Summary: I'm about to buy a second one for another location. Do yourself a favor and ditch the stock Intel E3 series cooler. Those clamps are junk. You will sleep better if you replace it with a bolt-down solution (at least I did).
Pros: . -not very expensive -adequate features -zero problems after a year of use
Cons: -bios is a little clunky. -I don't like the cheapo Nuvoton/Matrox video chip. I would prefer Intel for this.
Summary: 6th or so server build with this board and would definitely buy more
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. 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. yes they all have the latest fw
Summary: I've built two systems with this motherboard; one of them is a web server colocated at a datacenter in San Jose and the other is a 3U storage server for my home. When idle, the web server uses 22 watts of electricity. For a server with 32GB of RAM, two 256GB SSDs, and a quad-core Xeon CPU (the E3-1260L), this is hard to believe for me, but that's what my Kill-a-watt tells 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. To those complaining about memory issues, remember that this is a server class board, and as such requires server class memory. Stick with decent unregistered ECC and you'll be fine.
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.
Cons: Its very picky on the type of Ram that it uses, and since I have had it, I have had nothing but problems. Currently, I am having an issue with Random Reboots, this is after it burned through 2 hdd (I seriously think it was the MBD that caused this)
Summary: If you get one with a bad DIMM slot (apparently not all that uncommon), this is really a $173+ board, not $160 as advertised. At this new price point I would recommend going with a board that supports IPMI. On its own this board would have gotten 4 eggs, but instead gets 1 egg because of the bad DIMM slot.
Pros: When it works, excellent stable board that supports the latest Xeon Ivy Bridge CPUs.
Cons: Needed Sandy Bridge CPU to flash new BIOS onto boards before they would recognise an Ivy Bridge CPU. No IPMI support (no BMC). No fan speed control unless 4 pin fans are in use. Out of the three boards I have ordered, so far one has a bad DIMM slot from the manufacturer. This is completely unacceptable; to top off the bad experience NewEgg wants me to pay $13 in return shipping to get it replaced! At that price I'll probably just eat the bad slot; buyer beware!
Summary: Until now, I've always had nothing but good to say about Supermicro. All I can think of as an excuse for this board is they must have had a novice design it. I returned 1 thinking it was DOA (I had buffered RAM, not yet knowing it was the wrong stuff - Newegg was fantastic about the exchange). When my second board wouldn't work I called Supermicro, who informed me I had the wrong RAM. Again, Newegg was excellent about accepting my return.
Pros: cheap, supports Xeon E3 CPU,
Cons: I would give this board 0 eggs, but the site won't let me. This is hands down the worst board I've EVER got from Supermicro. They are actually extremely lucky that I've used several of their boards before, otherwise I'd never buy their parts again, this board has been that awful. 1st: The memory MUST be un-buffered, but the only place this is documented is in passing in the middle of the user's manual - nowhere else (website etc.) 2nd: When the the SATA controller is ...