Summary: Since receiving this board, I have used different poer supplies, processors and memory - all that should be working fine with this board. I believe that this board has been refurbished and re-sold as a "new" board after inspecting the soldering done on the board when I got it.
Pros: None found yet - I haven't been able to get the motherboard to work yet since I received it.
Cons: Everything - Unable to get the board to POST since I've had it.
Summary: I am very happy with the motherboard after receiving it. I failed to read previous reviews or I would not have made the purchase. I am glad I purchased then read the reviews.
Pros: The upgraded version has an improved heatsink with fan on the northbrige. Previous reviews and the photo show a giant low profile heatsink that interfered with videocard installation. The issue seems to be resolved. I recommend checking out the motherboard before buying the videocard to avoid con...
Cons: The CPU fans are located in the corner of the board away from the CPU. With the Kuhler 650s I am installing, the wire is long enough; however, my old heatsink's fan would not have reached.
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.
Summary: Noctua NH-U9DX's fit fairly well. It's amazing that so much can fit into the ATX form factor.
Pros: Worked out of the box with two Xeon X5650's, 12Gb of Gskill non-ecc DDR3 1600 (running at 1333) and a GTX 480. The layout works well to make the most out of the small ATX size. The board has an excellent high quality feel to it. Comes with a thorough manual written in real English.
Cons: No cooling for the VRMs. Heatsink on the chipset becomes half covered by a decent sized video card and so far it's gotten up to 80c. I'm sure it's okay since it was designed that way, but a larger heatsink or a fan would have been nice as some of the other Supermicro boards have a small heatsink/...
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. 2. Relatively inexpensive. 3. It worked the first time I put everything together (power supply, memory, cd-rom, drives, video card etc.) You need a paper clip to short cut the power pins to start the computer, since it does not come with a on/off switch cable.
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 th...
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 This board will take...
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. Unlike many of the i7 boards I've seen (Granted, this is E5500 and not i7), this one...
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). Also, this device has two sensor chips, one of which is not supported by Linux (...