Pros: Jumpers! I actually like jumpers, as you really can't mess up adjusting features in hardware, whereas software can have glitches.
Cons: Memory support is a pain in the rear. However, this seems to be an issue with the Intel 3400 series chipsets, and not due to Supermicro from what I've read Online, so I went ahead and gave this board a 5 egg rating.
Pros: It's Supermicro.. enough said. Cheap and relatively high quality products all around. Take note that you need a server processor (X3400 series) to run ECC ram. (I only buy server grade hardware so this wasn't an issue for me.)
Cons: It states that you need Registered RAM to support 32GB of ram.. but apparently you can't even use the last two RAM slots without registered ram. I had 6 sticks of 2GB KVM ram and I could only use 4 of them. If I put ram in the last two slots, the board won't boot.
Pros: As usual with SM boards, it works fine and is rock solid.
Cons: Pin-1 listing for the front panel connector is either reversed in the manual (both printed and online), OR the red stripe denoting Pin-1 on the SM SC512 chassis is wrong. Pin-1 is actually the one closest to the sATA connectors, or as I said, the chassis cable is incorrectly marked.
Pros: Supermicros are, in a few words, the best motherboards. Never less than the reference design, and frequently overbuilt. Rock-solid stable, clear but complete BIOS config, great manual.
Cons: Here's the mistake. When they don't mention Core i# chips, it's because there's a problem with them and ECC memory. After years of server board = ECC support even if you had a non-server processor, as long as the chip fit it worked. Not any more! Now, unless you have a Xeon, you don't get ECC. It'll boot, but then it'll throw memory errors agogo. If you buy this board, don't count on ECC without a Xeon.
Pros: Modern design with the latest server features. An affordable board with 6 ram slots and sata connections. Has 2 internal usb (A plug) slots for use with standard usb flash drives, great for booting small distros.
Cons: no ide, a new chipset, and limited on expansion slots.
Summary: Good luck finding memory for this motherboard, the manufacturers themselves only have a list of 2 different hard to find brands. I will save you the trouble and give you a list from kingston which worked for me. http://www.ec.kingston.com/ecom/configurator_new/modelsinfo.asp?
Pros: Decent motherboard
Cons: After installing and booting up, I put in the CD that was SUPPLIED WITH the motherboard and I get this message: Hardware Model X8SIE not supported. The following models are supported: (lists models that arent the model of this motherboard). This company needs to get their act together. The Driver CD supplied with the motherboard doesn't even work? Pathetic