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Item#: N82E16813131725
ASUS P8B WS LGA 1155 Intel C206 ATX Intel Xeon E3 Server/Workstation Motherboard
  • Socket LGA 1155, Intel C206 Chipset
  • Optical S/PDIF out port at back I/O
  • 4 x DIMM, max. 32GB DDR3

Pros:

Configuration of this board was to be in best interest of company usage.

Cons:

Well system is configured with 16gb of ram win server 2011 standard 2 raid 1 configurations. The issue is that 1 drive keeps dropping from controller on both raid volumes at different times. At first it sounded like bad hard drive or sata cable but drives and sata cables have been verified and tested fine with seagate tools as well as acronis drive monitor. Running 750 watt power supply which is more then minimum recommendations as specified by several power consumption tests. now after powering down server reseating cables to HDD the missing drive comes back to life with a raid rebuild. Now my natural concerns are one day a total system failure on controller and having employee downtime for a restore of data

Other Thoughts:

As per Asus there recommendations
1. replace power supply -
2. replace sata cables
3. update BIOS (on version 0704 - dated 7/25/11)

well after doing first 2 options the 3rd option seems easy enough as i have done literally hundreds of BIOS mb flashes dating back to the 486 boards and reading reviews how the BIOS update crashed the board - this is in no way an option for a production server and to spend 3k on a new identical test lab server is all but out of the question. Any other options would be recommended outside a BIOS update and SATA driver uninstall and reinstall.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Sorry to hear that you keep getting one of your drives dropping.

Here is a link below that may help with the issue as to why one of your drives drop.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/251076-32-raid-issues-western-digital-hard-disk

You can also go to our support site and try updating the latest drivers for chipset and SATA.

http://support.asus.com/download.aspx?SLanguage=en&p=1&s=39&m=P8B%20WS&os=29&hashedid=XGLe7ZgHTPXJPu7N

If you have any questions or comments you can email me again 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

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