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Pros: I wrote a review of my ASUS KGPE_D16 and in it I said I had problems with MSI boards in the past and I meant to say SUPERMICRO, sorry.
Cons: See Pros.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Stable; Fast; Holds Loads of Memory; Great RAID/PIKE selection that work flawlessly; My computer runs for days and sometimes weeks at a time without a problem. I ude my computer for an Audio Workstation among other things. I use MOTU professional PCIe based sound and it works flawlessly.When I went to upgrade my CPU's from to 6228SE's the technician broke the CPU socket, ASUS immediately sent one out, it arrived the day after I mailed the old on in. No problem with customer service here. BTW Bios upgrade was without a problem.
Cons: I got my first board right as they were released, mine was one of the first run. One of the cpu sockets was dead. I had to wait for the second run for a new one and when it came they gave me a free remote ASBM chip for my wait. The board is definitely configured more for a server than a workstation. No sound card chip, not that I would have used it as they are all junk. No USB 3. Tight PCIe arrangement. Could use more PCIe bandwidth. Practically impossible to fit 2 high end Video Cards in if you want multiple +3 screens you have to go for a pro card and they are very expensive. Hope they upgrade the board with a second edition that includes thunderbolt. Front SATA could have been 6GB/s although my Pike card supplies 8 x 6GB/s headers.
Other Thoughts: All in all it is a great board, especially for a board that was first generation for the AMD G43 6000 series CPU's. Good supporting chips (North and south bridge). Could Use an update i.e. 2nd edition. Remote ASMB chip can be handy, so can the chip that hold passwords etc. and yes I have both. There is nothing that would make not choose ASUS again for a MOBO. I have had disasters in the past from, and was charged a lot more MSI and other companies.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Noctua NH-U12DO A3 for AMD Opteron workstations and Servers CPU Cooler
Pros: You have got to be kidding, the 4th pin is for pwm speed controlled fans. if you want some for your cooler get the cougars. The Noctuas come with resisters to vary the speed of the fans and are not adjustable. If you have a worry about the temp just run them full speed. Mine never get above 45-47 deg cent even with all 32 cores running full speed and the fans are still very quiet at full speed. Mine have been on for more than a year non-stop without any problems. I will probably replace them with the pwm fans if they ever fail. You can arrange them both pointed up or one back and one up but not both back. At least that is my experience with them. It all depends on your case and how its arranged, like where the PSU is...up or down etc. The bios will still register the speed of the fans, it just can't adjust them unless you get PWM9pulse width modulated) fans which are variable speed. I am pretty sure if you send them back you will end upo with coolers that will not cool your CPU's as well, unless you get liquid cooling or they have come out with new coolers in the past 6-8 months that can cool as well as the Noctuas. You should know more about what you are talking about before you spout off or you will just look/sound stupid... or at very least ignorant, which I guess is better than stupid. I use mine on the 140 watt AMD 6282SE's on an ASUS KGPE-D16 board BTW.
Cons: None, except that it would be nice to have a choice in fans for speed control. Remember though that the PWM fans generally won't last as long as the constant speed fans. I use my computer fotr Audio recording and I would like to use the Whisper quiet mode, if it ever becomes a noise issue I will just get different fans. So far no noise issues and NO HEAT ISSUES AT ALL.READ FULL REVIEW