"Supported" features listed not actually supported
19 January 2016
Summary: Hardware RAID 5 flat out does not work on this board, even though it is supposed to be a supported feature. We bought 2 boards for 2 identical machines specifically for RAID 5, and both have the same inability to use Hardware RAID 5.
Pros: None, nothing, nada, and zilch.
Cons: 2 CPUs positioned poorly (right next to each other), preventing staggered airflow
Summary: The 2nd board was a replaced one from ASUS in 2011 because of the same issue of some RAM slots failed CPU memory test. That was why I bought the 3rd one as additional precaution.
Pros: Purchased 3 boards in 2011 to build 2 servers, one as a backup. The 3rd board was bought as extra insurance. The board in the main server has worked well so far.
Cons: One week ago, the power supply for the backup server was dead. When a new PSU was installed, BIOS kept complaining some dimm modules failed CPU memory tests. After trying all different combinations, BIOS finally accepted five 16GB ram sticks out of eight. Even worse, these five RAM sticks only pr...
Summary: Using this to run OpenStack for visualization and a FreeNAS instance to provide a home file server. Using the ASUS PIKE 2008/IMR RAID controller.
Pros: Lots of great features packaged into one server-class motherboard.
Cons: The iKVM module for this board (ASMB4) is sold out everywhere I tried to find one. Also the PIKE RAID cards are a little hard to come by. The chipset gets very hot and the cheap tower case I am using doesn't offer enough airflow over it. I had to mount a dedicated fan to keep it cool.
Summary: I've only used this board for workstation builds. But for a workstation, this is a great base to build on.
Pros: Tried this after getting a SUPERMICRO MBD-H8DCL-6F-O that was was dead on arrival. ASUS continues to never let me down after years of quality motherboards. Quality build. Worked with two AMD Opteron 4386 8 core CPU's out of the box. Has no problem using all of the CORSAIR XMS 64GB (8x8 GB) memory...
Cons: The motherboards are hard to get every now and then? Other than that. None.
Summary: Recommended. Why use for home and have all this server power,.....why not. More or less
Pros: Plenty of expansion options, running a home server dual AMD 4130's 2.6GHz, 16GB ram, 8 HDD. Still running strong. Windows 8.1 and several Hyper-V machines, in process of migrating to Server 2012 with Hyper-V's for better network control
Cons: Unable to update the bios error for the ps/2 (which has not worked since purchase). Wanted to use an old ergonomic ps/2 keyboard when purchased. Not the worst issue. Also unable to have the motherboard raid configured, system would not boot up. Instead, used separate Rosewill PCI raid controller.
Summary: My setup has grown quite a bit since I first built this PC: Initial: AMD Opteron 4180 Processor Noctua NH-U9D0 CPU cooler 2X 300 GB WD Velociraptor RAID 1 2X 1 TB Seagate RAID 1 2x KVR1333D3LQ8R9S/8GEC 8GB RAM (16GB) NVIDIA GTX 260 850W Coolermaster PSU Windows 7 Professional x64 Current: 2x AMD...
Pros: Crossfire support! - For those who have been wondering, yes crossfire indeed works! Crossfire does not work under a server OS, however. Stable, when using Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 or earlier, this thing is rock solid. Windows 8 has a few issues, but nothing that can't be dealt with. TRIM works wi...
Cons: The built in RAID, when configured in a RAID 5, does not get along with Windows 8+. Windows has issues detecting the array even after the Promise drivers are loaded. Other RAID levels work fine. Further more, the ASUS Pike 2008/IMR, when configured in a RAID 5 under Windows 8, does not work eithe...
Pros: Had VMware ESXi 5 up and running within an hour. Dual Opteron 4334, with 2x samsung registered 16g dimms, booting off USB. Works like a charm, didn't have to flash BIOS for the 4334's. Anything that ships past Oct-2011 per ASUS should be a new enough build to support 4200+ Opterons. If it has the...
Cons: haven't found any so more. For a budget performance server, it is running great. No issues