Back in June we had looked at the Super Micro C2SBX+ motherboard, which was a workstation motherboard oriented around the Intel X48 Chipset. This was our first time reviewing a Super Micro product at Phoronix, but from the success of the C2SBX+ we decided to look at another one of their motherboards. This time around we have our hands on the Super Micro C2SEA, which is a desktop motherboard that uses the Intel G45 Chipset and provides integrated GMA X4500 HD graphics.
The article concludes: "There are not too many G45 motherboards currently at retailers" ... which may have been true last week but as of this morning, Newegg lists five distinct Intel G45/ICH10x motherboards as being available as of this posting, (actually seven, the Intel-manufactured boards are available in both "retail" and "oem" flavors.)
ASUS P5Q-EM <-- This mATX board seems to be the best of the lot with a full 16-lane PCIe slot, and full overclocking features in the BIOS.
Intel BOXDG45FC <-- This is Intel's own mini-ITX variation, however the Intel BIOS lacks features found in the other boards.