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Pros: We just got the motherboard a few days ago, and just completed the windows 7 Pro installation.
32GB Ram, 3 SSDs, SLI teamed video, 2 – E5 2620 Xeon Procs…
Install was a easy, and went as one would expect.
Cons: Areas that could be improved:
I/O Shield grounding was excellent, yet the shield itself is flexible and flimsy. This is an expensive board so I guess I expected this to be a higher quality.
Bios Documentation could use better explanations, not just regurgitate the Bios option like this controls zxyas and can be disabled. Well what the heck is zxyas? (note that name is not in the bios, just an example of my issue).
Overall I like the board, and like the fact you have 6 – Sata III connectors, too bad Asus Cache can be ran while utilizing the INTEL and Marvel Chipsets.
Other Thoughts: A few notes on posts that I read… Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate must be used if you wish to support two CPUs. When installing start your install with only 1 hard drive, add the others once all drivers \ firmware has completed. If you use a program like CPU Z to verify CPU clocking and you notice a difference in the rated speed and actual speed change your power scheme to Performance, to stop your CPU from clocking down.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS Z9PE-D16/2L SSI EEB Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 DDR3 1600
Pros: Nice board
Cons: This is not a workstation board, even though ASUS lists windows 7 drivers on their page.
Also, the IO shield is junk... super flimsey and the IO shield is not heavy duty like you would get from Intel.
Other Thoughts: Even though there are several video ports here... why is their NO SLI support on the motherboard?
If it offered SLI... 4 eggs.. 5 if they upgrade the IO shield quality.
This review is from: Rosewill ARMOR-EVO - Gaming Mid Tower Computer Case - Supports Up to E-ATX MBs - Six (6) Pre-Installed Fans: 2 x Front Red LED 120mm, 2 x Top 120mm, 1 x Side 230mm, 1 x Rear 120mm (Supports Up to 9)
Pros: Nice case, No sharp edges, quick releases
Cons: Too many pass thrus that stop you from correctly securing an EATX motherboard in the case.
Other Thoughts: This board fits and EATX and ATX boards, however running an EATX board does not fit correctly. There are cut-outs that allow for cabels to pass through the backside and as a result you can not put supports in all the needed locations for the motherboard.... I would rated this at 5 eggs if they included a plastic or metal snap insert to delete some pass thrus.READ FULL REVIEW