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.
Summary: * User manual stated it uses non-ECC only. Don't believe it, that's a typo. It does, even the BIOS stated so too. * Tech support thought you can not simultaneously utilize both dedicated and iGFX, they're wrong. Just set iGFX to enabled from auto in the bios to enable this.
Pros: * Very helpful tech support. They're actually trying to help you unlike like the Chinese brands. Plus, no waiting period when calling in for helps. * Realtek ALC1155 is another bonus too. I really like the 116 dB of SNR. Other brands are still using the 892 / 888 chips which doesn't make any sens...
Cons: * Why the dual link DVI when in fact it was soldered as a single link on the back end. That's beyond me. They could've soldered 3 MDP as Intel specified so we can use all 3 monitors at high resolution but now we're stuck to just one. * C226 chip has a terrible heatsink. They could've used a sligh...
Summary: From my perspective, Supermicro products are high end. I am of the opinion their primary market is geared towards businesses or providers where there is a regular IT person/group for support & their documentation (on the web) seems to reflect that.
Pros: Great motherboard to go into SC743 chassis. I read the specs at Supermicro site and asked some questions regarding components prior to placing order. Supermicro on line support was better than most and provided very timely responses.
Cons: Not really a con as I missed this. There are only 6 SATA connections on the mother board. The case I purchased had 8 hot swap bays & 3 51/2" bays. Simple enough solution, buy a plug in SATA controller card. I can't knock the product for my oversight.