Pros: Clear documentation, Intel support website, regular firmware updates. Ivy Bridge support out of the box, nice low power consumption when coupled with a low-powered cpu.
Cons: Not clear that KVM IPMI support requires purchasing an extra RMM4LITE product, broken KVM features, possibly bad quality control and/or bugs in the memory controller. High price for features that are not working correctly. Making sure your fans run correctly requires downloading and running a special UEFI FRU update which asks you which fans are connected and how you want the fan speeds to operate - not bad once it's configured, but this kind of thing should be in the...
Pros: Board is able to take new 12** V2 Ivy Bridge Intel Processors, has onboard video (make sure to get an Intel 12*5 V2 processor for onboard video to work), BMC management, ESRT2 (0/1/10) RAID and RST (0/1/10/5) RAID support, VT-d, and there're certain DDR3-1600 sticks that work with it (namely Kingston 8GB KVR16E11/8I sticks).
Cons: No case fan control because the board has BMC management.
Summary: Given that heat management is a core pillar of server management, I find this wholly unacceptable. This is my first and last Intel Server motherboard as a result.
Pros: BIOS supports E2 v2 out of box, unlike current SuperMicro options (2012.11.10), IPMI, 1600 ECC
Cons: Just discovered fan throttling is NOT supported with standard ATX cases. From the manual (G167972-004_S1200BT_SERVICEGUIDE.PDF), page 28: “Auto” Fan Control is intended to support standard EPSD chassis options. “Manual” Fan Control is intended to support third-party chassis installations.
Pros: These server boards work fine. You cannot look on Kingston's website for memory compatibility, you have to look on Intel's website. We generally use Crucial memory, but there are Kingston modules that work - you must look at Intel's website for compatibility. Server boards in general can be very picky about memory. I've built over a dozen small business servers using this motherboard and they work great.
Cons: Slow matrix RAID. If your using RAID 1/0 use the built in LSI controller. If you need RAID 5 you can get a USB plugin from Intel that allows you to enable it on the LSI. The matrix RAID that's built in is ungodly slow. Better yet install a hardware RAID card - hardware RAID is always faster and more robust than software RAID. The onboard LSI works fine though.
Cons: Too many technical and software issues with this one. 1) Out-of-the-box it stalls on splash screen. No documentation on how to get out. Figured out that hitting 'y' bypasses this. Neither the disk provided or USB will update the BIOS. Only EFI works. 2) M
Summary: Solides Board, hier Basis für einen kleinen Fileserver. Einziger Minuspunkt ist die Anordnung der SATA-Buchsen, sind teilweise zu dicht beieinander, so dass man SATA-II-Stecker mit Verriegelung nur unter Schmerzen wieder herausbekommt. Bootet für einen Server angenehm schnell. Werde wahrscheinlich noch eins kaufen.