Date Joined: 09/15/08
Pros: Provides lots of power when it works.
Cons: I used this in my main system since the end of May of 2014. Suddenly I started having random shutdowns when I'd be playing a game or using a distributed computing app that maxes out the unit. It worked fine for about 3 months with no issues and randomly these events started. Decided to RMA the unit for a replacement. Put in an old 1350 watt Enermax and that solved the problem. But I still want to use this unit, so I'll wait for the RMA to be completed.
Overall Review: When it worked, it was a great power supply, but now I have to RMA it. I realize that you can't get everything 100% perfect all the time, so I'm going to give Corsair the benefit of the doubt here. I'm not a big fan of the flat cabling, I prefer the smaller round ones.
Pros: I've used a lot of these sticks in many systems that I've built. Not one has failed, and all of them support higher speeds. The fastest I've been able to get these to run at is 2400, but I'm sure with more tweaking they could go higher.
Cons: I can't say that there are any cons as I have not encountered any problems or issues.
Overall Review: I've used this ram in many computers, including many workstations. Crucial, whose parent company is Micron, makes some of the best ram out there. I've used this ram and also their server ram in many systems. I've found that they are very adjustable in terms of their timings as well as how high you can overclock them. These are a much better deal than going with some of those higher priced kits. And considering you can get the same timings, why spend a few hundreds dollars more when you can get this memory that will most likely overclock to the same speeds? But it has been proven and shown that 1600 or higher for memory speeds only adds a marginal performance increase in most cases... 2% at most. It's not worth buying higher priced ram in my opinion.
Pros: Board is very fast. Easy to install. Instructions are very clear in the manual. Supports high overclocking speeds.
Cons: More PCI x16 slots would be nice, but for the price, it is worth every penny.
Overall Review: Bought this board at a different store. I was able to get the 4770k I bought with it to 5GHZ. Reviews of the board were excellent, and I think anyone that wants a board that supports SLI and Crossfire will be happy with it. Appearance wise it isn't all that fancy, but I don't buy products based on appearance but on functionality.
Pros: This is a great board for both desktop, workstation, and server users. It allows up to 256GB of memory, way more than what most people could ever use. 4 way SLI / crossfire support, dual xeons.
Cons: Expensive, could use more ram slots (other companies with dual cpu boards often have 16 slots). Needs a lot of power.
Overall Review: This is now my 4th build using this board. I have not had any problems with any of the boards I own. The latest configuration has 256GB of DDR3 1600 Samsung memory, dual 2697 v2's, 1 Quaddro card, and 3 Tesla cards.
When I read these reviews, I feel that many people exaggerate their actual knowledge of installing boards and building systems using a workstation or server board. I find that the components they use are not workstation or server oriented, but in many case, are general use or overclockable gaming ram. Folks, if you are going to build a system with this board, you need a big power supply, preferably over 1200 watts. I also strongly recommend using server memory, mainly ECC registered memory for optimal compatibility. Make sure you have good ventilation as well.
This is a great board, I just think the majority of the people who leave negative reviews overestimate their ability to build a system and then blame the board for when they make a mistake. They also use parts that should be be used more in conventional desktop systems. I've literally built more than a thousand systems in my lifetime and over the years maybe had a total of 20 boards that were bad. I admit there were a few that accidently got damaged by me, and the rest were either dead or unstable. But the most important thing you can do is research. Read the board's manual in detail and learn about all of its features BEFORE you buy it! Can't stress that enough.
Pros: Great processor. Overclocks to 4.8 very easily.
Overall Review: For those of you who don't bother to do your research, (ahem Richard), The processor throttles back to 1.2 in order to save power and run cooler. When the power is needed again, it goes back to full speed. People need to do their research before posting negative reviews. It's obvious that some judge before bothering to read about what they purchase. Is it really that hard to research before you buy? For those that don't, it's pure laziness. Processors downclock for a reason and before you post idiotic drivel, do your research and find out why.
Pros: I am using this ram in an Asus Z9PE-D8 WS board. What I like is how flexible the timings are. I took them from the stock of 11-11-11-29 down to 9-9-9-24 without having to add any voltage. I also did a very mild overclock on them as well taking the bclk from 100 to 103 (too bad Intel made overclocking their Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge Xeons impossible). This ram also runs very cool as well with no heat issues. They don't include heat sinks or fans but they don't really need them. I bought 8 of these sticks but got them off of a certain online auction site, but they are the same model as the ram here.
Cons: I'm sure if Intel allowed their xeons to be more overclock-friendly, this ram would be capable of doing it. The cons would be 1.) cost and 2.) compatibility. What I mean by compatibility is this: This ram will only work in boards that use processors that support ECC registered memory. These will not work in regular desktop boards. But those who buy these sticks already know this.
Overall Review: Ram like this belongs mainly in a niche market. Most ordinary average consumers are not going to get this kind of ram unless they specifically use a board that requires or can use it. I realize this, but am only stating the obvious.
Pros: Great drives, especially in a raid 0 with 3 others on a dedicated raid card. I get around 1.9 GB /sec for reads and about 1.8 for writes. This thing flies!
Cons: Would be nice if the price came down.
Overall Review: Samsung makes very solid products. My main machine has Samsung server memory in it (128GB worth) and these Samsung SSD drives are reliable... just as their ram is. I've used Samsung products for years and have never been disappointed.
Pros: Allows for up to 128 hard drives! Wow. I thought having 24 was a lot. Well it is actually. I have 4 SSD's on here, along with 20 hard drives in various raid arrays. I got the 4GB version though instead of the 1GB but I thought I'd comment here anyway.
Cons: Price. But what do you expect? This isn't your average on-the-motherboard raid adapter. This IS a dedicated raid card. Remember that!
Overall Review: I feel it is worth every penny. Being able to have 40 TB drive arrays along with fault tolerance is definitely a plus.
Pros: It's kept my high end computer nice and stable. Having good power is extremely important. I use 2 power supplies for my main system due to all the accessories and devices as well as having a dual processor board.
Overall Review: Everyone that owns a computer should have one of these.
Pros: This is a great card especially if you run programs and games at very high resolutions and turn up the eye candy to max. Many of the games that I had maxed out with my old video card are now perfectly smooth. Planning on putting 2 more in for 3 way SLI. Did I mention they are awesome for running CUDA based programs?
Cons: Expensive. Does it really need to cost as much as a 690? Come on, Nvidia, we can do better than that.
Overall Review: For those of you with the cash, this is a great card to have. Overpriced? Yea. But try telling that to people who buy Ferraris, Bentleys, and Mercedes. Do you need something that expensive? No. But is it nice to have? You bet.
Pros: Great case. I have 20 hard drives installed in various raid configurations. Has tons of room for fans and space for large motherboards. I am using a Supermicro server board right now. I love the pull out motherboard tray.
Cons: Size. It is quite large. But if you bought this case you should have known what you were getting into. The corners are a bit sharp so you have to be careful when installing things not to cut yourself. I also had to remove part of the top section in order to install dual corsair H80i's because there was not enough room to get them both in the top vents. So I had to install one on the side and one on top. So if you plan to use dual CPU boards with watercooling, make sure you have enough room to put everything.
Overall Review: For those of you who plan to buy this case, DO YOUR RESEARCH. It is obvious that some of the reviewers here that gave it a low rating lack the experience and research skills needed to select a case. If you are going to get a case like this, you need to do your research. Don't blame the manufacturer or newegg for your own stupidity. There are plenty of forums to look at as well as the manufacturer's website. Before I got my last motherboard which I installed in here, I went as far as to call the manufacturer of the board to make sure everything would fit and if there were any special details to know about. All I can say is, RESEARCH!
Pros: These are incredibly fast. I use 2 of them in a Supermicro X9DAE board with 256GB of ram. I get a cinebench score of 26.10. These processors will handle anything that you throw at them. I use dual Corsair H80i's for cooling.
Cons: Price. Really, almost 2 grand? I suppose with no competition at the top, Intel can charge whatever they want.
Overall Review: These are a great buy for those who need the power. The rest of the people can settle for Intel's 2011 or 1155 Core i7 series. If Intel released multiplier unlocked 2600 series Xeons, I'd be first in line to get them. When they launched the skulltrail board with the QX9775 cpu's, they were on a roll. I wish they would continue the trend. Give us something more overclockable and more powerful, Intel! I realize that most people that own these are not interested in overclocking them. But shouldn't the challenge be there anyway?
Pros: These are very very fast. I bought 4 of these. I have them hooked up to an Areca 1882 24 port raid card all in a raid 0 and I get an average of about 1.7GB /sec for reads, and 1.5 for writes. I have this installed in a system that uses the EVGA SR-2 motherboard. Due to all the devices and programs installed this system used to boot somewhat on the slow side, but now with these drives within 15 seconds.
The drives came with the latest firmware installed and the included Samsung utility was useful. Norton Ghost is also included in this kit, but I already use Acronis, so it was not needed.
Cons: The mounting kit for placing the 2.5 inch drive into a 3.5 inch slot is decent, but still somewhat flimsy. The holes for mounting the SSD into the 3.5 inch bracket were a bit on the small side and it was difficult to get the screws in. The screws for mounting the 3.5 inch bracket into the case was very sturdy, however.
Overall Review: If you are going to build a new computer whether it be for casual use or higher end purposes, buying one of these is a must. Hard drives are still useful for when you have a lot of programs and data. Your best bet is to create your main boot partition with just the essentials and use another drive or two for your data depending on how you want to divide it. But for a boot drive, and as cheap as SSD drives are getting, there is no reason not to buy one of these for your main boot drive.
Pros: This is fast memory and it is from one of the best manufacturers out there.
Cons: People who don't know what they are talking about when they see the specifications. Not compatible with desktop boards. This is specifically intended, despite newegg listing it as desktop memory, to be used in workstation or servers in boards such as the Supermicro X8DA3 or Asus Z8PE-D12.
Overall Review: The memory under details is clearly listed as being ECC Registered memory. Either the "listed owner" is unable to read or lacks the ability to know the difference between memory modules. This memory is server memory and I own 12 sticks of it. It happens to be very fast and works very well in the EVGA SR-2 motherboard. It does not overclock all that well, but that is a typical characteristic of server memory as it is for data integrity and stability.
Pros: I'm glad I bought this ram when I did. I remember back when the memory prices were twice what they are now. I bought 12 sticks of these, to give my EVGA SR-2 96GB of ram. Even if the board says it will only work with 48GB, I'm pretty sure that is just regular DDR3 memory. I tried this memory in a bunch of my other dual processor boards, including the Supermicro X8DA3 and Asus Z8PE-D12. They were recognized right away. Kingston memory has always performed well for me and I have never had any issues.
Cons: Little to no overclocking capability, but being that this is intended for servers, this is not a viable con. The only board that I know that overclocks and can use registered server memory is this one unless you include the old fully buffered DDR2 server boards that Intel had with the 5400 chipset... specifically the skulltrail board and Asus' Z7S. There were others in years past too.
Overall Review: This is very good quality memory, though I wish it included heatsinks. However, I have some registered Kingston memory with heatsinks and they actually run warmer with the heatsinks than these new sticks I have now without. I find that very interesting. Heatsinks on most memory is more of an appearance thing as most do not get hot enough to require it. The old fully buffered memory sticks NEEDED heatsinks as they often got to 80 or even 90 degrees celsius. These sticks stay right around 35, and the old sticks I had with heatsinks stayed around 50.
Pros: This board is the top of the line in terms of overclocking as well as computational power.
Cons: It costs a lot, but in this case, you get what you pay for.
Overall Review: To the reviewer who stated that "a solid 980x will run circles around it" apparently did not look at various benchmark results such as 3dmark vantage.... This board is currently tops for all of that and the only dual processor board to support 4 way SLI or Crossfire. A single processor board may be easier to overclock than this, but for the amount of overclocking you can do and in terms of calculation speed, the only boards that would beat this would be the quad socket boards that AMD and Intel would use. And this board would even beat those as well. You can scour the net for review after review showing the performance of your system. Before you write reviews you need to make sure you have all the facts and have also tested and used the board. Apparently people think that just by "looking" at a product makes them qualified to post a review. Get the facts straight.
Pros: Well I have owned this card for well over a year now and I have never had any problems with it. It is very fast, as I can easily sustain 1.4 GB /sec. I have 4 500 GB drives in a raid 0, 10 WD 1TB drives in a raid 6, and 10 Samsung 1TB drives in a raid 6. The performance is nothing short of incredible. I highly recommend this raid card if you need a lot of storage capacity as well as fault tolerance and speed.
Cons: It is expensive but you get what you pay for.
Overall Review: I hope that Areca will make a 6Gb/sec raid card. I know as of now no regular hard drive can saturate that speed and I do know they make SAS cards that do handle that speed. Overall my experience has been great with this card, as I can hot swap hard drives in and out all the time without any data loss or any problems with stability.
Pros: Wow. This is a very fast board. I highly recommend it to anyone who is an enthusiast or wants the benefits of overclocking. I was able to overclock my x5680's to over 4.5 GHZ on air. I know that with more work I could probably get them a lot higher. Gotta love the 4 way SLI or Crossfire!
Cons: Power. This board sucks it like it is going out of style. I used a 1200 watt from PC Power and it wasn't able to handle it. It kept shutting down. I switched to a 1500 ST1500 from Silverstone and no crashes or problems. Make sure though you have a power supply that can handle this board.... even with one video card, an addon raid card, 48 gigs of ram, 8 hard drives, and 2 xeons this board will use a lot of power.
Overall Review: I'm very pleased with this board. I moved up from a Supermicro X8DA3 which I now use in another system, but this one is my personal beast.
Pros: Hmmm... where to start? I have 8 of these drives in a RAID 6 and no problems with them. I have them hooked up to an Areca 1280ML with 4 gigs of cache. These drives are very quick and I average around 450 MB /sec for reads and around 390 MB /sec for writes.
Overall Review: I know others out there have had problems with these drives but keep in mind that you will always have bad components per batch of drives created.... bottom line is that it isn't perfect. Don't expect it to be. I used Seagate for a long time until I continued to get bad drives from them.
Pros: Wow. 6 cores. 12 threads.... And if you have 2 of them... 12 cores. 24 threads... WHOA.
I went and bought two of these bad boys for a Supermicro X8DA3 board. Discovered I needed to do a bios flash for it to see the new processors. Paired these bad boys up with 48 gigs of ram and they are very very happy.
Cons: PRICE!!! Wow. For 6 cores? AMD has 6 and 12 cores. Intel though seems to be winning this battle. I bought them when they first came out.
Overall Review: I'd wait awhile until they've been out there. The new chips hopefully don't have any issues.. mine have been perfect. They sure beat my old X5482 xeons.
Pros: Bought this board from the egg and thought it was bad. Went and RMA'd it. Then it occurred to me that the board probably didn't have the latest bios version to work with the dual X5680 xeons I bought. I got sent a new board but this time I ordered a 5500 series cpu for cheap. It posted and sure enough, the bios was out of date. Flashed it, and this board works great. Paired it with 48 gigs of ram, and lots of storage. Couldn't be happier!
Cons: The fact that supermicro's manual acknowledges the new processors and even goes so far as to talk about them, but then does not flash the bios to support the new chips. Hmm. Could this be a marketing blunder on the part of supermicro?
Overall Review: I've been using supermicro boards for my servers and workstations for years. They are definitely in a class of their own when it comes to excellence. Supermicro rules the server/workstation arena.
Pros: Built a second system with this board. It runs 100% stable with no issues or problems.
Cons: It's a huge board. But, when you buy this you expect it, right?
Overall Review: 32 gigs Crucial DDR 2 FB DIMMs, dual X5482 Xeons (these are thermonuclear reactors), ATI Radeon 4870 x2, Areca ARC 1280ML-2G, 4 500 GB WD in RAID 0, 5 Seagate 1.5 TB in RAID 6, 4 Seagate 1.5 TB in RAID 6, 4 Seagate 1 TB in RAID 5, 3 WD 2 TB in RAID 5, PC Power and cooling 1200 watt ps, Mountain Mods Ascension case, PC Power and Cooling 910 watt silencer (2nd installed), Plextor DVD, LG Bluray
Pros: I ordered 32 gigs ( 4 x 8 GB) of this memory. It has been very fast and reliable with not so much as an error.
Cons: It runs hot. These modules average around 70 degrees and the air coming out of the case is similar to that of a hair dryer. Latency.... unfortunately part of the fully buffered design.
Overall Review: Wish they weren't so hot!
Pros: I've worked with SCSI since I was in high school which was in the 90's. These drives are very fast and I have 6 of them in a RAID and am getting around 450 MB /sec from them.
Cons: Yeah it's an older technology and it has been around for as long as I've been alive. Bottom line is it works. The downside of this is cost.
Overall Review: Would be nice if they didn't get hot to the touch. But then again, these are server/workstation drives.
Pros: Wow. This is a very nice power supply. I am currently running a Supermicro X7DWA-N board with 32 gigs of FB-DIMM 667 memory, ATI Radeon 4870 x2, 1 500 gig, 7 x 1.5 TB, and a blu ray DVD drive and I notice no power fluctuations whatsoever. This is a very solid power supply and I highly recommend it.
Cons: This bad boy is very long. But what do you expect? It's a top of the line ps. This is a minor concession compared to what it offers. I've used many power supplies and this one is easily the best one I've owned.
Overall Review: It'd be nice to have modular cables as the wires all over the place make quite a mess. Overall that is just a minor quibble.