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This review is from: ASUS Z87-A LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Board is very fast. Easy to install. Instructions are very clear in the manual. Supports high overclocking speeds.
Cons: More PCI x16 slots would be nice, but for the price, it is worth every penny.
Other Thoughts: Bought this board at a different store. I was able to get the 4770k I bought with it to 5GHZ. Reviews of the board were excellent, and I think anyone that wants a board that supports SLI and Crossfire will be happy with it. Appearance wise it isn't all that fancy, but I don't buy products based on appearance but on functionality.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is a great board for both desktop, workstation, and server users. It allows up to 256GB of memory, way more than what most people could ever use. 4 way SLI / crossfire support, dual xeons.
Cons: Expensive, could use more ram slots (other companies with dual cpu boards often have 16 slots). Needs a lot of power.
Other Thoughts: This is now my 4th build using this board. I have not had any problems with any of the boards I own. The latest configuration has 256GB of DDR3 1600 Samsung memory, dual 2697 v2's, 1 Quaddro card, and 3 Tesla cards.
When I read these reviews, I feel that many people exaggerate their actual knowledge of installing boards and building systems using a workstation or server board. I find that the components they use are not workstation or server oriented, but in many case, are general use or overclockable gaming ram. Folks, if you are going to build a system with this board, you need a big power supply, preferably over 1200 watts. I also strongly recommend using server memory, mainly ECC registered memory for optimal compatibility. Make sure you have good ventilation as well.
This is a great board, I just think the majority of the people who leave negative reviews overestimate their ability to build a system and then blame the board for when they make a mistake. They also use parts that should be be used more in conventional desktop systems. I've literally built more than a thousand systems in my lifetime and over the years maybe had a total of 20 boards that were bad. I admit there were a few that accidently got damaged by me, and the rest were either dead or unstable. But the most important thing you can do is research. Read the board's manual in detail and learn about all of its features BEFORE you buy it! Can't stress that enough.
Pros: This is a very feature rich board. Allows for up to 256GB of ram, plenty of SATA ports for storage, lots of USB ports. Allows for 4 way SLI or Crossfire. Has the capability to overclock, also allows for memory timing adjustments. Supports the latest 10 and 12 core xeons!
Cons: In order to access battery, the first graphics card has to be removed. Access to CMOS reset jumper somewhat difficult, once again, removal of card in slot is necessary to access. More than 8 ram slots would be nice.
Other Thoughts: Based on all the reviews I've read here, I think many are deceiving themselves into thinking this is just an ordinary motherboard to install. It isn't. This is a full blown dual processor workstation server board. These boards need and use a lot of power and a big power supply is necessary. I've been building single and dual processor systems for many years now, and the dual processor ones require extra care. It is very important that you check compatibility with everything that you install. While this board does support regular DDR3, I found the best compatibility is to use ECC registered server memory. I use 128GB in here myself using 8 16GB Samsung DDR3 1600 ECC Reg. I use 3 GTX 780 ti's in SLI, and an Areca raid card in the last and bottom slot.
This board is not for a novice. For those of you who claim to be experts, I seriously question that in some cases. Be sure you read the manual as well as other online documentation and reviews before getting a board of this caliber.