Summary: Installed Intel E3_1230 v2 LGA 1155 CPU and 4 GB stick of Crucial CT51272BA1067 RAM. I'm getting 4 short beeps and wonder if the memory is the issue (even though Crucial says it should be compatible). Emailed support and awaiting a response.
Pros: Nice layout. Plenty of memory expansion. Fast delivery by Newegg, as usual.
Pros: easy setup for SRVR 2008, no boot floppy required for on-board raid. Adequate to use as a web server with a sql express database backbone serving 10-30 users. Follow the manufacturer approved list and go! ASUS reliability.
Cons: I installed 6 of these at a local bank and branch offices. I emailed tech support once and got a response that only pointed me in the right direction. Some Maroon in another post noted that it didn't fit his 16-pin case.
Good mobo, but way too touchy regarding 8GB RAM!!!
23 March 2012
Summary: BIOS Updates are easy, but don't solve the RAM issues with 8GB DIMMs.
Pros: Technically 32GB RAM Capable board with good processor options.
Cons: Doesn't accept most 8GB RAM DIMMs, for some reason only tested with a very limited set and doesn't offer a lot of options for current inexpensive memory, even Kingston. Takes a 2x 4GB kit of the series but croaks when provided 2x 8GB (individual) from most similar types. I've tried three (3) different 8GB DIMMs so far, no dice.
Pros: Just built a new server with a P8B-X mother board running Windows Home Server 2011. The installation was a breeze. Installed a Xeon E3-122 3.10GHz 8mb processor with 8mb of Kinston PC3-10600 CL8 ECC memory. I configured the primary boot device with the aboard Intel Rapid Raid Controller and setting the array as level 1, with (2) 250gb seagate Baracuda SATA drives. The system in this configuration is working flawlessly.
Cons: However, there looks to be a BIOS problem when a 2nd Raid controller installed. I’m using a High Point 2640-x1 RAID controller. The HP Array is setup as level 5, wth (4) Seagage Baracuda 1 tb SATA drives. When the HP Raid controller is installed the system attempts to boot from that array even though the BIOS is configure to only boot from the Intel Raid array first, and the CD/DVD Rom second. If I remove the HP raid controller and reboot the system, it boots correctl...
Pros: built with xeon e3-1275 & kingston KVR1333D3E9SK3/12G.
Cons: loaded ubuntu server 11.04, but rev1 MB version with xgi Z9s driver had to be blacklisted due to no video after install. the xgifb module is in staging [not stable] in this ubuntu 11.04 ver. used ubuntu desktop instead for vmware.
Cons: i just recieved this server board yesterday. Everything was fine till i boot up the computer. 1 Long - 2 Short beep. I did some researches online and that s caused by not detecting the memory. I will try to get another memory stick, test it and see what happen.