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go with a low to mid end asus board. they should all have intel lan.

to be quite honest though, the heatsinks on the board dont matter. as long as there is some there they will be fine. but i know from experience that both asus and gigabyte use quality heatsinks on there boards.

but in your case, i think maybe asus would be the way to go because of the intel lan.

also, ud5 doesnt have nf200.
Hehe, the mid range asus boards are the ones having the problems though, and I don't trust those boards under months of full load 24/7 while being overclocked. The issues could be fixed, but the cheapest intel lan asus board (P67 Pro) costs only 60 euro less than the WS.

Thank you for correcting me about the Ud5 not having a NF200 chip, I kinda rushed through the specs. Sadly this is not a factor for me as the WS is still cooler, and more power efficient.
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Hehe, yeah its 176mm high, just enough for a decent cooler 10 overclocked systems stacked on top of each other would need good airflow. In summer, it would be a BBQ if I didn't plan this right.
Don't forget an air conditioner in a semi/sealed room/closet. That or an enclosed and conditioned rack? It's probably worth it if you make money off it.
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Are these farms constantly sauturating the Gigabit lan ports?

1. if so, probably time to invest in a dedicated lan card

2. if not, then it will not consume nearly 3%, more like .0001%
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Don't forget an air conditioner in a semi/sealed room/closet. That or an enclosed and conditioned rack? It's probably worth it if you make money off it.
Yeah, I will be purchasing an AC unit in summer, until then I don't see the need. Check my first post and I think I answer your question, it's an enclosed rack I believe, Digitus/Assman 42U, DN-19 SRV-42U-SW-N (Could change my mind).

People recommended Asrock and MSI boards;

Personally I wouldn't even think about putting an Asrock board in a server load environment, build quality is second class to Asus and many others. They have gotten better over the years, but in terms of reliability I have heard enough horror stories to make me stay clear from them.

I will research the MSI boards some more.

BTW!: Thanks to everyone who has taken part in this discussion, your opinions and experience is very much appreciated! I look forward to discussing this topic further
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In your research of MSI boards, please ignore all of the people that are like "ZOMG MY BOARD EXPLODED!11111!!!!!!!oen!!!11111"

Most of these people are attempting to OC on boards that are not meant for what they are trying to do.

MSI P67 boards are vastly improved over their previous designs, and are on par with ASUS and GIGABYTE
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People recommended Asrock and MSI boards;

Personally I wouldn't even think about putting an Asrock board in a server load environment, build quality is second class to Asus and many others. They have gotten better over the years, but in terms of reliability I have heard enough horror stories to make me stay clear from them.

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The Asus boards are crap atm. It reminds me of other big companies getting too fat and resting on their laurels. Toyota anyone? Going on 5.3 million recalls now lol.

Asus' rep skipped this generation.
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In your research of MSI boards, please ignore all of the people that are like "ZOMG MY BOARD EXPLODED!11111!!!!!!!oen!!!11111"

Most of these people are attempting to OC on boards that are not meant for what they are trying to do.

MSI P67 boards are vastly improved over their previous designs, and are on par with ASUS and GIGABYTE
You made me LOL @ 7.23AM, you are a legend (been up all night). I am moving to another apartment next week, and I want to start ordering these parts as soon as I have time hehe

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The Asus boards are crap atm. It reminds me of other big companies getting too fat and resting on their laurels. Toyota anyone? Going on 5.3 million recalls now lol.

Asus' rep skipped this generation.
Mmhhh, for the mainstream Asus boards, from what I have seen I have to agree with you. However, the higher end boards have just come out I think? I don't see many people with the WS, or Maximus at this point, and I have certainly not come across complaints regarding these boards, time will tell I guess.
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I've actually got the Asus WS board, its an excellent board and the cooling is more than adequate, its running on a motherboard box techstation so there's no where near the cooling a regular PC would have. Its been folding since last monday and on a TRUE in a 17C room I'm getting sub 60C @ 4.8GHz. Truly an awesome board.

One thing to remember though, correct me if I'm wrong but it is an XL ATX board so finding a rackmount to enclose it wont be the easiest thing.

Hope it helps man. I love this board.
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You made me LOL @ 7.23AM, you are a legend (been up all night). I am moving to another apartment next week, and I want to start ordering these parts as soon as I have time hehe



Mmhhh, for the mainstream Asus boards, from what I have seen I have to agree with you. However, the higher end boards have just come out I think? I don't see many people with the WS, or Maximus at this point, and I have certainly not come across complaints regarding these boards, time will tell I guess.
Just remember that the Maximus is E-ATX, so i'm not sure how that works with rackmount cases.


Unless you need the NF200, there is no point in getting the WS, there are cheaper boards that will perform the same/ better
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I've actually got the Asus WS board, its an excellent board and the cooling is more than adequate, its running on a motherboard box techstation so there's no where near the cooling a regular PC would have. Its been folding since last monday and on a TRUE in a 17C room I'm getting sub 60C @ 4.8GHz. Truly an awesome board.

One thing to remember though, correct me if I'm wrong but it is an XL ATX board so finding a rackmount to enclose it wont be the easiest thing.

Hope it helps man. I love this board.
The P6 WS Supercomputer is XL ATX, and the P6 WS pro and revolution are ATX. On the 1155 Asus Revolution, they have opted for a ATX as well. The rack mount I have chosen is compatible with ATX, XL ATX and SSI CEB 3.0 which is pretty much the same as XL ATX. Phew

I'm sure you are happy with that board, they are great! X58 is a proven rock solid platform for Asus, lets just hope they don't let us down with the SB WS. Edit: Oh, I see you have the 1155 one?! Wow, awesome stuff.
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