Summary: I didn't experience the long POST times others have described. Maybe I got a board with a newer BIOS than they did?!
Pros: Lots of real estate for future expansion. In particular, lots of space for more RAM. Everything worked out of the box. I actually like the BIOS and find it has a bunch of options. However, this is my 1st server board and so far I can only compare this BIOS to cheapo boards.
Cons: One of the mounting holes doesn't line up. Not a big deal, but a bit annoying.
Summary: POST takes less than 10 seconds, unlike the 60 seconds reported in other reviews. After reading reviews and the online manual, I bought a 950 W psu for this board, only to see it register 126 W on my meter. (One 80 W processor, HD 4350 video card, two hard drives,18 GB RAM). Even 500 W would be overkill, I could have saved some money.
Pros: will use standard or registered memory. Came with six Sata cables. Includes backing plates for server style heatsinks. 12 memory slots, four rear USB ports. maximum 96 GB RAM (registered).
Summary: The slow boot times address by some other review have been corrected with a BIOS update. I used XIGMATEK Dark Knight heats sinks and did not have to go get any special screws they simply worked out of the box. In my case (dual quad 2.26 and 12 dimms of RAM) I didnt need the 2nd 8 pin power connector.
Pros: This is a strong platform to build a workstation. Its rock steady and comes with 2x 16x PCIe slots. The onboard RAID is vary good like most Intel solutions. The integrated NICs have some nice server grade management features. The board is well designed to allow good room for ram heatsinks and the CPU HSF. You do NOT need registered or ECC RAM with this system. I have built 2 workstations with t his motherboard and used diffrent brands of regular non ECC pr Registerd D...
Cons: The system lacks many power management features found in desktop/workstations. It does not do Wake on LAN (WOL) or sleep correctly. BIOS layout could be better. I understand the serial ports are common on servers for UPS management however I think they should stack them and give you more USB on board. Audio is not always as clear as I would expect and has some electrical noise.
Summary: I have put this motherboard to the test, Rendered for days using 10 to 15gb of RAM and 100 % of the processors. I have used it to calculate millions of particles in RealFlow not once did it even hesitate. This is by far Intel and Super Micros masterpiece.
Pros: I work with programs such as Autodesk Maya, 3dstudio Max, Realflow, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Aftereffects. This board scales perfectly it is two computers in one. The benefits are less power less hardware and much more ram………………
Cons: I don’t like to spend a lot of money on the case for a computer. This motherboard unfortunately is very large and If you want all of the holes to lineup and just a case big enough to fit this monster of a motherboard you need to buy the “SuperChassis 745TQ-800 / 745TQ-800B”
Summary: When I contacted T.S. about the long boot times, they told me to update the BIOS, which they make difficult. The BIOS they e-mailed me was the one "floating around the office" in case any of you are looking for an update. I haven't had the chance to figure out the BIOS update process, which is moot because it wont even start now. At this grade I expect more, and for a $400 board, this is ridiculous. My cooling is good enough to rule it out as the culprit.
Pros: After it posts, it recognized both my CPU's and ~20/24 GB of my RAM.
Cons: Outrageously long time passes between power on and post. After a crash during an overnight render, the board will not post. Power+HDD LED are unresponsive, yet the fans running off the board are powered.
Summary: I also used Noctua's for cooling, and had to customize the connector. My advice: don't use the black plastic spacers that come with the Noctua - they'll rest on some surface mount capacitors, and too much pressure could kill them. Instead I cut 3mm threaded rod and installed lock nuts at the appropriate height, resting the top half of the Noctual assembly on that. I hear Noctua is reworking how they attach to these new xeon sockets, so just double check before you buy.
Pros: Once it works, it works great
Cons: WARNING: be careful what psu you use: does not work well with Thermaltake toughpower 1200 or Enermax Revolution 85+ 1050. After trying both, I was successful with a Corsair TX750W which has one massive 12v rail.
Summary: Machine is used as an academic research platform, not a gaming rig. One PCI-E 2.0 holds a Tesla C1060, the other a FX570. Uses two 5520s, two 500G WDs in RAID0, HAF 932 case, 24G XMS3 RAM, ST1200 power, Noctua NH-U12P coolers, Sony BluRay, Vista x64. Noctuas are overkill, 5520s are very cool (in temperature).
Pros: Fast, 16 cores with 5500 series CPU, low power/heat, lots of fan connections.
Cons: Mounting holes don't 100% line up with standard EATX case (1 hole off), only 2 PCI-E 2.0. Had to go to Lowes to get 3mm screws to install Noctuas. Only allows SATA DVD.