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ASUS Z8NR-D12(ASMB4-IKVM) Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5500 Tylersburg SSI EEB 3.61 Dual Intel Xeon 5500 and 5600 Series w/ Remote Management Server Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Dual Xeon capability, 12 slots for up to 96GB of RDIMM memory, lots of PCIe slots, fan headers galore, dual intel gigabit nic's, remote management, good price, Asus quality, etc, etc

Cons: Nothing worth mentioning

Other Thoughts: Beautiful motherboard. Fits perfect in the Rosewill L4000 server case. BIOS was easy to navigate and configure. I'm using mine as a VMware host so I didn't need a ton of sata ports (pike interface un-needed). NB and SB run pretty warm but not alarmingly so. I put a small fan on the NB and it's cool enough for me. I'm running mine with E5520 Xeon processors. The Intel BXSTS100A cooler is a perfect fit for this mobo and silent.

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Intel BXSTS100A ThermalSolution LGA1366 for 2-Socket Servers/Workstations, active heat sink with fixed fan
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Compact, nicely engineered, great price and very quiet.

Cons: Not copper?

Other Thoughts: I'm using a pair of these on an Asus Z8NR-D12 server motherboard and it fits like it was made specifically for it. Installation was a breeze as you cannot tighten it too much with the built-in stops. Cooler hardly gets warm strapped to an E5520 Xeon cpu. I read the other reviews and yes, if you hook this cooler to a (constant) +12v source, it DOES sound like a jet engine (and moves a TON of air for it's size). With the Intel cooling management enabled it runs whisper quiet.

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Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive WD20EFRX 2TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Engineered specifically for a home or small business NAS, superb warranty coverage and great price.

Cons: None that I can think of

Other Thoughts: Just the ticket for my home server. I upgraded from (4) 1tb Seagate hdd's to a pair of these 2tb WD "reds". I had no issues with the previous drives and warranty replacement was great but they didn't have the features of the red, nor the warranty coverage, plus I upped the capacity so I could get away with using just (2) drives instead of (4). No dead drives out of the (3) that I purchased (One went into my HTPC) and they're running nice and quiet.

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Display Name: Thomas p.

Date Joined: 02/13/08

  • Reviews: 26
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  • First Review: 03/20/09
  • Last Review: 01/13/14
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