Summary: I decided to go with the dual cpu system but only buy one of the chips, which would allow me to spend the money in a much faster chip with the ability to add on additional one later. Instead of two $880 CPUs, I spent $1600 on one faster chip with a much better benchmark. I went this route because it would allow me a good working computer with continued upgradability when prices come down to a more reasonable range. I am about $6000 in already on this computer.
Summary: This motherboard is working perfectly for me. PROS: -The motherboard has plenty of useful features. -Great capacity for RAM. -A great size considering the amount of RAM that is capable of using and the double socket. CONS: -BIOS could be better. -Really bad Fan control, at least without PWM fans. -The mounting holes are not standard E-ATX or SSI EEB, you have to slightly mod your case in order to mount the motherboard.
Summary: Good: Outstanding features, PCIe 3.0, a good number of slots, Very stable if you don't mess with BIOS to try and get Windows 8/Server 2012 running. Facts: EATX form factor = large size, while I have dealt with large size before, this just seems bulky, and the need to shoe-horn the MB into a case. Also only 1/2 of the EATX mounting holes lined up, so I had to use the good old, white motherboard standoffs from before the industry started to standardize.
Excerpt: Данная материнка была в составе фирменной серверной платформы Supermicro, я лишь установил 2 процессора E5-2620 и 4 плашки оперативки по 8 ГБ 1600МГц. Установлен Windows Server 2012 R2 Standart, SQL Server 2012 Bussiness Intelligence, утилита управления от Касперского, сервер 1С 8,2 и Консультант+.
Pros: Качество; Возможности
Cons: Нет встроенного видеоадаптера; Оптоволоконный выход на звук и поддержка 7.1 акустики (зачем?Оо)
Summary: Supermicro was better before now :/ There is no compatibility CPU list on their website ; they said it is the only motherboard which work with E5 2687w CPU : it is a lie !! ... doesn't work with E5 2687w CPU Stepping B0. Technical support is not friendly. I own several Supermicro Motherboard. This is the first time I'm so angry. Very deisapointed !!!