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Pros: Cheap, Hyperthreading, Virtualization extensions
Cons: CPU is acting weird now and not all features work. The system boot loops when it starts doing any real work(usually when it starts loading the OS). If I disable the Turboboost and SpeedStep features, the CPU works fine.
Other Thoughts: I originally used this in a Tech Lab setup as a VM Host, but since it isn't as reliable now, it has been "downgraded" to a NAS system.
So it still works for my needs, but this system is primarily a NAS now which does some occasional video encoding/conversion, so would be nice if SpeedStep was working so it wasn't using as much power when it is just hosting files... I don't really want to underclock it manually(which I can) due to the need for the extra speed for the conversions. Luckily this CPU isn't too power hungry, so it still works for what it does.
This review is from: ASUS P8B WS LGA 1155 Intel C206 ATX Intel Xeon E3 Server/Workstation Motherboard
Pros: Just works! Originally ran Win2k12 on this with Hyper-V for a small personal Tech Lab. Now run with Ubuntu 13.04 as a ZFS NAS server, along with other various flavors of Linux along the way(Arch, Fedora, etc).
No issues with drivers on either platforms.
Cons: Ran into a few issues with conflict between some RAID card BIOSes and the UEFI on this board. A RocketRAID card caused it to boot loop continuously after the UEFI initialized.
Disabling the RocketRAID BIOS solved issue, so is more likely a RocketRAID issue, but be aware that add-on cards that run their own BIOS during the boot phase(RAID Cards, NICs, etc) may interfere.
Other Thoughts: I purchased a used, cheap 8x port HBA to use with ZFS, which is MUCH faster and more reliable than the RAID card that cost 15 times more that I was trying to use! That and now I'm not locked into a vendor specific RAID platform.READ FULL REVIEW
Works with Win2k12(See notes)
Can connect 16 drives
Cons: Disabled the FakeRaid on the Motherboard(See notes). Updating Firmware is a bit of a pain as it requires a bootable DOS environment.
No Battery Backup Cache
Other Thoughts: Purchased this card to be used in a Whitebox Windows 2012 Hyper-V Server. Card came with v1.0 Bios. Had constant issues with it locking up both in the RocketRaid BIOS and within Windows 2012. In fact, it would cause Windows 2012 to crash when creating a new Array.
After updating BIOS to v1.1 and using the latest drivers for Windows 8, everything was mostly smooth sailing. I was using a FakeRaid 1 of two SSDs on the motherboard to run the OS. After installing this card, the UFI BIOS was unable to boot from any drive attached to the motherboard.
Was able to move SSDs to RocketRaid card and create a new RAID1 without loosing any data. I then configured the UFI bios to present the Motherboard drives as AHCI isntead of RAID, and the remaining attached drives appeared just fine and were bootable.
Kept SSDs on the RocketRaid card and was able to do a System Partition restore only of Win2k12 to pick up right where I left off.
Created another Array of 4x3TB Drives in a Raid 5 to give a total of 9TB unformatted space. Copied data off of the cr*ptastic Storage Space array I had in Win2k12 on the drives attached to the Motherboard and now all is well!
Would be nice if had an option to install a Battery Backup Cache, but at the price point it is at, this is a great deal!
Initializing the 4x3TB RAID 5 took about 60 hours and is working better then I expected. Have PLENTY of room to attach more drives now for future expansions.