Summary: I used RAID 5 with WD black drives for 3 years, switched to this motherboard (which is amazing in every other way) when I wanted to upgrade my RAM capacity, and have only had heart ache with the RAID controller. Everyone everywhere says I need to use WD Red drives instead.
Summary: I purchased this item to build a home VM server. I used 2 5667 cpus and 48GB ram along with 2 Noctua NH-U9DX 1366 heat sinks. I spent more on the heat sinks since I'm using this in a home office and I wanted the setup to run quietly.
Summary: I think I know Mountaineer's problem. He probably has some of the screw hole things in his case in area that the mobo does not have screw holes. I had this problem when I first got my board and it would not detect all my memory (sometimes only half or less) and the machine would turn on and be...
Pros: Alll that I listed before
Cons: All that I listed before except now the PCI-E speed with my areca raid controller is mostly fixed with a new BIOS from SM
Summary: I have been using one of these for 6 weeks as a test bench, and I love it - no problems at all. Then I went through 2 more, neither of which would power-up/down correctly. On the 2 bad ones- as soon as I plug in the power supply, the fans come on, all 3 power rails on the pcie bus light up, but it...
Pros: many many gen-2 x8 PCIE slots built-in IPMI runs Westmere or Gainstown CPUs Onboard Video
Summary: I bought this board instead of the supermicro board that has 18 DIMM slots due to the fact that this one is regular EATX and not E-EATX like super micro's 18 DIMM boards. So far the board has worked great and IPMI is a nice extra but not really needed in my situation.
Pros: Supports dual processors 12 DIMM slots IPMI Not E-EATX Lots of PCI-E slots all x8 lane
Cons: Kind of expensive PCI-E speed issues with my raid controller My ram won't run at PC-1333 No PCI-E x16 slots
Not impressed that they sent out a board with an easy-to-test-for fault
Amazon Customer, Amazon
28 November 2014
Summary: Not thrilled with this. It arrived with a duff RAM socket, so we could not populate it with the RAM we wanted. No time to send it back, as it was a needed replacement for another (different manufacturer) that had blown up, so I don't know how they would have handled a return.