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This review is from: Intel S1200BTL ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1155 Intel C204 DDR3 1066/1333 DIMM
Pros: None. I really hate this board.
Cons: I've built many systems, this was by far the worst experience I've ever had with a mother board. The driver support is horrible. At the time of this writing there doesn't appear to be any way to boot this into SBS 2011, none of the drivers to access the hard drive will work, either in RAID or non-RAID mode. Seems to work fine with Windows 7, but not SBS 2011.
I realize that this is a no-nonsense server board, but I'm still a little surprised that this has only a VGA output, and no sound output at all. I wasn't expecting HDMI and 5.1 dolby surround... but DVI and basic stereo would be nice.
The front panel connector does not conform to Intel's own front panel standard. It's a custom job, targeted specifically for an Intel Chassis. This is great if you have an Intel Chassis, but a wiring pain if you don't.
Documentation is almost non-existent.
All in all, the rest might be forgivable, but the driver situation made this board unusable. Save yourself the trouble and pass on thi
Other Thoughts: First mother board I've ever had to send back. Good riddance. How Intel can be so lax with their driver support is beyond me. SBS 2011 has been out for awhile now, there's no excuse. If you're not a major OEM supplier, I would suggest avoiding Intel mother boards at all costs.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Nice PSU, and the blue LED fan matches the blue LEDs in an Antec 900 case nicely!
Plenty of SATA connectors.
The cables were nice an long.
Other Thoughts: Great for the price.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Great mother board, I had no problems building my system around it.
The onboard sound was a pleasant surprise. It sounds great, and when you plug something into a front panel audio connector, it detects this automatically, and asks you what you're hooking up. That means you're not limited to headphones and/or microphone at the front panel, you could suddenly decide to plug in a line-in or line-out, or even rear speakers, to any of the jacks... pretty cool.
Headers for 6 USB connectors is nice.
Cons: 2 of the SATA connectors are "Drive Xpert", which I don't really care about. It turns out that you can, however, configure them to be "normal" SATA, so not a big deal.
Other Thoughts: I initially wanted to get the P5Q Deluxe... but I really needed all of the available SATA connectors, and all of the reviews I read said that my graphics card (HD4870) would cover up a couple of them. There is no such problem with this board, so I'm glad I went with the Pro instead.READ FULL REVIEW