My board, despite being the successor of yours in some sense, doesn't allow any fan hysteresis (yes, even the cpu fan has to be set to a fixed rpm regimen).
Also, no option to connect sensors.
TBH, I'm a bit disappointed by the scalable platform. Narrower choice of motherboards. Scalables run a lot hotter than E5s, while having more or less the same performance per core if you normalize the frequencies. Ok, 8 lanes more are a nice thing, but then there were the pcie switches.
And you did notice the noctua 92mm since it's the only one that fits. Even the 120mm would knock the first pcie slot out, and the same stood for the X11SPA, despite its EEB form factor.
Mine is in a Corsair Carbide 540-Air case. Oldie, but goodie. Double-chambered as you noted. PSU and a bunch of drive cages on the other side of the case.
Yeah, I think Intel peaked at the Broadwell EP (Xeon E5-V4 family) and the X99 chipset that could do double-duty as either a Core i7 or Xeon platform with no problems at all. Skylake was kind of a turd overall, Xeon Scalable never made any sense to me. Xeon Wxxxx was just the Skylake HEDT Core i9 Extreme with ECC turned on, for a lot of +$$$. Then there's that whole weird NUMA thing with the "mesh" instead of ring system. The Broadwell EP's have a single root PCIe complex and skus with 10 or fewer cores are all on a single ring internally, which makes them great for GPU applications.
I have other workstations built on the Asus X99-E WS series boards. Very happy with them, self-managed cooling fans
, and fairly easy to turn all the stupid stuff off to make them reliable. No baseband controller though, so no remote management. 7-slots, 4 are x16 due to the PLX'd switches on the board.
They're actually pleasant to live with in the office environment. With a fully utilized CPU-only workload, the system is whisper quiet and not throttling at all. When the GPU's and CPU are all loaded and working at full tilt, there's a lot more air, but the noise isn't bad.
If I boot into Windows 10 and run the Quake RTX demo, it will maintain >100fps on a QHD monitor indefinitely, with the fans ramping up. (2560x1440)
My other favorite case is the Fractal Design Define 7. These Asus E-WS boards will fit in it fine. The blower card are better in those as Fractal Design is a quiet case with a bit less airflow then the Carbide 540 (which is basically wide open mesh everywhere).
Long live x99 + Broadwell. I wish I could buy these great boards brand new. With all the Broadwell EP chips on the second-hand market now, they're quite a bargain. Heck, for that matter, even the Haswell chips work in these boards too with great results.