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ASUS Z8NA-D6 Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5500 ATX Dual Intel Xeon 5500 and 5600 Series Server Motherboard

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  • Dual LGA 1366
  • Intel 5500
  • 6 x 240pin

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Philip N.
  • 2/28/2012 8:32:02 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome board!

Pros: Dual socket ATX form factor, Intel 82574L NIC's, iKVM. No clearance issues with CPU, memory, heatsinks. Every component has worked flawlessly for me so far!

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Currently running ESXi 4.1 U1 on this board. All components of this board are supported by VMware. My server components are as follows:

1x Adaptec RAID 5405 Kit
1x Intel BXSTS100A Active heat sink
4 x Western Digital RE4 WD5003ABYX
1 x Kingston DataTraveler 102 2GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (ESXi install partitions)
1 x Intel Xeon E5620
1 x CORSAIR Professional Series HX650
3x Kingston KVR1333D3D4R9S/8GHB

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/18/2011 10:08:33 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUpdate

Pros: Forgot to mention this motherboard came with the 1100 bios I needed for my E5645 CPUs.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: The latest bios is 1207.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/18/2011 9:52:07 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent, but touchy.

Pros: I am currently using this board with only one E5645 CPU. I plan to get the second processor soon.

Although there are some minor compatibility issues with this board, it will run very stable after it is setup right.

This board is a good alternative to the EVGA SR-2 if you are on a budget like me. The full speed 16x 2.0 PCI Express port is what sold me. Being able to use my 460 GT video card with a Xeon processor setup is what sold me.

Also, Corsair's H60 water cooler is compatible with this motherboard. You don't have to do anything special with backplates. The board already has the compatible backplates built in. The screws included with the H60 will fit perfectly into the holes for the Xeon's included mounting bracket.

Cons: Like some other reviews I've read, I had an issue with the memory. It told me a DIMM was bad, but all I had to do was rearrange the order of the memory DIMMS. After that, it recognized all 12GB of GSkill 1333 non-registered, non-ECC memory.

One thing that confuses me is that I also had a problem with the MIO sound board, which was designed by ASUS specifically for this motherboard. When installed, it would only allow the computer to boot half the time. I have since pulled the MIO, and replaced it with a PCI sound card. Since then, everything has worked out great.

Other Thoughts: Haven't had the chance yet to test out the iKVM feature.

For those of you who want system specs. Here they are. I know it's nothing special.

Antec 300 black case
Z8NA-D6 Motherboard
Intel E5645 CPU
GSkill 1333 CL9 Memory 3x4GB DIMMS
ASUS 460GT 768MB video card
SoundBlaster AudigySE sound Card (PCI)
SIIG Sata II Raid Card (PCI Express x1 in an x8 slot)
2xSeagate 1TB Drives in Raid
LG Sata BluRay Drive
KINGWIN Lazer LZ-1000 1000W Modular power supply

With all Antec fans set on low, the quietest power supply I've ever seen, and the H60 cooler... This is the quietest system I've ever used or built.

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  • Philip N.
  • 8/8/2011 9:32:13 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat motherboard!

Pros: ATX form factor with dual sockets! Great features and zero issues so far.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Running ESXi 4.1 U1 (usb boot) on this board with a Xeon E5620, 20gb Kingston Reg/ECC memory and Adaptec 5405 raid card with 4x WD RE4 drives. Everything runs great and without an issue.

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  • John C.
  • 2/3/2011 5:23:04 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggspretty good

Pros: This board shipped with the 1002 bios which supports the E5640 Xeon processor. Other reviews have noted that it did not run out of box but mine did.

The system detects all 48GB of ram, though it runs in 1066 instead of 1333, I think this is a throttle on account of the E5640 CPU, faster Xeon processors may not experience this.

Cons: The toggles between Intel Matrix Storage and ASUS's LSI MegaRaid are a bit confusing, but it seems to work, it would probably be better with the PIKE card.

I didn't notice this when I bought it, but there are 8 SAS/SATA ports that are disabled unless you purchase the PIKE add on module, but there are 6 fully independent SATA ports which run fine without it.

The memory sits pretty close to the CPU, but I guess I can't complain on account of the ATX form factor.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/22/2011 9:46:46 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSecond Review (after 6 months of operation)

Pros: I have been running the board for about 6 months now and I have not had any issues. I recently added the second CPU and a Pike card for additional raids. Board has been flawless. Board is very flexible and I have been able to expand as needed. I would buy it again.

Cons: Spacing is tight!

Configuration software for iKVM board could be significantly improved. (Do NOT use the DOS utility to configure the board!) A plus would be to be able to change the port address for iKVM web interface.

Other Thoughts: Intel CPU coolers work just fine. Third party coolers might have a problem due to spacing - there is NO extra room.

Use the BIOS to set the iKVM board ip addresses and the web interface to add users and it works fine. The DOS utility to configure the board is only useful for upgrading the SW. Do NOT use it for any configuration.

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2 out of 5 eggsASUS Z8NA-D6 Disapointment

Pros: Good RAID Expansion if PIKE Card is available. BIOS is Easy to Set up. Needed a board to run dual processor for video production, 3d graphic production, and intensive digital graphic production. Dual Xeon works great with E5620. Customer Service not so stellar, depends on who you ended with.

Cons: RAM issue is quite a head ache as a previous review did mention the board does not recognize all the RAM when filled. I randomly get "Dimm Slot D1 and E1 did pass CPU memory test and will be disabled." At first I thought it was defect and had sent in, the board still has the same RAM problem I am getting 9.9Gig working out of 18 gigs. Asus tech did not admit that this was a problem. They will tell you to get your CPU RMA or your RAM.

Another issue is when having PIKE card install it will conflict with a Nvidia Geforce 460 Fermi Graphic card it will display an error saying

Unable to load LSI Logic Corp. MPT BIOS

MPT BIOS Fault 0Dh encountered at adapter PCI(11h,00h,00h)

Press any key to continue...

If you get this board for video production and require a heavy duty graphic than do not get the PIKE, or you may get the error message.

Other Thoughts: I made the mistake of using desktop component and graphic cards on a server / workstation board. Stick to server component and I am sure the board will run perfectly.

The board works great with a Nvidia Geforce 250 but not 460 or upper range video card. This is the reason I give a 2, because of troubleshooting and headache and no solution to the problem from Asus Tech.

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  • John S.
  • 12/23/2010 10:57:19 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIdeal for SMB server

Pros: This is a great server motherboard for any SMB (in my humble but totally accurate opinion). ATX size increases latitude in case selection. iKVM is useful. I've had Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise running for nine months with no issues. First board was DOA - I never dock eggs for one DOA. Could happen with any product.

Cons: iKVM setup is a bit cranky. Once up and running, works well 95% of the time. Other 5% of the time, I lose connectivity for no apparent reason. I usually fix by disconnecting and reconnecting the power. Once, I had to remove and reinstall the iKVM chip to restore connectivity. Not worth taking away any eggs though.

Other Thoughts: This motherboard plus:
- 2 X L5518s with Intel Thermal Solution
- 12 gigs (6 x 2) Micron ECC registered
- 2 X WD1500HLFS VelociRaptors in RAID 1 (OS only)
- 2 X WD1002FBYS RE3 in RAID 1 (data)
- 3ware 9650SE-4LPML RAID card
- Chenbro S20969 case with hot swap RAID cage
- Thermaltake TR2 TRX-750M PS
- Hours and hours of geek fun building and operating!

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  • Hamed E.
  • 12/22/2010 6:43:43 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsASUS Z8NA-D6 (ASMB4-IKVM

Pros: This is an excellent motherboard load with a lot of features in an ATX form factor. I have owned more than 10 ASUS motherboards and never had a problem with the product or the company's tech support.
If you intend to install Xeon 5600 series CPUs, you need to buy the latest BIOS directly from ASUS,
1. Call 1-812-282-ASUS(2787)
2. Have the person transfer you to the BIOS department
3. There are 2 very helpful ladies that work at the ASUS BIOS department
I called the number above and purchased the updated BIOS ($5.00 + $10 or $15 for shipping) and received the BIOS in 2 days.
I have built an massive ESX server with this motherboard for my home lab. It's been more than 2 weeks and no problems whatsoever.

Cons: The space between the 2 CPU sockets are way too tight to install a gaming heat sink like Noctua, etc.
You either have to settle for Intel stock heat sinks which are ok or get a pair of Corsair H50s
I have installed a pair of Corsair H50s on an ANTEC 1200 case. Both CPUs operate around 15 degrees C

Other Thoughts: Newegg does an awesome job in their delivery department. Buy something from the site with regular shipping and chances are very good you will get it with a couple of days.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/16/2010 3:19:32 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsA rare Newegg blunder?

Pros: Dual 1366 on an ATX board. So I can fit a dual quadcore into my 1u chassis

Cons: Doesn't come with the required BIOS revision to run both of my E5620's like advertised... What the hell Newegg. In this order I had both this issue as well as a power supply that came combo'd did not fit in the chassis.

I read later that the comb deals are not guaranteed to fit, but they combod a 600 watt power supply with a 1u server chassis. I didn't really pay too much attention to the power supplies which is shame on me I guess... But I would've needed at least a 3u chassis. Come on Newegg you're better than this.
We spend over 40K a year here at Newegg and when I call Newegg here in a few minutes if they don't take care of this a good portion of business may go somewhere else. I needed this server together rather quickly now there's just been a bunch of stupid things after another. I don't think I should have to read the reviews to find out that a 5620 won't work without extra ordering if Newegg has it advertised.

Change your advertising to show you may require extra steps.

Other Thoughts: Nothing really I guess... Just make sure if you're in a hurry to get this put together you either order the BIOS at the same time from ASUS or get a 5500 series XEON.

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