Summary: I've found that amateurs tend to static-zap many components during assembly and complain later that something fails. I've had good luck so far with all Supermicro products and haven't lost a motherboard yet.
Pros: Server grade, made for EXPERTS to use. Runs Unbuntu and Linux Mint variants perfectly. Runs with IBM M1015 Raid card perfectly. Runs with E3-1230V2/E3-1240V2 cpu's perfectly. Very happy with performance.
Cons: A little more pricey than commercial PC boards, but worth it so far in absolutely solid performance.
Summary: *Supermicro’s site clearly states that for the onboard video to work the CPU must have graphics integrated, for example the E3-1245 or E3-1275, so plan accordingly. *This motherboard has a 24-pin ATX power connector (required), an 8-pin CPU power connector (required) and a 4-pin auxiliary connector...
Pros: I've been using Supermicro server boards for more than ten years and have yet to return one. I particularly like this board because of the legacy ports (VGA, serial, PS/2, PCI) available along with some of the newer tech (HDMI, USB 3.0). I always appreciate it when someone posts the specs that wo...
Cons: It's easy to miss the Intel RAID configuration on boot. First enable RAID in BIOS (DEL key at boot) then on next boot press CTRL + i to enter RAID setup. Manual not included. You can download it at Supermicro's site.
Summary: Next time I'll stick with ASUS, full set of accessories and a manual with driver disk.
Pros: it's made by Supermicro
Cons: $220+ mainboard, and they throw in 6 of the cheapest, flimsiest, NON-CLIP sata cables I've ever seen. Sure, it's just another $18 or so to replace them with Sata-III right angle clip cables, but come on, I already shelled out $220 to get the mainboard.
Summary: I tried SLI and it does not work as I expected. This is a server/workstation board and not a gaming board. I got a re[ply back from SuperMicro stating that it doe NOT support Crossfire nor SLI.
Summary: Neither Newegg or Supermicro had info on power connections to motherboard. It has a 24 pin main, 8 pin, and 4 pin.
Pros: Nice board, good clean layout. Simple is what I wanted.
Cons: Unfortunately, installing for a friend and his was sans the owner manual and no driver disk. Only had the quick start guide, had to use the web. Hope it wasn't a return, until it boots and runs stable, gonna give only 3 stars...
Summary: No IPMI or video chipset, which I should have taken into consideration when deciding which board to buy. RAM I used was Newegg Item: N82E16820239371
Pros: More than one PCI-e option.
Cons: RAM slots very close to the CPU. My Evo heatsink would not fit without touching the RAM chips, although I had all slots populated so it may not be a concern for all, since I think the blue slots that should be filled first, are farther out.