Summary: I'm using an Adaptec 6805 raid controller with flash module, to WD Velociraptor drives for a file server with success. Also using WD black HD's for the O/S and software, and WD red drives for online backups. Intel BXSTS100A CPU cooler.
Pros: Very stable for 7 months running Win Server 2003 64-bit. Never a need to reboot or even pay much attention to it. Plenty of memory expansion, and I'm only using 1 CPU (Xeon E5620). Will buy another for VM's, using more RAM and dual CPU's now that I know this board is fast and solid.
Cons: Yep, it's a HUGE motherboard. Fits well in SM CSE-836TQ-R800B case.
Summary: Since I can't edit my previous review which erroneously states that CPU voltages are missing in IPMI output, with BIOS 2.0c (08/27/11) IPMItool will report CPU voltages but not CPU temperatures. CPU1 Temp | 0 unspecified | ok CPU2 Temp | 0 unspecified | ok
Summary: This is an incredible stable and well performing server board that has functioned flawlessly since installation in a SUPERMICRO CSE-836TQ-R800B Black 3U Rackmount Server Case with 12 GB RAM and 14 SATA drives. I highly recommend this board and case combination.
Pros: can support dual 5620's for 8 cores and 16 threads. Supports 192 GB RAM or 288 GB (at 800 Mhz).
Cons: as purchased minor issues with IPMI reporting observed (no CPU voltages). Have not had time to investigate if a BIOS upgrade will address this. IPMI does report RAM voltages, etc. for remote hardware monitoring.
Summary: There is some other feedback about someone plugging in fans into the motherboard and the machine acting sluggish. I can verify that this happened. I purchased the CSE-825TQ-R700LPB Black 2U Rackmount Server here as well. Supermicro Case & Supermicro Motherboard - what could be better.
Pros: Ability to add so much cheap ram. Very big board - easy to route cables around. Very reliable.
Cons: Big board - cabling is an issue. Fan headers are an issue - please see other thoughts
Summary: If you flash the board to BIOS R2.0b you will lose the ability to monitor the IOH temperatures. I called SM tech support and was informed that they had intentionally removed the IOH temperatures monitors by request of Intel. Evidently, under normal operations, the IOH temperatures can exceed 100C.
Pros: Accepts up to 18 DIMM's (144GB) 7 PCIe slots (2 x16, 4 x8, 1 x4) 8 Fan Connectors IPMI 2.0
Cons: Non-standard form factor (not EATX as advertised) No SATA 6.0Gb/s ports No USB 3.0
Cons: You need to make sure you have the right case for it. I managed to fix this into a E-ATX case by drilling new holes in the case. I'm not sure if the case had sufficient cooling though because they two IO controller hubs would get up 95 degrees Celcius without small spot coolers on top of the hubs...
Summary: 3) there's like a million fan headers on this board but SM didn't put enough power regulation on the board to run them properly. I found when i plugged the giant fans included in the HAF case onto the motherboard, the computer would periodically freeze.
Pros: Really? Pros? What's not to say - with 6 core HT xeons your server think's it's got 24 CPU's - you can load it down with 144 GB of memory with 8 gig sticks. It's got sound, graphics, dual network, an ILO board, craploads of pcix slots, ich10r controller...
Cons: A few 1) it's HUGE - i can confirm it will fit in the COOLER MASTER HAF 932 case with minor modifications (bend two tabs at the top meant for holding a water cooler down and drill two holes up there for mounting screws) but even then just barely. 2) IOH location, there's 2 and they're right behin...
Summary: Great if you use it with a case that accommodates it: SUPERMICRO CSE-836TQ-R800B Black 3U Rackmount Server Case be sure to order the proper CPU heatsinks (no heatsinks are provided with this board nor with the Retail Xeon CPU's): SUPERMICRO SNK-P0038P CPU Heatsink for Xeon Processor 5500 Series...
Pros: This is an incredible board: fast, solid, stable and reliable. It has built-in IPMI which yields a wealth of information about hardware health remotely (LAN). I think it's hard to go wrong with this board for a server build.
Cons: none (save perhaps that I can't get CPU temps via IPMI using ipmitool but that may be fixed with a BIOS upgrade)
Summary: This is my third Supermicro server build. Recommend using this in a Supermicro case. Large but fits perfectly into CSE-825TQ-R700LPB. Also purchased two SNK-P0038P heatsinks from Newegg. Heatsinks screw directly into motherboard, no need for a back plate as it is integrated into the PCB.
Pros: - reliable and fast - CPU heatsink brackets built into motherboard - plenty USB ports - dual NICs - worth the price if you need a server
Cons: - Instructions are somewhat helpful but too generic with one-size-fits-all approach that covers multiple mobos with not enough detail - Flimsy I/O plate (not a big deal, just annoying) - would have preferred 8 SATA ports instead of the 6 provided (had to buy an Areca ARC-1220 to make use of all 8...
Summary: One of the usb slots on the board is an actual USB slot (not the pins where you plug in your front panel.) Not a con since it already has 6 built into the back panel but this made it so I couldn't get ALL of my front panel usb's plugged in.
Pros: 2 procs, lots of built in USB ports, mostly good layout and TONS of expansion room. It makes a brilliant overall workstation/remote render box.
Cons: This board is going to take work to fit into your normal case. I put it in the 800D and as expected had to drill a few holes for it. The part that caught me offguard was that the 24 pin slot is near the top while the PSU in the 800D is situated near the bottom. My CM Silent Pro Gold just couldn't...