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This review is from: ASUS Z10PE-D8 WS SSI EEB Server Motherboard Dual Intel Socket 2011-3
Pros: One of the few MOBOs for 2011 v3 that has decent audio, hassle free bios update, support for Quad SLI AND newest m.2 drive that can support gen 3 speeds.
This board can boot off the M.2 pretty easily, no need to go through crazy set ups in bios. Just need a bios update and a UEFI Ver. of Windows.
Cons: PCIE Slots are very close to each other so if you have 2+ cards with backplates like MSI 980 Ti 6g (Which is what I have) the fan of adjacent card hits the backplate ever so slightly but it is noticeable, especially when all 3 cards are working @ 90%
The m.2 drive screw is waaaay too short, I was not able to use it to fasten the Samsung ms 951 SSD, back of the SSD was hitting one of the capacitors on the board. . .
M.2 location is also pretty bad, if you will be using video cards that do not discharge air from the back, like pretty much every single none reference card nowadays, cards will make M.2 drive heat up if you are using GPUs for rendering or heavy calculation (assuming so since this is a workstation board). Gaming wasn't effecting temps that much. At idle SSD was showing 30ish C when cards were pulling a load, SSD heated up to 57C after 5 mins. It will eventually throttle down especially if you start copying something substantial during that time.
Other Thoughts: Board is very good and I would buy it again but now I am curious if Z10PE-D16 WS was a better choice.
I have been using it for a few months and it works great. It does take some time to post but I am not going to complain about that.
it runs RDIMMs at the rated 2100 speeds, plug and play. I have 8 x 16GB sticks.
Also please remember to enable Above 4G Decoding for PCIE, otherwise 4 video cards will error out with insufficient PCIE resources. Spent hours with asus support they were no help. This thing should have been enabled by default.
Pros: It works at stated speeds on asus z10pe-d8, can use as a boot drive.
Other Thoughts: may not fit properly on some boards, I couldnt use the screw to secure it, screw was too short/m.2 drive was hitting a top of a capacitor below it.READ FULL REVIEW