Date Joined: 07/22/09
Pros: It Just Works. Ubuntu, Mint, Debian, Fedora -- Plug and play all the way.
Cons: I haven't found one yet.
Overall Review: Well worth the $10 I paid for it. If you run Linux, and need desktop wifi, do not hesitate to buy this card.
Pros: Not only is it dual socket, but it has an adequate number of RAM slots, and many PCI Express slots to configure it to your heart's content. I built this for a home VM/VE sandbox, and it has yet to disappoint me in any way. It worked perfectly fine right out fo the box, and continues to be just about the perfect sandbox my tax return could buy.
The manuals are top notch, and it even came with the ASMB4 IPMI board. You no longer have to get up to reboot the server in another room! (I am laziness incarnate).
This board restored my faith in ASUS products, and I'm proud to be buying another this coming week for an actual workstation.
Cons: I'd say the biggest downside is probably the need for a PIKE RAID card to utilize the majority of the SATA ports on the board. On the other hand, six are more than enough for me.
Overall Review: If you want an affordable, high quality, workstation class dual socket motherboard, this is exactly what you want to buy. No frills, but expansion enough for you to add all the frills you require.
Pros: An enormous amount of room inside the case. I cannot exaggerate the amount of room available. It's listed for HPTX usage, and it delivers beautifully. My SSI-EEB motherboard (See 'Other thoughts' below), its twin 120mm fan heatsinks, and what cards I choose to run in it still leave it more than half empty!
The entire case, from construction to design simply states "elegance". Clean lines, metal everywhere (Faceplate, sides, and inside), no sharp edges, and an attractive layout inside and out all make this case a pleasure to use, and to maintain since I bought it.
The accessories that came with the case are seriously joyful overkill. They included enough thumbscrews and auxilliary parts for everything in the case, all in a nice plastic organizer.
Oh, the hot swap SATA bays. Almost forgot about those! The rail design, coupled with these in the 3.5" internal bays, makes it a breeze to add new drives.
Six months in, and I'm STILL in love with this case!
Cons: This case has a downside? I haven't met it yet.
Overall Review: This is the system I have inside the case:
Asus KGPE-D16 motherboard
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 760W power supply
2x Opteron 6128
2x Noctua NH-U12DO
A few cards, SATA HDDs, and a generic DVD-RW drive.
There's not enough room on Newegg to let me gush about this case. :x It's obscenely quiet, with the choices I made for the hardware. It's ridiculously easy to set up and maintain, and is worth every penny I spent on it.
I love it enough to have bought its little brother (Lian Li PC-Z60B) while it was on sale, for my desktop so they can match. They share almost all of the same feature set and differ mainly in height.
Pros: I was not disappointed when I needed an SSI EEB-spec case for my dual Xeon motherboard. It holds all of my drives, has plenty of crevices and crannies for me to run wiring, and lets the air flow smoothly through the case. It's large and roomy enough that one front and one rear 120mm fan should adequately keep my Xeons ~30-35C without too many complications. In fact, it's large enough that it almost dwarfs the EEB-spec (12x13") motherboard inside of it.
The accessories that came with it were first-rate. I hadn't realized that I'd run out of my own supplies of screws and standoffs until I went to put the extra ones that came with it away (and there were five extras, even after using every EEB-spec screw hole and standoff!). The case also came with enough drive rails to fit in every single drive bay. Clearly, Enermax actually cares enough to ensure we can use the whole case.
The final nice item was the way that you secure PCI cards into the backplane. Quick, easy, painless.
Cons: The huge and bright 250mm side fan does not seem to move much air, but that could be just me. I like that I can turn off the LED lighting on it, though it would have been nice to have that feature for the front fan as well. The fan direction switch is a little loose as well, but it's running just fine.
The only other possible nitpick was that while it supports EEB-spec motherboards, be sure to have the backing plate (adapter) for your heat sink assemblies, otherwise the heat sinks will not screw into this case (a la Nocona).
A 1U's separate sink back plate works fine, in mine with clearance to spare.
Overall Review: If you luck into a nice dual Xeon motherboard and need a case, this one is worthy of consideration instead of paying higher prices for less interesting plain-jane cases.