12V / SSI 24-pin + 8-pin power connectors
Front Panel (1) 2×12-pin SSI front panel header
SATA (6) SATA-II connectors
System Monitoring Chipset Winbond W83793G
Voltage Monitors voltage for CPU, memory, chipset & power supply
Fan Total (5) 4-pin headers / Total (5) 8-pin headers
Temperature Monitors temperature for CPU & system environment
Others Chassis intrusion detection / Watchdog timer support
Server Management Onboard Chipset Onboard Aspeed AST2050
AST2050 IPMI Feature IPMI 2.0 compliant baseboard management controller (BMC) / Supports storage over IP and remote platform-flash / USB 2.0 virtual hub
AST2050 iKVM Feature 24-bit high quality video compression / Dual 10/100 Mb/s MAC interfaces
BIOS Brand / ROM size AMI / 4MB
Feature Plug and Play (PnP) /PCI2.3 /WfM2.0 /SMBIOS2.3 /PXE boot / ACPI 2.0 power management /Power on mode after power recovery / User-configurable H/W monitoring / Auto-configurable of hard disk types
Physical Dimension Form Factor ATX
Board Dimension 12″x9.6″ (305×243.8mm)
Operating System OS supported list Coming soon
Regulation FCC (DoC) Class B
CE (DoC) Yes
Operating Environment Operating Temp. 10° C ~ 35° C (50° F~ 95° F)
Non-operating Temp. – 40° C ~ 70° C (-40° F ~ 158° F)
In/Non-operating Humidity 90%, non-condensing at 35° C
RoHS RoHS 6/6 Complaint Yes
Package Contains Manual (1) User’s manual / (1) Quick Ref. Guide
Installation CD (1) TYAN installation CD
I/O Shield (1) I/O Shield
Cable SATA (6) SATA signal cables
Optional accessories Riser Card M2083-RS, PCI-E 1U riser card (left) / M2091, PCI-E x16 1U riser card (left)

Ok that’s a lot to look at I know but the S5502 is a very robust platform. Our model, the S5502WGM3NR integrates the Marvel 6440 SAS controller onboard. A staggering 32GB of registered DIMMs can be installed in the S5502 and with current hard drives topping out at 2TB you can have a maximum of 12TB of storage using just the standard SATA ports. The bios features iKVM and IPMI technology tied to an IP address, a technology we will go into a bit later which really adds a lot of usability to the S5502.

Lets talk about installation. . .

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