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. I have several of the case fans plugged into the motherboard and luckily have not experienced issues.
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.
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. So after reading that post about sluggish behavior, I emailed Supermicro's tech support and they said I could plug the 3 case fans into the motherboard headers.
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: 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. I went round and round trying to figure out what that was, thinking i had it licked a number of times, but that's what it is.
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...
Summary: Great if you use it with a case that accommodates it: SUPERMICRO CSE-836TQ-R800B Black 3U Rackmount Server Case
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: 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 reach using the back panel cable management. A bit of dremel work and my cable length problems were solved though...
Summary: The board is huge. It fits well enough into the SuperMicro cases I purchased (CSE-825TQ-R700LPB) which was one SuperMicro had listed for the board. It was still a bit of a tight fit getting the board in. Once I got it in though the only real problems were the documentation being slightly off and the internal power cables are rather snug between CPU1 and the side of the case.
Pros: Nice board, lots space for ram, solid construction and plenty of features. It really is somewhat of an everything and the kitchen sink kind of board.
Cons: The documentation was a little off. Some of the details of the board listed in the Motherboard manual were off and the manual from the website was no different than the one I received.
Summary: Before I received the board, I contacted supermicro support and specifically asked if the board would fit in an extended atx case, and thier response verbatim was : "Yes, the MBD-X8DAH+-F will be fixed into a standard Extended ATX case." Buyer beware. This is going to end up costing me in the form of return shipping and newegg restocking fees...
Pros: Specs are good, loads of ram slots
Cons: Size. This board is 347.47mm long and 330.20mm wide. Extended ATX is 330mm long and 305mm wide. Even most full tower eATX cases cannot accommodate this board.
Summary: I've been wanting to try SuperMicro for awhile, so I bought this board as the heart of a VMWare server for my lab.
Pros: * Obscenely high RAM capacity - 18 DIMM sockets - You can add 72GB of RAM using inexpensive 4GB modules, or 144GB of RAM using 8GB modules.
Cons: * It's got a relatively unusual layout and will not fit any ATX case and only a very few E-ATX cases. The biggest problem is that while most motherboards have their "I/O block" (keyboard, LAN, USB, audio) on the back panel at the upper edge (assuming a tower case) of the board; on this board the I/O block is about an 1.75" from the upper edge of the board - most cases do not provide any additional space here. Additionally, the board maxes out the E-ATX size spec, so m...
Summary: You can not find any better mobo than this for ESXi. Everything is supported out of the box for ESXi 4, and is great as both a testing or production server. Some things were hard to overcome, such as the huge size and the lack of fittable heatsinks, but with a little mechanical skill, this is easily the most capable motherboard in the dual LGA1366 socket category.
Pros: Everything is compatible with VMware ESX 4i. The NICs and ICH10R are all detected by esxi, and work very well. No drivers had to be separately installed.
Cons: The manual has some stuff wrong, such as the triple channel ram configuration. In version 1.0 of the manual, it says use 1A, 2A, 3A, but in version 1.0a, it says 1A, 1B, 1C. Version 1.0a is correct. The board does not post if 1A,2A, 3A is used.