Summary: This board runs hyper-v server great! I have an E5 hexacore and 64gb of ram and 4x gb Ethernet allows fast replication. Plenty of room for expansion. Raid cards are handled very well and performance is great.
Summary: - Be aware this is a dual CPU and requires two EPS 12 volt 8-pin connectors from the PSU. These are generally only on server grade or high-end PSUs.
Pros: - Integrated KVM-over-IP (iKVM) is great and does not require any extra purchases like iDRAC. Requires Java in your browser for the console. Recording feature of iKVM to record a video of the startup and all those POST screens is nice for catching everything that flies by.
Cons: - USB keyboard from our Trendnet TK-803R KVM does not work, which is a pain when trying to access in the rack. Need to connect a separate USB keyboard.
The most aggravating experience in motherboards I've ever had - STAY AWAY FROM THIS BOARD
20 February 2014
Summary: I've been through 3 of these mobo's and am yet to have one work when fully populated with memory. We had Asus on the phone with every install and verified all the other components were good but once the memory was fully populated with 64GB it wouldn't even make it to POST. After spending this much on a mobo, one would expect at least one of them to work. Apparently the problem is rampant in this design as we had 3 in a row with the same problem.
Summary: This is an SSI EEB motherboard. Very VERY specifically, these are not compatible with normal EATX cases. You need to purchase a server case with compatibility for EEB motherboards, such as the Rosewill RSV-L4000 or Silverstone ST-GD07B cases.
Pros: Quad LAN, insane RAM capacity, SATA3, dual 2011, Lots of PCIe options, very rock solid board.
Cons: The ASMB6-iKVM module is totally useless. We have our system set up to power on when power is applied through a switched PDU, and having the module plugged in adds an extra 3 minutes to startup time. This no be good.
Summary: ASUS customer support was great, I love ASUS and I am sorry for anyone who has had a bad experience with them.
Pros: Dual Xeon CPU's up to 512 GB of ECC Registered Ram, 256 per CPU, awesome board. Dedicated CPU for PCI-e slots 3 & 5. Makes a great Graphics station at half the price of a professional system.
Cons: If you are going to use the new Xeon E5-2600 series v2 Ivy bridge CPU's with this board, you need to get the updated BIOS chip from the ASUS e-store first. The new IVY bridge CPU's are newer than the BIOS was made to support. Should be fine if using Sandy bridge, but without the updated BIOS chip, you don't even get Video out to Flash the BIOS, so you need to order the chip. It is only $14. OK, fine, I wish there was some mention of this on the ad so I could have got ...
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.