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post #1131 of 2477
Thanks, yes when I move forward a bit more I plan to speed test the 3 onboard RAID options for my C drive, I'll report back here.

The giant RAID runs of my Areca card FYI if that's what you meant.
post #1132 of 2477
It took me 3 Z9PE-D8 WS boards including my current one before everything worked (the 2nd one was a refurb and practically DOA), and I still have to call tech tomorrow to see why the NIC shows up in Device Manager but will not be seen by the driver installer, so this 3rd board may yet be faulty.

ASUS have a terrific RMA setup and have been very helpful - a better solution would be much higher QC controls before shipping anything..??
post #1133 of 2477
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Originally Posted by Shane Daly View Post

Thanks, yes when I move forward a bit more I plan to speed test the 3 onboard RAID options for my C drive, I'll report back here.

The giant RAID runs of my Areca card FYI if that's what you meant.

That would be very informative and nice of you to do so. thumb.gif
Just jumped right in with the 'trusty' intel raid0 controller, with my 2 ssd's even though I have 3 ssd's in total to run, but didnt want to take the chance with the marvell. Would be brilliant to have the 3 ssd raid0 but not sure of the marvel controller.
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post #1134 of 2477
.....been tasked with building a DUAL CPU system. But everything I read up on various forums and on newegg point me to some crazy stories.

I have plenty of experience and work in the IT space.

Im looking at:

E5-2667 v2 x 2
GTX 780 x 3
plenty of ram
1500W PSU

question is... is the bios and everything mature enough? Why am I seeing so many issues?
post #1135 of 2477
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Originally Posted by YP5 Toronto View Post

.....been tasked with building a DUAL CPU system. But everything I read up on various forums and on newegg point me to some crazy stories.

I have plenty of experience and work in the IT space.

Im looking at:

E5-2667 v2 x 2
GTX 780 x 3
plenty of ram
1500W PSU

question is... is the bios and everything mature enough? Why am I seeing so many issues?

It's a quirky board... BUT, then again, so is every other motherboard made.

Oddly enough I have seen so many posts and messages from users of this board that make me ask myself "***? Why on Earth are they attempting such a complicated build with their complete lack of technical knowledge???"

Obviously, that's not the case for all of the issues... hell, I've seen some strange ticks using this motherboard that make it apparent there are hardware and or software (bios) issues left to resolve.

All I can do is speak from my experience, having built, owned and used several multi-cpu systems throughout my career... in that, this board is no different than the rest. AS LONG AS you have a solid understanding of the complexity regarding system building, AND do NOT cheap out on any components, you should be fine.

The one thing I've noticed throughout all my "internet research" with this motherboard is far too many builders load up on cheap cheap RAM. Meaning, they don't build with ECC RAM. I've noticed throughout that it seems those who use ECC, and ESPECIALLY ECC Buffered RAM do not seem to have the same struggles that many others have.

The other problem seems to come from ridiculous SLI gaming oriented video card configurations. This is not a good board for gaming, so, don't build one to game with.

Otherwise, go in careful, and use your intuition as a systems builder... you should be fine.

*knocks on wood*
post #1136 of 2477
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It advertises SLI so it should better support it tongue.gif. DoA rate is high compared to let's say Supermicro boards. Also, ECC/reg can be slow for some people wanting performance out of the board (folding/other latency bound forms of DC).

It depends on the needs of the person in question whether they need SLI, CF, exotic RAID/NIC, Maximus or Xeon Phi setups. If Asus advertises this they are honestly to blame and not the customer for attempting it. It's a flaw of the board.

Other than that. If you have a properly functioning board (no DoA) and qualified parts you shouldn't have too many issues. Maybe some AIBs will have issues but latest BIOS is pretty mature AFAIK.
post #1137 of 2477
Thank you for the in depth reply.
post #1138 of 2477
ASUS are a joke and I am sorry I ever considered them.... My 3rd board now needs to be RMA'd - it will not see the 2nd CPU. I have switched CPU to check and fought through ASUS tech support phone hold ALL DAY SO FAR only to hear that all they can do is send out another board....

4 BOARDS!!!!

WHAT A JOKE OF A VENDOR.

BUYER BEWARE.
post #1139 of 2477
The post above is how I become confused... I own this board, I bought this board off eBay, I put two ES chips in it, 32gb of ECC/Reg ram, a Quardo K5000, some SSD's, HD's, two Dynatron R17s and a 860 watt Corsair PSU.

Turned it on, first time out of the gate, it booted, I installed windows, no problems, no complaints, no arguments.

When I look at my beautiful wife I realize I am most certainly a lucky man... but no way am I so lucky as to avoid the thousands of issues demonstrated in this thread by so many others.

So what's the difference here? Why do some have to go through a half dozen motherboards, and some of us boot first time, no problems? I just can't blame ASUS alone here, there have to be other factors at play.

PS: Shane Daly, I've got my fingers crossed the next board works for you, so many problems is undoubtedly frustrating. Have you considered a Supermicro or Tyan board? ...btw, I LOVE Tyan mobos. Would have bought one for this build, but got too good a deal to pass up on the Asus.
post #1140 of 2477
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Originally Posted by TheBlademaster01 View Post

It advertises SLI so it should better support it tongue.gif. DoA rate is high compared to let's say Supermicro boards. Also, ECC/reg can be slow for some people wanting performance out of the board (folding/other latency bound forms of DC).

It depends on the needs of the person in question whether they need SLI, CF, exotic RAID/NIC, Maximus or Xeon Phi setups. If Asus advertises this they are honestly to blame and not the customer for attempting it. It's a flaw of the board.

Other than that. If you have a properly functioning board (no DoA) and qualified parts you shouldn't have too many issues. Maybe some AIBs will have issues but latest BIOS is pretty mature AFAIK.

You do make a good point... in theory, as a "WS" grade motherboard, there should be no real compatibility issues in regards to most off the shelf hardware, but I do wonder if at times, we, as a community, are asking too much of this board, or expect too much from Asus? It's no excuse, but, in defense of Asus, they do not claim 100% compatibility with all configurations of hardware, just much of the hardware in and of itself.

It might just be, this motherboard can't handle such incredible demands?
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