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ASRock C226 WS ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel C226 DDR3 1600/1333

  • LGA 1150
  • Intel C226
  • 4 x 240pin
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Anonymous
  • 3/15/2014 8:55:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggsBad attempt to enter the market of server/workstation

Pros: 1) Lots of USB 3.0, SATA 3.0, PCI-E connectors
2) Supporting VT-d

Cons: 1) It is very silly to cut off such useful feature as "Intel VPRO" from the motherboard, built with C226 chipset, that was designed for use in small business servers and workstations. I have no explanation to this situation.
2)In comparison to the cheaper "Asrock Z87 Extreme6" motherboard, has no advantages except supporting ECC RAM. But this advantage is quite doubtful, because the list of compatible memory includes very-very-very few positions.
3) Doesn`t support "Nvidia Multi GPU SLI" configuration.

Other Thoughts: No reason to spend your time and money to buy it, unless you need ECC. But even in this case you have the risk to get a headache.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Rondo,

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
1. Intel VPRO: In order to support Vpro, i217 needs to be implemented in the board. The current generation of C226WS is using i210 + i210 because of the Teaming Function. But it will be changed to i217 to support Vpro in the next generation.
2. Since ASRock Rack is a new company, we are still undergoing the process to verify more memory products. (It seems Z87 has much more memory in QVL then C226 WS)
3. For the Nvidia SLI function, please contact at " william@asrockamerica.com " . We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: william@asrockamerica.com

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  • Paul P.
  • 3/14/2014 1:24:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsToo picky about memory

Pros: Has TPM option

Cons: List for acceptable memory generally 4gb and harder to find. ECC requires update. Don't recommend because of the short compatibility list.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Please check the using memory is ECC, un-buffered (Un-Registered) due to mainboard does not supports ECC, buffered (Registered) memory.
If you have any technical questions please contact us with detail problem description 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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  • ISSAC M.
  • 3/3/2014 8:59:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWindows Server 2012 R2 not supported

Pros: Yet to find out!

Cons: Absolutely frustrating experience trying to get Windows 2012 R2 installed. Drivers not available; the Windows 2012 VGA driver crashes server manager. Booting from USB is pretty tricky with the Marvell SATA enabled and used as booting device.

Other Thoughts: Will try for a day or two more and will RMA if can't move past getting the VGA working.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear matsnj,

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Unfortunately, Windows Server 2012 R2 has not been officially proven to be fully compatible with this work station board for now.
Please visit the link to check supported Windows at ' http://www.asrockrack.com/general/productdetail.asp?Model=C226%20WS#Download " .
For the boot option, please press F11 repeatedly to bring boot menu, then select desire drive to boot.
Or boot option can be set at UEFI BIOS, Boot.
If you have any technical questions please contact us 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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  • Charles A.
  • 1/29/2014 12:53:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsVideo card Incompatibility?

Pros: I have yet to be able to make a real test run with it in Solidworks. Motherboard appears to work great until I install the video card...

Cons: With the W7000 installed I get no video from the card or motherboard. That is with the integrated video enabled all the time in the bios. Without the W7000 installed integrated video works fine. Tried multiple PCI-E slots. I have tried the card in a different system and it works fine.

Other Thoughts: I am looking to build more workstations similar to this... If this get resolved soon I will be repeating the build. Otherwise... I go back to Asus.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
To Enable both iGPU and discrete VGA card, please Enable the IGPU Multi-Moniter at BIOS, Advanced, Chipset Configuration.
For the VGA card issue, download and update the latest BIOS at link " http://www.asrock.com/server/overview.asp?Model=C226 WS&cat=Download&os=BIOS "
If problem still persist, set PCIE6 link speed to Gen1 at BIOS, Advanced, Chipset Configuration.
If you have any technical questions please contact " 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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  • Trent M.
  • 1/17/2014 10:22:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBoard worked fine

Pros: It was well packaged and appears sturdy; although I can't speak to the quality of components used in its construction. No problems -- works fine with Kingston 32GB ECC Unbuffered 1600 RAM ( KVR16E11K4/32).

Cons: Came with firmware 1.00. I upgraded it to 1.10 with instant flash on a usb stick for ECC auto detect. No problems flashing the bios though.

Other Thoughts: It's a solid board. If it has what you need and fits your price range, get it.

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  • Tod P.
  • 12/11/2013 8:03:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsStay away

Pros: Lots of SATA ports and USB 3.0
Specs look good on paper

Cons: This board is supposed to work with Windows Server 2012. Both LAN ports were inoperative and DVD drives are not even recognized. Installed the latest drivers from the web site and tried resetting UEFI, etc. with no luck.

Other Thoughts: ASRock is trying to get into the server arena but fails with this board. Lack of current drivers, hardware glitches and technical support has not even responded after over 3 business days. I sent it back and went with a more trusted name in server boards (SuperMicro).

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. We always do our best to support customers.
Unfortunately, due to mail server problem, our reply mail was not sent out. However, we do reply both email and phone promptly except on week-end and holidays.
For the LAN, please check the LED lights are on once plugged the cable, download and install the drivers at link "http://www.asrock.com/server/overview.asp?Model=C226 WS&cat=Download&os=2K1264".
For the DVD, install the Marvell SATA3 drivers if the drives are plugged to Marvell ports.
If you have any technical questions please contact us with detail problem description at 909-590-8308 or http://event.asrock.com/tsd.asp?ln=en. We can assist you shortly.

Thank you

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

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  • Matteo F.
  • 12/1/2013 6:01:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsupdate on ECC support

Pros: BIOS 1.10 supports ECC

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I am the author of the review from 9/15/2013 who complained about lack of ECC support.

Unlike the BIOS that was available on 9/15, the newest BIOS 1.10 now recognizes ECC memory and offers an option to enable/disable it. Therefore my main reason to complain is no longer valid.

I have however been unable to verify that ECC actually works. As I said on 9/15, I have a known defective DIMM module that causes correctable ECC errors on a couple of other motherboards in my possession. I installed this module on the C226WS. After several days of testing, the BIOS error log did not record any ECC errors, whereas I would observe 2-3 errors/day on other boards. On the other hand, I did not observe any memory corruption either. Thus my tentative conclusion so far is that the C226WS is silently correcting ECC errors, or maybe my "defective" DIMM happens to run just fine with C226WS. Either way I have no reason to complain.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

Thank you for update the review. For the recording ECC errors, our engineer team is working on it.
Please check for future BIOS update at link " http://www.asrock.com/server/overview.asp?Model=C226 WS&cat=Download&os=BIOS".
If you have any technical questions please contact us with detail problem description at http://event.asrock.com/tsd.asp?ln=en. We can assist you shortly.

Thank you

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

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  • Heath T.
  • 11/21/2013 11:44:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Board!!!

Pros: Running WS2012 with Hyper-V installed for some Linux VM's in a home cloud environment. Not sure why others rated the way they did.... After trying several other desktop boards, and much frustration! I decided to give up on running Server on a Z87 board and go for a true server board. My setup requires an extremely stable platform due to the VM's and the 36TB's of file storage that is connected via a SAS RAID card and also using the built in RAID for 5 drives as well. Host OS is installed on a SSD.
This is one of the best boards I saw related to video connections, and it has firewire for those of us that still use it for video transfer.
I would highly recommend this product and will be buying another one for my desktop workstation due to the stability that this board exhibits. I have stressed tested it thoroughly as well and it just would not lock up no matter what I threw at it!!!

Cons: When I find a con, I will update.

Other Thoughts: BUY IT!!!!

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  • Scott R.
  • 10/30/2013 11:58:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Works well with esxi 5.5. NIC drivers had to be downloaded from vmware. VT-d works perfectly with IBM M1015 flashed in IT mode.

Cons: none yet

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  • Micah W.
  • 10/19/2013 5:59:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: n/a

Cons: Received this board DOA

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Please trouble shoot the mainboard;
Turn the power off.
Remove the mainboard from chassis, place the mainboard on mainboard’s box
Clear the CMOS
Check the mainboard’s CPU socket pins are normal (should be pointing same way and pattern)
Reseat the CPU with heatsink fan as well if socket pins are normal
Test with single memory module (non-ECC, un-buffered), try with another known good memory if its same issue
Plug monitor to onboard VGA
Plug the 24 pins + 8 or 4 pins ATX power
Plug the chassis power switch to mainboard's system panel power header, and try again
If still having same issues please contact our tech support at 909-590-8308 or 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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