Summary: We have 20+ with high end graphics cards of these in the field as high end workstations. Since the end of 07 we have been using them with dual quad cores. It is important that a chassis with good air flow be used.
Pros: Dual Ultra 360 SCSI controllers, PCI-64, PCI and PCI-e slots along with COM ports if needed, dual Gbit ethernet interfaces, each USB port on its own controller (not a hub). Good match with XP Pro 32 or 64 bit. One of the few Server motherboards we found that makes a really good workstation when y...
Cons: Requires care and proper handling when installing in a chassis, along with installation of the XEON processors. It is very easy if you do not undestand how to remove the protective covers or with improper handling to damage the processor sockets. Also the heatsinks need to be installed correctly ...
Summary: this board has a low heat tolerance. Not the proccessors but the board itself needs to be cooled to nothing warmer that 50c (if I remember correctly) if it even touches this heat the board is on it's way out.
Pros: All the slots, ports, and compatability to make a great board.
Cons: I have now had in my posession 3 of these boards and all three have failed for different long term use reasons. Each had different areas fail from video to pci and usb busses. I am so happy to move on to another company's board that is more reliable.
Summary: There is a issue with the NIC in the FAQ's for this motherboard. Apparently it's a common enough problem that it has it's own FAQ. Beware of that. I'm not sure there's any better 5000x board on the market as of now though.
Pros: The motherboard "seems" solid. It is built well and has everything a Woodcrest workstation needs.
Cons: Everything installed fine and I installed the drivers for everything including the NICs successfully. I had the machine all configured, LAN was working properly, and today when booting up Windows detects new hardware (NICs)! I ran through installing/uninstalling the software a few times to no ava...
Summary: I overclocked the processors from 1.86GHz (266x7) to 2.33GHz (333x7) which makes it equivalent to a 5140. See for the how to, all you need is a little piece of tape on one pin, your mileage may vary.
Pros: Worked right out of the box. I installed 2 Woodcrest 5120 processors, 4X 1GB of Crucial PC2-5300 (DDR2-667) FB Memory without problems. Version of motherboard is 2.01, and came with Bios version 1.1b. EIST (Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology) works with Vista RC2.
Cons: I new this when i ordered it, but the only regular PCI slot is right next to the PCI-X16 slot so no multi-slot video card if you want to use it, also no firewire.
Summary: The guy before me may have overlooked something if he is bluescreening in the BIOS. If you have this problem with any board, you should disable caching to BIOS. I have had this blue screen problem many times and turning off BIOS caching (both mobo and video) solved the problem
Summary: Since this product can not be RMA through newegg, I will have to deal with the manufactor which is going to be a pain. Buyer beware!
Cons: Board came in, I set it up and it gave me problems during installation win xp right away. Finally after about 4 hours trying I disabled a couple of options in the bios and it installed. Now windows xp keep having blue screen stop errors, says something to do with bios memory, cache or shadowing. ...