Pros: This Supermicro motherboard has everything you would want in a highend workstation: dual Xeon processors, Sata III and SAS 2 controllers, numerous USB 3 and 2 ports, quad channel RAM, etc.
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: I have not experienced ANY of the issues that are reported by the other reviewer. I flashed the motherboard BIOS and also the LSI2308 firmware. It required a call to Supermicro and their support was excellent (returned email within 1 hour.) I looked at every other motherboard that had similar specs. and this was by far the best in terms of supporting multiple RAID's @ 6Gbs (2x RAID 10's: 4x Samsung Pro 840's and 4x Seagate Savvio 10.5K's), high-end graphics card (Quadro K5000), 128 Gbs RAM, USB 3 and 2, Creative Sound Blaster Z, etc.) A great motherboard that deserves a second look.
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Not ready for Prime Time
Pros: Newest Intel DP System
Cons: Not really Extended ATX spec (Most holes do not match up to standoffs)
Other Thoughts: We have hit a brick wall in trying to get this motherboard into production. The on-board SAS HD controller is cooking our SAS hard drives. It seems to be accessing the SAS drives @ 100%; all the time. We have tested the motherboard with old and new drives. Same results. We have tested it with RAID arrays and single drives. Same results. We have used small capacity and large capacity drives. Same results. We have tested it with and without a backplane. Same results. This behavior even shows up during boot before the OS is loaded.
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