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SuperMicro X8STE-O
5.5 out of 10

SuperMicro X8STE-O

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Reviews and Problems with SuperMicro X8STE-O

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Overall 2
2.0

worst support / documention ever

Anonymous, Newegg
14 July 2012
  • Summary: Oh it only gets worse - SM have 1 year warranty on parts - other manufacturers have 3, ie Asus - even on their desktop boards. Overall, I'm unsure why the big fuss about SM - overrated & under-performing if I ever saw a company.
  • Pros: specs are good... on paper
  • Cons: Worst support & documentation ever. SM website says this motherboard supports Xeons. No where is it mentioned that you need revision 2.0 motherboard (not BIOS!) to have this compatibility. If anything other/older, only desktop variety s1366 CPUs will work. And don't expect SM to replace the mothe...
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Overall 2
2.0

Poor Quality - Miserable Customer Service

Andrew J., Newegg
13 June 2012
  • Summary: I purchased the motherboard as part of a new server build. It took several days for everything to arrive (even though I paid for expedited shipping) and another several days to assemble the new server.
  • Pros: ?
  • Cons: Defective product and unreasonable manufacturer
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Overall 6
6.0

Missing parts

Mark A., Newegg
14 March 2011
  • Summary: I'm sure it's a great board once it's up and running.
  • Pros: Decent board. Plan on using it for a ESXi server.
  • Cons: Have to buy an extra part for the CPU cooler which isn't mentioned anywhere. It's a $4 part, but I'm stuck wiaitng on that before i can finish the build. Very poor documentation that doesn't note that this part BKT-0023L is needed.
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Overall 2
2.0

Awful experience

Maciek K., Newegg
23 February 2011
  • Summary: I wish I could get this working, as I like the specs of this board. And I wish I could get the days of my life that I wasted trying to make that happen.
  • Pros: Lots of expansion slots (if they work).
  • Cons: I got this board with the sole purpose of driving my Adaptec 5805 controller. It doesn't. The system freezes under any OS/driver combination I tried with PCI errors logged in the BIOS. I tried multiple Adaptec cards to no avail. At this time, it seems like the PCIe implementation of this board is...
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Overall 10
10

Check CPU carefully

Anonymous, Newegg
23 January 2011
  • Summary: Overall, your company rocks and is a breath of fresh air.
  • Pros: Newegg, who are truly encouraging as a vendor, needs to be a teensy bit more careful wrt compatibility. Yes, this board can run Intel 5500/5600 CPUs, but why pay so much? It is a uniprocessor board (UP), and the 35xx/36xx are more reasonably priced, as well as leading to better sales if you do no...
  • Cons: Needs a bit more detail.
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Overall 2
2.0

Don't order without a BKT-0023L

mark J., Newegg
8 September 2010
  • Summary: I would not re-purchase this item.
  • Pros: Lots of opportunity to add raid and sata drives and plenty of space for memory
  • Cons: To add any CPU heat sink you need to purchase from a 3rd party vendor a BKT-0023L bracket attach the screws from the heatsink.
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Overall 10
10

User Review

ANA E., Newegg
12 May 2010
  • Summary: Choosing the compatible parts (mainly the combination of RAM and CPU) can be a little confusing but I've only done that mistake once. Research, research, research. I've built 4 servers with this board so far and have always done the research what will work with what and haven't had a problem.
  • Pros: This board is perfect for VMWare ESXi. Running with 24 gigs of RAM, Adaptec RAID controller, and a Xeon 3520. I'm currently running 6 virtual servers with this configuration and I know I can still add more.
  • Cons: None.
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Overall 2
2.0

To finicky - missing important parts!

Ryan S., Newegg
4 May 2010
  • Summary: Just know that if you buy a retail Intel CPU (for me a Xeon E5505) with a genuine Intel heatsink (for me a BXSTS100A), it won't mount to your board unless you buy the heatsink clip separately!! How cheap is that??
  • Pros: Nothing over the top for a motherboard
  • Cons: Very specific RAM requirements. Missing critical parts! I have never heard of a motherboard that requires you to BUY the heatsink clip separately!! Granted its only a $3 part (part# BKT-0023L), but come on, they can't include that?
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Overall 8
8.0

Good board.

Anonymous, Newegg
15 April 2010
  • Summary: Installed the memory in slots DIMM1A, DIMM1B, and DIMM2A. Must have matching memory for cpu. I7-920 @ 4.8GT/S. Crucial 2GB x 3.. CT3KIT25664BA1067, 1066mhz SilenX IXN-40C for the bridge cooler (the included fan has 3 pins, so i didn't install the fan need a 3 pin converter for standard molex power)...
  • Pros: Solid board, very clean. Stable. details in "other thoughts"
  • Cons: most expansion cards (firewire, soundcard) are currently at pci-e 1x. this board has 4x/8x slots. will need to buy the pci 32bit cards until the vendors make the latest cards in 4x. Does not include a firewire ports. The bracket you need BKT-0023L for passive/low profile cpu heatsinks. Most cpu h...
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Overall 10
10

Virtualization platform MB

herbert w., Newegg
10 January 2010
  • Pros: Great system to test virtualization(Vmware ESX). Lots of memory slots, 6 SATA slots on board nics are usable by ESX, using quad core cpu really makes installing guest OS fast!
  • Cons: None
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