Summary: I have used this motherboard in servers, my HTPC, and my main workstation. This board is built for stability and reliability, not overclocking.
Pros: I have used this board in 4x of my server builds. I just got my 5th today and it was defective (but newegg will replace and all will be good again) This board has great features, can use ECC RAM (with xeon cpus) and has every connection you could want. It has proven to be very stable and a good w...
Summary: Set Up: Chassis: Supermicro CSE-743T-645B (Supermicro still makes the CSE-743T case in a 665w variant, highly recommended) RAM: One Kingston KVR1333D3N9HK3/12G kit & One KVR1333D3N9K3/6G kit (total of 18gigs) CPU: core i7 920 (bloomfield) Heatsink: I used the stock Intel cooler for nearly all 3...
Pros: I have had this board running in nearly 24/7 operation for over 3 years now and have never had a problem with it (running Windows Server 2008R2). Booted up first go on day one and every time there after when I installed new hardware.
Pros: Onboard RAID exists and works just fine. In fact, there is Intel-based RAID and Adaptec-based RAID. The Adaptec raid is cheesy, 2004 vintage, drivers are scarce for Windows 2008 so stick with Intel folks. POST moves quickly which I like. Thus far, a solid board for HyperV and Windows Server 2008;...
Summary: The board is packed with features so not really a con but choose the CPU cooler carefully. I wanted a quite server so I bought a large Zalman cooler (CNPS9500) and one of the bolts for the CPU clamp had to be cut off and secured with zip tips. There are alot of compoents close the CPU socket.
Pros: I purchased this bored for a home ESXi server/lab. My first supermicro board and I bought it based on many other positive reviews of Supermicro. No configuration needed I was able to just plug everything in and go. Lot of features and the various expansion slots makes this plus.
Summary: I'm not going to call this a "con" but it might have been nice for Supermicro to include (or sell as an accessory) a 5.25 faceplate with LED's to display the extra diagnostic indicators available on board. Instead you would have to buy a Supermicro case to get these.
Pros: This board works really well under Linux as a workstation board. I paired this with a Xeon W3680 and it is great. Everything works and it has been perfectly stable so far.
Summary: Got to love when after assembly it just works. i had this board and still have its sister board that's SLI capable but with out the pcix slots , unfortunately the pci16x are to close together for any real video cards in sli .
Pros: love supermicros are the simplest easiest, plug and play motherboards i know, no tinkering required .