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GIGABYTE 7PESH3 SSI EEB Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 Intel C602 DDR3 1600/1333/1066

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  • Intel C602
  • 8 x RDIMM/UDIMM ECC DIMM slots
  • Supports 4-Way NVIDIA SLI / AMD CrossFireX?
  • 2 x SATA III 6Gb/s + 4 x SATA II 3Gb/s
  • 8 x SAS 6Gb/s

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Intel® C602 Chipset


  • Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 & E5-2600 V2 Product Families
  • 8 x RDIMM/UDIMM ECC DIMM slots
  • Supports 4-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ / AMD® CrossFireX™
  • 2 x GbE LAN ports (Intel® 82574L)
  • 4 x USB 3.0, 4 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 7.1 + 2 HD Audio
  • 2 x SATA III 6Gbps + 4 x SATA II 3Gbps
  • 8 x SAS 6Gbps
  • 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x audio headers
  • Aspeed® AST2300 remote management controller


The Super Workstation Board

The GA-7PESH3 gives you nothing less than the possibility to build a full-blown super workstation within a standard full tower desktop case. With up to 16 cores, 32 threads, 4 double slot GPU/co-processors, and connections for a storage array of up to 13 drives, your workflow can be accelerated with many Teraflops of pure computing power.

The ultimate workstation board dedicated to CAD/CAE, simulation and modeling.


Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 V2 Product Family

Deployable through a simple BIOS update, the support of the Intel Xeon processors E5-2600 V2 product family delivers the benefits of the 22nm tri-gate process technology to the high end server industry. Those benefits include, among others, higher frequencies, higher core counts (up to 12 cores / 24 threads) and larger last-level caches, but especially a much more varied mix of core/frequencies with notably the introduction of a new dual socket workstation segment. This new die shrink also allows for overall energy efficiency increase, with up to 30% average decrease in idle power consumption.

Finally, virtualization applications will benefit from increased performance thanks to the Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller (APIC) technology, and more security features are included in the mix as well, such as the Intel® Platform Protection Technology with OS Guard, and Intel® Data Protection Technology with Secure Key.


Supports Four-Way SLI & CrossFireX

In order to deliver the biggest computing acceleration possible to advanced workstation applications, the GA-7PESH3 can be equipped with up to four NVIDIA Tesla and Intel Xeon Phi co-processing cards, or with up to four NVIDIA Quadro or AMD FirePro cards working together in SLI/CrossFire modes.


Faster Memory, With GIGABYTE Only

Always eager to go beyond the industry standards, GIGABYTE's engineering has enabled through its capabilities in design, PCB layout and BIOS fine-tuning the support of 1866 MHz memory frequency running at higher DIMM population (eight DIMMs per socket) where Intel's standard and the rest of the market's products will typically operate memory speed downgrade and support 1866MHz at lower DIMM population only (four DIMMs per socket). GIGABYTE therefore offers at launch on its 2011 socket based products this unique feature which will benefit to high density and memory intensive applications, such as high frequency trading, telecommunication networks, mobile data transfers, and so on.


SAS 6Gbs Onboard

The LSI 2008 controller provides SAS support for up to eight SAS 6Gbs drives. Improved performance and long-term stability make SAS drives ideal for 24/7 intensive workstation and mission critical applications:

  • Faster read and writes – up 15,000RPM
  • Faster data seek times – more responsive
  • Better long term stability – up to 2 million hours MTBF
  • Available in 3.5" and compact 2.5" form factors
  • SCSI protocol offers improved data integrity

Digital Power Control

The GA-7PESH3 includes GIGABYTE's digital PWM controllers, guaranteeing a dynamic power supply to the processors and memory with an ultra-fast response time. Built with advanced calibration tools, they allow to get the purest and most efficient electrical supply to date. When the CPU workloads vary in function of the applications running, the Intel Turbo Boost Technology will do a dynamic overclock of the CPU cores. This is where the digital PWMs outshine the previous analog solutions. This way the CPUs operations are much more stable, and the overall reliability of the system is greatly improved.

Server Management

With the Aspeed AST2300 board management controller (BMC) and a separate management LAN port, this board offers comprehensive remote control options:

  • iKVM
  • IPMI 2.0
  • Native PCIe support
  • 2D Video Graphic Adapter with PCIe bus interface


VMware Ready

The VMware Ready program allows customers to quickly identify products and solutions from VMware's partners, which are optimized for VMware vSphere.

The VMware Ready logo certifies that this product addresses VMware's specific criteria in terms of integration and compatibility, and that it is ready to execute mission-critical applications and operations.


Red Hat Certified Hardware

GIGABYTE certifies its server hardware with Red Hat Enterprise Linux to provide its customers with the confidence of knowing that their hardware systems are supported by Red Hat when they run Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Customer Reviews of the GIGABYTE 7PESH3

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  • Michael W.
  • 12/1/2014 9:32:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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4 out of 5 eggsWorks for me!

Pros: A lot packed onto this board-Everything I wanted, actually
Has worked fine essentially since I got it
Had acceptable tech support response for a few questions

Cons: Complicated board
Some connectors tough to reach, mostly because it supports so many
Had some issues with documentation, especially on chip support

Other Thoughts: Just thought I would jump in since there were only two reviews at t he moment. I have had this since April and it has been running with no issues. I did do a firmware update, I believe, or a couple of them when I got it. I had posted a couple of questions (for example, about what TPM module might work... they sell one but you need to contact them for it).
It is a very complicated board given all of the controllers, USB slots, and other features. The docs might be a bit better, but I almost always say that. All-in-all, I am very happy with it so far!

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  • John S.
  • 8/25/2014 3:40:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsWorst Server Board Experience

Pros: Heavy enough to hold down paper.

Cons: I've now owned this board for about 3 months and have already been through an RMA process once. The first time it didn't post. Now it will post and stay up for about 1 minute before shutting down. The version was not printed on the board, the serial number of the board was not recognized by the Gigabyte service site, and it took 4 weeks to just get an rma number from Gigabyte after they "lost" my request. Another 3 weeks and I called then they started work it seems and rushed it out the door and it doesn't work. The bios menu scrolls slowly for the time it is on before shutting down again.

Do yourself a favor and skip this board. I've never had an issue with the company before, but when things go wrong with them they seem to go really wrong.

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  • Andrew C.
  • 8/22/2014 2:25:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsbroken

Pros: shiny

Cons: bad hardware - will need to rma. memory not recognized.

really bad - gigabyte web site is broken - can't get to support or faqs. really frustrating to have website not available...

Other Thoughts: would avoid gigabyte products

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