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ASUS Z8PE-D18(ASMB4-IKVM) Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5520 SSI EEB 3.61 Dual Intel Xeon 5500 and 5600 Series Server Motherboard

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

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The Asus Z8PE-D18 server motherboard supports up to two Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5500 series processors at 4.8 GT/s, 5.86 GT/s, and 6.4 GT/s bus speeds via the Intel QuickPath Interconnect to handle even the most demanding applications. With 18 DIMM slots, it can support up to 6-channel registered or unbuffered DDR3 800/1066/1333MHz memory to significantly improve the computing capability.

Asus Flex-E Technology automatically transforms the motherboard into a dual-purpose serverboard for the advantages of having both server and workstation modes. The optional Asus PIKE delivers flexible storage options and direct SAS RAID upgrades—without sacrificing expansion capability. An optional ASMB4 iKVM upgrade kit enables remote real-time full control access to the system by keyboard, video monitor and mouse (KVM over Ethernet) from any local computer anywhere, anytime.

Built with both durability and energy efficiency in mind, the Z8PE-D18 utilizes ultra long life conductive polymer capacitors, providing the durability and reliability essential to meet the power needs of high-end processors and other components, while the Asus EPU technology delivers system-wide power efficiency by intelligently adjusting power in real time to ensure the best power management.

  • newegg Supports Dual Intel Xeon 5500 Series With dual LGA 1366 sockets, the Asus Z8PE-D18 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 Eighteen 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 software RAID 0, 1, 10 and 5 support provide flexible, scalable storage and enhanced data security.
  • newegg Flexible PCI-E Expansion The Aaua Z8PE-D18 provides four PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots that support flex-E technology to auto-switch between 2 true PCI-E x16 Link (support 2 double deck graphic cards) or 1 PCI-E x16 Link & 2 PCI-E x8 Link (for I/O expansion)., allowing you to enjoy the flexibility of server/workstation mode.
  • newegg Power Efficiency Asus exclusive EPU (Energy Processing Unit) technology digitally monitors the CPU power and intelligently scales power up and down according to the work load for extreme energy efficiency.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Customer Reviews of the ASUS Z8PE-D18(ASMB4-IKVM)

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  • Chuck C.
  • 2/22/2014 7:47:42 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMemory Issues

Pros: Could be a great board, but has significant memory issues recognizing certain memory slots. I have three of these boards all bought at different times all with the same types of memory issues.

I also have Supermicro boards that give me zero issues. I will be buying Supermicro boards in the future for my server needs.

Cons: Cannot recommend this board

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  • Michelle R.
  • 8/20/2013 6:21:47 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDoes not work with many stock heatsinks

Pros: Lots of features, very light for a big board, well-made.

Cons: This motherboards back-plate is completely and utterly irremovable. I went through so much trouble with different heat-sinks to try and find the one. The final correct one is being sent to be now. They really need to include that this motherboard doesn't have removable back-plates in the actual product description. It wasn't even on the manufacturer website!

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  • Val D.
  • 7/29/2013 12:15:25 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great for some heavy duty servers

Pros: 1) Handles lots of memory at a reasonable price. (we use 144G of KVR1333D3D4R9S/8G )
2) IKVM is more reliable than Tyans
3) Has actual keyboard and mouse ports to work well with local K/M switcher.
We beat the snot out out of them with very busy Redis and Mysql and they keep on going.

Cons: Occasional memory problems. Dimms not found.

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  • jeremy g.
  • 10/30/2012 2:53:18 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Number of DIMM slots

Cons: Banks C_1 and C_2 are not working I tested all the RAM and it is known good. Opened an RMA request no email. tried to live chat I get this "

Connecting, please wait.......
Sorry, all engineers are currently busy assisting other customers. You may continue to wait for an engineer to become available or you may contact us through our support site for further assistance. " Seriously bad support

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We're sorry to hear that the two memory slots on the motherboard are not working. If you received a case # and would like us to look into your RMA request, please email me at Be sure to reference #C1037-5630 in the subject line.

ASUS Customer Loyalty

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3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Very nice board due to the features. I water cooled mine, but even with that, the video card can't go in the first slot as it hits the last memory dimm slot. Use the Xigmatek case (I love the case).

Cons: I knocked off some eggs as I can't get some banks to work, getting A1-A2 disabled etc. I will be contacting Asus to RMA the board if they can't help sort out the ram issue.

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  • Gustav M.
  • 3/13/2012 11:46:57 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCan't get it to work with single CPU 48GB RAM

Pros: If it would work there would be a lots of them.

Cons: After spending hours shuffling the memory modules around and couldn't get it to work it's very disappointing. This board is very pricey, one would expect it to work....

Other Thoughts: Configuration:
Motherboard: ASUS Z8PE-D18(ASMB4-IKVM)
Memory: Wintec 48GB (6 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) ECC Registered Server Memory Model 3RSH13339R5H-48GH
CPU: Intel Xeon X5690 Westmere-EP 3.46GHz

Memory modules are installed into DIMM_A1, DIMM_A2, DIMM_B1, DIMM_B2, DIMM_C1, DIMM_C2. (As showed in the manual)

Starting up the system gives the following error:
The following DIMM module(s) did not pass CPU memory test.
Please remove the module(s) then plug again.
DIMM_C1 Disabled
DIMM_C2 Disabled

Found it on the net that other people ran into the same problem but nobody seems to have a solution.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issue you had with memory on this motherboard.

Please try to use memory that's on our Qualified Vendors List (QVL) at These memory have been tested and are known to work with this motherboard.

In addition, since all 6 DIMMs were used but only slots DIMM_C1 and DIMM_C2 did not pass CPU memory test, use memory from the other slots (A1, A2, B1, B2) and see if it still shows the test error message. If so, there may be a problem with the memory slots and would warrant a replacement. If not, the memory that were populated in C1 and C2 may be defective.

Asus Customer Loyalty

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  • Dustin O.
  • 10/27/2011 8:32:42 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsRediculous

Pros: Has more than anyone could ever need.

Cons: *Heatsink attachment holes are threaded* This causes a very big issue when determining which heatsink you would like to use. Unfortunately I had already ordered two Cooler Master V8 heatsinks which required the holes not to be threaded. We had to remove the CPU brackets in order to get the heatsink mounting bracket off and drill these out. Very frustrating when you have to modify such an expensive board. Asus, I highly recommend you provide an extra set of heatsink mounting brackets without the threads.

Case mounting holes not standard. Had to modify case for two of them.

Other Thoughts: Would be nice if it had SATA 3 ports, but we're going to be using a SATA 3 RAID controller anyways so not a big disappointment, just a suggestion.

Had a grounding issue when first installed in case. If you get this board be sure to use non conductive washers. May have to put some on back side as well or use nail polish to cover some of the solder points around the holes.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/23/2011 5:36:04 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

Pros: Running 2x Xeon X5675 (6 core 3.06GHz), with 48GB of RAM, and works great. Have only used up 1/3 of the memory slots, so lots of room for expansion there. The add-in PIKE card is a great option, becuase they are just like adding a RAID card, but have a dedicated slot and are made my ASUS as well (use LSI chips, so they are still good cards), and can utilize the extra onboard SAS plugs (8). The included onboard management card with web capabilities is also really cool. I've never bothered to spring for one, but since it was included, I tried it out. With its dedicated 3rd ethernet port, its a great way to manage, control, and monitor the system remotely at the hardware level, even when its off.

Cons: Screw holes: the screw holes are not in the standard EATX locations (see Specs "Form Factor"), so while this will fit in EATX form factor cases, there is a good chance that not all of the screws will not line up (2 did not line up for me, out of 9 total). This can mean you end up putting a little more stress than you should on the board while installing memory or add-in cards.

Size: I would never expect a smaller size board that supports so much, but you do have to consider the size when you are choosing a case.

Other Thoughts: At least for my setup, in order for the system to detect any of the onboard sensors, such as temperature, I had to install the included management card. This is not obvious, as this card is labeled for network management, and does not seem to mention sensors in any way, other than the fact that you can monitor them remotely. But the network features of the card is worth trying out anyway, it can be used through a web browser without any downloads.

I have yet to figure out how to get FRU data or install it on the board, so the management card and ESXi running on my computer do not know some of the details of my hardware, but all of the sensor data itself works fine.

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  • Daniel F.
  • 7/16/2011 5:27:30 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDual processor Xeon boards are different!

Pros: Lots of memory slots - we have 128GB in ours. If your problem requires lots of memory, and can't be divided up for several smaller computers, this is really great.

Cons: Need lots of special parts to get it working. I wasn't able to get the BMC chip to do anything.

Other Thoughts: If you have experience building single processor systems, be aware that Xeon boards are different. You will need a special 24+8+8 power supply, a special Xeon heatsink (for motherboards with backplates) and a very large SSI-EEB case. Even as I was careful to buy all of those, I discovered that the heatsink (a Noctua NH-U9DX) blocked 2 memory sticks and the case (a Silverstone RV01B-W) lacked two of the required holes for the MB screws.

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  • Jason D.
  • 3/16/2011 10:01:37 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery good strong ESX motherboard

Pros: I needed a strong ESX server:
I did huge research, for weeks and weeks, looking at the new AMD Opteron 12 core, and new Intel motherboards.... Each time I found what I thought would be a great solution, there was something wrong, like the chipset, or the NIC, etc... are not supported by ESX.

I could not afford the 3.0+ GHz CPU's, I opted for the E5620's, 2 of them, likewise RAM, at $500 for 24 Gb, I decided to stop there to start, but I can expand the memory to 144Gb when all said and done. I decided to add the PIKE RAID card. The onboard SATA controller supports 6 SATA drives.

I now have a complete ESX server, with 14 VM's and space for more, I have a Hauppage WinTV-HVR-2250 with VT-d (passthrough) to a Mythbuntu DVR server. The other peripherals are all ESX (VMware) and all operational. I have 4 internal fans, all supported on the motherboard, case fans too.

Cons: Price, that is all I can think of, maybe slow boot time, but as an ESX server, how often does it really get rebooted...

Other Thoughts: I bought this motherboard for very specific reasons.
1. I did not want to add anything to it, to make it work.
2. I wanted it have mega horsepower.
3. I wanted it to be expandable - I am so tired of having limitations.
4. I require passthrough (VT-d).

All have been satisfied, and all is 100% operational.

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