Summary: another annoying issue is the thermal sensor alarm threshold its. the alarm constantly goes off for no reason as the system is not overheating. ive had this issue on multiple supermicro boards.
Pros: i love these boards they are very reliable i havent had one die yet
Cons: 3 eggs due to minor issues. boards fw lacks major refinement. the onboard video chip at least on mine is not the Nuvoton WPCM150GA0BX as stated its a matroxg200w and the video performance is horrible but its not an issue for me.
Pros: The version of the board I received supported my Ivy Bridge CPU out of the box. Still, it's not a bad idea to keep a Sandy Bridge CPU around just in case you get one with older BIOS.
Cons: The placement of the power headers does not jive with several Supermicro cases. I had to purchase a 12" extension to fit in my Supermicro case. You'd think their engineering departments would talk to each other from time to time.
Pros: Good feature set for a server board, comes with 6 SATA connectors (one for each sata port). Doesn't seem like a big deal, but i've purchased boards that only came with 1/2 (despite having more sata ports on the board). SATA connectors are all in one location on-board, they also all use the same RAID controller.
Cons: The case lights/switches connector section is poorly placed, I ended up with the wires for my case extending precariously close to my RAM. Nothing a little cable re-routing didn't fix, though. -1 Egg because it does not support SATA 3.0 or USB 3.0 on board. I'm a bit new to server boards, but it seems like most of the cost was for the ability to use ECC RAM, still seems steep.
Pros: Great board with a big improvement over the Lynnfield in disk IO. We run these with LSI 9260 RAID cards and couldn't be happier IO improvements. Also, no problems running Windows or Linux. Though we needed get the latest NIC Drivers from the Intel site and compile them for our CentOS builds.
Pros: Everything works as expected except... (see cons)
Cons: The primary NIC works, however linux (CentOS) does not recognize the second NIC for some reason, which sucks as we had planned on doing backups of the server on our private network, instead of using the public network.