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ASRock C2550D4I Mini ITX Server Motherboard FCBGA1283 DDR3 1600 / 1333

  • Intel Avoton C2550 Quad-Core Processor
  • DDR3 1600 / 1333 Dual-channel Max. 64GB
  • 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gbps, 4 x SATA2 3.0 Gbps by C2550

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Michael T.
  • 4/28/2016 11:27:40 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGreat when it works

This review is from: ASRock C2550D4I Mini ITX Server Motherboard FCBGA1283 DDR3 1600 / 1333

Pros: Mini ITX, integrated low-power CPU and 12 (yes... 12!!!!) SATA ports.

Cons: -Technically doesn't support "regular" Windows (server O/S only).
-Board died after 1-year
-No USB 3.0 internal header

Other Thoughts: -System operated perfectly running a Windows 8.1 based Storage Pool NAS for ~1-year. One day, the system was no longer accessible. Extensive trobleshooting lead to the motherboard as the culprit. The quality of the RMA process from ASRock will determine the final recommendation.

-When the board was working, it was awesome (with the exception of lacking USB 3.0, which was resolved by populating the PCIe slot with an add-in board).
-If its not working, well... NOT awesome.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Michael,

Often times the server-graded components, such as LAN, storage controller, and PCH may not have drivers support for Desktop operating systems. But if “System operated perfectly running Windows 8.1”, what “regular” Windows doesn’t technically support this board?? Intel C2550 CPU can only support so many PCIe bus lane, that’s why it will limit the number of USB ports as it also uses some PCIe bus lane from the CPU. If the board has been working for a year until now, the chance is you are still under manufacture warranty.
Please contact William at( william@asrockamerica.com) for support and will assist you shortly.

Thank you!

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

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/12/2016 1:27:15 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot server quality.

This review is from: ASRock C2550D4I Mini ITX Server Motherboard FCBGA1283 DDR3 1600 / 1333

Pros: Great form-factor for FreeNAS (ZFS) setup: ECC capability, lots of SATA ports, IPMI control, low-power draw.

Cons: As with many others, motherboard died after < 2 years. After seeing no network presence of NAS, found frozen. Plenty of fans in case, all running. After power-cycle, no more POST. Could access IPMI, but other than power-control no response from server side (CPU/peripherals). Nothing in event log to indicate cause of failure. Only about half of sensors reporting when fully powered-on (verified all PS supply rails with DMM, but just in-case swapped PSU -- same sensor failures).

Other Thoughts: As there aren't too many options in the mini-ITX space (and all of the wiring in my Fractal was routed), purchased another of these as replacement. Updated BMC and BIOS; FreeNAS booted up fine with new motherboard. Running ZFS scrub, just in case. Will update if/when this one fails. Would not recommend for new setups.

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  • Alberto P.
  • 4/3/2016 1:32:28 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks out of the with FreeNAS 9.2.1.4

This review is from: ASRock C2550D4I Mini ITX Server Motherboard FCBGA1283 DDR3 1600 / 1333

Pros: This board has everything I need for a home NAS:
-Low power usage
-ECC support
-AES-NI hardware acceleration for encryption
-Bunch of SATA ports (more than I'll ever need)
-Decent processor (4 core) for server usage.

Cons: None so far
UPDATE MAR 2016:
MoBo died. Didn't make it to 2 years. Does not post. Swapped power supply, nothing.
I expected more for a "server" board. I have PC boards that lasted longer than that.

UPDATE:
Asrock Customer Service were great and quickly replaced the failed board.
My NAS is back up and running.

Thanks!

Other Thoughts: I installed FreeNAS latest 9.2.1.4 and it worked out of the box..
I just had to use IMPI instead of a monitor at first, as I didn't see any VGA output. First time using IPMI. On a MAC OS X with Mavericks, I had to tweak a little bit to get console access via IP working. Make sure you allow to execute the Java app under your Java settings. Also had to install XQuarz as X11 is no longer shipped with the MAC. After that, you can launch the Java app to "see" your video output/console, including boot process etc.

Thanks to the other reviewer who tested it first so I could by with confidence.

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  • Timothy T.
  • 3/18/2016 2:25:08 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board

This review is from: ASRock C2550D4I Mini ITX Server Motherboard FCBGA1283 DDR3 1600 / 1333

Pros: This has been a great motherboard. I put it in a 4U rackmount case with 12 hot-swap drive bays. I've currently got 9 3-TB Western Digital Red drives (4 of which I hot-add and remove for offsite backup) in it. I put in 32-GB of ECC RAM. For software I'm running FreeNAS (based on FreeBSD) and have had no problems that were related to this board.

Cons: Non in the 8 months or so I've used it.

Other Thoughts: I would absolutely recommend this for a FreeNAS setup like I'm running. I was tempted to buy the C2770 with 8 cores, but for the price difference, it was worth getting this one. I've never seen it act sluggish with "only" 4 cores.

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  • Mike H.
  • 3/6/2016 8:05:48 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Freenas Build

This review is from: ASRock C2550D4I Mini ITX Server Motherboard FCBGA1283 DDR3 1600 / 1333

Pros: Many SATA 6 ports
Good Processor
Holds 32 gigs ECC Memory
IPMI Port, so awesome

Cons: Marvell Sata controllers are twitchy with freenas
Only 2 USB Ports

Other Thoughts: Purchased this board for a freenas build 6 drives. It works fantastically I have 16 gigs of ECC memory I might upgrade to 32 at some point. I am a big fan of the server management port and built in KVM no need to hook up monitor and keyboard to deal with an issue. My only complaint is only 2 USB ports. It has a header for a couple more, but my old case seems to have a bad set of USB ports on the front. I know its a server board but please can we have 4? 2 for the dual USB thumb drives, one for a keyboard and one for an external USB DVD drive. Makes life a lot easier.

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  • Matthew D.
  • 2/23/2016 4:22:14 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDead after 18 months

This review is from: ASRock C2550D4I Mini ITX Server Motherboard FCBGA1283 DDR3 1600 / 1333

Pros: Worked great while it ran.

Cons: Quit posting after 18 months, just sits there and blinks a green light.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Matthew,

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Please contact me with detail problem description at william@asrockamerica.com
I will assist you shortly.

Thank you

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

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  • Larry M.
  • 1/23/2016 7:16:35 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsApparently dead after 10 months

This review is from: ASRock C2550D4I Mini ITX Server Motherboard FCBGA1283 DDR3 1600 / 1333

Pros: FreeNas support, large memory capacity, small form factor, server quality (?)

Cons: It died. Past Newegg's return policy. I sent e-mail to ASRock today. We'll see.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/12/2016 9:44:26 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsASRocking Power House that uses very little power

This review is from: ASRock C2550D4I Mini ITX Server Motherboard FCBGA1283 DDR3 1600 / 1333

Pros: What can I say about this modo besides that it ROCKS!!! I caught it on a black friday deal with 32 gigs of Mushkin Enhanced Stealth Model 997069S and after racking my brain over the configuration (hint: set your memory timing and voltage for stability)have rock solid ESXI 6.0 server up and running with some tip on getting VMware to recognize the Marvell chipset from "VMware Front Experience".

Cons: Not buying two at the reduce price, I need to build a small lab.
Lacks USB 3 or Thunderbolt ports

Other Thoughts: Contrary to what the documentation says, this will run ESXi very well. Im currently running FreeNAS, Windows Server 2013, and a OS X client without even denting the performance. I wish I could only afford a VMware ESX license to enable xHCI (PCI passthrough) and management though vSphere.

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  • Will T.
  • 12/15/2015 11:52:10 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsQuality product with top notch support, great for NAS

This review is from: ASRock C2550D4I Mini ITX Server Motherboard FCBGA1283 DDR3 1600 / 1333

Pros: - compact board with lots to offer
- plentiful number of sata3 ports and a couple of sata2 ports
- great price (got it during black friday, $200 with rebate)
- top customer support (see story below)
- include 6 sata cables

Cons: none really

Other Thoughts: So I received the board and 4 of the 8 sata3 ports (on one of the marvell controllers) were not working. Contacted support and didn't get a response until about 2-3 days later (little slow). Ran me through about 4 steps of pulling watch battery, depleting all power from the board, and resetting the BIOS settings. The sata ports sprang back to life! I had initially changed some BIOS settings based on the setup I was going to run (outlined below) and made a mistake. Tried changing things back but I guess you have to pull the watch battery and drain all power from the board before the new settings would stick. Anyways it got fixed. Once I got an initial response from ASRock, replies were quick and the problem got solved quickly. The guy I used was called William and he said I could share his email address and if anyone else is having any problems, shoot him an email directly! william@asrockamerica.com

Board has been running fine and cool for about 3 weeks now. Time will tell how well it lasts but I'm optimistic!

Setup:
-ASRock C2550D4I Mini ITX
- SilverStone DS380B case
- 2 x Kingston 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered
- 4 x 2TB Seagate 7,200RPM 2.5" drives
- FreeNAS (headless)

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  • Paul S.
  • 10/29/2015 10:00:51 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis is a great board

This review is from: ASRock C2550D4I Mini ITX Server Motherboard FCBGA1283 DDR3 1600 / 1333

Pros: This is a great NAS motherboard. 4 RAM slots, ECC support,, 64 GB max memory, 12 SATA port , 8 SATA3, 4 SATA2. Remote access.

Cons: No real complaints. I wish it had USB3 and HDMI. They would be nice to have.

Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a low power, quiet, server grade motherboard to run your home built NAS you could not choose a better board. I am looking forward to a newer version with HDMI and USB3 at some point.

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