Joined on 12/09/03
Runs like a champ
Pros: It runs great. Booted 1st time. This was one of the 1st boards to offer 48 PCI Lanes with the10980XE CPU (and other X-series CPUs). Option to upgrade to Thunderbolt. Well built and sturdy design. Good, heavy duty power design. Not to forget the fan cooled and heatsink (supplied) NVMe drive shield for the three (3) M2 slots on board.
Cons: The board could use more USB ports, both external and at least one more internal. It has a pretty much useless USB C 3.2 internal connection when a 2nd regular 3.0 internal would have been more useful. I would have liked to see an additional PCI slot if only PCI-1 or 4 above the 16 slot for add-in cards, but 5 well placed slots is better than other boards offered.
Overall Review: Purchased in 2019 to run with 10980XE CPU - Had latest chipset to allow for the 109800XE to push 48 PCI lanes and power to overclock if desired. Running with Kingston Predator at DDR4-3333MHz and all has been very stable for 10 months since the build. I use this build mostly for video editing with a combination of SAS and NVMe drives for storage and higher speed access from the NVMe drives. I guess I understand why they built this MB to conform to standard ATX form factor, but I think given a little more room with a larger form factor E-ATX, it could have been much more.
Fan & Mount for 2½" drives
Pros: Nice fan and mount combination at a good price when on sale.
Cons: The reason I deducted two eggs was because the 4 pin fan power connector does not have a pass through (in line) connection. This means it cannot share a standard 4 pin power connecter. As these are becoming fewer in number on modern power supplies (due to more 9 pin SATA power connectors), there is no easy way to stack these connectors without splicing the wires. A simple pass through molex connector would allow the use of multiple fans. I use these with my 10K WD drives without the heatsinks. They do work well.
Overall Review: I use these with my 2½" 10K and other drives. Wonder if they are needed for SSD drives (don't think they get hot enough to bother).
Worked for a while but warranty support is excellent.
Pros: Worked fine while it was alive. Intel was very speedy in setting up a warranty replacement. The way it should be. NewEgg had my purchase history back to 2016 and made it easy to provide purchase info to procure a warranty. This is one of the best features of buying from NewEgg.
Cons: Only lasted 4 years
Overall Review: Was disappointed - I really expected more than five years for this drive. Purchased in April 2016 - was dead in my customer's system in Sept 2020. Actually, I expect it had been failing previously when the customer started to complain about system slow downs. I was using it as a caching boot drive with Intel's RST software on a Gigabyte GA-Z170-SLI MB. 1st Intel SSD I've had to fail.
nice internal fan cooler
Pros: plenty of air movement, slim, has speed controller. Glows pleasant blue. I use to control an otherwise warm running Adaptec RAID card, and also on board NVMe m2 DRIVES
Cons: not much of a con, but takes up a case slot - though not a problem if not using the adjacent PCIe slot.
Overall Review: Nice to have - priced right,