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Cons: Comes with a severely outdated BIOS, which has to be updated twice to be able to use newer CPUs. To do this, you need another computer, an USB memory stick, and a monitor that can switch to non-VGA-standard display sizes, which the EZ-Flash2 program in the BIOS requires. I.e. this is not doable on a server KVM, which is strange when sold as a server. You have to drag out a bigger monitor.
Other Thoughts: Broken on arrival. It will not POST with RAM in slots A1 or A2. Tried with four sticks of Kingston RAM approved for this motherboard, and any combination with memory in slots A1 or A2 would cause a four-beep POST code, both before and after BIOS updates. All four modules work when used in slots B1, B2 or both.
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Pros: Clean layout, great fan/heatsink, all 6 sata cables included and prerun. Nice value given the price of a p8b-x mobo and a nice case
Cons: Didn't ship with the most recent bios. QVL doesn't specify the bios version required. Spent a week tracking down why the machine gave 4 beeps on boot (fully undocumented) and gave no video.
Other Thoughts: Great system, just don't match it with a E3 v2 cpu unless you have an older supported cpu that is supported by the 0902 bios that the TS100 ships with.
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So far so good.
Pros: Installed the ram, hd and RAM and it booted with zero issues. With 8 gigs of ram and a Xeon E-1230, this thing loaded Server 2008R2 in about 10 minutes and another hour for AD, DNS, and WSUS. It comes with a larger Asus CPU fan which is a nice bonus considering Intel's is garbage. Keep in mind this is an entry level system, but for the money, I feel this is a great deal.
Cons: None so far. Total system cost me around $700 which really isn't bad when compared to complete systems sold from other companies with the same hardware.
Other Thoughts: Everything is posted on the ASUS product page as far as hardware compatibility. If you look there before buying your hardware, you shouldn't have any issues at all. The previous reviewer obviously didn't look because Patriot isn't listed as compatible hardware..
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Seems like a nice barebones, if you can get it to work
Pros: Everything comes together except for processor, RAM, and hard drives.
Cons: Does not work with all types of memory. Make sure you check the Asus support website before ordering. I sprung $449.99 for 16GB Patriot Signature 1333 RAM only to find out it does not work.
Other Thoughts: Hope Newegg sees the issue here and refunds me the restocking fee. All the documentation from Asus and Newegg claim it works with ECC 1333 Dual Channel RAM up to 32GB. In reality, it will only accept certain modules from South Korean manufacturers and not any 8GB modules are listed so it couldn't possibly use more than 16GB RAM despite what the sales literature says.
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“Installed the ram, hd and RAM and it booted with zero issues. With 8 gigs of ram and a Xeon E-1230, this thing loaded Server ...”— ThatTallGuy 3/2/2012
“Clean layout, great fan/heatsink, all 6 sata cables included and prerun. Nice value given the price of a p8b-x mobo ...”— Josh 7/25/2012