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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.
Other Thoughts: 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.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Newegg isn't out of stock
Cons: In my last review I explained how to get this Mboard to boot from DVD after setting up Raid. This time I was installing server 2012 not 2008 and the drives didn't show up. I knew that I needed the raid driver but the website of the Manufacturer has a mind boggling number of downloads and no way to find the one you are looking for. Fortunately in one post for someone looking for something similar I found the driver for this Mboard:
The forum poster was actually looking for 2003 32 bit but I saw the 22.214.171.1246 and knew from all the others I tried that it would have the 64 bit also - good luck !
Other Thoughts: It would be nice if they included a CD with the Mboard like ASUS and others do but they direct you to their website where they have every download they've ever provided all mixed together. Good luck figuring it out!READ FULL REVIEW
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
change the following BIOS settings also make sure DVD-ROM is connected to SATA port 4 or 5, goto Advanced ? PCIe/PCI/PnP configuration ? Launch Storage OpROM policy ? Legacy only
Advanced ? Chipset configuration ? Integrated IO configuration ? Detect Non-compliance device ? enable
Advanced ? Boot feature ? INT19 Trap response ? Postponed.
After I banged my head against the wall for an hour or so I found these steps and they worked. Save yourself some time if you want to use the onboard Intel Raid and Load the OS from a DVD after setting it up
Other Thoughts: 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 RocksREAD FULL REVIEW
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