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Pros: Powerful. Cheap enough for power, Works with Adobe CUDA with mod, silent
Cons: Pulls a bit of power, heavy, takes 2 slots, takes 2 6-pin power adapters.
Other Thoughts: I bought this for CUDA processing on Adobe Premier CS6. It's much more powerful than the dual GTX 660s I used for CUDA, especially since my SuperMIcro (with E5 Xeons v3 and DDR4 ECC RAM) won't support SLI on the workstation board. It left me with more breathing room and processes HD video faster. The lack of 512MB RAM doesn't affect me and it's a price/performance that I can live with. With the CUDA Mod (entering the GPU in the cuda text file) it speeds through 1080 footage nicely with several audio and video filters. Results were great. I use this for business but not enough business to warranty say a GTX 980 or Ti card. I would recommend this for Adobe CUDA processing on the cheap.
I got mine refurbed for $299 so no rebate, but I really like the purchase I made. Thanks newegg!
Pros: Dual CPUs. Fast. with both CPUs all 16-lanes are 16-lane 3.0 PCI-E Slots. ECC RAM for workstation. On-board sound (workstation), on-board dual NICS (Redundancy plus teaming), tons of USB 3. TRIM support for SSD on onboard intel RAID (IRST). Lots of RAM support. Thunderbolt support. Solid feel (heavy board, won't doesn't feel cheap). Solid. Good Tech Support (Fast through email)
Cons: Needs info clarification (which i checked with SuperMicro: *REQUIRES* Registered RAM. ECC RDIMM or LRDIMM *PERIOD*.
No SLI Support/CrossFireX.
Requires PAIR'd CPUs. Requires both CPUs for all PCI-E Slots to be available.
Also, the bios for people not knowing a lot about what workstations/servers use in features will get lost. A lot of items people may not know how to setup. Requires expensive RAM, but then again, that can be a good thing (Stable RAM), THIS IS EE-ATX!!! A supermicro standard. Will not fit in most EATX cases. do a search, it's not a standard EATX. I had to modify a case severely that supports EATX standards. Board is physically bigger and the stand-offs are different. Ask Super Micro. They need to update this is not the standard for EATX. it's E-EATX! Plan on modding your case if it doesn't fit! or find another case!
Other Thoughts: I have dual Xeon v3 2630 CPUs running with 32GB Crucial ECC RDIMM on this. I bought an NZXT Case only to have to mod it when I found while searching online that this board is an EEATX. a SuperMicro only standard. Newegg, please let people know this is EEATX. I bought an EATX Case only to find it didn't fit. Didn't stop me, I modded the case (Cheaper than SuperMicro's) but people should know this. I built mine to be an Adobe Premiere Rig. I have the knowledge to build a system like this (and am posting the review from said rig) but people should know this. Also, SuperMicro via email did confirm, you need not just ECC, You need REGISTERED ECC. Big difference. I used the Crucial Server Memory kit (which doesn't say it's Registered but I found it it is) x2. They work great. no issues.
Also, 16-cores/32-threads @2.4Ghz (Dual Xeons) beat the 12-core 2.7Ghz Mac Pro full out on geekbench. I hit a score of 33k on GeekBench 3.0 with 32GB RAM Quad-Channel DDR4. I coupled this with dual GTX 660 2GB for CUDA, and a 1000 Watt Power Supply. The system is rock solid, steady. No driver issues (other than installing). Saw USB 3.0 ports in Win 7 SP1 installer as well. Also, the board recognizes SSDs natively in the onboard RAID and will issue TRIM Commands to the SSDs in windows under RAID!! That's a huge thing for people RAID'ing SSDs (I use 2x 256GB Crucial M4's in RAID-0 for speed) ! Rocking!
Pros: Owned 16 of these over 4 years brand new running 24/7/365. Not one single failure. All hooked up to 2 LSI SAS/SATA RAID card on rackmount. Runs perfectly. Properly cooled, these will last forever!
Cons: HOT!!!! Just like any enterprise drive, you need proper cooling. I have 14 fans in the rackmount that holds video production data and it keeps the drives around 74° F. If you do not cool them, just like any other drive that is high end , they will croak. Don't wine if you throw it in a dinky case and the drive dies. This is not meant for that
Other Thoughts: People need to realize these and not for backup. These drives were ment for low to mid-range servers. Ideally with hot-swap bays. Don't cry if the drive dies jamming it in a backup container with inadequate cooling. Its not the drives fault but your lack of foresight to cool a drive that is not consumer. Get a low consumer drive if you plan to backup. Not this.READ FULL REVIEW