Summary: I got this board in conjunction with a 1241v3 Xeon and 16GB of ECC RAM for the purposes of running a KVM hypervisor at home. With CentOS 7 as the OS it's been rock solid with 6 guests so far, a mixture of Linux and Windows Server. Good things: C226 chipset, 5 fan headers, plenty of USB ports and headers (including an internal one for FreeNAS or ESXi), IPMI, 6 SATA 3.0 ports, 3 PCIe expansion slots. It has everything you need for a versatile server.
It's perfect. This is hosting my ESXi server - which ...
18 November 2014
Summary: Can't explain my appreciation for this motherboard. To find something that works as advertised with supported memory, RAM, and pass through SAS controllers? It's perfect. This is hosting my ESXi server - which hosts a file server with two pass through SAS controllers, media encoder, 3 test servers and other random stuff... It's great. Worked as advertised. I plugged in known supported hardware and it's been fantastic since day 1.
Summary: If you install a full size GPU 3 Sata ports is blocked, of the three SATA ports not blocked, if using a GPU with ACX cooling, fan clips the plastic of the 2 of the 3 sata ports. SATA ports placement is very poor if using GPU. I used 3 SSD's 2 Transcend, 1 Crucial M500, BSOD on WIn7,WIn8.1,Win2012R2. Can only use HDD for system to not BSOD. The firmware has issues with Noctua NF-R8 fans because they run very low RPMs.
Summary: Bought this board to use with a Xeon E-1230 V3 processor and 16 GBs of memory. In short board fails to power on and after removing every component until I was down to just the board I still couldn't get an error code. Called SuperMicro who told me it must be a short in the board and directed me to send it back to Amazon which I did and ordered a second board. Once the board was installed I had the exact same problem and can't get a held of tech support.