It's older tech, but it's rock solid reliable when used with compatible memory
T. Mccleary, Amazon
7 January 2013
Summary: Ok, if you're looking at this, you're probably aware of the benefits and shortcomings of this motherboard. For those who aren't aware, here's some info: Pro: 1. It's rock solid, as long as you use the right memory. 2. The IPMI interface allows you to remotely control it.
Summary: This thing is rock solid stable and fast. I do not understand why people stray from the tested memory list, it pretty much takes the guesswork out of it. However, just for fun, I tried various other DDR3-1333 ECC dims that were 1.5v and they all booted fine for what it is worth.
Pros: CPU support for Pentium G6950 and Celeron G1101. Dual Intel 82574L Gigabit Ethernet Controllers. mATX form factor with 4 Sata ports for a nice compact system. Tested memory list includes common value ECC RAM found on Newegg (CT25672BA1339). Linux drivers.
Cons: none. I noticed another review stated that a revision 1 board would not support Pentium G6950 and this is not the case. Mine booted right up and I suspect the user did not have the proper memory.
Summary: I have it installed in a Supermicro CSE-731i-300B case, with a Xeon X3430 proc, Intel SSD boot drive, and 4 2TB platters in RAID 10, running OpenSUSE 11.4. It's as rock solid as all of the other Supermicro boards I've used (about 11 of them, mostly work computers).
Pros: Easy to set up, works great like every other Supermicro mobo.
Summary: I'm not mad... really. I'm actually a big fan of Supermicro gear. The only thing I can say is that I hope you never have to contact Customer Support, as you will surely be disappointed.
Pros: - Supermicro quality - Form Factor. mATX form factor is great for 1U 1156 servers. - Supports 1156 series CPUs (though not all, see below).
Cons: - Memory - This board is picky about the memory you put in. Read other reviews / google for recommended models. - CPU Support - This is actually my biggest complaint. There are two revisions of this board available, 1.01 and 1.02. If you want to use a Core i3 or a Pentium G6950, then you must use...
Summary: Got it via a combo deal with SuperMicro mini case. Super sweet deal. With 16gb of ram, Xeon 3440, and a few HDD's, it only consumes about 0.4 Amps. Once it is set up and running, works perfectly. Yes, the mobo is very picky about the type of ram.
Pros: Good price Reliable Very power efficient Good SuperMicro support
Cons: Picky about ECC ram Mobo failed to boot upon upgrading BIOS (see below)
Pros: I have this running ESXi4.1 with Dell Perc5i RAID card and dual Kingston 2x2GB UDIMM kit. Booted ESXi off of the flash drive with no problem recognized all of the hardware, including both of the NICs.