Summary: I didn't experience the long POST times others have described. Maybe I got a board with a newer BIOS than they did?! The board is huge, which I like. Just make sure you have a spacious case for it. Am running 2 5520s on it and 12GB of RAM.
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. Good documentation.
Cons: One of the mounting holes doesn't line up. Not a big deal, but a bit annoying. IDE connector would be nice.
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).
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.
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...
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 b...
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……………… If you are looking for a high performance machine this is a good f...
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: I have 24GB of ECC RAM (6x4GB) 2.4GHz Xeon E5530 quad core CPU with HT - eight virtual cores baby! Next year I'm going to put in for an upgrade to add a second CPU and double the RAM. Took me hours to figure out it was normal for the system to take forever to POST.
Pros: lots of RAM Dual CPU 6 onboard SATA ports 2 internal USB connectors to connect normal external ports. Was helpful when connecting a CD-Drive via a USB adapter since this board lacks an IDE port (and the case I bought a 3U server chassis with an included slim DVD drive)
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.
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: Many thanks to working_in_tx, who saved me from two weeks of staring at this thing and wondering why it wouldn't post.... i kept turning it off after about 20 seconds thinking it had hung. You have to be careful with your choice of heatsink.
Pros: Supports two processors, fast. Very good intermediate workstation for those who don't want to go with a full server setup, but need dual processors.
Cons: As both reviewers mentioned, the bottom right hole does not correctly align in an EATX case. Had the same problem as working_in_tx, system takes about 45 seconds to post. I'm using the CT3KIT25672BA1339 RAM kit, and I assume the problem might be related to how this 1333 FSB Ram interacts with a 1...
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.
Pros: Once it works, it works great 2 x16 pci slots EATX form factor
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. I agree with paul_in_salem: 1 of the EATX mounting holes is not aligned. Time from po...
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.
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.