Date Joined: 11/29/13
Cons: Very poor construction. Internal Hard drive was mounted at an angle. Only 2 SATA power connectors both used. I don't think you could make a PC any less expensive than this.
Overall Review: I would not recommend this to anyone unless this the the most they could afford. It was purchased as a replacement for my fathers aging PC.
Pros: Dual Xeon CPU's up to 512 GB of ECC Registered Ram, 256 per CPU, awesome board. Dedicated CPU for PCI-e slots 3 & 5. Makes a great Graphics station at half the price of a professional system.
Cons: If you are going to use the new Xeon E5-2600 series v2 Ivy bridge CPU's with this board, you need to get the updated BIOS chip from the ASUS e-store first. The new IVY bridge CPU's are newer than the BIOS was made to support. Should be fine if using Sandy bridge, but without the updated BIOS chip, you don't even get Video out to Flash the BIOS, so you need to order the chip. It is only $14. OK, fine, I wish there was some mention of this on the ad so I could have got it at the same time I ordered the board. Could have saved myself a week, lots of research and a few grey hairs. Read the Specs carefully. No on-board Audio and only PCI-e slots. No USB-3.0 native support. But easily solved with add-in boards.
Overall Review: ASUS customer support was great, I love ASUS and I am sorry for anyone who has had a bad experience with them.
Pros: Exactly what I needed to add the additional EPS connector for my Dual Xeon system since my PSU only had 1 EPS 8-pin connector. (And NO, this is not for 8-Pin PCI-e GPU's)