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4 out of 5 eggs Good mobo, some issues 11/16/2013

This review is from: ASRock C216 WS ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1155 Intel C216 DDR3 1600/1333/1066

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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