Summary: The latest BIOS revision contains an PS/2 keyboard function for power on, the BIOS version that ship with the board did not. Installation of Server 2008 R2 was a breeze. Didn't know about the hyper-V function, didn't disable it so that I don't have hibernate and sleep functions active. Otherwise, the board is a solid performer, but can use 1 more USB connect that is the standard on board USB connector rather than the 2 USB plugs that they have on right now.
Summary: This motherboard is specified for servers and workstations. I selected for my workstation computer it because I wanted a Xeon processor and error-checking memory for stability. This motherboard is as solid as a rock, easy to install and well-documented. I built the entire computer in less than four hours over the Easter holiday, and it hasn't crashed from day one (running Windows 7 Professional 64).
Summary: In the meantime I will continue to bug Asus about the board, I don't really care since they are at least willing to
Pros: -It worked great for a few months
Cons: Unreliable piece of garbage; This board (at least the one I got), causes my PC to crash under load. We use this system to run complex numerical computations, and reliability is a must. When CPU usage goes high the system will restart. We also tested this with prime95 small ffts which pushes the floating point unit in the cpu. The system also always crashes within seconds of starting the stress test. We don't overclock the cpu, and cpu temps are always below 60C, due t...
Pros: Supports both i7 and E3-12XX ivy bridge processors. Supports both EEC and Non RAM. PCI Ex 3.0 x16 and X8 crossfire. Supports Win 7, 8, Server 2K8 and Server 2K10.
Cons: I had to give it four eggs for one single reason. There is only one USB 2.0 header on the board. If you have front panel USB ports, or a card reader like I did, you won't be able to use the D-bracket that comes with the board, and will have to choose between FP and card reader. It really should have had two or more sets.
Summary: Excellent board. Supports Server 2012 out of the box, no additional drivers needed. Running the following: Xeon E3 1230 v2 24GB GSkill ripjaws X series ram (8 + 16GB) Seasonic 80Plus Power Supply M12II 620 500GB WD blue sataII boot drive 2 x 2TB enterprise class sataII storage drives Server 2012 standard w/GUI I'm running this as a VM sandbox with Hyper-V. It's flawless, keeps the CPU fan quiet, and boots in less than 30 seconds. Using one NIC for OS and one for Hyper-V.
Summary: I am running this board with a quad-core Core i5 CPU (I needed to restrain the budget somehow and my workload just doesn't require a full-powered Xeon CPU) and 16GB of DDR3-1600 RAM to power my home media server. I'm a long time loyal ASUS customer and they're pretty much the only motherboard brand I'll buy anymore. One of the reasons I chose this "workstation" board over a few other options is because of the dual Intel-based gigabit LAN ports.