Summary: The first board would not even post. Got an RMA and a few weeks later got a replacement board. It did post but would not boot from the DVD as the BIOS indicated it should. Blue-screened on a 2003 OS attempt. Finally got 2008R2 installed by using the on board USB port and a USB Sony DVD, but after updates and a first reboot it would never load the OS and not even the BIOS.
Summary: I have had a FreeNAS server for 2 years but my hardware did not meet the best practice since it did not support ECC RAM that is recommended. So I decided to make the move. I took this LGA1155 board since I already have a G630 CPU. This board is fully supported by FreeNAS. WOW!. I really appreciate de IPMI feature. No need for a monitor. I have complete remove control via my web browser even the bios.
Good product but horrible support after purchase from Supermicro
10 October 2013
Summary: I really like to features and functions of this board, however, recently had a problem and contacted Supermicro to try and resolve the issue. After more than a month of back and forth with Supermicro, they diagnose the problem to be exactly what I stated initially. It was as if Supermicro was intentionally trying to avoid supporting their product. This is not the first bad experience that I have with this company.
Summary: The Good: Works great as a server board for running FreeNAS (recommended part). Have just purchased 2 more to replace/upgrade my 2 older servers. SuperBiiz shipped quickly and professionally. Will buy again from them in the future.
Summary: I bought this board because I wanted to build a simple server with a Xeon processor and ECC memory. Mounting the board in a case and connecting things like fans, front case USB ports, power and reset switches was straightforward and adequately explained by the board documentation. I've had the board running now for a few weeks with no problems so far.
Summary: System as-built with 16GB ECC RAM, Core i3-3220T, 4 3.5" drives, and a couple of add-on cards draws 52W booted at idle, and 102W at peak. Excellent low power setup. The onboard BMC (baseboard management controller) is the killer feature. The BMC presents to the CPU virtual VGA, keyboard and mouse devices, which can then be accessed over the network via the Supermicro IPMIView program -- a java app that works fine on Ubuntu 12.04.
Summary: This is a great motherboard. I finally finished my home server build... slowly but surely. As of April 2013, it comes with the latest bios that will support Ivy Bridge processors. The IPMI is cool but I didn't find much use of it after I got everything running. If I were to buy another, I would more than likely get the model without the IPMI. This will NOT recognize non-ecc ram. I was bummed out. I was hoping to use old parts. It will only recognize ECC unbuffered ram.
Summary: I have this in a home server paired with a Xeon E3-1230 V2. The one I received already had the latest firmware, so no worries there. IPMI feature is very handy. The machine is on 24/7 and it's rock solid.
Summary: As of 3/15/13 when I received my motherboard it came with bios version 2.0b, so it did support the Ivy bridge xeons (version 2) The IPMI dedicated NIC alone is an amazing feature, it allows you to remotely shut down, turn on, reboot, etc, and also monitor all sensors on the motherboard. The best part of it though? The virtual KVM part.