The overall layout of the motherboard is nice and clean; all headers and connections are located in easy to access spots so that you do not have to have cables laying over the motherboard after you install everything. Two large chipset heat sinks at the rear of the motherboard supply ample cooling and make this board feel very solid.
Dr. Debug display is also included, which is very nice to have for watching postcodes.
The CPU socket area is a little crowded, which is common for these types of motherboards. This board uses Socket R (LGA2011), which might have different mounting holes for your heat sinks. When looking at cooling for this, please take note of this fact.
The two PCIe slots are right at the rear center of the board. These are noted as PCIE6 (Blue) and PCIE7 (White). If only one CPU is installed, then only PCIE6 (Blue) is available. If you install both CPUs, then both PCIE6 and PCIE7 are available.
Located at the rear of the motherboard, we find the I/O connections.
At the far left, we have two USB 2.0 ports. The next stack is a COM port at the top with D-Sub Port (VGA) at the bottom. A management LAN port is at the top of the third stack with two more USB 2.0 ports below that. The last two ports are the two 10G LAN ports.
At the main header area at the top center of the motherboard, we find the ATX power connector.
Just to the left of the power connector is a -12V Switch jumper block. A COM port header and an Intelligent Platform Management Bus header are located below the power connector. The next row has the system panel header and a PSU SMBus connector. On the next row, we find the auxiliary panel header and the TPM header. The last three jumper blocks are a Non-Maskable Interrupt jumper, thermal sensor header, and ME Recovery Jumper.
The two white connectors at the top are BMC SMB connections. Just below those, we have two SATA3 connectors, a blue USB 2.0 header block, and a USB 2.0 port. On the next row, the top connector is an SCU Connector, and a SATA2 connector is below that. Next to those, we have a speaker header and a SATA SGPIO connector.
The bottom corner of the board has the UID LED and switch.
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