Summary: This is now my 4th build using this board. I have not had any problems with any of the boards I own. The latest configuration has 256GB of DDR3 1600 Samsung memory, dual 2697 v2's, 1 Quaddro card, and 3 Tesla cards.
Pros: This is a great board for both desktop, workstation, and server users. It allows up to 256GB of memory, way more than what most people could ever use. 4 way SLI / crossfire support, dual xeons.
Cons: Expensive, could use more ram slots (other companies with dual cpu boards often have 16 slots). Needs a lot of power.
Summary: Based on all the reviews I've read here, I think many are deceiving themselves into thinking this is just an ordinary motherboard to install. It isn't. This is a full blown dual processor workstation server board. These boards need and use a lot of power and a big power supply is necessary. I've been building single and dual processor systems for many years now, and the dual processor ones require extra care.
Pros: This is a very feature rich board. Allows for up to 256GB of ram, plenty of SATA ports for storage, lots of USB ports. Allows for 4 way SLI or Crossfire. Has the capability to overclock, also allows for memory timing adjustments. Supports the latest 10 and 12 core xeons!
Cons: In order to access battery, the first graphics card has to be removed. Access to CMOS reset jumper somewhat difficult, once again, removal of card in slot is necessary to access. More than 8 ram slots would be nice.
Summary: The board worked fine for me, and was one of the first motherboard installations that worked perfectly on first boot. I used: 2x Intel E5-2690 8x 8GB Samsung EEC DDR3 RAM 1x EVGA GTX 590 2x LSI 9205-8e SAS HBA 1x Intel X520-T2 10GbE Network Card
Summary: Would not post with both CPUs installed without ECC Ram. Hung on Q-Code BC.
Pros: This board will power a machine exactly as powerful as you'd expect from the components that can be combined on it.
Cons: Very narrow range of acceptable components to build a functioning unit. Requires a very generous amount of power to function properly. Mounting holes do not all align to stock E-ATX holes in a Corsair 750D. Required several small bits of tape to ensure no contact between motherboard tray and the second CPU 8-Pin Power.
top performance with couple of minor inconveniences
Giovanni Azua, Amazon
21 August 2013
Summary: This board rocks, I highly recommend it. I built a workstation for HPC using this board: 2x E5-2690 2x EVGA nVidia Titan 2x 32GB 64GB Corsair Vengeance CMZ32GX3M4X1866C10 1866Mhz but clocked at 1600Mhz (maximal official supported speed) 2x Cooler Master 412S 1x Kingston 480gb hyperx 3k SSD I currently use Ubuntu and it really works flawlessly. I just bumped into some minor annoyances e.g.
Summary: I love this board. It is my second purchase of this CPU board and I was not disappointed either time. I did have the occasion to talk to ASUS technical support to clarify a driver question and their support was wonderful. Great value, product, and support - the technical trifecta - in my humble opinion.
Summary: I built this system wondering if I would encounter the same problems I've been reading on forums with others who have used this board. Many have stated that the board wouldn't POST or work with certain graphics cards. I got a board that works, fortunately. Many of the problems were compatibility... specifically the 7900 series AMD and 600 series Nvidia cards, also including the Titan. I have a Titan in here right now and it works fine.
Pros: It's fast, lots of SATA ports. 4 way SLI and Crossfire! Able to overclock (well, not much at all because of Intel locking the CPU's down), support for a lot of ram. This is a great board for people who need dual processors but also need to have workstation / gaming video cards. It's also great if you want to add a raid card. I'm using dual 2687W's in here. Very fast!
Cons: This is only minor, but considering that there are other boards out there with 16 memory slots, it would have been nice to be able to install up to 512GB of ram. Cost.... It's expensive! There are other workstation boards out there for less, but few with dual processors and 4 way SLI / Crossfire.
Summary: My workstation spec: 1. Two Intel Xeon E5-2690 2. 64BG RAM 3. Two GTX TITAN + GT 610 (I use TITAN as a replacement for TESLA card and 610 for displays) despite other reviews I would say if you are looking for system for extreme performance, you definitely need this motherboard. So go for which it is working great.
Summary: Regarding the issue of comparability this M-board with GTX 6xx series graphic cards... I've decided to check couple things... & actually got a situation when my EVGA gtx 680 didn't not work at all!
Pros: It works very well & reliable with any graphic card if pci slots are not powered down...
Cons: Couple holes are not aligned with my case... )))