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Intel S5520HC Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5520 Tylersburg SSI EEB Dual Intel Xeon 5500 Series Server Motherboard

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  • Dual LGA 1366
  • Intel 5520
  • 12 x 240pin

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The Intel S5520HC server motherboard supports up to two Dual-Core/Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5500 series processors at 4.8 GT/s, 5.8 GT/s, and 6.4 GT/s bus speeds via the Intel QuickPath Interconnect to handle even the most demanding business applications. With 12 DIMM slots, it can support up to 6-channel registered or unbuffered DDR3 800/1066/1333MHz memory to significantly improve the computing capability.

This motherboard has a full range of expansion choices: it features the next-generation PCI Express 2.0 x8 slots include x16 mechanical and x8 mechanical modes; it protects your investment with one PCI Express 1.0 x4 slot and one PCI 32/33MHz slot as flexible options for server utilization.

The server motherboard has integrated 6 SATAII 300MB/s ports which have built-in RAID functions for better data protection. This really benefits small- to medium-sized business that needs scalability and affordability combined.

  • newegg Supports Dual Intel Xeon 5500 Series With dual LGA 1366 sockets, the Intel S5520HC server board supports up to two multi-core Intel Xeon 5500 Series processors, providing the computing platform capability necessary for your increasing computing demand.
  • newegg Scalable DDR3 Memory Twelve 240-pin DIMM sockets support both registered (RDIMM) and unbuffered (UDIMM) DDR3 memory at speeds of 800, 1066 and 1333MHz, ensuring ample capacity for any application.
  • newegg SATA II with RAID Support The second generation SATA interface delivers up to 300MB/sec transfer speed, doubling that of the first generation Serial ATA. The on-board six SATA II ports with built-in RAID 0, 1, 10 and optional RAID 5 support provide flexible, scalable storage and enhanced data security.
  • newegg Flexible Expansion With four PCI Express 2.0 x8, one PCI Express 1.0 x4 and one PCI slot, the Intel S5520HC supports a wide range of add-on cards for superior expandability.
  • newegg Integrated Manageability The integrated Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) with IPMI 2.0 support enables out-of-band capabilities for monitoring hardware and software status regardless of the OS or power state. Optional KVM support and dedicated 3rd NIC provide a complete remote management upgrade solution.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
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  • Nathan P.
  • 8/12/2009 12:12:05 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsDid I mention it was fast.

Pros: Fast and rock solid so far. Going to be one sweet VM server.

2 x Xeon E5530
S5520HC obviously
12GB RAM 6 x 2GB Unbuffered ECC - 24GB or more someday.
Areca array and Intel ICH10R array
Corsair TX850W power supply. Need adaptor to power both 8pin EPS12V connectors.

Cons: Why on earth did Intel put all three power connectors so far apart? Not a huge deal but did make routing cables a pain and one of power supplies cable almost didn't reach because of it.

Other Thoughts: Still trying to get fan speed control working correctly. It very obvious that Intel intends for this board to be used with their SC5650 or like chassis.

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  • James S.
  • 5/7/2009 8:01:22 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsGreat for Virtualization

Pros: I built two systems using; Intel SC5520HC, two Xeon E5520, Intel BXSTS100A heat sinks, and Super Talent OX FTM16GL26H 2.5” 16 GB SDD, ALL from NewEgg. I used 24 GB Kingston KVR1066D3E7SK3/6GI unbuffered ECC DIMMs DDR3 1066Mhz memory, which is very economical and is the fastest memory the E5520 processer can use plus it’s on the Intel approved list. I also used the Intel SC5650DP chassis approved for the SC5520HC MOB. The build went flawless and quick. The Intel Quick Start Guides were excellent and tells you step by step how everything connects and integrates between the chassis and MOB. NewEgg’s order processing and shipping is very fast and they keep you informed via e-mail every step of the way.

Cons: You need to update the MOB BIOS which also integrates the MOB with the chassis. No big deal really.

Other Thoughts: When I first started up the system, the chassis fan speed was full blast. The Intel Quick Start Guide tells you to update the MOB BIOS which also integrates the MOB with the chassis. After that process, the fan speed settled down to nice and quiet. With the high MTBF of the SSD, I only used one and because I’m running VMware ESX with iSCSI SAN storage, I didn’t require much local storage. The SSD is very fast which allows ESX to boot very fast. The system rocks and I’m ready for ESX 4.

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  • Scott L.
  • 5/2/2009 11:37:14 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggslimited video card space

Pros: Decent layout, easy setup.

My config:

2x X5560 Xeon 2.8GHz w/ active BXSTS100C HSF

12GB (6x2) Crucial unbuffered DDR3 1333

2x 1.5TB Seagate HDDs RAID-1 (yeah, I know, but that's what we had available. So far, so good)

Sparkle 500 Watt 1U server PSU

Cons: limited space for video card, PCI cards mount lower than than cards in the PCIe slot.

Start of 'Other Thoughts':

I built one of these at work to inbed in a prototype system. I started with one x5560 CPU and onboard (2d only) graphics. Used it in the system for about a week that way.

1st thing I we noticed was the system would crash to login, when we tried to open one of our images. So I ordered a video card, the card I ordered is: XFX PVT72SYANG, which has a thin heatsink on the back side which prevented it from being installed, due to it hitting a heatsink on the mobo. I milled part of the heat sink off and it fits now. Just look for a video card that has no heat sink within about .3 inches from the slot connector, and you will be fine.

(continued in 'Other Thoughts')

Other Thoughts: The PCI slot allows A PCI card to sit about .1 inch lower (when fully inserted in the slot) than the PCIe cards (when fully inserted). This should not be a problem, since PCI edge connector contacts go the full depth of the slot, so if the card is floating in the slot a little high, it still has full electrical contact. I didn't want it floating around so made a modified 2-level card retainer.

We added a second CPU and more RAM

I noticed the IO Hub (big black heatsink) get pretty hot with one CPU, and really hot with two CPUs.
I couldn't find any thermal info from intel on this, so hopefully the airflow inside the system will keep it cool enough.

fast fast fast.

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3 out of 5 eggsMisleading specs

Pros: Intel's rock solid Matrix Raid chip - way better than the stuff you get on most boards (JMicron, I'm looking at YOU). Good board if you don't need SCSI.

FINALLY, a relatively mainstream workstation board that will take 24-48GB of memory normal DDR3. I'm holding out for 128GB soon! May FB-DIMM rot in its grave (or melt, as it usually does).

Cons: The specs listed here are extremely misleading. This board has only one PCIe x16 slot, not two as listed, AND even that has only x8 electrical connections.

I was going to put both my workstation video cards in this, but not even ONE good slot! Caveat emptor, I suppose.

Other Thoughts: This chipset has 48 lanes of PCIe 2.0 bandwidth - what did Intel do with them?

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