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ASUS Z9PA-D8 ATX Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 DDR3 1600/1333/1066
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Update to 1/3/2013 review 06/03/2013

This review is from: ASUS Z9PA-D8 ATX Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 DDR3 1600/1333/1066

Pros: Motherboard has been working as expected since the last review

Cons: pci slots are running low

Other Thoughts: So last review I mentioned an issue with pre-post errors. Since that review I have received several additional components:

1. internal usb 3.0 pci card (SEDNA - PCI Express USB 3.0 4 Port Adapter)
2. ASUS MIO-892 sound card
3. Second intel cpu (using the same fan - true spirit 120m)

All components worked as expected with the motherboard. Additionally, after moving the gpu to a new slot ( from PCIE-2 to PCIE-4) I no longer saw Q-code 94! Note that the Q-code seemed to go away just by moving the gpu ( this issue was resolved before I received any other components).

I had opened an RMA with ASUS but they were not able to solve the problem for me (I'm still not sure what the origin of the problem is). They mostly told me to try different bios flags. The only difference between pcie-2 and pcie-4 is that pcie-2 shares the ASM 1480 with the pcie-8x/MIO slot (This is one slot, but should be used for your MIO soundcard if you get one) whereas pcie-4 shares its own ASM1480 with the regular 8x pcie-3 slot. I have no idea if this difference even matters, just an observation.

One other note is that if you need to get into the bios during boot I found that if you have a USB keyboard connected, it must be connected to USB 2.0 port 2 ( if looking at the manual on page 2-30 or section 2.8.1 this corresponds to the lower left port in the diagram). Perhaps this is just the keyboard I have, but it is an easy fix if this issue is encountered.

Otherwise this board is sufficient for my needs - I use it for physics simulations and when running on 16+ threads you barely notice on the UI side ( this probably has more to do with hardware beyond the motherboard, but is still a nice feature to look forward to if you pick one of these up). Also I don't understand intel "hyperthreading" magic but I do seem to get 10-15% speed up when I specify 32 threads instead of 16... Of course this could be a result of the way the software partitions/schedules work or the way the hardware handles it. Who knows.

ASUS Z9PA-D8 ATX Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 DDR3 1600/1333/1066
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Machine boots, appears kvm will work - not sure if I'll configure it though

Cost effective - a couple hundred less than the 2 or 3 other boards supporting dual lga 2011.

Booted from rear USB 3.0 easily - nice and fast.

Cons: Q-Code 94 when I had a USB device plugged in ( this is a pre-post code ). I simply unplugged the 2 onboard usb 2.0 connectors and it seemed to work. Can't say for certain that is the problem but for now that fixed it. It seems there is some kind of issue with IRQ sharing.

I'm going to have to open an RMA with ASUS about this issue and hopefully they can address it or perhaps its just a hardware limitation and nothing can be done about it. Anyways the rear usb ports seem to work so in the grand scheme of things this is not a huge setback.

Other Thoughts: The overall build if others want to know what worked:

CPU: 1x E5 2650 ( will be getting a second shortly now that I can confirm everything works)
Memory: 4x Kingston KVR16R11S4/4HC
Disk: 2x Western Digital WD VelociRaptor 300GB 10000 RPM
Cooler: Thermalright True Spirit 120M - CPU stays around 45-50 Celcius (very tight fit, had to bend the fan connectors a little)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi XL ( waaay too big for the build but its nice and solid)
Power Supply: CORSAIR HX Series HX850

In retrospect I wish it had more USB 3.0 but really not that big of an issue...

MSI 880GM-E41 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Works with no issues 10/31/2010

This review is from: MSI 880GM-E41 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: I ordered this mb not sure if esxi would run with it (I assumed the north bridge chipset was compatible). Low and behold it works great, currently have esxi 4.0 (4.1 is a pain to deal with... waiting for something nicer).

Anyways this board is great, works as expected, as a slot for the necessary intel nic. Haven't tried the software raid out - will probably just buy a real raid card. Cheap and works - like i like it.

Cons: I guess there could be more PCI slots but I mean there aren't any cons really (Why would I buy something, then complain about the features I was aware about, as I see in many reviews).

Other Thoughts: I wish they had a cheap 2 socket version of this board. Also I'll have to see how it holds up as I really start populating my vms.


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Display Name: Casey B.

Date Joined: 04/02/07

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 10/31/10
  • Last Review: 06/03/13
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