Summary: Am not certain the VMware problem is caused by the motherboard, but have tried everything I can think of, and noting works. Also looked for advice on VMware support site, and nothing suggested has worked so far.
Pros: On-board TPM is pretty much the reason you'd be considering this board, and it does do its thing. I've bought an encrypted hard drive, and am using the Embassy app to tie it to the TPM, and works great. This cryptographically binds the hard drive to the TPM on the motherboard - so if/when you thr...
Cons: Getting strangeness when trying to use VMware Player 5 with this board: I can't get the VMware Tools to install into any VM (tried WinXP, Win Vista, Win 7, Ubuntu). Fails with a VMware Player "certificate server error." Have swapped out CPU, drives, memory, and get the problem no matter what, so ...
Pros: I bought this board because it explicitly states that it supports VT-d, it is one of a very few that do
Cons: First one was DOA. Got a RMA replacement, the second one was also DOA. At some point I have to just stop wasting $15 to ship these boards back. I got a gigabyte instead, booted up first time like it should.
Summary: Despite my complaint about the lack of USB 3.0 ports, I haven't actually had a chance to use a USB 3.0 enabled device with this motherboard. I've read about other people experiencing issues, but can't substantiate any of those claims.
Pros: - Rock solid - Great manageability & security features I purchased this board for my home workstation primarily because it offered Intel's vPro technology and an integrated TPM. The physical layout of the board offered no hurdles while I was building my system, and the BIOS setup was a breeze. I'...
Cons: - Too few USB 3.0 ports - DVI strangeness - Backplate/shield doesn't fit the DisplayPort The motherboard includes just two USB 3.0 ports on the back panel... That's it. No USB 3.0 internal headers at all. I have encountered some minor issues: My secondary display, which is plugged into the DVI-D ...
Summary: I bought this motherboard from Amazon to build my own fast workstation not for the gaming purposes. The goal was to avoid using an external video card and rely on the integrated graphics support in combination with the GPU in i7-2600K.
hassled out of warranty; terrible customer service
24 May 2012
Summary: Beware that this board has liquid filled capacitors, which are generally regarded as being less reliable than solid state capacitors. If you encounter a problem and need to use the three year warranty, Intel will repeatedly assert that the problem must be something other than their motherboard.
Summary: I was building a new computer, and specifically chose this board for its virtualization support and built in VNC, which I haven't actually even used yet.. For my use, I needed a few work arounds to get what *I* wanted, but all in all, it is serving me well, and is running great so far.