Pros: Though not on the Web-Site, this MOBO DOES support Windows 2008 Server x64/R2! This board has an outstanding layout! The engineers took great care in placing headers for power, front/panel, USB, etc. immediately by power-sources, case-cables, etc.! The BIOS configurations are amazing! The Super D...
Cons: Considering this board was fabbed in 2008, the $399 price is a bit high. If you're looking for a board that will support some older hardware (CPUs especially), this is the one.
Summary: Know what you're getting into: Intel 5000 chipset doesn't appear to support Server 2K8/Vista(Win7), ended up running XP Pro x64. Onboard video is VGA only, highest resolution was 1024x768. Only 5 total USB ports - 2 on I/O panel, two port pin header and single port pin header.
Pros: Roomy board, easy to install if you have a proper eATX case, good layout of connectors as well as identification on board of pins and jumpers. Solid once I got it up and running.
Cons: Driver CD was blank, not bootable, no data whatsoever on it, so make sure you download SATA drivers to a floppy prior to OS install if you need it. Without enabling enhanced SATA, which requires the drivers, only four SATA ports are active (IDE Emulation).
Summary: With 4 GB sticks of RAM being incredibly cheap, and 8 GB sticks orders of magnitude more expensive, there is no other reason to use the next gen boards (besides the greater CPU compatibility). This would be a great board if used in a homemade case.
Pros: 16 memory slots make this a special board
Cons: the archaic printer port sticks out and is incompatible with new supermicro ATX-EE cases, which do not have a removable rear I/O panel. The CSE-825TQ-R700UB supermicro case I got has some card expansion hinges where the printer port is located, so this area of the case could not be hacked out wit...
Summary: I was pleasantly suprised by the built-in RAID, which is easy to set up in BIOS and has simple options to use. The makedisk program easily made the windows 2k3 drivers for the RAID, and I was up in running in no time with mirrored volumes.
Pros: I have several of these motherboards, coupled with the supermicro SC-836 3U rackmount 16-bay chassis for storage servers, and I have yet to have an issue (knock on wood). I was impressed by the documentation and the driver CD (especially the makedisk program for drivers).
Cons: Price. However, with the SC-836 chassis unit, you can build a very cost-effective storage server that is very high quality.
Summary: I have been in the independent computer manufacturing field for around 10 years and have found that Supermicro is by far the best business class products available. Their support for their products after the sale will continue to keep me using their product for sometime.
Pros: Solid, reliable, and durable. As usual Supermicro makes some of the most well-designed board available to the general public. The board is being used in a SAN controller role with 8 gig of ram and dual Xeon E5655 processors. The performance and data transfer rates are superb and have being provin...
Cons: Price ...but you get what you pay for....Not really a con but a comment.
Pros: Good server board, performs well. We run Areca RAID 6 controllers so little to no experience with onboard raid, but 32gb of ram and 8 cpu cores for a reasonable cost.
Cons: Bios may need updating to make the board work. You'll either need an older Xeon to flash or have SuperMicro send you a new bios (free, but hassle to get rma, etc). This should be resolved as the boards already manufactured and in stock at various locations get sold off.
Summary: Includes printed manual, EATX MB, Cables: IDE, floppy,2-Port USB, COMport, 4 SATA. i/O Shield, CD w/drivers. Antec includes the required heatsink mounting plate for two Xeons. Standard LED/switch/panel connections can all be made to motherboard without any problems, but some of the motherboards...
Pros: Rock-solid! I Downloaded the excellent, clearly written PDF manual from mfg website for full details before buying. Supports TWO Intel Xeon 64-bit quad-core or dual-core processors at a front side bus speed of 1333/1066/667 MHz. 5000P chipset. Sockets for eight DDR2 FBD 667/533 memory modules. Ma...
Cons: No cons. Make sure your case can handle EATX size motherboard. This motherboard requires I used an Antec TITAN650, which has exactly the right PowerSupply to handle this motherboard, TWO Xeon E5345 CPU's, IDE DVD burner, two WD1500ADFD 150GB SATA Raptors (C: Mirror RAID), and two 500GB 7200 rpm S...
Summary: I am using an add-in Adaptec RAID controller, and in order for it to boot from that card, I had to completely switch off the other array from booting. Other than this snag, it booted right up with no problems.
Pros: This board is top quality. Apart from some unrelated issues due to using an add-in RAID controller, it is wonderful. It booted right up and is quite fast. The board has a plethora of options and is rock solid.
Cons: This is one very large board... It requires an equally large case.
Summary: connect everything to the board before installing into the cases. the small pins can be very tricky up in the corners.
Pros: Amazing board. i build systems for a living and i put this board together today. Large with no trouble whatsoever. kind of a tight squeeze even inside one of the largest supermicro pedestal cases.