Just like some of the other workstation class motherboards, this one can fill several roles that range from workstations to gaming systems to servers.
With the latest BIOS R14, this board can support the latest Intel E5-2600 family of CPUs. If you manage to get a board with an earlier BIOS, you might have to flash to R14 to be able to use them. We had no issues with our E5-2670 CPUs, but again, we had BIOS R14 installed.
Performance wise, the GA-7PESH3 was strong using the E5-2697 V2s, and we feel these CPUs really bring out its full potential.
By using the latest Intel Ivy Bridge Xeons like the E5-2697 V2s, we also had a much lower power draw. This is a huge plus, and the lower power use on full load can really add up to savings on the power bill. In addition, they also run much cooler.
We also saw several top scores using the E5-2697 V2s, which do show this board has good potential for high performance. It also really handles memory very well and is able to push bandwidth fast.
One other draw back was with how the IPMI worked. It would have been nice if we could remote in when we have video cards installed. However, if you use this as a workstation, then IPMI generally is not necessary, so it is not a real concern.
The last issue we had was with the driver disk; it should come with everything needed for all the different operating systems. We found it strange that it only auto booted in Windows Server 2008 and not others. At least it had LAN drivers for Windows 7, so we could go to the GIGABYTE website and download the rest. If it did not have the LAN drivers, we would have had to burn a disk with the drivers from the website because it did not even have drivers for USB and Windows 7.
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United States: The GIGABYTE GA-7PESH3 retails for $692.52 at Amazon.