Summary: So far, I'm not impressed. After buying this to create a heavy duty desktop, a larger-than-normal full tower case (Assa 9000) and a buncha other stuff, I found out in the manual, and not on any website and in very small print that the board had driver issues with Windoze 7 Pro. Seems the drivers aren't compatible. Then I found out that it needed a different power supply. An email to Corsair helped with that.
Summary: Also the one pictured in this ad has 4 black sata ports pictured next to the white sata ports but the one I received does not have these.
Pros: Asus is normally an excellent motherboard company and I highly recommend them. this experience has shattered my illusion that they are perfect though... "sniff".
Cons: the motherboard pictured is NOT the one we received. the one pictured is ???? The one I received is the z9pe-d16 rev 1 which is the first release of this board that has lots and lots of issues. they supposedly fixed this with bios updates but none of the problems we had were fixed with any bios update, Asus is still getting back to me as so far they have escalated this to the engineering team and they are stumped as well.
Summary: ordered another board and the same problem. new very unhelpful in returning items past the 30 days despite getting 2 bad items in a row that extended returns out.
Pros: I've used asus for years with zero issues this board is terrible.
Cons: bought this with a supermicro case. turns out that we got 2 bad cases, on the third supermicro case we finally got a working one but is incompatible with this board. asus tech support no help after 2 weeks (they are normally excellent)
Pros: None board DOA, system powers on, runs for 30 seconds and then resets, nothing ever posts, have tried every type of ram possible, ecc, non-ecc registered non registered etc. tried 5 different CPUs, took board out of case, Can't ascertain problem.
Pros: Good feature set, 4 LANs. Using for VPS hosts on a Debian Xen "Dom0". Everything seems well-supported in Linux.
Cons: Slow to post. I have read that the BMC controller may be the cause. Failed to boot after an emergency, even after selecting a valid bootable SSD drive, until we moved drives around and back. Unfortunately multiple reboots to debug this failure meant an hour of slow posts and a long downtime period.
Pros: Difficult to ascertain - ASUS Live Chat Support says the motherboard is dead.
Cons: DOA - Nothing is connected except the power supply (24+8+8), one CPU (E5-2665) in CPU1, CPU fan and one ECC/Registered 1600 DIMM in A1. CATT LED comes on (fatal or catastrophic error) and Q-Code LED doesn't move from 00. I've tried a bunch of different DIMMS (registered and not, ECC and not, 1333 and 1666), 2 processors and resetting the CMOS, all to no avail.
Summary: I purchased this motherboard first at Newegg, but they shipped me a dead one, and then tried to say that I bent the pins on the motherboard as the reason why it didn't work, which would have been almost amusing if it wasn't so insulting. I was putting together a dual Xeon E5-2620 system, and I liked the idea of being able to put a lot of RAM on the board.