Yes, the fact that Intel is getting out of the motherboard business is a MAJOR CONCERN for vPro users.
We have tried many different vPro motherboards and only the Intel ones has the proper documentation and support (e.g. BIOS upgrades).
There are several board vendors that offer chipsets that support vPro. ASUS, MSI, GigaByte, just to name a few. You can reference this website www.ark.intel.com to verify chipsets and processors that has vPro capabilities.
- Go to ark.intel.com.
- Choose Desktop Products from the list on the left.
- Choose Boards
- From the right pane, chose View All. That will give you a list of all desktop boards.
- Choose All from the column marked Compare.
- Choose Compare Now from the upper pane.
- Scroll down to the advanced technologies section of the specifications and find Intel vPro Technology.
- Scroll across until you find YES in the Intel vPro Technology row.
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The ark.intel.com site you mentioned only lists Intel motherboards, so it is a dead end, since that is exactly the problem - Intel is getting out of desktop motherboard business.
What we need is a web site that lists vPro motherboards from the non-Intel motherboard suppliers you mentioned.
From my experience, NONE of those suppliers even come close to what Intel is doing in terms of supporting vPro in production environments.
Besides the lack of support, imagine how difficult it will be for Intel to innovate vPro further, if it does not even have some real motherboards of their own to developed with ?