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ASRock E3C226D2I Mini ITX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel C226 DDR3 1600/1333

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


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  • Pat W.
  • 3/14/2014 10:51:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat MB

Pros: ECC memory, LGA-1150 processor selection, number of SATA ports

Cons: memory should be from QVL

Other Thoughts: I initially tried Kingston KVR16LE11/8I, which matched specs list on the motherboard, but the motherboard would only post with memory in the B1 slot and nothing in the A1 slot. I then tried KVR16E11/8, which is on the QVL, and everything now works great. It is an awesome FreeNAS system.

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  • Tam G.
  • 3/11/2014 8:48:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLot's of features in a small package

Pros: The only Mini-ITX motherboard I could find that had dual NIC's and six 6Gb/s SATA ports. I was looking for a mini-itx motherboard to build a compact, power efficient Hyper-v server for home. I compared every mini-itx motherboard on Newegg and this one had everything I needed; Drivers for Windows Server 2012 R2, dual gigabit NIC's and 6 SATA ports. I could've bought a cheaper desktop motherboard, used add-in cards to get the extra LAN or SATA ports and hacked the drivers for Server 2012 but using Intel's onboard generally offers better performance and effiency compared to 3rd party chipsets.
I'm using it with 16GB of Kingston Hyper-X RAM, a Core i5 4570S and a 120GB SSD in a CHENBRO SR30169T2-250 mini-itx case. Idle power consumption is at 29 watts. With 10 TB of disk space (2 x 4TB, 1 x 2TB drives) idle power is 42 watts. I compared this to a GIGABYTE GA-H87N mini-itx desktop motherboard with the same components and the ASRock consumes 15 fewer watts at idle.

Cons: Latest 1.80 BIOS caused CPU and System fans to run at full speed all of the time. I was advised by ASRock support to update the BMC firmware in order to fix fan speed issue. Although it took them 24 hours to respond they were very helpful in addressing the issue.

Other Thoughts: This motherboard is expensive compared to some other mini-itx boards but if you're looking to build a server it's cost can be justified because it's more power effient and offers more features.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

Thank you for your purchase and review. We review every customer’s technical inquiry very carefully in order to provide the most straight forward and without back and forth effort.
Each inquiry is to be responded in the order it was received. And the time of the day when the inquiry is submitted does make a minor difference. Nevertheless, we still apologize for the wait.
If you have any technical questions or warranty issues in the future please contact us at william@asrockamerica.com. We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: william@asrockamerica.com

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  • Bojan D.
  • 3/11/2014 8:17:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat for NAS builds

Pros: 6x SATA3 ports, integrated BMC, dual intel gbit eth, good price/features ratio.

BMC options are excellent, comparing to HP's iLO for which u need Advanced License to have options that this <200USD board has by default

Cons: none so far

Manufacturer Response:

Dear siberianwolf,

Thank you for your purchase and review. Your feedback is important to us.
If you have any technical questions or warranty issues in the future please contact us at http://event.asrock.com/tsd.asp?ln=en. We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

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

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  • Valentin I.
  • 12/23/2013 10:45:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOnly 'decent' Server MB

Pros: 6 x SATA3
2 x NIC
1 x IPMI
3 x FAN connectors

Cons: CPU Fan Sensor not working when monitored from OS (tried from ESXi, Windows, Linux, even IPMI monitoring interface). CPU Fan Sensor works only from BIOS, where it shows proper RPM speed. Once machine boots any OS, RPM speed is not available for any health monitoring app.
The other FAN Sensor is working fine all the time.
It might be an ACPI driver issue in this case, as the sensor reports properly until an OS is loaded (an the driver from the OS is loaded). BIOS is updated to the latest (1.70) version

Another issue I've found is with high CPU load under ESXi due to IPMI. Somewhere between 5-20 minutes after booting ESXi 5.5, even without starting any VM, the CPU load increases up to saturating one core (and power consumption increases with ~15watt) and stays like that until rebooting the machine. Disabling IPMI support in ESXi fixes the issue, but that is more of a work-around rather than a fix. Again, there could be another driver/firmware issue.

I've contacted ASRock tech support for the first issue and waiting for a response.

Other Thoughts: Although it works, this server MB is not as polished as you would expect. Missing HDMI and Audio (yes, audio can be useful at times even on server MB) are inconvenient and the issues with the CPU Fan sensor and IPMI question the quality control process.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Our technical team is replicating the issue on it.
Please contact us 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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  • Valentin I.
  • 12/22/2013 4:36:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent server board

Pros: 6 x SATA3
2 x NIC
IPMI
3 x FAN connectors (CPU, Rear, Front)

Cons: Either my board has a busted CPU Fan Sensor, or the ACPI/BIOS support is buggy.
The CPU Fan shows proper RPM in BIOS, but when booting the OS it's not available to any of the monitoring tools. Same issue under ESXi, Windows and Linux. Even the IPMI remote monitoring is not showing CPU Fan Speed if the board is past POST. As soon as you reboot the machine and enter BIOS, CPU Fan Speed shows in BIOS and IPMI monitoring.
I've updated to the latest BIOS from ASRock website and still same issue. Rear Fan sensor works ok though all the time.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Our technical team will replicate on this issue.
Please contact us with detail problem description and configuration at william@asrockamerica.com. We can assist you shortly.

Thank you

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

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  • Brandon S.
  • 12/21/2013 9:59:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIdeal miniITX board to support ECC RAM for FreeNAS

Pros: - One, if not the only, x6 port SATA3 board in mini-ATX that supports ECC memory. This makes it ideal for FreeNAS.
- IPMI out-of-band management capabilities for a headless server
- USB2.0 slot on the main board so you can run your FreeNAS or ESXi off a thumbdrive from the inside of the case.
- BIOS is getting updated regularly at the moment.
- Easy to update BIOS on a headless server. Only need USB and I haven't tried, but IPMI remote mounts appear to work.
- Comes with 6 SATA cables

Cons: - Price is high and keeps slowly climbing since there aren't any alternate boards for this one right now.
- The SATA cables included are two right angle and four straight ones. I had to use some spare left angle ones in place of the straight ones on my case install.
- IPMI is annoying to start remote console. You have to acknowledge many java signing warnings and download the viewer each time. I am still researching ways to avoid this.
- Troubleshooting on this factor can be difficult. You would probably need to pull the CPU fan cable to replace RAM if you didn't run your cables loose.

Other Thoughts: I have experienced problems when the IPMI hung up and stopped the mobo from posting. I had to remove the power plug from for a little bit to cycle it.

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  • Ryan P.
  • 12/9/2013 7:33:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsNice board for home NAS

Pros: It's a nice board! The IPMI works very well and it has 6x SATA which works with my 4 bay NAS and caching SSD.

Cons: No support for Suspend-to-RAM (S3). On my last Supermicro board I could put the NAS to sleep at night, saving a lot of power.
Idle power consumption is a bit high.

Other Thoughts: I wish the power consumption were lower. With the same components and a H81M-ITX board I saw about 11W idle. With this board it's about 26W idle. I realize that the IPMI takes 6W or so (I tested with everything off but IPMI) but I was hoping for something below 20W.

Linux IPMI driver has some problem which causes a reboots to fail, it just powers off. Blacklisting the driver solves this, but I would like to get it working again.

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  • Alec K.
  • 12/4/2013 5:40:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggswow

Pros: Boots from RevoDrive X2, everything works from fresh install (Server 2012 R2 Core), Lightning fast, low power consumption, 6 SATA III ports, no boat.

Cons: Remote interface is a bit wonky, bios lacks power restore settings, have to use watchdog or remote login to power on in the event of power failure.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

Thank you for your purchase and review.
For the power restore setting, please set the Restore on power loss at BIOS, Advanced. South Bridge Configuration, Restore on AC/Power Loss [Power On].
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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  • Jesse L.
  • 12/1/2013 3:19:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPromising Motherboard

Pros: Feature rich motherboard! Intel LAN, 6 SATA-6.0Gbps, Link Aggregation, etc...

Cons: Motherboard came DOA like the user below me. First time in 12 years of computer building have I received a DOA motherboard. Used many ASRock boards in the past with great success.

Return this board for a different one without issues.

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.
If you have any technical issues or warranty questions in the future, 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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  • zeshan k.
  • 11/29/2013 12:04:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Waste of C226 chipset. ASRock PLEASE ADD HDMI!

Pros: 6 x SATA III
3 x NICs (1 for IPMI)
ECC Support (HUGE for FreeNAS users)
KVM/IPMI (Great for remote management [out-of-band], alternative for non vPro CPUs like G2xxx).

Great board for people who don't need HDMI and have 6 SSDs to utilize all 6 SATA3 ports.

Cons: No way to utilize IGP (Intel's integrated graphics) of nearly all (Haswell) Pentium, E3-12x5, and certain core i that support ECC.

This therefore means:

-NO HDMI/DVI (HTPC users will need to use up the only PCIe slot for a GPU)
-NO Quick Sync (speeds up transcoding by a HUGE factor in supported apps, compared to CUDA/AMD. Intel just released the SDK for Linux so support should be available soon. Right now Win only.)
-NO vPro (Although IPMI makes up for it, as it is CPU agnostic)

Unrelated to IGP and minor:
-NO mSATA (Would love to have my OS on a cheap 16GB PCIe SSD leaving the 6 SATAs for ZFS pools)
-NO Audio out (again this is minor as enabling IGP would do both audio/video over HDMI)

If ASRock utilized the IGP features of C226 chipset and added HDMI this would be a knockout five-star.

Other Thoughts: Previously had a ZOTAC GF9300 with Ubuntu 12.04 and Pentium E5200.

So, when it was time to upgrade my BIGGEST requirement (assuming HDMI-out to be a no-brainer) was a board that supported ECC and out-of-band management (IPMI/vPro).

The only way to use ECC (for Haswell) is with a C224/C226 chipset. If you want to use the IGP+vPro features of capable CPUs, as well as 6xSATA3 vs 4xSATA3+2xSATA2, then C226.

Which brings me back to my original gripe. All you're getting with ASRock's C226 vs. C224 board is replacing two SATA2 ports for SATA3. Both boards have 6xSATA ports. Unless you're using 6 SSDs, 99% of people will use more HDDs thanks SSDs in this thing. HDDs can't even fully utilize SATA3. What you're NOT getting, that you SHOULD, is IGP/vPro which the C226 supports. Is this a design constraint w/ITX?

You're already paying a premium with these C22X ITX boards, why not get the features you're paying for? I love ASRock, but this one missed the mark. Hope Asus has something in 2014.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We appreciate your feedback and precious suggestions. Your suggestion will be reported to our PM for further product design.
Please also visit below links for workstation models, they might meet your needs.
C226 WS: http://www.asrock.com/server/overview.asp?Model=C226 WS
C226 WS+: http://www.asrock.com/server/overview.asp?Model=C226 WS%2b
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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