Good but check mechanical dimensions before purchase
J. Ward, Amazon
7 January 2011
Summary: This is a high quality board, however there are two significant issues to be aware of: 1 - The processor sockets are not in a straight line, but are closer together and offset. This will cause problems fitting certain large processor heatsinks, as the corners will overlap. 2 - The chipset heatsink is far too small, and will result in overheating (90C or more even in a well ventilated case).
Summary: I talked to Intel about its ICH chip set. Also talked to super micro (which was awesome customer service) about the problem. Super micro was unable to replicate the problem. We solved the problem by going to a RAID card. Still a great board I just wouldn't trust the on-board raid controller.
Pros: Can fit in a small case. Powerful. 16 cores in system monitor looks awesome.
Cons: Egg taken away. We originally set this up as a RAID 5 PC. It had great read times, but suffered hard core at write, and random read/seek times. This did not make the business I sold it to happy. Server 2003 SE
Avoid this motherboad with northbridge overheating above 70 C
Xi L., Newegg
22 November 2009
Summary: This motherboard does not have a build-in video card. You have to buy an video card separately. (Even though, it won't work since there is a conflict of space between PCI card and heat sink of the Northbridge.
Pros: 1. Support ECC memory for a server.
Cons: The Northbridge has a design flaw of overheating. Turn on the computer and the temperature hikes above 70 degree Celsius (158 degree Fahrenheit) after 15 minutes (with CPUs idle). I did some investigation and found Supermicro put a very short heat sink without a fan on the Northbridge. Why did they put a short heat sink? Because you won't be able to put in any of your PCI or PCI e card if the Northbridge heat sink is tall. This short heat sink appears to be an afterth...
Nice board. Gives you what you need for a quality workstation.
Mordechai. N., Newegg
19 May 2009
Summary: (cont.) you will need to attach it to a VGA display in order to manage the machine. This seems rather foolish as serial connection is usually considered a failsafe. I do hope they change this in later revisions; althout this is the second machine I am using with such a BIOS
Pros: This is my first time buying a Supermicro board and I am very impressed with everything. The packaging it came in was plain and simple. The manual was robust and the six SATA cables are 18" instead of 12" inches.
Cons: For this price it would be nice to give some more SATA ports or SAS ports via a second controller (Intel ICHR10 can *always* only give six ports). No legacy IDE (it's a good thing I just bought a SATA optical drive).