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This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X8SAX-O LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Xeon Server Motherboard
Pros: I have had this board running in nearly 24/7 operation for over 3 years now and have never had a problem with it (running Windows Server 2008R2).
Booted up first go on day one and every time there after when I installed new hardware.
Other Thoughts: Set Up:
Chassis: Supermicro CSE-743T-645B (Supermicro still makes the CSE-743T case in a 665w variant, highly recommended)
RAM: One Kingston KVR1333D3N9HK3/12G kit & One KVR1333D3N9K3/6G kit (total of 18gigs)
CPU: core i7 920 (bloomfield)
Heatsink: I used the stock Intel cooler for nearly all 3 years before upgrading to a Noctua NH-U9DX heat sink (This requires a threaded backplate, Supermicro part# BKT-0023L).
The Intel stock cooler worked fine until I finally got the case loaded with 13 hard drives, 2 raid cards, and a 6950 ati card to drive my 3 monitors. I wanted to keep the temps down so the board would would never kick the case fans into high gear (total of 7 pwm fans).
I believe most people find various issues with this board (and others like it) because they do not use a Supermicro case, which these boards are definitely designed to be used with. They will work in just about any ATX for sure, but everything will just click right with a supermicro chassis.
Pros: low cost, simple, works.
Other Thoughts: Used in a Supermicro MBD-X8SAX-O along side an old 6gig set from kingston (KVR1333D3N9K3/6G) to populate all 6 slots. No issues what so ever all 18 gigs showed up right off the bat.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: near same price as a standard drive and a 1/3 of the size. I have noticed no difference in performance between it and a normal 5.25 drive
Other Thoughts: Used in an Icy Dock back plane (MB994IPO-3SB)READ FULL REVIEW