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ASUS Z9PA-D8 ATX Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 DDR3 1600/1333/1066

  • Dual LGA 2011
  • Intel C602-A PCH
  • 8 x 240pin
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ASUS P8B-X
ASUS Z9PA-D8 ATX Server Motherboard
 
Most Powerful Dual LGA2011 Serverboard in 12in. x 10in. Compact Size

ASUS proudly announces its new server board, the Z9PA-D8, based on the Intel® E5-2600 + C602 PCH platform. The board integrates versatile features into a compact 12in. x 10in. size which allows this board to fit into an ATX chassis. Through an innovative and top-notch engineering design, this board is able to support dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 processors up to 135W CPU. With a perfectly developed thermal solution in a 1U rack mount, this system may support up to a 115W CPU.


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ATX Case Compatible

The Z9PA-D8 server board supports dual Intel® Xeon® server processors in a 12in. x 10in. compact size with an ATX foot print. The specially-made chassis further ensures that customers can benefit from up-to-date server technologies within an affordable budget.

Wide-Range Intel Xeon® Processor E5-2600 Support

The Z9PA-D8 supports dual Intel® Xeon E5-2600 series CPUs with all-range including the support of advanced 135W CPUs. System builders can choose between advanced, mainstream, and basic processors for all market segments. By supporting different processor and memory types, the Z9PA-D8 helps customers to build up a wide range of servers and workstation builds to meet different price ranges based on customer demand.

Powerful PCI-E Expandability in a 12in. x 10in. Form Factor and MIO-892 Audio Card Support

The Z9PA-D8 is the only 12in. x 10in. form factor board available on the market with dual PCI Express 3.0 x16 expansion slots. With the ASUS innovative Flex-E technology, the Z9PA-D8 server boards intelligently split or aggregate the link to support up to four true PCI Express 3.0 X8 slots or two X16 slots. With exclusive features, the Z9PA-D8 may serve as a powerful server board, or combine the 7.2-channel MIO-892 audio card to create a workstation.

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Easy to Upgrade Multiple Storage Solutions with ASUS PIKE

The optional ASUS PIKE provides multiple storage options, and direct SAS/SATA RAID upgrades can be achieved via a unique slot -- without sacrificing expansion capability. The Z9PA-D8 boosts the built-in PIKE slot with PCI-E Gen 3 which ensures the best bandwidth link to process low latency to support high-performance storage devices over SAS/SATA. A 6Gbps interface also ensures a future SAS 12Gbps PIKE card has a high uplink to host adequate bandwidth.

Users can easily upgrade their storage solution from entry-level to high-end. For example, the entry PIKE 9230 RAID card can expand to four extra SATA 6Gbps ports for entry-level needs while the latest PIKE 2208 RAID card adopts an LSI dual-core I/O processor that can support SAS 6Gbps ports with outstanding performance for the high I/O transaction demands of database and datacenter applications.

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USB 3.0 Supported

The Z9PA-D8 is the first Dual Intel® E5-2600 server board with USB 3.0 support. The new USB 3.0 IO technology provides 10 times the bandwidth as compared against USB 2.0.

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 Z9PA-D8 voltage regulation manages up to 90% peak power efficiency, with 85%+ during most normal operation. This ensures high power efficiency for the entire system to help customers save on electrical bills.

Comprehensive Server Management Solution: ASMB6-iKVM and ASWM Enterprise

The ASMB6-iKVM upgrade kit enables dashboard system health monitoring, remote power on/off and control, virtual media over LAN, and management LAN fail-over support. In addition, the ASMB6 function is based on BIOS-level access, so even if the server's operating system is down or offline, the KVM module can still provide round-the-clock remote monitoring and diagnosis through a user-friendly web-based graphical interface through all major browsers. ASWM Enterprise software provides one-to-multiple centralized management including BIOS flash, remote control, power control through a colorful, graphical, and informative interface.

 


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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Brian O.
  • 7/15/2014 8:13:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsstable and fast

Pros: I have a pair of these, linux and windows7 with 128GB ram (wintec server series 64GB ddr3 1600 sticks), dual E5-2660 v2 in a CoolerMaster HAF-XB with ARCTIC Freezer i30 and CORSAIR HX850 power supply.

Using for high performance highly threaded physics simulation software. None of the PCI-e slots are populated, board, ram cpu and storage only. Using onboard video only.

Cons: No PCI slots (I had wanted to plug in a PCI sound card for occasional but rare testing).

Other Thoughts: Excellent for brute force processing and parallel compilation needs. The remote console stuff is okay, I've only checked it out but don't use it since I have direct access to the console although access to these machines is always remote.

Also ran fine with windows8, I just hate windows8.

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  • Joseph D.
  • 5/25/2014 11:41:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsASUS - bC Error - undocumented

Pros: None at this time - Can't recommend this board

Cons: Won't boot on dual Xeon CPU's.
Non-ECC RAM from Kingston is "Allegedly" supported..

Other Thoughts: When two Intel Xeon CPU's are installed with non-ECC RAM the system will not boot. If only one Intel Xeon is installed in CPU slot 1 with Non-ECC RAM, the system will boot up.

Hardware Information
Motherboard - ASUS Z9PA-D8 ATX Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 DDR3 1600/1333/1066
CPU's (x2) - Intel Xeon E5-2620 v2 Ivy Bridge-EP 2.1GHz 15MB L3 Cache LGA 2011 80W Six-Core Server Processor
RAM - Kingston - HyperX 32GB (8 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K8/32GX

The latest BIOS is installed on the motherboard.

Prior to ordering, to then build this system, the DRAM and CPUs were checked as supported by this Motherboard..

Getting a bC Post error when attempting to boot the system with both CPU's and the above DRAM Mentioned installed on the Motherboard. There is NO ERROR Code for this anywhere on the ASUS support site! None! No information..

What is wrong with the Motherboard? Does it only NOW support ECC RAM?

I have purchased and used well over 20 ASUS Motherboards over the last 15+ years or so.. I was extremely shocked to find out that after lengthy research and then building the system, that this Motherboard doesn't work.. The bC Error code is not documented anywhere on ASUS Website.. This is not good..

I was building this for use with my clients, but that doesn't look like it's going to occur..

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings JD,

Thank you for your review.

I am sorry that you are having issues with the motherboard. If I may, I would like to help. Please contact me through email, and we can look at this case further. 3749389.

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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  • Daniel B.
  • 4/12/2014 8:26:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: features

Cons: couldn't get the device past Q-code 06, partnered with POST code beeps (one long, 2 short).

lack of documentation on the error codes.

no USB 3 header (inconvenience)

Other Thoughts: I didn't bother calling support, after narrowing the possibilities down to the motherboard without any changes in error, I simply sent it back for a refund, which was approved with little effort.

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  • Christopher O.
  • 12/12/2013 2:45:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board, great price

Pros: Inexpensive for a dual LGA 2011 board.
ATX size/layout
Includes ASMB6 management module
Supports 1866 memory (on v2 Xeon)
Asus customer/tech support.

Cons: None that I can think of. A few more USB ports would be nice, but as this IS a server board, they're not really needed.

Other Thoughts: Bought this to use as a workstation rather than a server. I didn't need multiple graphics cards, 8 dimm slots was plenty, and the ATX form factor made finding a suitable case much easier.

System build couldn't have been easier:

-Two E5-2690v2's
-Two Noctua NH-U12DXi4 coolers
-Corsair HX1050 PS
-32 gigs of 1866 Crucial DDR3 (approved modules from their site, unfortunately not sold by NewEgg).
-EVGA GTX760
-Crucial M500 480 gig SSD
-Sound Blaster AudigyFX

Everything fit and worked without issue. The system is incredibly fast, surprisingly quiet and only draws ~320 watts under full load.

One thing to watch out for is that the v2 Xeon processors are only supported on the latest 1-2 BIOS versions (as of December 2013). Luckily my board included one of them. I had e-mailed Asus tech support before purchase, and was informed that in a worse case scenario (board comes with an older BIOS, and won't flash with unsupported CPUs), I'd just have to send it back to them to be flashed with the latest. Not a con in any way, just one of the things you have to deal with assembling your own system using new(ish) processors.

Again, my board came with a supporting BIOS, so everything went together without a single issue. It was one of the easiest systems to build to date.

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  • William C.
  • 11/4/2013 4:44:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsofficially been scammed

Pros: nothing

Cons: the is one of the only boards with these features in an atx size

Other Thoughts: I finally gave up on dealing with ASUS. I got my first RMA back from ASUS giving me qcode-00 and no pre-post, no different than the way I sent it to them. After ASUS wasted weeks of my time back in fourth blaming all the other components in the system I bit the bullet and bought a second Z9PA-D8 from Newegg. It pre-posted just fine running down the q-codes like it should. Really ASUS? Way to take care of your customers. Why wouldn't you just send me a new board in the first place? I am really disappointed I don't have any other options for this build or else I would not be using any ASUS products on it. I have already started turning clients and customers away from ASUS and will no longer buy ASUS after this incident. I run a production facility and every moment that has passed where I didn't have a working system that I planned on having, money is being lost. Also there are a few E5 V2 processors out there probably going in the trash because ASUS convinced me that they where bad and to return them. What a waste. Until I get a refund for the not working board, I'd say this board costs double what it is listed because two are needed for one working system. I'd stay away from ASUS. most of the other big name companies I have dealt with have been great. I originally posted ASUS had good customer support, that's when they tricked me into thinking they where going to fix the original board, I couldn't imagine whey anyone would pay shipping both ways just for nothing but they did. They had absolutely no problem doing it.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for posting your review.

First and foremost, I apologize for the issues you are having with the motherboard. It is bad enough the motherboard was defective, but beyond that, it took a lot of your time just to troubleshoot the problem; when after all, it was the motherboard that was the problem. What's worse is that we missed this when you sent the motherboard in the first time. So I completely understand any frustrations you might have had.

With that said, if a motherboard is not able to POST, there can be several factors involved in the cause, such as faulty parts, incompatible hardware, circuit short, improper installation, and many more. And I believe in this case our customer support tried to determine cause by process of elimination. Unfortunately, by doing this, it took much longer than needed. And again, I apologize.

Moreover, please contact me through email where we can discuss this case further. Please note that the warranty for this model only covers the motherboard for repair and not replacement. Your reference number for this case is 3129902. For more information regarding your warranty, please visit: http://www.service.asus.com/warranty.aspx#!Motherboard%20Warranty/c1c20

Kind regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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  • William C.
  • 10/15/2013 6:25:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNo post still, now I am not happy

Pros: nothing at this point

Cons: this board still wont post for me. Second set up CPUs and tried tones of ram combos. ECC, non-ECC, 1.35v, 1.5v... everything I got. Stays at q-code 00. I may never buy an asus product ever again. I am dropping boatloads of money on this system. The least it could do is give me a post screen. I am blaming the motherboard at this point. Asus had me RMA it and shipped me back the exact same board saying it was fine. That is bull. Every hour this system is not working I loose money. ASUS probably wont do anything about that.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

If I may, I would like to help. Please send your system specifications (part list) and a list of any troubleshooting steps tried to my email, and I will be able to look into this further. Your reference number for this case is 3089690. Thank you.

For support information, please visit http://support.asus.com. For service, visit http://service.asus.com. For motherboard warranty, visit http://www.service.asus.com/warranty.aspx#!Motherboard%20Warranty/c1c20; Refurbished products/accessories: http://www.service.asus.com/warranty.aspx#!refurbished-warranty/c16us. For RMA status, visit: http://am.eservice.asus.com/rmaweb/search/rmCustomerQueryAction.do?.

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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  • William C.
  • 10/11/2013 1:33:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsno post

Pros: ATX, 2 PCI-E 3.0 x16, Asus has good support

Cons: I still can't get it to post. I have sent this board back to asus and they sent it back to me saying it was fine. Didn't cost me money to send out but this entire ordeal is costing me time this system could be making me money.

Other Thoughts: I don't really know how many eggs to give this board because I have no idea if it's the board or something else. I am starting to RMA all the components back one by one trying to get down to the bottom of the issue. The board doesn't even get to any point where it can give me code errors telling me what component is wrong if any. I'd call that a design issue though so maybe that is enough to to dock an egg.

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings,

Thank you for your review.

I am sorry you are having issues with the motherboard. If the motherboard was sent back in the same condition sent, there is a very good chance something else in your computer build is causing the system not to POST, for instance, an incompatible part and/or a faulty component. With that said, I would like to help. Please contact me through email, including your full specifications (part list) within the message, and we can figure this out. Your reference number for this case is 3089815.

For support information, please visit http://support.asus.com. For service, visit http://service.asus.com. For motherboard warranty, visit http://www.service.asus.com/warranty.aspx#!Motherboard%20Warranty/c1c20; Refurbished products/accessories: http://www.service.asus.com/warranty.aspx#!refurbished-warranty/c16us. For RMA status, visit: http://am.eservice.asus.com/rmaweb/search/rmCustomerQueryAction.do?.

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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  • Shawn L.
  • 6/17/2013 9:31:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPuts the Work in Workstation

Pros: Dual Xeon Support in ATX form factor

Cons: Nothing

Other Thoughts: Would like to see more motherboards like this but in a "workstation" category: server power, desktop space.

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  • Charles H.
  • 6/6/2013 6:10:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsDoes Not Support Highpoint

Pros: None

Cons: Will not support Highpoint's SATA cards

Other Thoughts: I had to build this server for a client and now there are delays as I try a Supermicro board instead that worked with highpoint in the past.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Sorry to hear that you are having an issue with reading highpoint sata cards.

Looks like on our support site we have an updated bios that will make this board compatible with 2720/4320 RAID card.

Here is the link below. Make sure you select which OS you have installed.
http://support.asus.com/Download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=Z9PA-D8&p=5&s=31

If you have any questions or comments you can email me at cl-jeffrey@asus.com which I reside in the U.S

ASUS strives to meet and exceeds our customer expectations within our warranty policy.

Regards,

Jeffrey
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Casey B.
  • 6/3/2013 7:09:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsUpdate to 1/3/2013 review

Pros: Motherboard has been working as expected since the last review

Cons: pci slots are running low

Other Thoughts: So last review I mentioned an issue with pre-post errors. Since that review I have received several additional components:

1. internal usb 3.0 pci card (SEDNA - PCI Express USB 3.0 4 Port Adapter)
2. ASUS MIO-892 sound card
3. Second intel cpu (using the same fan - true spirit 120m)

All components worked as expected with the motherboard. Additionally, after moving the gpu to a new slot ( from PCIE-2 to PCIE-4) I no longer saw Q-code 94! Note that the Q-code seemed to go away just by moving the gpu ( this issue was resolved before I received any other components).

I had opened an RMA with ASUS but they were not able to solve the problem for me (I'm still not sure what the origin of the problem is). They mostly told me to try different bios flags. The only difference between pcie-2 and pcie-4 is that pcie-2 shares the ASM 1480 with the pcie-8x/MIO slot (This is one slot, but should be used for your MIO soundcard if you get one) whereas pcie-4 shares its own ASM1480 with the regular 8x pcie-3 slot. I have no idea if this difference even matters, just an observation.

One other note is that if you need to get into the bios during boot I found that if you have a USB keyboard connected, it must be connected to USB 2.0 port 2 ( if looking at the manual on page 2-30 or section 2.8.1 this corresponds to the lower left port in the diagram). Perhaps this is just the keyboard I have, but it is an easy fix if this issue is encountered.

Otherwise this board is sufficient for my needs - I use it for physics simulations and when running on 16+ threads you barely notice on the UI side ( this probably has more to do with hardware beyond the motherboard, but is still a nice feature to look forward to if you pick one of these up). Also I don't understand intel "hyperthreading" magic but I do seem to get 10-15% speed up when I specify 32 threads instead of 16... Of course this could be a result of the way the software partitions/schedules work or the way the hardware handles it. Who knows.

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