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SuperMicro X8DAL-i
5.7 out of 10

SuperMicro X8DAL-i

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Overall 8
8.0

Newer Version than pictured

Charles S., Newegg
30 April 2015
  • Summary: I am very happy with the motherboard after receiving it. I failed to read previous reviews or I would not have made the purchase. I am glad I purchased then read the reviews.
  • Pros: The upgraded version has an improved heatsink with fan on the northbrige. Previous reviews and the photo show a giant low profile heatsink that interfered with videocard installation. The issue seems to be resolved. I recommend checking out the motherboard before buying the videocard to avoid con...
  • Cons: The CPU fans are located in the corner of the board away from the CPU. With the Kuhler 650s I am installing, the wire is long enough; however, my old heatsink's fan would not have reached.
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Overall 8
8.0

Good but check mechanical dimensions before purchase

J. Ward, Amazon
7 January 2011
  • Summary: This is a high quality board, however there are two significant issues to be aware of: 1 - The processor sockets are not in a straight line, but are closer together and offset. This will cause problems fitting certain large processor heatsinks, as the corners will overlap.
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Overall 10
10

Quality board

Brennan M., Newegg
6 November 2010
  • Summary: Noctua NH-U9DX's fit fairly well. It's amazing that so much can fit into the ATX form factor.
  • Pros: Worked out of the box with two Xeon X5650's, 12Gb of Gskill non-ecc DDR3 1600 (running at 1333) and a GTX 480. The layout works well to make the most out of the small ATX size. The board has an excellent high quality feel to it. Comes with a thorough manual written in real English.
  • Cons: No cooling for the VRMs. Heatsink on the chipset becomes half covered by a decent sized video card and so far it's gotten up to 80c. I'm sure it's okay since it was designed that way, but a larger heatsink or a fan would have been nice as some of the other Supermicro boards have a small heatsink/...
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Overall 2
2.0

speed issue

Georgiy B., Newegg
30 April 2010
  • Pros: I got this mobo with BIOS 1.0c so it was compatible with 2 x E5620 I've installed. Everything worked totally fine and stable (see cons below)
  • Cons: BUT it was slower then 2 x E5530 for massively multithreaded benchmark, slower ~20%.
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Overall 8
8.0

Raid 5 was slow

Derek F., Newegg
19 December 2009
  • Summary: I talked to Intel about its ICH chip set. Also talked to super micro (which was awesome customer service) about the problem. Super micro was unable to replicate the problem. We solved the problem by going to a RAID card. Still a great board I just wouldn't trust the on-board raid controller.
  • Pros: Can fit in a small case. Powerful. 16 cores in system monitor looks awesome.
  • Cons: Egg taken away. We originally set this up as a RAID 5 PC. It had great read times, but suffered hard core at write, and random read/seek times. This did not make the business I sold it to happy. Server 2003 SE
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Overall 2
2.0

DOA

Loc N., Newegg
15 December 2009
Overall 2
2.0

Avoid this motherboad with northbridge overheating above 70 C

Xi L., Newegg
22 November 2009
  • Summary: This motherboard does not have a build-in video card. You have to buy an video card separately. (Even though, it won't work since there is a conflict of space between PCI card and heat sink of the Northbridge.)
  • Pros: 1. Support ECC memory for a server. 2. Relatively inexpensive. 3. It worked the first time I put everything together (power supply, memory, cd-rom, drives, video card etc.) You need a paper clip to short cut the power pins to start the computer, since it does not come with a on/off switch cable.
  • Cons: The Northbridge has a design flaw of overheating. Turn on the computer and the temperature hikes above 70 degree Celsius (158 degree Fahrenheit) after 15 minutes (with CPUs idle). I did some investigation and found Supermicro put a very short heat sink without a fan on the Northbridge. Why did th...
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Overall 10
10

Perfect workstation board

Anonymous, Newegg
6 June 2009
  • Summary: Using it with dual E5530s, Intel BXSTS100C heatsink/fans, 12 gigs DDR3 and a Corsair HX1000W power supply. Works perfectly.
  • Pros: Good layout Integrated audio No integrated video Nice selection of expansion slots
  • Cons: Limited selection of power supplies with the required two EPS12V connectors, but not really a fault of the board itself. Other than that, this is a perfect workstation board.
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Overall 10
10

Nice board. Gives you what you need for a quality workstation.

Mordechai. N., Newegg
19 May 2009
  • Summary: (cont.) you will need to attach it to a VGA display in order to manage the machine. This seems rather foolish as serial connection is usually considered a failsafe. I do hope they change this in later revisions; althout this is the second machine I am using with such a BIOS This board will take...
  • Pros: This is my first time buying a Supermicro board and I am very impressed with everything. The packaging it came in was plain and simple. The manual was robust and the six SATA cables are 18" instead of 12" inches. Unlike many of the i7 boards I've seen (Granted, this is E5500 and not i7), this one...
  • Cons: For this price it would be nice to give some more SATA ports or SAS ports via a second controller (Intel ICHR10 can *always* only give six ports). No legacy IDE (it's a good thing I just bought a SATA optical drive). Also, this device has two sensor chips, one of which is not supported by Linux (...
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