Summary: 1) The board comes with jumpers that are very long. I guess intel thinks you are going to be moving jumpers around all the time. If you touch them or have a wire touch them the server will just shutdown on you.
Pros: It’s a good board once you get by the initial setup issues.
Pros: Board seems solid enough. Given the limitations, seems to run Windows Server OSs very well.
Cons: The highly touted (by Intel) "Intel Deployment Assistant" craps out when trying to install BIOS updates - tells you they are available but then can't download them; won't let you create a drive partition - tells you there's NO space available after telling you how that there's LOTS of space available. A call to Intel support seems to confirm that this software doesn't work. Board takes a long time to POST. Too bad that quad-ranked RAM runs at 800 MHz if you use 4 stri...
Pros: I took the recommendation of the other reviewer and purchased the KVR1333D3E9SK2/4GI RAM with this board. Rock solid with 8GB's installed. The dual Intel LAN is great and the multiple PCIe slots.
Pros: 6 SATA ports: raid 0,1,10, & 5. ECC support. Good documentation. Easy install. All around a great, fast, entry-level server board for the price.
Cons: Memory support is limited. Originally purchased Kingston KVR1333D3D4R9SK2/8G, which was to spec, but ended up having to return for two Kingston KVR1333D3E9SK2/4GI kits instead, as the board wouldn't post nor display video. Be sure to get "Intel Certified" memory for this board. The post LED codes gave no indication of a memory problem.