Summary: Never could make it past the BIOs screen. CPU was a working Core i7 from a previous build. Temperature readings said the Northbridge was running excessively hot. After being unable to even install an OS (Linux / Windows - didn't matter) because of the constant system locking. I RMA'd the board to Supermicro. They in turn sent it back saying it runs fine and they installed an OS with no issues. I'll include a DVD of the endeavor next time I have to do this.
It was pain to use FDD to upgrade BIOS, but you need to do it once
15 May 2012
Summary: Motherboard is great, works well with no issues under all stress tests initially and in my desktop since set up was finished. I like PciE x16 two slots, bandwidth is enough for video card (ATI Radeon 5770), network teaming, raid, VMs. They support 2 option for software RAIDs - Intel & Adaptec. I am using Windows 2008 R2 with software RAID1 (Intel) despite MB states it is not supported.
Summary: With the current offering of x58 MB this one stands out for several reasons. It does not sport any of the bling-bling you see on "eXtreme gam3r" products like crazy heat pipes (moving "teh heatz" whole 3" away!) and overclocking widgets. Instead it offers sensible thermal design - all slots are aligned with the air direction in the case from front to back, this includes DIMMs and power connectors, and SATA are angled on the edge of the board so the cables don't obstruct...
Summary: I bought this on recommendation as a motherboard able to interface with high end graphics cards and my intel chip 980i. However, what the spec on the manufacturers site neglected to mention was only revision 2 of the board was compatible with my chip. I had revision 1. Old stock. Having built the computer myself, I was put at huge inconvenience(not to mention stress) getting to the bottom of this.