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the best thing about the westmere line is the built in support for aes encryption. my server uses aes for all ssl connections.
low power consumption keeps costs down
Cons: no heat sink included but thats ok because the heat sink that intel usually supplies with its processors isn't very good.
Other Thoughts: i bought the active/passive combo heat sink with arctic silver thermal paste.
i only buy intel processors.
Pros: supports 2 xeon 5600 cpus
supports lots of memory
Cons: none so far
Other Thoughts: i bought this mobo because it gives me the flexibility to upgrade my server. right now i'm using 1/2 cpu sockets and 3/6 memoryREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: when it comes to memory don't go with the cheap stuff. this memory is quality and offers enough to split among several virtual machines.
Cons: expensive... not many alternate choices
Other Thoughts: when i need more memory for my server i'm gonna buy anotherREAD FULL REVIEW