Summary: Do not buy anything from Super Micro, garbage quality control
Pros: Zero, would give 0 eggs if possible
Cons: I received this board DOA, worked with manufacturer for replacement. Replacement worked well for approx 2.5 weeks then died. Contacted manufacturer again, they sent another board DOA, returned the board to them and they then claimed that I damaged it, even though I reported to them immediately th...
Pros: Got this for a workstation setup (Dual Xeon X5650 Westmere) - worked out of the bat, no BIOS update necessary as the board already ships with the latest version available to date (R2). Yes, the board is E-EATX so do your homework before purchasing. I got a Supermicro 4U workstation case for it wh...
Summary: As planned, my new Corsair Obsidian case provided enough room for a neat installation. I drilled extra holes for four of the mounting screw locations that are peculiar to Supermicro motherboards, and put nuts on the back of the mounting plate.
Pros: Startup and running has been easy, and performance is good with Windows 7 Experience Index of 7.7/CPU using two 5520s, and 7.7/RAM using six 4-GB sticks of DDR3-1333. Booting is fast with Fedora Linux, or with freshly-loaded Windows 7. It seems to be the workstation-class machine I wanted to build.
Cons: As expected (I did my research) it was too big for my old case. Of course, that just helps justify an upgrade to a bigger, better case. Even so, a little case-modding was still required.
Buyer Beware - This is an EEATX (Enhanced Extended ATX) Motherboard
Ryan K., Newegg
5 December 2009
Summary: I purchased a Athena Power RM-4U4055BH8 Black 4U Rackmount Server Case to hold this board, after matching the form factors. When I received the board, only 5 of the 11 mounting holes matched.
Pros: Dual LGA 1366 CPU Sockets Max 144 GB RAM Dual x16 PCI Express Slots Loads of connectivity options
Cons: This is an EEATX (Enhanced Extended ATX) Motherboard. There are not many cases that this board will fit in. According to the Supermicro website, they list this as a proprietary form factor. Newegg lists this board as an E-ATX (Extended ATX) Motherboard, which is incorrect. Unfortunately, I did no...
Summary: Luckily I realized it before it even arrived when checking on supermicro's site. The inaccuracy of the form factor isn't really newegg's fault because supermicro also lists it as Extended ATX on the product page but if you go up one level (on the big list of products) it will properly be listed as...
Pros: Awesome monster board. Support 144GB of memory has Two x16 pci-express slots and an abundant of other slots
Summary: See my review for the MBD-X8DAH+-F-O for more detailed thoughts. If you're putting together a server, you should almost certainly use that board instead. It's the same thing, but with superior remote management capabilities. The difference in price will cover itself the first time you use it.
Pros: Very stable board with lots of RAM capacity. Possibly the best ESXi white-box board available today (late 2009). See my review for the MBD-X8DAH+-F-O for more detailed thoughts.
Cons: Lacks IPMI management. Note the size / configuration restrictions. Read the manual before you buy! See my review for the MBD-X8DAH+-F-O for more detailed thoughts.
Summary: Be very careful which case you buy. This does NOT fit in a standard E-ATX case. Not even a large Lian Li 201B could hold it. Lot of BIOS options that need more detailed explanation in manual. pre Ubuntu 8.04.4 incompatible due to old igb driver backport.
Pros: Rock solid. Stable. Fast. dual IOH chipset maximizes bandwidth.
Cons: It should have been designed like the X8DTQ series with four PCIe x16/x16 instead of two x16/x16 + x16/x8 (mechanical/electrical). Relatively slow boot. Not all mounting hole line up as expected. non-standard size (larger than EATX)
Summary: Plan out your cpu and memory ahead of time. You will be wasting $$$ on a 5560+ @1333 FSB if you have more than 6 sticks of RAM, you get quad ranked ram, or you do not put them all in channel #1 slots. I was about to buy a pair of 5560's with 48GB to start with.
Pros: max of 1333 FSB and a wide selection of Xeon cpu's from 800 up to 1333Mhz FSB, have read and watched reviews on the Internet. Overall 7 out of 5 stars :) RAID is built in, so I do not know why people are adding in their own 3rd party SATA RAID cards??? 5520 and ICH10R chipsets!!! Others have test...
Cons: Limited to 800,1066, and 1333 FSB respectfully. Not only do you have to select your CPU FSB, but also the memory *AND* memory configuration. 1333FSB is only supported with 6 single\dual rank sticks in channel 1 slots. limited to 800\1066 for quad rank or 12 sticks in channel 1 for QR or channels ...
Summary: As i've said, so far so good, i'll adjust the post in a few months (or sooner) if i hit any issues that threaten the eggs.
Pros: Ridiculous RAM capacity, great for scientific visualization workstation or high end 3D graphics. Construction seems solid, bios documentation is comprehensive.
Cons: Unusual stand-off hole pattern. I'm using a Cooler-Master Cosmos 1000 case and while the form factor matches the board (E-ATX) the cases stand-off layout only matched the lower 5 (out of 11) holes in the board. I had to drill and tap new holes in the case. Not so bad, but where two of the most cr...
Summary: My guess is that it will handle a dual config only. Seeing that there are only 2 pcie 2.0 slots. As for Crossfire or SLI I don't know. You shouldn't consider this board for gaming if that's what you're thinking.
Pros: I have chosen this to be the structure for my new 3D rendering box.