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Pros: Looks pretty. Has room for 3x GPUs. The 10x SATA ports are at 90 degrees, making cabling much cleaner.
Cons: The downside to this motherboard, from a design perspective, is the location of the PCH x4 PCI slots. SuperMicro SHOULD move at least one to the 7th-slot area, closest to the CPU. That way, you can install 3x GPUs AND an add-on card, like my Intel i350-T4.
The other downside is complete instability. Random hardware lockups/freezes (no Linux kernel panics - just pure lockups). So, I installed Windows 2012R2 thinking it may be Linux. It was greatly exasperated under Windows! Tested each 8GB ram stick one at a time: lockups. Disconnected all devices: lockups. Changed to a different PSU: lockups.
Technical support had several "BETA BIOS's" they wanted me to flash. Hesitant, I tried. The system would never take a "Recovery" SUPER.ROM flash. I finally grabbed and modified a normal flash system to get the BETA BIOS to load. It worked for a few reboots; but now, the system hands during the diagnostics. Email support has been great; but, they say to RMA the board.
Other Thoughts: It was a very hard decision between this board and the X10DAL (the X10DAL allows for all three x16 GPU slots to be used with a single CPU - and has room for 1 additional x8 connected to the PCH!). I do not allow the security issues of IPMI on my networks; but, this was the only X10SRA NewEgg had in stock at time of order.
SuperMicro email support was decent, replying to emails within 4 to 12 hours - even in the middle of the day and late at night. Was impressed as emails typically go into a 'black hole."
I went with SuperMicro for their reputation for stability. This product has completely let me down and I advise against it. Will order the X10DAL NewEgg 1-day, and will get rid of the RMA board when it comes back in what, 3 weeks?
This review is from: Logitech K750 2.4GHz Wireless Solar Powered Keyboard - Black
Pros: This product gets and deserves 2 eggs (see numerous issues in Cons and Other thoughts). It's better to list why it gets 2 eggs than why it got knocked down 3. One of the better "scissor-type" keys I've used (laptop keyboards and these are "scissor-type" keys). Great tactile feedback, much more than any other KB like this (and I've had about a dozen "scissor types" trying to find just the right one). Is a little louder than others, but I like that. Has some weight to it, mixed with the rubber feet kept is very steady on my glass and wood desks without moving (unlike others!). It also is very compact, which was a plus for me. In addition to compact, it was very very thin! This I liked the most as it seemed like I was typing right on the desk.
Cons: See Other Thoughts: 4 RMAs over 2.5 years. Also, it doesn't seem to charge too well in a mid-level brightness room. Every 1 month or so, I have to place it on the window during 1 day (can be cloudy, still charges) to full charge - usage is about 3 to 4 hours a day. During those days I leave the house for working at client site or something. Because such an annoyance happening so often, I set my calendar to remind me once a month to "Put KB in Window to Charge"
Other Thoughts: After my purchase in 2012, I've had a long long history with these keyboards (plural). That is plural because I've gone through 4 RMAs for this board. The first one the left SHIFT key broke off (I game a lot, "SHIFT" being used for sprinting). They sent me an entire replacement - that lasted 6 days before the battery died (it wouldn't charge!!). They sent me another replacement (this time, they wanted that 2nd one back in exchange - return label, no cost so far). That's cool. Now on the 3rd version, I used it for about 6 months and it just stopped charging. About to give up, I just called again and they sent me another one. Now, this version is black (all others had a WHITE base). Cool. Except, the LEFT key broke off on day 1! Called and got a 5th. I switched to a mechanical after all these years and RMAs. I use it as a backup and setup machine KB now. If it dies again, outta warranty, it goes into the trash. FINAL THOUGHTS: Overall, I really really liked this keyboard and would be using still today if it wasn't for all the RMAs and issues. Even the charging, while annoying, was livable. But, I would not recommend this to a friend because of all the troubles. If Logitech can get their Quality Control fixed company wide (I've owned a dozen+ Logitech devices: every-single-one-had-to-be-RMA'd-at-least-once!!!!), I may recommend Logitech. But as it stands, I just used their webcam and got rid of everything else (a long long list of things).READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Very good in hand, compact.
Cons: USB plug keeps breaking - I've replaced it twice. MMC memory on the primary motherboard has failed at least once - it is of a cheap brand that has limited writes. Asus warranty is awful. It gets 3 eggs because it is useful. Wifi is also very slow.
Other Thoughts: While an awesome device, the USB connector stops working and the MMC memory has limited writes. I've had to service this unit myself 3 times from parts I found used online. I got this for my daughter where I was erasing and filling 28GB worth of TV shows and Movies I'd say 3 times before it failed. After I replaced the motherboard, I found out about the flawed memory. Since then I have carefully selected what to write, and have not erased it since - it will remain as-is, as a streaming device going forward. Just as Google intended it to be by not giving us an SDcard! Argh...READ FULL REVIEW