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This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X8STE-O LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Xeon Server Motherboard
Pros: Solid board, very clean. Stable. details in "other thoughts"
Cons: most expansion cards (firewire, soundcard) are currently at pci-e 1x. this board has 4x/8x slots. will need to buy the pci 32bit cards until the vendors make the latest cards in 4x.
Does not include a firewire ports. The bracket you need BKT-0023L for passive/low profile cpu heatsinks. Most cpu heat sinks have the plastic clips for mounting so you do not need the bracket.
4 star due to firewire and problem finding the right cpu cooler and matching memory. Alot of homework for this board.
Other Thoughts: Installed the memory in slots DIMM1A, DIMM1B, and DIMM2A.
Must have matching memory for cpu.
I7-920 @ 4.8GT/S.
Crucial 2GB x 3.. CT3KIT25664BA1067, 1066mhz
SilenX IXN-40C for the bridge cooler (the included fan has 3 pins, so i didn't install the fan need a 3 pin converter for standard molex power)
WD1001FALS, 1TB WD black drive.
Used the "N82E16835186134" Arctic cooler. This is a tight fit with a graphics card in PCI-e x16 slot.
XFX GT240XZNFC Video.
Currently running arch linux/win 7 home premium dual boot setup. My other super boards have lasted for 10+ years.