Summary: We recommend this product with reservations, mainly due to the documentation. The board itself performs well and the CMOS setup functions are logical and not at all difficult to use. For you desktop Windows builders, this is not a typical PCB mainboard and is gross overkill for many applications.
Pros: We contacted Newegg due to having received a DOA mainboard and were given a number to call at Supermicro to get technical support. The person spoken to there confirmed that there was definitely something wrong with the board and advised us to return it to Newegg for a replacement. Newegg issued a...
Cons: Documentation on CD is annoying. Who wants to sift through a CD that covers a number of boards looking for the PDF describing the board at hand? Printing a booklet just isn't all that expensive,
Summary: As the board is inoperative we cannot recommend. We are very disappointed with this product, and expect a server motherboard selling at 200-plus dollars to be in serviceable condition. We have been unable to get assistance to resolve this matter.
Pros: None about which we can write.
Cons: The board we received does not power up and has been tested with two different server grade power supplies to eliminate a power supply problem as the cause. The documentation supplied on the driver CD shipped with the board isn't in agreement with the actual product. For example, mention is made ...
Summary: all in all a solid board. appiairently that generation of Intel Corporation 82574L Gigabit Network cards had a bad firmware used during manufacturing of products or something. under normal 100mb load even maxed out no issues seen. once you keep a 1g transfer going for 1.2gb or longer it would fail.
Cons: firmware/bios bug can cripple gb speeds untill you update bios and set to optimal defaults. no usb3/eSata for recovery purposes. Ipmi console does not have a static/definable size. It has issues with linux console blanking and will start flipping between tiny and huge untill you catch it and hit ...
Summary: There are two sets of drivers for the board, one for boards running older firmware, one for more recent firmware. Just upgrade your board to the latest firmware and use the latest drivers and you'll be set.
Pros: Remote lights-out management with remote KVM via integrated IPMI port, dual-NIC, software RAID-10 drivers for Windows servers with management suite are bomb-proof. 8 memory slots for memory upgrades. Great board!
NewEgg, once again, hides AMD parts using $$$ from Intel.
Jonathan P., Newegg
8 July 2013
Summary: Since this is a server motherboard, shouldn't it be categorized under... oh, I don't know, SERVER MOTHERBOARDS? The other two H8SGL series boards are there, why is this one hidden with desktop boards?
Summary: Mounted inside N82E16811152534. I'm using Solaris, but would work great with freeNAS (I think there is even a USB port directly on the board to plug in a thumb drive to boot off of). These SuperMicro AMD servers pack so much freaking power for such a low cost.
Summary: For the CPU fan I used a Noctua NH-U9DO. I really like it lot, however I could only attach on fan because the video card slot is in the way.
Pros: Seems very, very stable so far.
Cons: It's dog slow running Linux 3.8.12 kernel but I have not tried any optimizations . I also have a ASUS Workstation MB with Xeon 5620 and a simple test compiling gcc was slightly faster on the Xeon.
Summary: We have built over 10 servers, and 8 of them have this board. 2 of the boards have had problems - one was out of the box DOA, the second one failed approximately 1 year later. Still, its functionality outweighs these two issues and we have been satisfied overall with the performance.
Summary: If Supermicro had used AMD's top dog SR5690 instead of the cheapest SR56xx chip in AMD's portfolio, the H8SGL could have had two real x16 slots plus one x8, and not of the anemic combination of two x8 slots and one x4 that we are having now.
Pros: * 8 RAM slots for DDR3 reg. ECC up to 32 GB per stick * compatible with legacy hardware thanks to PCI slots and ATA connector *IPMI *TypeA USB connectors on board, so that you can have a USB stick sitting inside the case as a boot drive. * Nice software for monitoring health status included. * No...
Cons: * specs a bit dated today with PCIe 2.0 * no real PCIe x16 slot, is only x8 electrically (it does work with a graphics card, though). * no SAS option offered (as opposed to Supermicro's C32 board H8DCL, for instance) * Northbridge gets very hot, mine up to 75°C before I installed a dedicated NB f...