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ASRock E3C224D4I-14S Extended mini ITX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel C224 DDR3 1600/1333

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  • Intel C224
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ASRock E3C224D4I-14S Extended mini ITX Server Motherboard

Highlights

ASRock Server Motherboard
  • Single socket H3 (LGA 1150) supports Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v3 series & Haswell i3, Pentium and Celeron processors
  • 4 x DIMM DDR3 1600/1333 ECC, max. 32GB
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x8
  • 4 x SATA3 by Intel C224 support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
  • 8 x SAS2 from 2 x mini SAS 8087 connector by LSI 2308
  • 2 x Intel i210, support Dual GLAN
  • ASPEED 2300 for BMC controller, Realtek RTL8211E for dedicated IPMI GLAN
  • 4 x USB 3.0 ports (2 rear + 2 via header )
  • 5 x USB 2.0 ports (2 rear + 2 via header + 1 Type A)
 

Specifications

 MB Physical Status
Form Factor Extended mini ITX
Dimensions 8.4 x 6.7" (21.3 x 17cm)
 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)
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 UDIMM
Voltage 1.5V, 1.35V
 Expansion Slot
PCIe 3.0 x 16 1 slot (x8)
 Storage
SATA Controller Intel® C224: 4 x SATA3 6.0Gbps (from mini SAS connector), 2 x SATA2 3.0Gbps, Supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and Intel® Rapid Storage
SAS Controller LSI 2308: 8 x SAS2 6Gbps (from 2 x mini SAS 8087 connector)
 Ethernet
Interface Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000Mbps
LAN Controller
  • 2 x Intel® i210
  • Supports Wake-On-LAN
  • Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
  • Supports Dual 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 1
VGA Port D-sub x 1
USB 2.0 Port 2
USB 3.0 Port 2
Lan Port 2 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)
UID Button/UID LED 1
 Internal Connector
Auxiliary Panel Header 1 (includes chassis intrusion, location button & LED, and front LAN LED)
IPMB Header 1
Fan Header 6 x 4-pin
ATX Power 1 (24-pin) + 1 (4-pin)
USB 2.0 Header 1 (each support 2 USB 2.0)
Type A USB 2.0 Port 1
USB 3.0 Header 1 (each support 2 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
 Support OS
OS Microsoft Windows
  • Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
  • Server 2012 (64-bit)
  • Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)
Linux
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux Server 5.9/6.4 (32- / 64-bit)
  • CentOS 5.9 / 6.4 (32- / 64-bit)
  • SUSE Enterprise Linux Server 11 SP3 (32- / 64-bit)
  • FreeBSD 9.1 (32- / 64-bit)
  • Fedora core 19 (64-bit)
  • UBuntu 12.04.2 (64-bit) / 12.10 (64-bit)
Virtual
  • VMWare ESXi 5.5
 Environment
Temperature Operating temperature: 41 - 95°F (10 - 35°C) / Non-operating temperature: -40 - 158°F (-40 - 70°C)

WHAT'S IN THE BOX

ASRock Server Motherboard

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Warranty

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


Customer Reviews of the ASRock E3C224D4I-14S

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  • Jacob B.
  • 10/11/2014 10:44:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsworks for my file server

Pros: 1) LSI 2308 SAS controller onboard. Perfect for a file server.

2) 4 RAM slots instead of the usual 2 for a mini-itx.

3) Basic onboard video (again, perfect for a file server).

4) Tech support is amazing. I have contacted Asrock support a few times and they are always extremely helpful. For example, I asked them for a power profile of the motherboard so I could try to spec the maximum 5V consumption of my server. They responded a couple days later with detailed power measurements at the ATX connector under synthetic load with several hard drives connected (to try to simulate my file server). That's crazy they went out of their way to setup a benchmark to answer my question.

Cons: 1) Non-standard form factor. This board is 1.7 inches taller than a standard mini-itx. I am using this case ( iStarUSA S-917 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811165597&cm_re=s-917-_-11-165-597-_-Product ) and it barely hits the standard ATX PSU so I had to use this SFX PSU ( SILVERSTONE SFX Series SX600-G 600W - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256109 ).

2) The SAS controller (blue heatsink) runs VERY hot. I could barely touch the heatsink for more than a second. So I replaced the stock heatsink with this one ( ZALMAN ZM-NB47J - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118214&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=10&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true#scrollFullInfo ). I have read that many SAS controllers (including the LSI 2308 used by this board) run very hot, so this is normal. So just keep in mind that you should probably replace the stock heatsink.

3) (continued from #2) In replacing the heatsink on the SAS controller I had trouble finding one that would fit. The Zalman heatsink I linked above works because the mounting brackets are fully customizable. Other heatsinks I tried with fixed mounting holes didn't work. This is not a problem with the board itself, but it is a consideration if you replace the stock heatsink (which I recommend). Also, the SAS controller has no heatspreader (exposed die), so I recommend using a thermal pad. I am using a Fujipoly pad from FrozenCPU (Fujipoly / ModRight Ultra Extreme System Builder Thermal Pad Blister Pack - Mosfet Block - 100 x 15 x 0.5 - Thermal Conductivity 17.0 W/mK). It's a $15 pad but it has twice the thermal conductivity of Arctic Silver. It's perfect for the hot SAS controller. I used acetone followed by alcohol to clean the stock paste from the chip.

4) I was encountering memory errors and random reboots at first. I replaced the board and RAM (same make/model for both) but the problem persisted. I was able to fix the problem by downclocking my RAM to 1066. Either my RAM is unstable at 1600 or the board is. I suppose it could also be the CPU (where the memory controller is), but I consider this unlikely. I don't need memory bandwidth for my home file server so I am content to run it at 1066.

Other Thoughts: I am using two of these cages ( Cooler Master 4-in-3 Device Module Cage - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817993002 ) with these hard drives ( Western Digital RE WD4001FYYG 4TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SAS 6Gb/s 3.5" Enterprise Internal Hard Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236353&cm_re=western_digital_re_4tb-_-22-236-353-_-Product ) and two of these breakout cables for the SAS connectors ( Adaptec 2232000-R mini SAS x4 (SFF-8087) to (4) x1 (SFF-8482) SAS fan-out Cable - 1M - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816103192&cm_re=2232000-R-_-16-103-192-_-Product ).

It's a good storage setup.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

Thank you for sharing your mod with another heatsink!
The LSI 2308 storage chipset is known to run somewhat hotter than Intel and Marvell.
Though, the LSI 2308 is also designed to be able to sustain a higher operating temperature.
However, since this extended mini-ITX board is equipped with 14 storage drives connectivity, chances are greater that there should be at least two case cooling fans that form the airflow from at least a micro-ATX chassis which can also accommodate a maximum of 14 hard drives.
Setup references to our server barebone 1U12L2SW-14S http://www.asrockrack.com/general/productdetail.asp?Model=1U12L2SW-14S .”

If you have any technical inquiry in the future, 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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  • Jason C.
  • 8/23/2014 11:18:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorked great until it didn't

Pros: Has a lot of great features, using it in an ESXi + homebuilt NAS build. Fits excellent in my Case Labs S3 case, for everyone complaining about the size and fitment, RTM before you drop $300 on a motherboard.

Cons: Stopped working after about a month and a week. I am currently awaiting a response to an RMA from ASRock, as it is outside of Newegg's policy. Also, for whatever reason, VMware refuses to allow Lynx Point storage devices as pass through, so if you have more than 8 drives you want to pass through to a VM via DirectPathIO, you will still need an add on HBA card.. Also Freenas does not support booting Lynx Point based motherboards. You will have to use a 10.0 Alpha if you want to boot directly to Freenas. I would have done this (tested, boots fine) , however there are no jails available for 10.0 as of this writing, thus no plugins are currently working, hence booting to ESXi, then boot freenas 9.2 as a VM.

Other Thoughts: Other than it not currently functioning for me, this little board packs a punch.

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  • Nicholas M.
  • 8/22/2014 4:18:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: Everything and more on this board. This will spoil me.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: Extended ITX was not an issue and knew what i was getting into before I bought. I used a ARK IPC-1.5U1525 case with minor modifications to remove one of the drive holders and the screw posts. This was fine for me as it also had a a 4x 2.5" drive bays Im using instead. I installed a retail i5 CPU that was listed on the ASROCK compatibility matrix and non-ecc ram.

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  • Matt A.
  • 6/14/2014 8:09:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsGreat board...but

Pros: It has all of the capabilities I need, and more ..on paper. Having some config issues, and I can't seem to get any support.

Cons: No reply from support. Maybe someone on here can help me out... I have 4 x Seagate Hybrid Drives ST500LM0 in an enclosure (SNT SNT-BPSS425A 1 x 5.25" Bay to 4 x 2.5" Hotswap)

connected to the mini-SAS controller (SAS 4_7) and they are not being recognized in BIOS storage config. I have the 4

2TB WD Reds connected to the SATA 0_3 mini-SAS connector and they show up, I also have 2 SSDs (1 Samsung, the

other a Sandisk) connected to the two SATA2 connectors and they show as well. Is there a reason they are not

showing? The enclosure and drives are functional as I pulled them from another system, and for troubleshooting

I've only changed the SATA RX Vaule to auto, saved and rebooted, the drives in enclosure are still not recognized.

Any assistance is appreciated.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
We did receive the inquiry and replied on same day (June 9).
Please check the spam mail folder.
If you have any technical questions please contact us with detail problem description at 909-590-8308 or 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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  • Allan J.
  • 5/19/2014 8:23:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome motherboard

Pros: ESXI 5.5U1 compatibility with support for VGA passthrough while having an integrated SAS chip

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Motherboard is absolute perfection. Wanted something to place in a NAS case and this one really fit the bill. Out of the box compatibility with ESXI, I also flashed the onboard LSI 2308 with IT mode firmware for JBOD support. Works great with my virtualized unRAID setup.

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  • NELSON Z.
  • 5/9/2014 7:39:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsFull Sized Server Power In a Tiny Form

Pros: On board SAS controller flash-able. This can be set as pass-through in VMWare to NAS4FREE and SAS expander. This is THE server board you are looking for. The IPMI is just like the rest of Asrock IPMIs (Very capable). Can use the PCIe slot for LAN card to set up pfSense on the same vSphere 5.1

Cons: None that comes to mind.

Other Thoughts: Other user rated 3 eggs when it was user error for not reading the description. From day one it was listed as extended itx and from the pictures it is obviously a rectangular form.

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  • Jack V.
  • 4/28/2014 10:00:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNice board but Extended Mini-ITX was an issue

Pros: Supports ECC ram, has two SAS ports for SATA breakout cables, would make a nice home built NAS motherboard.

Cons: Beware: this motherboard is "Extended Mini-ITX" and is larger in dimensions than a standard Mini-ITX board. It did not fit in my Silverstone DS380B case, it prevented the PSU from being mounted in the case. Minus 2 stars for proprietary sizing.

Other Thoughts: I bought this board to use in a Silverstone DS380B nas Mini-ITX form factor case and this motherboard's dimensions are too big to fit properly preventing the PSU from being mounted. Make sure your case can fit this board, if it's a tight Mini-ITX case, it might not fit. I kept the motherboard and bought a different less optimal case so it would fit.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

Thank you for your purchase and review. Sorry to hear mainboard does no fit the Mini-ITX case.
Mainboard is Extended mini -ITX and dimension of 8.4" x 6.7'' (21.3 cm x 17 cm).
For more information, please visit specification link at " http://www.asrockrack.com/general/productdetail.asp?Model=E3C224D4I-14S# ".
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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