Summary: By this point it's missing some newer things, but that's not always what's needed from a server. Each one we have has been extremely reliable.
Pros: Great, reliable server board. Paired with an X3430 and 24GB RAM it's robust and perfect for heavy duty file servers, FreeNAS machines, or other roles. IPMI is fantastic. Obviously works in any enclosure, but installed in a Supermicro chassis it's a great setup.
Cons: On our first one I had a heck of a time figuring out what memory it wanted. Once I found a 24GB set it liked I stuck with that.
Cons: The board came DOA and Newegg says it was damaged when returned. Duh!! It was damaged when I recieved it. Bottom line is they are not going to replace the board. I have ordered from NewEgg for years and never had an issue but this is not good.
Pros: Nice solid and reliable design. 6 memory slots, dual gigabit LAN, IPMI. I've been using X8 motherboard line for over a year and have 5 servers running these boards. They run quite reliably. Technical support is nice and responsive. Managing these servers via IPMI is a breeze: You can just plug a ...
Cons: There is one quirk that you should now. The default value for "Active State Power Management" is "Disabled". DON'T ENABLE IT. If you do you are very likely to have severe problems with network cards. It took me a very long while to figure it out and I nearly went crazy in the process
Summary: Great MB, good value for the money, rock solid Supermicro quality, IPMI!!, plenty of flexibility with CPU support and expansion slots. Great ESXi MB. Very happy with this mb.
Pros: IPMI is AMAZING, how did I ever live without it? Lots of expansion flexibility, plenty of onboard SATA, plenty of DIMM slots, dual GB LAN.
Cons: Does NOT support Core i5 Dual-Core CPU's as Newegg states. Causes error message to post interrupting boot, disabling error messages will allow boot to proceed uninterrupted however VT-d will not work properly. No SATA 6.0, no USB 3.0, but this being a server-board I wasn't looking for bleeding ed...