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Works perfectly for a server
on 20 July 2012
This motherboard is built to be very durable, as is evident on the product packaging. Using it in my home server, it runs very well with no hiccups; 8GB RAM and a Celeron G530 CPU.
There is not much to say in terms of functionality: it "just works", so to speak. It has the basics; Ethernet, USB 2.0, four SATA II ports, PCIe, on-board video and the like. I wouldn't advise this for a video editing workstation or serious gaming machine, but for a server or small desktop PC it does the job excellently.
For desktop PCs, you may want to consider getting fixed-speed quiet fans (which I would recommend regardless of motherboard), as I have *heard* that there isn't any fan control mechanism for the system fan header. Motherboard temperature isn't an issue; I have mine running at 30 degrees Celsius, 24/7.
One minor thing to be aware of if you are running Linux, is that the on-board Ethernet is not compatible with older kernels. I had 2.6.32 and had to upgrade to Linux 3.2 using the Debian backports repository. I can't comment on Linux compatibility with the audio and other "peripheral" chips that I have disabled, but I presume they work well with newer kernels at least.