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.
Summary: This board came recommended by forum gurus for building a NAS server machine on the FreeNas operating system. I'm glad to say that I was smart enough to listen to them and purchase this board.
Pros: came with updated bios and IPMI firmware. worked out of the box for FreeNas. cost was reasonable. quality workmanship.
Summary: Paired this with: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) CT2KIT102472BD160B I was worried about the ram not being on the approved list. It shows up fine, tested fine, and runs fine.
Pros: I order this board for my new FreeNAS build, it comes highly rated on their forums, and for good reason. It is a very quality server board, built for what is does best. I ordered this one versus others because I wanted four PCI-E slots. I have pulled it in an out of the chassis several times duri...
Cons: Pricey, but you get what you pay for with this board.
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!.
Summary: I have been running this 24/7 in a data center for 2 years now with 6 virtual machines in a 16gb/3TB configuration and it never even hiccups. When I lost a drive earlier this year the IPMI was a life-saver (machine is 600 miles away). I'd build this machine again in a heartbeat.
Pros: IPMI is to die for. Perfect ESXI host
Cons: RAM compatibility sucks. You will have to try a few times probably. Read other reviews for best RAM options.
Summary: Great product. Full of features. Came with updated BIOS
Pros: Bought the board to run Windows Server 2012 and VMware ESXi hosts.(8 virtual machines no problem can squeeze few more in). Paired the board with 1 x Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 69W Quad-Core Server Processor BX80637E31230V2. Threw in 1 x Kingston 16GB (2 x 8GB)...
Cons: Wanted to use all the NICS. Had to find intel driver for another nic. Was a little time consuming but once all done. Works like a champ!!!
Summary: The layout of this board is odd (to me) the power connections are on top and in the cases I buy that ends up right under the power supply, also the power switches and HDD LEDs also on the top edge. Not a big deal just a little inconvenient.
Pros: This is the third server build with this board. So far the two I built in May of 2013 have not skipped a beat. Glad I posted how to boot from DVD on my previous go round as I needed that information again.
Cons: All documentation and drivers are on the website not in the box. If you have trouble booting from DVD after setting up raid or finding Raid drivers see my previous post from May 2013.
Summary: There have been some other minor issues I have experienced with this board that were not show stoppers. It has trouble with detecting boot devices unless you change some really strange settings in the BIOS.
Pros: SuperMicro tech support is great. No where have I ever experienced working with a manufacturer where you literally talk to the guy sitting on a work bench reproducing your problem and figuring things out for you.
Cons: Unfortunately, this board is NOT compatible with Server 2012 Hyper-V. This board has a fatal flaw with the network adapters. If you install the Intel drivers for the network cards with advanced networking services (so you can use teaming, vlans, etc.) and install Hyper-V the system will become un...