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The ASUS Z9NA-D6C serverboard integrates various server features into an ATX compact form factor, based on dual up-to-date Intel® Xeon® E5-2400 series processors and the Intel® C602-A chipset. Through innovative ASUS design, this board is able to fit into ATX cases with ATX power supplies. Moreover, it features enhanced storage expandability, all high-quality conductive polymer capacitors, digital power solutions, and high manageability via ASWM enterprise. All of the above make it an ideal foundation as an SMB general purpose host server, AP server, mail server, storage server, and even entry workstation.
ATX Case and Power Supply Compatible
The Z9NA-D6CC server board support dual Intel® Xeon® server processors in a compact size. It follows standard ATX mounting hole locations and is also ready for ATX power supplies. The design makes this board able to fit into server rack and tower chassis as well as standard PC ATX cases. All of these benefit users looking to access server performance with easily-available PC components.
Latest Storage Support
The Z9NA-D6CC server board ships with two up-to-date SATA 6Gbps ports which enable faster data retrieval, double the bandwidth of current bus systems. SATA DOM (Disk on Module) support, which is widely used in various embedded server applications, benefits customers building a diverse range of appliance servers.
Extremely Long-Lasting and Ultra-Reliable
100% Ultra-durable solid state capacitors offer ultra durability, improved lifespan, and enhanced thermal capabilities compared to traditional capacitors. These long-life solid state capacitors can sustain 5,000 hours at 221°F (105°C) ambient temperature, or 500,000 hours of operation at 149°F (65°C) ambient temperature, further ensuring the Z9NA-D6C remains reliable running even in extreme environments.
Digital Power Solution
All-new digital CPU power controls work perfectly together to match digital power signal (SVID) requests from the CPU, with ultra-fast sensing and response efficiently delivering precision power. Accurate delivery reduces waste, and provides more stable CPU Vcore voltages. The Z9NA-D6C voltage regulation manages up to 89% peak power efficiency, with 85%+ during most normal operation. This ensures high power efficiency for the entire system to reduce customers' electrical bills.
Comprehensive Server Management Solution: ASWM Enterprise
ASWM Enterprise software provides one-to-multiple centralized management including BIOS flash, remote control, power control through a colorful, graphical, and informative interface.
Up-to-Date Intel Xeon® Processor E5-2400 Support
The motherboard supports the latest Intel Xeon® processor E5-2400 product family in LGA 1356 package with integrated memory controller to support three-channel (six DIMM per CPU) DDR3 memory.
System builders can also choose between robust server-grade DDR3 RDIMM/LRDIMM and ECC UDIMM, and more mainstream, widely available DDR3 non-ECC UDIMM. Additionally, PCI Express 3.0 support ensures Z9NA-D6C meets various performance-demanding applications. By supporting different processors, memory types and PCI Express 3.0 cards, the Z9NA-D6C becomes a versatile motherboard to cover a wide range of server and entry workstations.
What's in the Box
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Rating: 4/5Good entry level motherboard for Sony Vegas Pro rendering
This review is from: ASUS Z9NA-D6C Server Motherboard Dual LGA 1356 (Socket B2) DDR3 1600/1333/1066
Pros: Reliable, haven't had the slightest wiggle out of the system in several months of hard use.
BIOS is downgradable. Easily. Just copy the BIOS file to a USB stick, and use the BIOS' EZFLASH2 utility to do the dirty work. No need for bootable this or hacked that.
Up to BIOS version 5204 (which came stock with my board), an option is available to force DDR3-1866 memory speed. This worked great with a Sandy Bridge engineering sample (QBGE) chip. However, it appears that Ivy Bridge chips are locked to stock DDR3-1600. Bummer!
Cons: There are no quality-control cons that I have found. All my gripes are about design issues.
No USB 3.0, so need a card.
Only 6 SATA ports, so if you need more, you either should buy the ZN9A-D6 motherboard and a PIKE card, or just buy yet another PCIe add-on card for more SATA ports.
Long video cards will cover the power supply connector for the SATA 5V DOM system. As in, 1-2 mm clearance between the card and the connector. So you can't use the DOM and a long video card at the same time. Physically impossible.
There is no latch on the PCIe x16 slot. Seriously! You know how heavy graphics cards are now, and there's no latch to keep it in this slot. Taking an egg off for that.
2 x 95W CPUs seems like a lot for a single EPS+12V connector. Make sure you have the connectors plugged in solidly.
Other Thoughts: No onboard audio, so need an add-on card (ASUS' proprietary MIO card). This isn't really a con, so I'm putting it here in the Other Thoughts section. The reason it's not a con is that most servers wouldn't need audio, so why would ASUS spend the money on building it in? No point, really. If you need audio, buy the card.
This motherboard throttles the CPUs based on power (watts), not heat. So you can put crazy big coolers on your CPUs thinking it will let you go faster, but it won't. I don't know if this is related to the fact that this board uses a *single* EPS+12V connector in order to comply with the ATX spec (normal for a dual-socket board is to have 2 x EPS+12V connectors).
BCLK and all other speed settings are *not* available for adjustment. You *cannot* overclock any aspect of this board, with the possible exception of forcing DDR3-1866 speed (CPU dependent). What you see is what you get. It does what it says on the box, no more and no less.
8 cores per CPU is the practical max for 3 memory channels. If you need more cores, go with a Socket 2011 rig which has 4 memory channels per CPU. I was running 8-core Sandy Bridge Xeon e5-2470 QBGE ES CPUs (which allowed DDR3-1866), rendering video in Sony Vegas Pro, and everything worked great. But then I got a great deal on a pair of 10-core Ivy Bridge Xeon e5-2470v2 QF5Z ES CPUs, installed them, and now the cores are starved for data all the time (these Ivy CPUs are locked to DDR3-1600, which doesn't help the situation). No speed advantage at all over the 8-core CPUs; in fact I lost a couple minutes on a 4-hour render. The memory just can't keep up. Oh well, live and learn. On the upside, the Ivy chips use 30W less.
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