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: Hope the board lasts, all in all it was a good deal for what you get. Of course Newegg shipped it out right away and it all came before it was due - Newegg Rocks
Pros: built an entry level server with W2008R2 using this Mboard and an Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 69W Quad-Core Server Processor 2 x Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) ECC Unbuffered Server Memory Model and 2 x Western Digital WD RE4 WD1003FBYX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Enterprise Hard Drive.
Cons: convoluted and missing Raid setup Documentation. I wanted a simple raid mirror at the Mboard level not in windows. While it was easy enough to get the raid setup once I turned it on I could not load the OS from the DVD as it would not boot from it after searching I found the correct settings so that the Mboard will boot from DVD after Intel raid is setup. Here are the steps from Super Micro Forum
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 grabbed this along with two Samsung 840 PRO 128Gb SSD's, with the intent of setting up a RAID 1. Eventually I got this working, but out of the box it was not cooperative. First, after changing the SATA mode to RAID from AHCI, you get two options for the code base - Intel or LSI. Using the Intel option, both drives were both detected, but I could NOT access the configuration utility at boot time.
Pros: IPMI KVM rocks, BIOS options plentiful.
Cons: On-board video is junk, but hey it's a server...
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.