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Supermicro X9SAE-V Desktop Motherboard - Intel C216 Chipset - Socket H2 LGA-1155 - Retail Pack
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Great motherboard to go into SC743 chassis. I read the specs at Supermicro site and asked some questions regarding components prior to placing order. Supermicro on line support was better than most and provided very timely responses.

Cons: Not really a con as I missed this. There are only 6 SATA connections on the mother board. The case I purchased had 8 hot swap bays & 3 51/2" bays. Simple enough solution, buy a plug in SATA controller card. I can't knock the product for my oversight.

Other Thoughts: From my perspective, Supermicro products are high end. I am of the opinion their primary market is geared towards businesses or providers where there is a regular IT person/group for support & their documentation (on the web) seems to reflect that. Depending on the chassis you may need cable extensions to get every thing connected. I knew that going in.

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Intel Xeon E3-1275 V2 Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 77W Server Processor BX80637E31275V2
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Graphics capability influenced my decision to go with this processor. Installation & set up was straight forward.

Cons: None at this time.

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Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Win 8.1 Pro 02/20/2014

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit

Pros: Pro version has VT technology. If you have a touch screen and you like to buy apps from Windows, you will love it. Better than 8.0 & not really as bad as it's made out to be. Lots of bells and whistles.

Cons: This was my 1st build in quite some time. All components new out of the box including the hard drive. I encountered the message, drivers not found on media when I tried to load the OS on to the fresh out of the box HD. Googling this I found out I was not the only one with this experience.
My solution was to put in an existing partitioned & formatted HD and the OS loaded right up. Then made an image an loaded it onto the brand new HD.
The default interface was not to my liking, but, a little research provides ways to suit one's preferences. I was not real fond of the defaults during the installation. I had played with a trial version on a virtual machine & new what to expect and how to avoid it.

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Display Name: George K.

Date Joined: 12/03/13

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 08/26/08
  • Last Review: 02/20/14
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