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ASRock EP2C602-4L/D16 SSI EEB Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 Intel C602 DDR3 1600/1333/1066

  • Dual LGA 2011
  • Intel C602
  • 16 x 240pin
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Timothy H.
  • 4/24/2014 5:38:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsASRock EP2C602-4L/D16

Pros: Lots of RAM capacity, good price for the quality.

Cons: Was probably one of the more difficult motherboards to configure. It seems like there were a lot of peripherals that are not compatible with the board. I kept getting WHEA_UNCORRECTIBLE_... Errors and crashes during setup until I found the integrated Intel device causing the issue, and went out to the Intel site and applied the latest driver, which wasn't included with the Asrock driver package (both DVD and online).

Other Thoughts: Once I figured out which hardware was good to work on the board its actually pretty good, but took me a couple days to configure, which shouldn't have been the case.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. We will be more than happy to resolve the issues.
Please contact us with system configuration and detail problem at william@asrockamerica.com. We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: http://event.asrock.com/tsd.asp?ln=en

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/17/2014 5:44:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat "cheap" dual cpu board.

Pros: You can pack lots of memory on this dual socket board (256gb). Pretty good SATA and SAS support. SSD's work fine too, but you can't get the Intel SSD Toolbox to work with the C602 chipset. At least the TRIM command is passed on to the drive.

Plenty of fan connectors,and a nice board layout overall. too.

Cons: First board had a surface mount cap sitting in the bag. Looked like it fell off one of the pads due to a cold solder joint (bad oven profile Asrock?). Had to get a replacement.

Overclocking options are just not happening here, but you buy this for its stability right?

USB 2.0 only on board is a drag.

Other Thoughts: I'd buy another given the choice.

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  • Gyorgy H.
  • 4/3/2014 7:35:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGeorge

Pros: Rock Solid so far! Very impressed with the board!!! I expected trouble, but so far none. Price was fantastic too, for what the board capable of delivering. I use it as a rendering machine with a single Xeon E5 2680, so it's always on 100%. Each run takes between 3 to 15 days, so it's solid!
Lot's of connectivity and expandable. Use it with Win7 Pro 64bit and yes it's working flawlessly, although its only 1 CPU right now...

It can take many different kind of LGA 2011 CPU's even V2!
I like the board's load/heat balancing feature (1 cycle off every 1000) I don't know whether it exist with other manufacturers, but it can be useful.

Cons: I have to note that I'm less than impressed how these boards use a passive heatsink to cover the chipset. I actually burned my finger doing the first testrun!
Because I was worried that it might lead to instability I placed an 80mm case fan, blowing straight to the passive heatsink. It's cold and the board is stable! Also there are some misleading details on Asrock's website. There are webpages that notes it would work with Win7 64bit, but the online manual I believe doesn't mention it. Anyhow it does works although I only use 1 CPU right now.

Mine came with Bios 1.40 (Check if you plan to use it with v2 Xeons as they might required higher bios to work on!)

Other Thoughts: So far so good.
Win7 64bit Pro
300GB Raptor
Xeon E5-2680 with Evo 212 Cooler
2x4GB DDR3-1600 ECC REG Black Diamond Memory (They ran at rated speed as Xeon2680 will use DDR3-1600 at that speed!)
+ 1 extra fan oriented toward passive heatsink

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  • John W.
  • 12/5/2013 4:19:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsupdated review

Pros: Supports v2 processors, 16 RAM slots, includes support for 6 SATA3 devices. I had a great technical support person.

Cons: QC -- I received 2 bad boards before getting one that worked.

Other Thoughts: Updated review: ASRock support was VERY responsive and helpful. My contact there pulled a new board, tested it with a good approximation of my configuration, and swapped it with my defective board. New board works very well. Still not happy about having 2 bad ones, but impressed with the efforts they made to fix the problem.

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  • John W.
  • 11/10/2013 1:25:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsdon't waste your time

Pros: if the board doesn't work, and the replacement board doesn't work, how can there be any pros?

Cons: Board 1 had temperature-dependent failure of 2nd CPU socket. RMA'd to Newegg, received replacement. Board 2 wouldn't even boot, just power cycled every 7 seconds.

Other Thoughts: will be buying from some other manufacturer from now on. This has already cost me too much time and effort.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. Sorry to hear that the second mainboard having power cycling problem.
However, we are directly resolving the issue with customer.
If you have any technical issues or warranty questions please contact us at http://event.asrock.com/tsd.asp?ln=en. We can assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: user@ASRockamerica.com

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  • Darlene E.
  • 11/1/2013 3:40:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUPDATED: solid board - when not DOA

Pros: see previous review

Cons: see previous review

Other Thoughts: This is an update to my previous review. I would like to thank ASRock support for responding. To ASRock support on the temperature issue: I am running the latest posted BIOS (1.40) and the issue still exists.

Since that review I have ordered 2 more boards, both of which were good. One came with the older 1.10 BIOS and one came with the newest 1.40 BIOS already installed.

I also need to take back one con from the last review: the system freezes turned out to be unrelated to the built-in video, but were the fault of a different add-in component.

For the boards that have arrived good out of the box, the servers have been solid and stable and I have had no issues I can pin on the built-in video (which is slow, but functional).

I am adding one star to the review - the only issues I have are the occasional DOA board and inaccurate temperature reporting.

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  • Darlene E.
  • 10/21/2013 9:56:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggssolid board - when no DOA

Pros: Good price for a dual socket Xeon board with 16 DIMM slots. Solid and stable (note video issue in cons) using dual E5-2609 v2 CPU's with Server 2012 Hyper-V on the latest ASRock BIOS (v1.4 as of this writing). Seems tolerant of different RAM modules - have tried different types of registered DIMM's with different speeds (1333 and 1600) and voltages (1.35V and 1.50V) and it has run them all without issue.

Cons: 2 of 4 boards received were DOA. One would not power on at all, the other hung on boot before it even got to display the BIOS splash screen. ASRock tech support only provided a standard troubleshooting checklist, all of which anyone who builds systems would have done before contacting them. NewEgg took them back without question. We have also seen the previously mentioned erroneous reporting of CPU temps. Even in the BIOS it will sometimes report a temp of 80C on socket two when the socket is empty. And in the IPMI web interface the reported CPU temp does not always match the temp reported in the BIOS. Also saw some server lockups in the Server 2012 console using the embedded graphics. Put in a cheap AMD card and the lockups disappeared. No issue with lockups in console RDP connections or connections to VM's running on Hyper-V - just on the console itself.

Other Thoughts: Test your board within NewEgg's 30 day return window so you don't have to hassle with ASRock for a warranty replacement. Put in a third party video card. The embedded graphics leave a lot to be desired, even for a server. Despite what seems like a long list of cons, we are building more servers with these boards. Once you get a good one and put in alternate video, they do run well as long as you are not hung on on the CPU temp reporting issue - perhaps that will be fixed by a BIOS update someday.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. ASRock mainboards are fully tested to assure that they're working before shipped. Unfortunately, due to nature of electronic product, it can happen.
Please update the replacement mainboards are working fine.
For the CPU temperature reporting issue, please download and update the latest BIOS at link " http://www.asrock.com/server/overview.asp?Model=EP2C602-4L/D16&cat=Download&os=BIOS" .
If you have any technical questions please contact us at http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp. We can assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: user@ASRockamerica.com

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  • James G.
  • 9/6/2013 2:29:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsvSphere - Monitoring Issues

Pros: Plenty of memory slots, seems stable

Cons: Now a new problem has risen. After you finally get vSphere installed, the IPMI starts screwing up. First I show a temp of 41 degrees on one processor, 43 degrees on the second. Within 30 minutes the temp starts screwing up and both cpu's start showing 94 degrees in vCenter or just by checking in the vSphere Client. Resetting the sensors in vSphere does nothing. You literally have to shut the server down to fix the problem. When you go into the BIOS you will see there is nothing wrong, the temp is right there at the 40 celcius range.

This is still not enough to make me pack it up and send it back, but rather annoying because I really would like to know if the CPU was overheating. I can still monitor the fan speeds but I cannot really trust the IPMI at this point.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. Our technician has tried to duplicate the issue with vSphere Clinet、VCenter、IPMI Command to check CPU temperature, but does not see this symptom.
Could you please provide us how do you setup VM, and server environment (maybe you can capture some vSphere Client or Vcenter picture for us), what is server doing during this 30 minutes and how do you check temperature…..information?
So we can test similar environment like yours.
Please contact us at http://event.asrock.com/tsd.asp?ln=en. We can assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: user@ASRockamerica.com

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  • James G.
  • 9/5/2013 5:54:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVT-D

Pros: hugog - I can confirm I do have VT-D passthru working with this board.

Cons: None

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/28/2013 5:52:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsVMware Issues

Pros: Great motherboard for visualization workloads. Same issue installing ESXi 5.1. It looks like this motherboard does not support booting GPT disks. Will need to test workaround.

Cons: ASrock. Can you fix the issue with booting ESXi 5.x. Also can users confirm if they have VT-d (passthrough) working on this motherboard?

Other Thoughts: Great board, need to fix some issues (BIOS Update). Fair price

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

Thank you for your purchase and review. Previous review has resolved the issue by changing the command line to "runweasel formatwithmbr".
The mainboard supported VT-d, for more information, please visit the link under page 75 "ftp://66.226.78.21/manual/EP2C602-4LD16.pdf".
If you have any technical questions please contact us at http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp. We can assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: user@ASRockamerica.com

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