Summary: I don't know how to summarize the advantages of it, I'm not expert or fancier, I only can tell you that it runs fast with other hardware. compatibility is good I prove that this motherboard can use "Kingston Technology 16 GB 1600MHz (PC3-12800) Reg ECC Memory Module for HP/Compaq Severs KTH-PL316/16G" it is not included in the memory list, but it workd one thing to compliant: the memory slot is too close to the CPU slot, if you have a large CPU fan, it may take some time...
Summary: I needed a super board to build a power station for Premiere Pro CS6 use. I opted for that board since it is one of the rare board that supported dual xeon while having the options I was looking for. One thing to know off the bat, this is a server board, so it is a odd form factor, I had to change case due to that. It took a while to find a tower that could accept that board and the large size video cards. I use a Raidmax case.
Summary: This seriously isn't for the average joe that throws parts together and hope for the best. The board does have quirks, and there are a lot fo pitfalls about this board that will catch many off guard, including even the most basic requirement of Xeon processors, not i-series with LGA 2011 CPUs. Most of the reviewers that gave this board a bad rep probably didn't even know what QPI is, never mind why i-series can't run parallel with another processor.
Pros: Before I start, it must be said that this board isn't for the average DIY'er who "claims" high tech knowledge when the best they can do is assemble a PC and fiddle with numbers. This is a server grade board. You can't use an i7 on this board. You can't really overclock here. A lot of flack this mobo has taken here is from incompetence and inexperience from these misguided folks. A MINIMUM of 900w power supply with high +12A rails is necessary to even attempt to boot t...
Cons: The BIOS - though granular, AMI did a bad job with this BIOS; looks like something from 2001, really. It's functional, but come on, at least clean it up a bit. Also, the granularity is a double-edged sword - one wrong setting, and the system won't POST. This is where I believe got most people - a ton of options here aren't available on your run-of-the-mill board. Change one wrong value and you'll have to reset BIOS using the jumper method.
Summary: I had this board with e5-2620 for fixing my pictures and rendering. It took some time to get it going. I still have some starting issues, sometimes it does not start, it has to be turned OFF and then ON again and it takes long time to start. In normal operation hardly any core goes above may be 10%, but when rendering something like 300 pictures at the same time you will see all the 24 cores working around 80% plus mark with amazing speed.
Summary: The guy with the paper weight send me an email and I will buy your motherboard firstname.lastname@example.org. Yes, there are problems with the very latest bios, but the bios is on a removable chip you can lever out with a small screw driver and you get bios chips on Ebay for about £10. There are some problems with the GTX 6xx, the don't work in slot 1 but they do work in slot 3.