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SUPERMICRO MBD-X10DAI-O Extended ATX Xeon Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 Intel C612
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Quite Pleased - General Professional Workstation Upgrade 04/05/2015

This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X10DAI-O Extended ATX Xeon Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 Intel C612

Pros: Supports ECC LRDIMM and the less expensive RDIMM memory modules. This is perfect for professional applications, running multiple virtual machines, and leveraging all of the power the Intel E5-2600 v3 series brings to the table.

CPU Support – Supports Intel E5-2600 v3 processors with (up to 18 cores) large core counts. Truly spectacular power efficiency and thermal characteristics. (Installed x2 Intel E5-2637 v3 3.5GHz)

Software – Excellent for resource intensive professional applications (Adobe, AutoDesk), software developers, and large custom CPU-GPU applications.

User Quick Install Sheet – This is new since my last Supermicro motherboard install and was helpful.

Cons: Possible Slot Clearance Issue - The PCIe x16 slot in front of the SATA connectors will conflict with long cards. I plan to move my video card (Titan X) into this slot once I implement water-cooling and will need to deal with this issue.

No Hardcopy User Manual – Yes including up-to-date printed manuals may cause logistics issues, but not having it added extra hassle to installing this motherboard. I had to read the manual online with my laptop (amid my computer parts sprawl) and finally got fed up and printed the manual. What the heck Supermicro?

Other Thoughts: I purchased this board for a general professional workstation upgrade; I am upgrading from the Supermicro C7X58. The X10DAi is a wonderful and stable board. I selected this board mainly for CPU-GPU application development, large memory and core counts, and use with common professional applications.

Yes, I dabble with games (it’s fine for that), but this board is by definition for workstations and hardcore gamers might want to look elsewhere.

It will take me a few years to fully build-out my implementation because of the memory costs. If you plan select this board, do realize it is a long-term investment.

I would strongly recommend buying “starter” memory until LRDIMM prices stabilize. I installed 32GB of RDIMM (Crucial 4GB modules, CT2K4G4RFS8213) which will hold me over until LRDIMM fall further…which they are doing thank goodness. I will max out at 512GB (32GB modules).

Ergotron 45-245-026 LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Perfect Example of Great Product Design & Engineering 04/19/2013

This review is from: Ergotron 45-245-026 LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm

Pros: I setup this product by myself using nothing more than the “Setup & Go” instructions. It required no arm fine-tuning/adjustments. Easily supports my two 27” (12.8lbs) monitors.

Cons: The monitor rotation lock is the weakest part of the design and took me by surprise because overall this product is a 10. Rotation is locked by inserting a small screw which must be installed BEFORE you mount the monitors.

Other Thoughts: I upgraded from an Ergotron DS100 Dual-Monitor Desk Stand (with dual 19” ViewSonic VP191b monitors) to the Ergotron 45-245-026 LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm (with dual 27” ViewSonic VP2770-LED monitors).

This product supports monitors in excess of 24” if you can live without a stack configuration.

The C-clamp has been simplified so there is no need to assemble the clamp as some instructions might indicate.

This product is functional perfection with the exception of the monitor rotation lock. The Monitor Rotation Lock requires that you decide to lock/unlock rotation before you mount the monitors. If you change your mind you must remove the monitor(s) to lock/unlock rotation.

You will need long video cables and power cord extenders….for sure.

ViewSonic VP2770-LED Black 27
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is my second VP2270-LED which I am using in a dual monitor configuration. It might seem like overkill, but for graphics design and/or software development it is ideal.

I purchased my 1st VP in 2012 and it has performed reliably like my other Viewsonic products.

Cons: Zero....just like the number of dead pixels.

Other Thoughts: I mounted both monitors on an ERGOTRON 45-245-026 LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm which adds another level of utility/functionality to the VP2270-LED.


Herbert W.'s Profile

Display Name: Herbert W.

Date Joined: 12/29/07

  • Reviews: 12
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  • First Review: 04/19/09
  • Last Review: 04/19/13
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