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Nice board, but inadequate documentation and no guarantee that anything but Windows will work

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Pros: 5 year warranty, UEFI BIOS features, thermal design, easy BIOS update

Cons: Picky about memory, QVL list doesn't get updated, no "official" Linux support (only Windows), Marvell SATA controller

EDIT 9.1.2014: BIOS release 4608 works fine, including VT-d support for SB-E CPUs (not yet for IVB-E !!!). I raised the rating by 0.5 to reflect the BIOS fixes. Host OS: Xen 4.3 hypervisor with Linux Mint 16 (as of 9.1.2014) Guest OS: Windows 7 Pro using VGA passthrough I bought the Asus Sabertooth X79 in April 2012, mainly because of the 5 year warranty and the supposedly good thermal design. The Asus Sabertooth X79 sure is an impressive board. Heat sinks and heat pipe for voltage regulators, incl. optional fan Fan cooled Intel X79 chipset Military specs components for increased durability UEFI BIOS with plenty of options for normal operation and OC A nice feature is the USB BIOS...
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Nice and quiet CPU cooler for 2011 socket boards

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Pros: Quiet, good cooling performance under full CPU load

Cons: Large, needs a big chassis and low profile DIMMs

At first I wanted to go with water cooling and considered the Corsair H100. This seemed to be the best option in terms of cooling performance and low noise. However, reading lots of reviews and user opinions on the subject, I came to understand that water cooling may not necessarily be better than air cooling, nor quieter. Even water coolers use fans. I read a lot of good reviews on the Noctua NH-D14 SE2011, so I decided to give it a try. The NH-D14 is HUGE !!! You need a big chassis to get it in. I have a Corsair 500R. Next thing to watch out is memory clearance. I have an Asus Sabertooth X79 board fully equipped with 8x4GB Kingston memory. 4 of the DIMMs sit right under the Noctua...
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Excellent card for graphics desktop / workstation

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Pros: Ease of installation, quiet, VGA passthrough under Xen, color fidelity with wide gamut screen

Cons: The proprietary Nvidia drivers don't work under the (Linux) Xen hypervisor, though they do work with native Linux

I replaced my PNY Quadro 600 for this Quadro 2000, since the former 600 didn't support VGA passthrough. The Quadro 2000 and some other select graphics adapters are specified by Nvidia as "multi-OS". This means they can be "passed through" to a guest OS running on a Xen hypervisor. Installing Windows 7 Pro 64bit as a guest system on a Xen / Linux and passing through the Quadro 2000 worked flawlessly - no special settings, no compilation, nothing but ordinary guest configuration. Once Windows was installed I downloaded the latest Nvidia driver and it just works. Running the WIndows Experience Index benchmarking utility I got a 7.0 for games and desktop - not bad when considering that this...
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