Pros: Layout is good, everything is clearly marked.
Cons: Out of about a dozen supermicro server builds this is the 2nd time the box did not have a manual or driver disk which cost time having to download. Wanted to do raid 1 mirror but every time drives selected for mirror the dvd drive disappeared, never did get it working but no time to RMA. No this is not my first raid rodeo.
Cons: I have had intermittent problems with the system on the network (it just simply stops communicating, and the Windows Network dialog box hangs when I try to disable and re-enable the network device). I just recently went to the SuperMicro website and downloaded the Intel LAN software direct from there, but I'm pretty sure I tried this before ... it doesn't look like the driver version numbers are any different. I am assuming it's a driver issue because I ran CentOS lin...
Pros: Remote console with virtual media support, UEFI support, support for Xeon and 'regular' i3/i5 CPUs.
Cons: I can't fault Supermicro for this, but one of the NIC ports isn't supported by VMware ESXi. I knew this going in and bought an added Intel dual port card to have a dedicated port for iSCSI and be able to play with SR-IOV (supported by the CPU, the board and the i350 Intel NIC (when using ESXi 5.1).
Pros: Used this board for a home NAS/virtualization platform. Coupled nicely with the CSE-731i-300B case - a single ribbon cable from the case front panel connects to the mobo headers for power button and all status lights.