Bij GamePC is een review te vinden van de Supermicro PIIIDM3, een high-end moederbord met de i840 chipset vooral gericht op servers en workstations. Hoewel de i840 chipset eigenlijk bedoeld is voor Rambus is voor de review gebruik gemaakt van standaard SDRAM geheugen. De i840 kan hier erg slecht mee overweg en heeft (net als de i820) grote stabiliteits problemen tijdens een demootje Quake III Arena:
Unfortunately, the board didn't retain stability throughout all our tests. Like the 4-DIMM Asus P3C-2000 board which crashed on us every 20 minutes, the Supermicro board with DIMM's couldn't run through all of our tests without crashing. Quake III crashed during our stress test loops, giving a memory allocation error, and 3DMark 2000 would randomly cut out. Considering this is a high-end server motherboard, and ultimate stability is a must, we'd advise gamers and business types a like to stay away of ANY I840/I820 with SDRAM. Every board we've tested hasn't gone through our stability tests successfully. Although, to it's credit, the board successfully ran overnight with dual processors running two copies of Prime95. Each CPU was running at 100% for over 12 hours without heat problems or crashing.
While this board has just about every add-on that you could possibly stick on a motherboard, the performance can't match the price tag. Even so, if you priced together a Dual Slot-1 BX motherboard, an Ultra160 SCSI controller, 10/100 Intel ethernet card, and Generic creative audio, you'd wind up with a bigger price tag than this board. So in that respect, it is a good deal. Ultra160 and Ultra DMA/66 is an unbeatable combination for people with lots of hard drives, not to mention AGP Pro 4X and 64-bit PCI slots for power users. Although we would have liked a few more options to tweak our settings in the board's BIOS, the board obviously wasn't intended for overclockers in any respect. It's a good deal, and it's got a ton of features, but I wouldn't base any mission critical applications on this board, or any I820/840 board with SDRAM for that matter.