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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: No IMPI, but otherwise pretty much everything you could want in a reliable, Supermicro quality workstation class motherboard, including with a suitable CPU with integrated graphics nifty HDMI output, video and sound that you can plug into your AV receiver. My build includes: SeaSonic S12II 430B power supply Intel Xeon E3-1225 V2 Ivy Bridge CPU (be sure to get one ending in 5 if you want integrated graphics) 4 sticks of Kingston KVR1333D3E9S/4G memory, although that model...
Summary: Building up an ESXi 5.1 (on USB stick) environment, running NexentaStor, Centos, Windows Server 2012 essentials. Got a PCI Lan card to jump start (ESXi 5.1 doesn't support the Intel nics out of the box, needed to downgrade the drivers), and a LSI3081e-r HBA to allow pass-through of 2TB WD Red drives to Nexenta ( requires another set of patches to ESXi 5.1 to make the pass through work).
Pros: stable E3-v2 Xeon board
Cons: not really any cons - maybe that the manual is a bit sparse
Summary: Overall great board. I was looking to build a Xeon server on the cheap, and this had the features I wanted at the price I was willing to pay.
Pros: Fairly priced for the features
Cons: Only holds 32 GB RAM, and you can NOT use Registered memory. You can use unbuffered ECC or non-ECC, but can't mix. Keep in mind that non-registered ECC is usually a little harder to find and more expensive than registered ECC.