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SuperMicro X7DWE
4.7 out of 10

SuperMicro X7DWE

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Overall 10
10

S/M was and is one of the best

Michael F., Newegg
20 April 2012
  • Summary: It is not the first time that I see Windoz users or worse - the admins complaining about lack of "hardware" compatibility or stability issues. This product is a good example where Windoz folks're lowering the product's rating because of their lack of required research, often knowledge...
  • Pros: It took a few minutes to mount in a full tower and a server case ( bought a second one after being impressed with the board ). No problems with installing Gentoo Linux and Win7, traditional Phoenix bios loaded with all features I expected, dual LAN, several SATA, standard ATX size design, several...
  • Cons: - just 4 FB-DIMM slots - no PCI-E 16x slot ( PCI-E 8x slot mod needed if you want to run a PCI-E 16x video adapter )
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Overall 4
4.0

RUN AWAY -

Robert F., Newegg
14 June 2010
  • Summary: Have several SuperMicro servers I would continue purchasing them IF they had better technical writers on their products AND had better support staff(ing) when building servers make sure you get EVERY detail as in horizontal expansion slots or vertical.
  • Pros: Fairly universal equipment meaning can run linux and windows all parts are replaceable and not hidden like dell. IE CPU easy to find out make model and can purchase from anyone inexpensive
  • Cons: support horrible support really horrible most do not speak english as a first or second language replacement parts (like motherboard) can take weeks to months due to back ups production.
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Overall 4
4.0

Stay away from Super Micro Motherboards

Melita P., Newegg
8 March 2010
  • Summary: RUN AWAY from Super Micro. Their warranty STINKS. Although the board has a warranty, they charge $60 non-refundable "DEPOSIT" to advance RMA. Advance RMA took three days to arrive, after fighting with them over the $60 fee.
  • Pros: It is a fast board. Fits well in a 2U Chembro Chassis
  • Cons: Getting Windows 2008 drivers for this board was difficult. I had to call them, and have them e-mail me the right drivers. I did not use their on-board raid, I used adaptec RAID6 card so no problems there.
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Overall 2
2.0

Motherboard died

Paul C., Newegg
13 July 2009
  • Summary: I'll report back when I have a working motherboard.
  • Pros: Fit the specs of the PC I needed to build. It's the only motherboard I could find with dual Xeon processors and an ATX form-factor.
  • Cons: Died within 24-hours of first boot. In the middle of testing digial audio recording, the PC locked up, and when I rebooted....nothing. No video, no POST, no beep codes....nothing.
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Overall 2
2.0

Not Certified for Raid

Anonymous, Newegg
18 May 2009
  • Summary: Should have bought a different board or given up on this one sooner. It is always better to deal with NewEgg than the manufacturer. I have been on hold now for 10 minutes....
  • Pros: Price and number or hard drives supposedly available for Raid.
  • Cons: You have to read the fine print. It works for Server 2008 but NOT if you want to use it with Raid. The server would work fine but the virtual servers would crash during backups. Also had problems with the mobo recognizing all of the memory (Showed 8 or 12 GB instead of the 16 Gb. we put in it. So...
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Overall 2
2.0

What was I thinking?

Anonymous, Newegg
15 May 2009
  • Summary: I should have given up on this board sooner. now I can't even return it to NewEgg!!! This is the worst purchase I have ever made from this website.
  • Pros: It was advertised with SATA Raid.... Had 6 sata connectors
  • Cons: Runs horribly. Can't run Windows server 2008 with raid. Runs for a while and then poops out when doing backups, over and over. Had Win2008 server with Hyper-V running. Virtual boxes kept crashing. Should have bought an Intel board.....
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Overall 10
10

Effortless Installation

Michael W., Newegg
28 January 2009
  • Summary: I have always used ASUS or Intel motherboards in the past, but after receiving two DOA ASUS motherboards in a row, I gave up and went with an all-Supermicro solution. Had it up and running in 20 minutes (after spending 2 days troubleshooting the first DOA ASUS motherboard, along with its DOA...
  • Pros: Mates well with Supermicro chassis (as expected). Good IPMI support, especially using add-on AOC-SIMLP-3+ board (purchased elsewhere). CentOS 5.2 installed without requiring any extra drivers/disks. The four PCIe x8 slots accommodate multiple RAID adapters (particularly useful when using LP chass...
  • Cons: Wish it had 8 memory slots.
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Overall 10
10

Dual Socket-771 Board with 5400 Northbridge

JOHANNES-A V., Newegg
22 August 2008
  • Summary: If you want to extract maximum mojo out of two Xeons and get the power savings of only one motherboard, this board is one of your few options. I really like it.
  • Pros: The Intel 5400 (Seaburg) Northbridge provides each of the quad Xeons with their own memory bus. Without this two Xeons on the same motherboard is a waste - they compete for memory all the time. The board booted Linux (Fedora) "out of the box". Under Linux the onboard video resolution could be set...
  • Cons: Not really a con, but socket 771 Xeons are basically marketed as "server" processors. So it was hard to find socket 771 cooling products. (Most commercial stuff are socket 775). The FB Dimm memory is somewhat expensive and get hot - I had to put an extra fan in to blow on the memory chips.
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