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. this and other strange issues were seen on several different brands of boards.
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 a key before it shifts size again.
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. I am now sold on AMD as a viable option. With the amount of RAM these CPUs handle I could virtualize a whole isle of racks full of outdated servers at work in a few U.
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. I find it a bit sad to ponder what a gem this board could have been with a SAS option and a more generous Northbridge solution.
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. * Northbridge temp gets monitored too * Power I2C header allows monitoring capable PSUs
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 fan pointing directly to the heat sink. Merely exchanging the thermal paste didn't help at all.
Summary: Great board! Running fast and stable for over a year! Running two of these with a AMD Opteron Magicour 6128 and 24GB of ram ECC and they have been running blazingly fast. Running Hyper-v 2008R2 and I have thrown a ton of VM's on it and nothing seems to slow it down! Highly recommend for a cheap home lab. Tech support was good when I couldn't figure out the IPMI.
Summary: I've been running this board in a homebrewed WhiteBox server, which runs Hyper-V Server 2012. All the board's hardware was supported natively by the OS. SuperMicro's IPMI support is fantastic and allowed me to perform the OS installation from my desk, without ever connecting an Optical Disk Drive or USB Thumbdrive/External HDD to the system. My only complaint with the board lies with the decision to include 3x PCI slots.
Summary: If you're looking for a super solid G34, then get this. Remember you cannot put more than 32 GB of DDR3 in here unless you get registered memory.
Pros: Fully compatible with an ESXi home lab whitebox I built. I also have a second one set up on Server 2012 Hyper V and it's humming along too. Stable board, pretty good bios settings, lots of expansion. I'm using with entry level interlagos CPU.
Cons: None, cept maybe price, but entry level ATX server boards are all around this price
Summary: Getting an Interlagos CPU for this motherboard means you can put together a 16 core system. Great for hosting VM's. You can build a system with 64GB memory for less money than you might spend on a single faster processor.
Pros: ATX form factor. High quality Intel nics onboard IPMI for remote control
Cons: Sata-2 not Sata-3 Could have more pcie and less PCI slots