Pros: Purchased an Intel Server board to 'keep things' easy.
Cons: The first board was defective ... it happens and had the second board delivered in timely fashion. My reason for purchasing this board with the Intel Matrix RAID. What a nightmare. I've wasted HOURS attempting to work through the BSOD. I've read post after post on what to do without sucess. Forge...
Summary: Used this board to make home fileserver with OpenSolaris 2008.11 and ZFS. I love the Intel LAN and the 6 sata ports because it's a fileserver. The onboard graphics did not work in OpenSolaris 2008.11. I don't know if it will be supported in 2009.06.
Pros: * 6 sata ports * Intel LAN * Intel board
Cons: * Price * Onboard graphics doesn't work in OpenSolaris 2008.11 * Somewhat slow POST. Maybe ~20 sec. Not a huge deal in my opinion.
Summary: Purchased SuperMicro a X7SBL-LN2 and installed 2003 x64 on the first try. Same hardware, memory, and drives plus Adaptec 3805 SAS/SATA raid controller with no issues. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813182145
Pros: Board has nice features Multiple PCIex 6 SATA connectors PCIEX16 video support
Cons: This will be the last S3200shv board I buy, have used 4 of these in the last 6 months for my various customer server installs. All four of these boards have had issue's right out of the box. Compatibility issues with optical drives when used in conjunction with raid, using the Intel ich9 or LSI m...
Summary: Yes, this board's POST will take longer than your mother's Dell, but it's a server board. If you ever do have to reboot it, you'll be grateful for the extra testing. Also, there are tomes of documentation that cover more than anyone could ever possibly need to know.
Pros: Stability: The OpenSolaris file server I built on this board has been running flawlessly for three months non-stop. Absolutely zero issues under some pretty brutal conditions. Feature Set: 6 SATA ports + ECC + LGA775 + integrated graphics + great driver support... That combo is surprisingly hard ...
Cons: BIOS navigation is sluggish and I had some issues booting with a USB CD drive (would sometimes freeze until dis/reconnecting it). SATA ports are of the non-clipping variety, so make sure everything is secure if you need to move the case.
Summary: Many say that this board is falsely advertised as having RAID-5, but that is not true. You just have to make sure you use Intel Matrix Storage instead of LSI in the RAID settings in the BIOS. They don't say that anywhere, so I had to call Intel to find out.
Pros: Quality build Cheap Good basic feature set
Cons: Slowest post of any board I have ever seen Slow BIOS GUI Poor documentation
Summary: I had downloaded the PDF from intel on the board but had focused more on finding the recommended server chassis and missed the part about Integrated ATA being N/A
Pros: Quick and easy installation... I don't think the boot up time is out side the norm compared to any of my other servers.
Cons: I was first bummed the cable in the picture did not come with the board. Found it it didn't matter as that is a floppy port and not and IDE port anyway. Would have been nice of them too mention in the specs as to the fact that there is no IDE.
Summary: Intel generally puts out a great product and I pretty much always use Intel components. I have built 40+ servers with intel products and haven't had any problems until purchasing this board. Other reviewer is correct, BIOS is SLOW!!!!! Really furustrating with the added boot problems!
Pros: It's a basic server board that would be great for small business entry level servers. Only if the boot problems in the cons weren't so terrible then you would have a great board!!
Cons: Beware that Intel has some SATA boot compatibility issues when the Intel matrix storage RAID option is enabled. Called Tech support and was told that there are issues and they don't know when a fix will be released. Mean while trying to figure out the boot sequence of this board is near impossibl...