Summary: It fits well my ASRock Z77 Extreme 6 motherboard. Allow me to set everything I need in BIOS. The purpose was to install ESXi 5.5 but I didn't do it yet. Both, the processor and the motherboard allow settings for VT-d feature.
Pros: Great performance, runs very cool with stock cooler (38c). I use this in a home lab server, runs 6VMs with no issues, paired it with a Z77-HD4, been running 24/7 for over a year now no issues. will be buying another one once they are in stock again.
Cons: Not really a con, but $300 for a proc wish it was lower, but you get what you pay for.
Excerpt: I don't overclock. Big savings over i7. Used for hobby photo editing and personal computing. Also lot less power useage as I don't need a video card for what i do. The built it graphics are more than enough!BH also had the best price and fast delivery!
Summary: Bought to use in my FreeNAS server I would have preferred the lower power Xeon E3, but did not want to spend even more on a quad core with hyper-threading CPU. This was also the lowest end model with integrated graphics, that I required as the motherboard has no graphics support. The CPU is certainly fast, however it would be better if it was easier to clock it down as it can get rather warm even with the 77W max TDP and not actually using the graphics core too much (I...
Pros: Fast, ECC memory support, hyper threading, graphics support
Summary: Get this if you aren't planning on getting a video card. I got this on sale for quite a bit less than its current price, but it's still a steal. If getting a video card get the 1230V2... Probably the best price/performance in a LONG time. I have had this running 24/7 in a virtualization environment (5+ VMs at ALL TIMES) for the last 6 months and I haven't had any issues thus far.
Pros: *Supports a decent amount of ram
Cons: I don't know.... No real drawbacks to this processor.
Summary: I bought this Xeon for a home lab server so I could host multiple VMs for testing. I at first was running ESXi 5.1 with no problems but have since migrated over to Windows 2012 with Hyper-V and it runs just as smooth. I haven't fully set up my lab environment with all the VMs that I want running at once, but I have run four (Win7, Win8, BT5, Ubuntu) and it didn't have any performance drops.
Summary: It is a shame that Intel killed overclocking on all but a few K series processors. Everything should be overclockable, and this is one of the major reason I'm building mostly AMD computers. Intel might be the better performer, but there really isn't anything an AMD processor can't do and I like being able to overclock and tinker with my processors a little.
Pros: Processor is super fast.
Cons: I took a half egg off because the processor won't work with 32GB of RAM, it does not support 8GB sticks. I don't know if this is actually a motherboard issue or a processor issue, but since the memory controller is on the CPU, I'm guessing it is a problem with the CPU.