Pros: - Arrived in great shape exactly as advertised. - MoBo is well designed and has so far worked reliably with my setup. - Seems like a fair price for a middle-of-road server MoBo.
Cons: I took away one egg because as a first time computer builder, the manual/tech. specs. were not as well done as I would like. - It was a bit confusing because the manual was actually written for 4 different motherboards... - Point above made it difficult to find the applicable directions in the first place. - The beep codes for setup were not well explained in the manual (this is my main complaint.) -- everything works fine, but I still don't know what the MoBo is sayi...
Summary: This is a great budget motherboard for a server. It features an onboard IPMI controller with a dedicated ethernet port for IPMI. Will support Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge cpus including i3/i5/i7 and E3.
Excellent basic server board when paired with a good processor and quality RAM.
Justin E. Davis "OntologicalShock", Amazon
27 June 2014
Summary: Loads of options and dual Intel LAN. Expressive speaker. Good component layout for a front to back venting arrangement (though a stock intel CPU cooler can get a little too snug against the first RAM heat spreader if installed a certain way). This board is pretty picky about RAM, so don't mess about! You'll need ECC DDR3 that is also Unbuffered (Not Registered) or it won't even post. I recommend Crucial CT2KIT51272BD160B or it's like in the sizes you require.
Summary: Making a NAS with this board, CSE 731i case, 3ea. 1TB drives was about as simple as it gets. Worked flawless from first boot.
Pros: Easy to install. Worked flawless out of the box. 6 SATA cables included. Intel NIC's work perfect without drivers in most OS. IPMI is the bee's knees. Booted first time without monitor or keyboard. Just plugged in the network and used the utility to set bios and booted to the USB with FreeNAS loaded. Simple I've used SuperMicro since the 90's and never had problems with them when using quality components.
Cons: Not sure if this is a real con but the CPU power plug is 8 pin.The power supply in the supermicro case that fits it so well is 6 pin. Other than that I can't find any yet.
Pros: Got this MB with Intel Xeon E3-1220 V2 as XenServer 6.2.0 host and it works fine. Added the TP-LINK TG-3468 after XenServer installation and Xen saw NIC just fine. 1 NIC for Xen network, 1 for storage, 1 for Internet.
Cons: A bit expensive for single socket, AMD board might be more economical, but not certain about XenServer 6.2.0 compatibility.
Summary: I started looking at x9 series Supermicro boards because they are recommended on the FreeNAS forums. I settled on the MBD-X9SCL-F-O because I wanted IPMI and ECC memory and planned to use the 6 onboard SATA ports for a ZFS RAIDZ2 array, and I didn't think 6 GB SATA would be much benefit with 7200 RPM drives. Overall the motherboard has been flawless. I definitely recommend this board, especially in combination with the e3 CPU and ECC memory below.
Pros: Very stable. Supports 32 GB ECC memory. 6 on-board SATA ports. IPMI. 2 Intel NICs.