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SUPERMICRO MBD-X8DTH-6F-O Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5520 Extended ATX Dual Intel Xeon Server Motherboard

  • Dual LGA 1366
  • Intel 5520
  • 12 × 240pin DDR3 1333

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Michael S.
  • 12/9/2011 6:38:58 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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3 out of 5 eggsLikely better options than this

Pros: Works flawlessly (boot, OS install, etc)
Supports Xeon 56xx out of the box

Cons: *VERY* hot IOH (at least on mine)
Requires a lot of air directly to the IOH
IPMI remote console only works thru on-board VGA graphics

Other Thoughts: In a Lian-Li tower case, CPU fans would always scream (run at their 9500 rpm limit). Turns out the IOH on that board runs *very* hot, and the board was trying to cool it down. I upgraded all 4 fans in the case (to push the most air possible, upgraded fans rated for high static pressure and >85 cfm) -- and it didn't help the situation. I had to suspend an additional fan *in* the case (between the HDD cage and the MB) w/ cable ties to blow the IOH -- that was the only thing that solved the issue.

Also, the IPMI remote console won't work if you install a graphics card -- you have to use the onboard video, and its not compatible with video cards (at least, not the simple GeForce GT520 I've tried). The card works great, just can't use it and get the IPMI remote console to work together (though, I would think its possible, just not in this implementation)

If I hadn't first tried a board from Asus that didn't have this same problem with the IOH, I'd have rated this board higher.

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  • Steven H.
  • 11/22/2011 11:27:04 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSatisfied

Pros: -IPMI
-Dual NIC
-Supports Dual Xeons
-Supports a lot of memory
-Not as large as some of the other options for Dual Xeon motherboards. Could easily connect 14 hard drives to this motherboard.
Oodles of options in BIOS.
Absolutely awesome for Virtualization so far with a couple Xeon E5645's and 64GB of Kingston 1333MHz ECC Registered DIMMs.

Overrall it has worked great so far.

Cons: If you have never messed with servers, I really wouldn't recommend it as the BIOS will be a nightmare.

I had some issues installing Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 that I've never encounered before anywhere else, but read other thoughts on that.

Other Thoughts: As I said, I had issues installing Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 for Hyper-V virtualization. I couldn't figure out why it would get hung up on the installation everytime. I ended up emailing SuperMicro tech support, they answered quickly with the fix. I didn't have the NIC plugged into my router, so I did this and it went without a hitch after that!

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  • Chris L.
  • 7/29/2011 8:24:48 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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1 out of 5 eggsMotherboard died after a few weeks

Pros: The IPMI (remote management) was a nice feature.

Cons: Motherboard started locking up after a couple of weeks, then it died. Does not ship with a SAS cable for SAS drives, but ships with 2 SATA cables. The utility software that ships with the motherboard is not very good. The Matrox onboard video is horrible, even just for server console work it's poor. Expected more for a $550 motherboard.

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  • Stephen N.
  • 9/28/2010 1:01:34 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood for Hyper-V

Pros: Has everything you need for a remote managed server without any add on cards. 6 sata, 8 SAS/Sata, 2 1gb nics plus dedicated IPMI/KVM over Ethernet port. Fits in EATX frame

Cons: Expensive and needs more recent rev of 3U Case. (Was able to'retrofit' older SC832/833 case No PCI-X slots.

Other Thoughts: Don't install Raid drivers, not necessary for Win 2008 R2 Enterprise, came with most recent BIOS so would have worked with latest processors

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  • Richard K.
  • 9/5/2010 4:47:49 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGreat specs/potential, but with odd problems

Pros: - Great specs
- Dual 5520 IOH
- Seven PCIe 2.0 x8 slots, with no NF200-type muxing of lanes
- Built-in LSI RAID controller (uses included SFF-8087 to mini-SAS cables)
- Standard E-ATX size; fits well in the Lian-Li PC-P80 case
- Included documentation is pretty good

Cons: I had an odd alarm go off on my board (via the onboard speaker) that SuperMicro tech support thought was heat-related, so I ended up RMAing it (hence only 2 eggs). It's possible it was happening because I was running so many PCIe cards (video + three RAID cards).

The performance of the built-in RAID controller isn't very good; it only supports 64KB strip size, and it doesn't have any cache, like the LSI 9211-8i HBA-style cards. It's probably fine for a non-parity HDD RAID; for up to 3 or 4 SSD drives, I would stick with the ICH10R for non-parity RAID.

Other Thoughts: I was considering this board as an alternative to the EVGA SR-2. The video performance for a Sapphire HD5850 Toxic was within 1% on the x8 slot vs. the x16 on the SR-2. RAID performance on the LSI 9260-8i was mixed: random was better, sequential was worse.

If not for the overheat alarm, I probably would have kept this board as a replacement for the SR-2. Too bad, because I generally like SuperMicro, and really wanted to like this board.

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