Summary: Tech support was knowledgable. Phone for RMA and Tech would be answered in under 20 seconds. Emails were responded to within 20 minutes. A+ Customer Service
Pros: One morning the computer wouldn't boot up. Isolated the problem to the motherboard. By that evening I had a shipping address and RMA number. I ended up dropping it off since they are local. Exactly 1 week later (Under 5 business days) I had a fixed motherboard at my doorsteps. VERY FAST PHONE PIC...
Cons: The motherboard died after 5 months, but supermicro repaired it in under a week.
Summary: Upon opening the board electrostatic bag, I noticed that the packet of silica jell was broken and silica jell granules were strewn all over the components and in PCI slots, etc.. I cleaned them off, thinking nothing, but the board ended up DOA.
Pros: Works. Good board. Tech support extremely helpful.
Cons: No Firewire. Unusually tight fit to the motherboard tray.
Summary: This board requires a 500+ watt SSI power supply.
Pros: Seems to be rock solid. Rev 2+ handles 51xx (woodcrest) or 53xx (clovertown) CPUs.
Cons: Onboard soundcard is a relic. There is no onboard firewire. Had to reshape the 8 pin power connector due to lack of clearance with nearby capacitors. Board fills an Extended ATX case and requiers that the CPU heat sinks be mounted to the case.
Summary: Supermicro's support was helpful but ultimately led me to the conclusion that they have a product on the market here that does not work correctly for some "compatible" devices (dual core xeons).
Pros: This board is setup for workstation applications. It was easy to install, my system has been reliable, and most of my tech support was very sincere.
Cons: This board does not work with woodcrest active cpu cooler fans. The PWC four pin connectors aren't working and even the latest bios are only using line voltage control. Processors running very cool, fans running very high speed. As a result I've nicknamed my machine "the hurricane".
Summary: Make sure you have a 24 pin ATX connector, a 4 pin 12V connector and an additional 8 pin 12V connector, otherwise this board won't work. Overall, it's a great board.
Pros: Great workstation class motherboard (dual CPU supporting dual core with PCIe x16). Rock solid, and I wouldn't expect anything less from Supermicro. One of the best server/workstation manufacturers out there. Plenty of SATA ports, only one PATA, but I didn't need more anyway. My system screams wit...
Cons: I wish it had more front USB ports, but what can you expect from a workstation/server board? My Coolermaster Stacker (also purchased from NewEgg) has support for 6 front USB built right into the case, but I can only use 2. Front USB is increasingly important for connecting many devices and no one...
Summary: Make sure your case supports your processors and board. I had to cut out 2 cd drive bays, my floppy bay, and bolt my heatsyncs to this motherboard to get it to fit into the case. The case I bought wasn't made for this motherboard but it's all working now.
Pros: Installation was sweet. (long, read below, but everything worked). Recognizes all hardware. Thought it didn't come with monitoring stuff, but another reviewer said it does so I will have to take another look at the cd.
Cons: I'm not sure if the board is weird dimensions as in the 13 height is swapped with the 12 width. It didn't fit my case very niceley, the case had an extra inch on one side and too little room on the other. Yes my case was extended atx.