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Pros: Working well so far with SUPERMICRO MBD-X9DR3-LN4F+-O motherboard. Has 2 of the CPU power connectors that dual cpu motherboards will likely require.
Cons: None so far.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I picked up 2 of these to build a VMWare server for my home lab. These are a little on the pricey side but will give me plenty of headroom for running lots of VMs.
Cons: Make sure your motherboard has the latest BIOS to support these new CPUs!! I ordered a Supermicro motherboard and it would not POST. After speaking with Supermicro support, they advised me that I had an older BIOS and would need to either send my board in to be flashed or find a Sandy Bridge Xeon. Thankfully, once I got it flashed it worked fine.
Other Thoughts: I had been using higher end Core CPUs for home lab VMWare white boxes, but glad I finally took the plunge and went with Xeons this time around.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: 24 RAM slots; perfect for heavy duty virtualization duties. Has a separate management port so you can even power the server off and on remotely.
Cons: BIG! Make sure you know beforehand if you have a case that can support the Supermicro EE-ATX format. I mounted this board into a Corsair 540 and it barely fit.
Other Thoughts: I used this motherboard to build a VMWare server for my lab environment at home. Fully populated with 8GB modules, this will give you 192GB of RAM. That is a LOT of headroom for VMs.READ FULL REVIEW