Pros: This board had the right number of PCIE slots for the controllers I needed. The board is rock solid. The technical support was awesome, I had a case grounding issue and they were able to diagnose it with beeps over the phone.
Cons: You need to know what memory to buy for it. Use the vendor chart and stray at your own risk.
Summary: Very satisfied with this board, by far the most expensive I have ever purchased, but has been worth it. It has run multiple OS from Windows Server, 7, and now linux server without hesitation. Never, ever froze, and distributes video without a hitch. Backs up multiple home computers.
Pros: This board has been running in a home server now for 2+ years, both for media distribution and backup of home computers. It has been stable with the ability to house 10 SATA/SAS drives on the board itself, including usb 3.0 header.
Cons: One memory bank was bad or had a short. LGA 2011 socket R processors are expensive with odd cooler requirements. Bios is complicated and a little difficult to navigate
Summary: Despite what other reviewers have said, this motherboard has a standard Intel LGA2011 heatsink attachment configuration. LGA2011 is different from older Intel sockets, but this motherboard is the same as all other "wide" LGA2011 ILM boards, which is most of them.
Pros: Large maximum memory size with ECC support, USB 3.0, onboard audio, and a pair of PCIe 3.0 x16 slots make this a great platform for a user workstation with an add-in video card.
Cons: Not many other usable PCIe slots. Although it has 2 x8 slots, they are next to each other at the end of the board. My LSI RAID card was touching the power supply next to the end of the board. This would be fine if your case has lots of room between power supply and MB. I also had memory slot issu...
Summary: I am very disappointed with this motherboard that I received from Newegg. It did not come with the latest bios to support the latest ivy bridge CPUs. The specs say it supports the Intel Xeon E5-2640 v2 Ivy Bridge-EP 2.0GHz, but unless you get bios version 3 you can't even see the POST video or even...
Pros: You can build a Xeon based workstation that can support up to 256 Gb RAM.
Cons: Came with old firmware which doesn't support Intel Xeon E5-2640 v2 CPU or video cards installed in computer. You need to get a X9SRA with bios version 3. Newegg inventory / stock of Supermicro X9SRA is old. I have built literally hundreds of computers for the University over the last 20 years so ...
Summary: Doesn't include a driver disc. I had to get on another PC and transfer drivers via flash drive. Again, what is it, 2013?? I have no idea what those clowns are doing.
Pros: Works perfectly as far as I know once configured
Cons: Supermicro board came with firmware version 1.1 on it. Had to put a generation 1 Xeon on it for it to give video then flash to version 3 so it could work with my i7 4930K. This was after hours of troubleshooting video issues, changing memory and other hardware out... Is it 2013?? Do I really have...
Summary: I like to see 10 sata 6 across the board and perhaps a micro atx mb with same features of this mb.
Pros: Great mb with Total of 10 sata connectors to build a decent nas solution whether it's all in one zfs with esx or the new Microsoft windows 2012 automated storage tiering. Took me less than 2 hour to put everything together and all rdimm slots works. If you go with ms, you can play games as the mb...
Cons: Would be nice if supermicro has a better bios similar to asus. My favorite bios is the asus efi.
Summary: I just finished upgrading a customer's server stations with units based on this board. The customer is a financial firm...so ECC was extremely important. I loaded the units with 16GB of registered ECC RAM, Intel Xeon E5-1620s, and sub $100 DDR5/128 bit Sapphire vid cards.