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ASRock C216 WS ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1155 Intel C216 DDR3 1600/1333/1066

  • LGA 1155
  • Intel C216
  • 4 x 240pin
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • G S.
  • 7/17/2014 10:01:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsAfter Further Review

Pros: Gold capacitors

Cons: Unresolved USB 3.0 driver BSOD

Other Thoughts: After Asrock tech looked into problem, they recommended BIOS update. After they tested their own recommendation, the problem continued. They have tried everything on their part and no solution yet. I am now waiting for someone to come up with a real solution (working driver). In the meantime I just uninstalled the USB 3.0 driver and used the other ports on the board. I would recommend purchasing another product because I am unsure that this will be resolved anytime soon and if you need those ports, they will cause problems. In the future I am unsure if I will buy an Asrock server grade board again, I am not confident that they are properly testing their product and when corners are cut, someone has to pay.. in this case the consumer has to pay if it is not caught at time of purchase. Good luck with finding a good server board, I have always been a fan of Supermicro and have had nothing but positive reviews for their boards. I only purchased this board because I thought it would be reliable and with the gold capacitors it appeared to have some quality, but the lack of quality was in the QA department at Asrock.

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  • Eric M.
  • 7/8/2014 8:31:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsUSB 3.0 Driver BSOD

Pros: Just a server board

Cons: This motherboard has bad USB 3.0 drivers. The EtronXHCI.sys will cause a BSOD randomly. If you attempt to uninstall the driver it will BSOD. You have to rename / delete the driver files then reboot and install from device manager. Asrock does not have updated drivers for this and there is no current fix available. DO NOT PURCAHSE!

Other Thoughts: Wish someone else mentioned this before I purchased.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
We do not seen the issue with the Etron USB 3.0 driver on Windows 7/8 or Server OS.
The drivers can be download at link below

http://www.asrockrack.com/general/productdetail.asp?Model=C216%20WS#Download

If you have any technical support inquiry, 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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  • Paul J.
  • 3/4/2014 4:22:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsASRock C216 WS

Pros: Everything works like it is supposed to.

Cons: For a server board I found it kind of odd that ASRock didn't provide Linux drivers. They are all available just took some time to hunt some of them down.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/5/2013 1:51:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsNo TPM

Pros: Nice C216 MB

Cons: Website lists TPM header but there isn't one on the MB, I had to return mine

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Unfortunately, C216 WS does not come with TPM header but C226 WS as well.
To compare, please visit mainboard C216 WS specification link " http://www.asrock.com/server/overview.asp?Model=C216 WS "
And C226 WS link " http://www.asrock.com/server/overview.asp?cat=Manual&Model=C226 WS "
As always, we appreciate your purchase. Honest and constructive reviews are welcome.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: user@ASRockamerica.com

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  • Matthew C.
  • 11/27/2013 4:39:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsRE: Good mobo, some issues UPDATE!!

Pros: MY EARLIER REVIEW..

Cons: HAD A BAD TYPO!

Other Thoughts: The motherboard WORKS with UNBUFFERED memory, NOT with registered! I switched the two around in my other review! Sorry for the confusion!!

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  • Matthew C.
  • 11/16/2013 12:35:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood mobo, some issues

Pros: * Lots of SATA3
* Lots of PCI-E

Cons: * Memory compatibility

Other Thoughts: Got this motherboard to use for a media server with software RAID, so I can't speak to the built-in hardware RAID options. Onboard SATA (only using the SATA3) has been steady. If you're running this as a headless box with sporadic video needs, be aware that the only onboard video is HDMI, and that is only accessible if the CPU has graphics options (for current-gen Xeons, models ending in a 5, ex. E3-1235).

The memory has been a real issue. The Asrock product page has no supported memory list. I tried two different kinds of unbuffered ECC memory (1066 and 1600) - the system would fail to post, and gave a status code in the 50s. I contacted Asrock customer support by email to resolve the issue - they're awesome, the person I spoke with was prompt, frank and helpful almost to a fault. He told me he didn't have a C216 WS on hand to test with, which led me to believe that they may have had issues with this model and may be discontinuing it. He also said that the motherboard doesn't perform well/will rarely work with unbuffered memory, which is not mentioned anywhere in the literature that I've found. But because I like this motherboard I bought some buffered ECC memory, pooped it in, and she's been stable ever since.

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  • Nason H.
  • 10/31/2013 8:48:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVersatile motherboard

Pros: Supports Intel SRT SSD caching which is pretty great. Tons of SATA ports for lots of hard drives. The bios gives you a lot of control.

Cons: It would have been nice to have a on board vga / dvi port rather than just a HDMI ... but hey you have a plethora of pci ports you can plugin a card into so not a big deal. Check your CPU specs if your planning on running a ECC ram. Just because it's a Xeon doesn't mean it's supported.

Other Thoughts: On board raid allow for the 4 SATAII port to be RAIDed 0,1,5,10 for file storage. The SATA3 is real meant to be used as the OS RAID/ Intel SRT with a SSD i believe. You could probably RAID the 2 (raidable) SATA3 port and SATAII ports together but I'm not sure why you would want to unless you like really big partitions that run at SATAII speeds. I built this with a i5 3570k processor and non EEC ram with no issues. It's seems real set up to server as a home server for and entertainment system but can work well for other uses.

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  • Debra L.
  • 9/27/2013 10:06:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood board, needs VGA

Pros: Good board, nice specs. Looks like they did a good job on it and it's running well as a firewall/router with OpenBSD.

Cons: No VGA? Admittedly, I should have noticed that before buying, but I had to take an egg off for it. All server boards have VGA on them. My KVM doesn't support HDMI so I had to get an adapter.

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