Summary: Got this board after retiring my old Q6600 system on a junky mATX desktop board. I moved the CPU and 8GB (4x 2GB) of non-ECC DDR2-800 RAM, then added a bunch of disks to the SATA ports.
Pros: Takes just about any LGA775 CPU, if you can still find them or have any lying around. Supports ECC and non-ECC unbuffered DDR2 up to DDR2-800. Will take an IPMI card for KVM-over-IP (though it isn't cheap and needs to be sourced elsewhere). Has 4x PCI-X slots - 2 of them are 100MHz and two of the...
Cons: No PCIe x16 slots. Only one PCIe x8 and one PCIe x4 slot, which limits modern expansion choices.
Summary: to the person talking about the Retention bracket. What you are saying doesent really make any sence. If ur talking about a bracket to mount a heat sink that is suspose to come with the heatsink no the motherboard or case.
Pros: We never could find any "pros" on this motherboard
Cons: No CPU Retention bracket. We scoured the internet looking for one - most difficult to find. We found some vendors looking for 20.00 to ship one. No Thanks. Even a Magician could install a cpu without the bracket. Daniel James Tyler
Pros: Needed a cheap server motherboard with PCI-X slot for the SuperMicro 8 port SATA RAID card. This motherboard allowed me to use a cheap C2D CPU to keep costs down. Worked well out of the box and booted on first attempt. Windows 7 installed without a hitch.
Summary: This is a socket 775 motherboard, what do you mean heatsync retention bracket? OEM Intel HS has no retention bracket, if you are using some aftermarket HS that needs one that would have to come from the HS mfg not supermicro.
Summary: I bought a supermicro case and another brand mobo. The mobo didn't work in the case so I bought this one as per supermicro's support. I had it overnighted so we could get this build done for a customer today.
Pros: It looks nice.
Cons: Supermicro doesn't ship a retention bracket for the cpu heat sync with this motherboard.