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SUPERMICRO MBD-X8DTi-LN4F-O Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5520 Extended ATX Dual Intel Xeon 5500 and 5600 Series Server Motherboard
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Pros: This server motherboard was purchased for the purpose of running Virtual Machines, lots of them.

Well this mobo does ESXi Version 4.0.0 Build 171294 out of box. No hesitation running 6x4GB DDR3 sticks of Registered Kington Memory in Triple Channel configuration.

A pair Intel 5520 make this machine have 16 logical threads, 8 core physically.

Nice to have the USB ports built onto the board. This reduces the chance that someone unplugs it from the external side. (locked doors can reduce a high percentage of this too)

4 Intel GbE NICs onboard

Remember 2x8pin CPU power connectors are on the motherboard.

Fan options inside the BIOS to regulate various amounts of 747s going off.

Cons: No cons to this motherboard.

Other Thoughts: Make sure you purchase properly shaped heatsinks. I looked at the board and thought any 1366 LGA heatsink will drop in. Purchase two Scythe Shurikens for the job (low profile fan and copper heatsink for 3U rackmount case). The mounting bracket on the motherboard isn't like regular 1366 i7 implementations. They have threads going through the 4 holes unlike the empty holes found in other setups. Also called "winged" 1366 brackets.

Removing the bottom bracket isn't an option. Scythe doesn't seem to sell optional brackets for LGA 1366 "non-winged".

The other bigger issue was the mounting clips of the heatsink dug into the voltage regulators around the socket in the Scythe setup.

Ended up using default Intel 60mm tornadoes instead for heatsink/fan setup.

Suggestion: Tax exemption options from Newegg Canada should be offered. How long has Newegg been selling to Canadians?

The shipping was great even when the shipment originated from California.

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