Supermicro isn't a company name that pops up at all when it comes to consumer motherboards. It's also fairly safe to say that a lot of people actually haven't heard of them before. The company, though, has been around for 20 years, and created a strong name in the server market.
With the latest Intel chipset we're seeing the company start to offer something a bit more consumer orientated with the first board we're seeing being the C7Z87-OCE, with a clear focus being on the "OC" in the name. I have to admit, though, there's a certain level of hesitation when it comes to the "OC" capabilities of this board.
We don't mean it in a cruel way, but with companies like ASUS, GIGABYTE, MSI and ASRock having been in the consumer overclocking mobo game for so long, we do really wonder what Supermicro can do today with this new board. Saying that, the one thing we do expect out of Supermicro here today is an unbelievably stable motherboard, due to their server background experience.
One of the first things that actually came to mind when Supermicro told us about this board, though, was just how it probably couldn't come at a better time. With Intel stepping out of the consumer motherboard market, there's really a space for someone to come in and start taking some newly available left behind market share. While Intel weren't exactly known for overclocking, the one thing Intel was well known for was quality.
Having a company like Supermicro come in, one that is well known for reliability and build quality, means that they could really come in and take over in areas that Intel left behind - especially when it comes to people who don't need any fancy flair, and instead just want solid performing boards that work perfectly out of the box.
Looking at the box, you can see that it's informative, giving us an idea on a number of the main features offered. You can see Supermicro is highlighting the OC features a fair bit, along with a more detailed description of the specifications on the back of the box, alongside a picture of the board.
Moving inside the box, you can see it's a fairly simple package. We've got a small quick reference guide for the board, driver CD, I/O backplate and six SATA cables. We're not all that surprised with the bundle being on the light side of things considering Supermicro's background in the server side.