Date Joined: 06/25/14
Pros: Build went very well just don't pull a rookie move like leaving a stand off screw in the case that should have been removed prior to installing the motherboard which could end up causing the server not to POST until the screw was finally removed.
Boots and installs VMware vSphere (ESXi 6.0) right out of the box without the need for any additional effort. The Intel RAID Controller also worked without the need for any extra drivers.
Good motherboard, not for beginners, would recommend to a friend
Cons: Make sure you get a fan that is supported by the manufacturer. (Not taking off any stars here however I hate seeing people remove stars for not doing proper research on their end. Normally, the issue lays in-between the chair and the keyboard.) There is a list of compatible fans on Gigabyte's website so you don't any mistakes. I went with a Dynatron R24 and it works great. This model sold from Newegg comes with a server grade thermal paste already adhered to the bottom of the heat-sink. I purchased some Artic Silver 5 unnecessarily that I'll have kicking around as back up or until the next project.
Overall Review: Paired with Intel Xeon 2630 v3 and mobo recognizes all 8 cores and 16 threads.
Setup with one single 32GB Samsung DDR4 (4Rx4) SDRAM DDR4 (M386A4G40DM0-CPB) leaving 11 DIMM slots to expand into later.
Free version of ESXi installed perfectly first time to tiny USB 2.0 flash drive, "SanDisk Cruzer Fit" 16GB, that is connected right to the motherboard. (Note the motherboard supposedly can support a USB 3.0 capable memory stick.)
Primary storage achieved via RAID 5 array. A PCI Express 2.0 RAID Controller card (w/ 512MB DDR2), Intel's RS2BL080 Controller. Supports 8 SATA drives out of the box which I tied to five Toshiba (PH3300U-1I72) 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" internal hard drives configured in RAID 5 achieving 10.913 TB's of storage that so far seems pretty fast.
Being used as a home server / white lab and personal cloud for the family. Would recommend to those seeking a workstation/server class motherboard. Lastly I'd advise novice or first time builders go with a high end consumer pro / gaming / or enthusiast level equipment choice instead of this.
Pros: Works very well. Excellent speeds. Have it going from a router's 1GB switch to another 8 port 1GB switch and it performs exceptionally. Have used to stream media both internally on my network and externally out to the web.
Cons: Connection drops occasionally - in over a year of use it has mainly dropped during a power failure (which is to be expected and okay in my book so I can reestablish the encryption between the two endpoints once we get power back). Other than that it has been fine minus the last two weeks when it dropped two days in a row. I'm not sure if it was a result of the summer heat and it being in a room hovering around 95 degrees.
Overall Review: Excellent device. Simple and easy to use. This is a cost effective fix that keeps you from having to pay an electrician to come and wire your house with cat5/cat6. Would recommend to anyone.