Summary: This product is used to power a server running WIN2008R2. The board is in a 3U Supermicro chassis. Currently, the on-board RAID chip supports six WD500 RE3s. We installed an LSI 9260-8i last week. On order now are two more HDDs and the cables to attach to the HDD back-plane. Expect nothing but smooth sailing.
Pros: Board booted first time, no need for BIOS update.
Summary: I got this to replace an ASUS P5B-Deluxe after the old board died. This was a very nice upgrade.
Pros: The ports available are reasonable. It can serve as a nice workstation or a server. It has enough PCI-E bandwidth to handle a high end graphics card and a 3ware controller. Ports on the board are well spaced.
Cons: Not enough fan headers on the motherboard. 2 more would be nice.
Summary: Have been using SuperMicr0 boards for years - been great.
Pros: I have built 3 servers based on these boards and 2.93Ghz Quad CPUs.
Cons: Only 2 case fan ports on the mobo, so when you get the SuperMicr0 case: CSE-743i-650B, you leave 4 fans that you would have to get Molex to mini adapters, or get the Sunbeam fan distribution port:
Summary: (1) Built this as a lab system, primarily for Server 2003 and 2008. Matched with an Intel Q6600 cpu and 4GB Kingston DDR2-800 (KVR800D2N5K2/4G). (2) While designed as a workstation board, don't overlook its potential as a modest, affordable entry-level server with lots of features, without lots of proprietary clutter. (3) It does have some overclocking capabilities but, that's not why I bought it.
Pros: (1) Great mix of current and legacy technology. The com ports are great for console connectivity (Cisco routers, etc.). (2) "Wide compatibility across many OS's." Can't say it any better! (3) Well written user's manual. (4) Very wide range of compatible CPUs. (5) Some welcome differences over most other manufacturers: Cleanly assembled and soldered . . . Front panel header simply laid out and clearly labeled . . . Fan connectors are ALL 4-pin (6) Two gigabit LAN ports...
Cons: No show stoppers - I knew all this when purchasing. (1) More of a recommendation: Could give up one or two PCI slots to add another PCIe slot to broaden its potential. (2) Does not support RAID 5 under Linux (I haven't tested this). (3) Not the best warranty around: " . . . one year from the original date of shipment or 2,000 hours of operation, whichever first occurs." (If my math is correct, that's less than 3 months of continuous use or, about 1 year of 8 hours per...