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Item#: N82E16813157405

ASRock E3C224-4L ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel C224 DDR3 1600/1333

  • LGA 1150
  • Intel C224
  • 4 x 240pin
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E3C224-4L

Features


E3C224-4L
  • ATX 12" x 9.6"
  • Single socket H3 (LGA 1150)
  • Supports Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v3 series & Haswell i3 processors
  • 4 x DIMM DDR3 1600/1333 ECC, max.32GB
  • 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 2.0 x4, 1 x PCIe 2.0 x1, 2 x PCI
  • 4 x SATA3, 2 SATA2 by Intel C224 support RAID 0,1,5,10
  • 2 x SATA3 by Marvell 9172 support RAID 0,1
  • 4 x Intel i210, support Quad GLAN
  • ASPEED 2300 for BMC controller, Realtek RTL8211E for dedicated IPMI GLAN
  • 4 x USB 3.0 ports (2 rear + 2 via header )
  • 7 x USB 2.0 ports (2 rear + 4 via header +1 Type A)

Specifications

MB Physical Stats

Form Factor ATX
Dimensions 12 x 9.6" (30.5 x 24.4cm)

Processor System

CPU Single socket H3 (LGA 1150) supports Intel® Xeon processor E3-1200 v3 series & Haswell i3 processors
Supports Hyper-Threading Technology
Socket Single Socket H3 (LGA1150)
Power Design 6 Power Phase Design
Chipset Intel® C224

System Memory

Capacity 4 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM slots
Support up to 32GB DDR3 ECC UDIMM
Type Dual Channel DDR3 memory technology
Supports DDR3 1600/1333 ECC DIMM
Voltage 1.5V, 1.35V

Expansion Slots

PCIe 3.0 x 16 2 slots (PCIE6: x8 / PCIE4: x8/x4)
PCIe 2.0 x 4 1 slot (PCIE2: x0/x4 mode)
PCIe 2.0 x 1 1 slot
PCI 2 slots

Storage

SATA Controller Intel® C224: 4 x SATA3 6.0Gbps, 2 x SATA2 3.0Gbps, Support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and Intel® Rapid Storage
Type Marvell SE9172: 2 x SATA3 6.0Gbps, support RAID 0, 1, NCQ, AHCI and "Hot Plug"
Marvell SE9172 RAID is supported with Windows OS only

Ethernet

Interface Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000Mbps
LAN Controller
  • 4 x Intel® i210
  • Supports Wake-On-LAN
  • Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
  • Supports Quad LAN with Teaming function
  • Supports PXE

Management

BMC Controller ASPEED AST2300: IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) 2.0 with iKVM support
IPMI Dedicated LAN 1 x Realtek RTL8211E for dedicated management LAN
Features Watch Dog
NMI

Graphics

Controller ASPEED AST2300
VRAM DDR3 16MB
Output Supports D-Sub with max. resolution up to 1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz

Rear Panel I/O

PS/2 KB/Mouse 2
VGA Port D-sub x 1
USB 2.0 Port 2
USB 3.0 Port 2
Lan Port 4 x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports
1 x RJ45 Dedicated IPMI LAN port
LAN Ports with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
Serial Port 1 (COM1)

Internal Connector

COM Port Header 1 (COM2)
Front Lan LED Connector 1
Auxiliary Panel Header 1 (include chassis intrusion, location button & LED, front LAN LED)
TPM Header 1
Thermal Sensor Header 1
IPMB Header 1
Buzzer 1
Fan Header 6 (5 x 4-pin, 1 x 3-pin)
ATX Power 1 (24-pin) + 1 (8-pin)
USB 2.0 Header 2 (each supports two USB 2.0)
Type A USB 2.0 Port 1
USB 3.0 Header 1 (each supports two USB 3.0)

System BIOS

BIOS Type 64Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS
BIOS Features
  • Plug and Play (PnP)
  • ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events
  • SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support
  • DRAM Voltage Multi-adjustment
  • ASRock Instant Flash

Hardware Monitor

Temperature CPU Temperature Sensing
System Temperature Sensing
Fan CPU/Rear/Front Fan Tachometer
CPU Quiet Fan (Allow CPU Fan Speed Auto-Adjust by CPU Temperature)
CPU/Rear/Front Fan Multi-Speed Control
Voltage Voltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, CPU Vcore, DRAM, 1.05V_PCH, +BAT, 3VSB, 5VSB

Supported Operating Systems

Operating Systems Microsoft Windows
  • Server 2008 R2 (x64)
  • Server 2012 (x64)
Linux
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux Server 5.5/6.4 (x32 and x64)
  • CentOS 5.5 / 6.4 (x32 and x64)
  • SUSE Enterprise Linux Server 11 SP1 (x32 and x64)
  • FreeBSD 9.1 (x32/x64)
  • Fedora core 18 (x64)
  • UBuntu 12.04/12.10 (x64)
  • Virtual
  • VMWare ESXi 5.1 (Marvell SE9230 and Marvell SE9172 has no driver can support VMWare)

Environment

Temperature Operating temperature: 50 - 95°F (10 - 35°C) / Non operating temperature: -40 - 158°F (-40 - 70°C)


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Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Anonymous
  • 9/12/2014 2:46:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding Haswell Server Board

Pros: This is a very well designed board for setting up a Haswell-based server. I am using an i3-4160 (requires BIOS 2.10 or later) which performs great and is a bargain if you don't need the full Xeon E3 performance level.

I liked the following about this board:

* IPMI implementation is very functional and much nicer than Supermicro
* Fan speed on all headers fully controllable in BIOS! No junk software to install and it's OS independent!
* Quad Intel i210 LANs are great and support most every feature you'd want
* Flexible expansion slot configuration
* 2 extra SATA3 ports w/ Marvell controller (total 8 SATA ports)
* Highly customizable BIOS
* ASRock didn't 'skip' any ATX mounting holes in the design - this makes the board very sturdy when installed
* PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports are helpful for configuring finicky server OS' that won't load USB drivers immediately
* 2 digit debug LED on motherboard helps identify issues - easier than counting beeps
* Right angle SATA connectors - you either like them or you don't. I like them.

Cons: *Awkward placement of 12V CPU power connector means some users will have to use an extension or have a loose cable hanging over the board. This is a very annoying aspect of this board
* 32-bit PCI slots are largely unnecessary today - would have preferred to have kept the PCIe lanes required to add those
* I would have preferred the internal USB header to be USB 3.0

Other Thoughts: ASRock should include a rear slot bracket with an LED and button to connect to the internal header for the IPMI "locate" feature. The feature is useless otherwise, unless installing in a custom server chassis with a compatible led/button.

I chose this board over Supermicro's X10 series because ASRock's implementation seems more in tune with what a home/SMB builder would want in terms of full control over all aspects of the system. I also felt that ASRock's documentation of BIOS and other updates was more accessible and complete.

ASRock used a removable 8-pin DIP chip for the BIOS on this board. This means that if your board doesn't have the newest BIOS you don't have to RMA the entire board. This is important, since Haswell Refresh CPUs will require BIOS 2.10 or later. I was able to remove the chip and use an EEPROM programmer to update the BIOS so my board would boot with a Haswell refresh i3-4160.

Buyers of the Haswell/LGA1150 server platforms should realize that memory options are not plentiful and compatibility can be hit or miss. As painful as it can be, I have found it best to stick to the compatibility list or rely on other user experiences to validate memory.

I used Samsung M391B5673FH0-CH9 2GB RAM modules and had no problems whatsoever.

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  • jason r.
  • 2/20/2014 8:43:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat ESXi Boardf

Pros: Great board for home lab esxi build. no 4 port add on nic needed with this.

Cons: Wish it had 16 and 8 on PCI-3.0 instead of 8x8

Other Thoughts: Bought first board and everything went so well that I ordered second board for my ESXi home lab build. Strange ESXi 5.5 installed no propblem on first board. On second board itwould not install until i customized the ESXi iso with the intel nic vib drivers. weird how one didfine and the other didnt. overall an excellent board I would recommend for esxi build.

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  • Raymond H.
  • 1/8/2014 8:52:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: I paired this board with Xeon E3-1230V3, 8GB of RAM from the SUPPORTED RAM list on the OEM's website, a 840 SSD, and a WD VelociRaptor. In this combination this system flies.

Cons: Little firmware upgrade bug. When you update the IPMI firmware if you cancel it or complete the upgrade it will reset to an unknown password. In order to fix this I just used ipmitool to change the password from a linux boot disk.

Other Thoughts: Overall asides the IPMI quirk a VERY solid board. And in my configuration it exceeds my needs many times over.

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  • Carol H.
  • 12/25/2013 12:56:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsJust fine

Pros: *Works
*Booted up just fine on first try, as usual.

Cons: *Nothing

Other Thoughts: *Unsure why other user had to kill this boards reviews. He probably used buffered ram. Especially as they posted 2 times..

*I bought from neweggs electronic bay page

*I have never had an issue with an ASRock board. I have owned 6 now. I have a better success rate with these than msi or asus, but that is just my opinion.

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  • Miguel G.
  • 11/18/2013 11:46:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot Ready for Prime Time

Pros: None---DOA

Cons: DOA

Other Thoughts: Tried 3 different sets of ECC RAM on the board. Keep getting Debug Code 53, ASROCK needs to do a better job at QA if they want to break in the Server Board Arena.
Sent e-mail to tech support days ago and have not receive an answer.
I did order a second board, if its DOA again I will never buy ASROCK again.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you
Code 53 related to memory.
Please clear the CMOS.
Test with ECC un-buffered memory.
Visit mainboard's memory support list link at" http://www.asrock.com/server/overview.asp?cat=Memory&Model=E3C224-4L".
If you have any technical issues or warranty questions please contact our Tech Support 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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  • Miguel G.
  • 11/16/2013 2:24:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: None--DOA

Cons: DOA

Other Thoughts: Had high hopes on building an ESXi box with this baord. The Quad i210 is perfect for passthrough via VT-d.
Tried 3 different set of ECC ram from Kingston and Patriot
Keep geting Debug Code 53
Everything else is known good parts tested on a supermicro board.
E-mailed Tech Support and I'm still waiting for an answer.
My advise to ASROCK if you want to break into the Server board field, offer better support and implement/revamp your QA line.

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