Summary: If you invested a good deal of money in an x58-lga1366 x980/990 processor, then this board is a life saver. compared to other X58 boards, this board is amazingly stable in comparison. After suffering for a long time with Gigabyte UD7 instabilities and problems, this board finally provided me a stable computer that actually shuts down and allows me to use all memory slots. That being said, the board still has some quirks, but none was a deal breaker for me.
This is a great motherboard if you need an LGA 1366 intel socket
22 August 2013
Summary: Haven't had a single problem with this motherboard so far. My only complaint is that they are becoming increasingly difficult to find, since it seems most of them are being made as dual-cpu server boards, now.
Summary: Solid MB with good capabilities. I use one of these for gaming (i7-980, gtx 670 ftw, 24gb ram) with a LSI 9260-8i raid card. There was some doubt if the raid card would be compatible but it works in this board and an Asus P6T vanilla board in my home server. I am setting up 2 more boards with Xeon processors for media center pc's. I am gaming on the i7 980 machine fine. Skyrim, Left4Dead, Bioshock, GTA, Assassin's Creed 3 all maxed video.
Summary: Own P6X58d-e Extreme board that was out for repair at Asus. Couldn't wait for return board, so I purchased P6X58-E WS. So far all is about the same as my previous board. Had slight issue with Audio/Optical output; but after update of drivers all is well. Well made product, haven't seen advantage of server dual port network as of yet. Had to stay with 1366 socket for long video encoding, only had my system for 1.5 years and didn't want to change to ivy or sandy.
Summary: The problem I had with my older MB and the I-7 first gen chip was it was unstable. This board on the other had can't be made to crash! I run programs 24/7 for very intensive processor use. This MB has not crashed since I got it set up right. Very nice, very good product. Not to mention it saved me from having to buy a newer I-7!
Summary: If you are buying this board just for the SATA-III (6Gb/s) ports...don't. It uses the awful 9128 Marvell chipset. That chip doesn't support TRIM and doesn't have enough bandwidth to support even one good SSD. Because the chipset has a PCI-e 1x pipe, it is restricted to 5Gb/s. If you want to run RAID, you would actually be faster using the ICH10R SATA-II ports, and will have far less stability issues. Otherwise, this is a decent enough motherboard.