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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.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Graphics capability influenced my decision to go with this processor. Installation & set up was straight forward.
Cons: None at this time.READ FULL REVIEW
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.