The Tyan K8WE (S2895) mainboard is designed in Extended ATX form-factor and has pretty traditional components layout for solutions of the kind. The not very convenient location of the power supply connectors that we have already mentioned above seems to be the only more or less significant flaw of the Tyan K8WE (S2895) design.
I would like to say that all chips, including NVIDIA nForce Professional MCP, are equipped with passive aluminum heatsinks. To be honest, this decision can be argued about, because contemporary NVIDIA chipsets are known for their relatively high heat dissipation. So, if you are building a Tyan K8WE (S2895) based platform, make sure that you pay due attention to arranging proper air flow inside the case. By the way, there are five fan connectors on the mainboard that could be useful in this case.
Speaking of small pleasing trifles we would like to mention that Tyan engineers took good care of system builders and testers. Reset and Power On pins on the mainboard are duplicated as special micro-switches so that it is very easy to work with the mainboard not only when it is installed into the system case, but also on an open testbed. By the way, the traditional Clear CMOS jumper has also been replaced with a micro-switch like that:
And in conclusion let’s take a look at the mainboard rear panel. Here you can see PS/2 ports for mouse and keyboard, four USB 2.0 ports, one serial port, two network RJ-45 connectors, one FireWire port and three audio-jacks.
Summing up, I have to admit that Tyan K8WE (S2895) mainboard is a very successful platform for a dual-processor workstation with AMD Opteron CPUs. It is free from any CPU compatibility issues, features two fully-fledged PCI Express x16 slots supporting SLI technology, and offers a lot of options for connecting other systems and devices. Also I would like to specifically stress that this mainboard is the most advanced one of all NVIDIA nForce Professional based products recommended by AMD.