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ASRock C216 WS ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1155 Intel C216 DDR3 1600/1333/1066
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs RE: Good mobo, some issues UPDATE!! 11/27/2013

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

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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ASRock C216 WS ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1155 Intel C216 DDR3 1600/1333/1066
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

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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mushkin Ghost Recon Gift Card
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs You win this round, newegg... 10/25/2013

This review is from: mushkin Ghost Recon Gift Card

Pros: Apparently I get free money for some microtransactions or something.

Cons: I'm pretty sure newegg attaches these worthless freebies to items which are the cheapest in a category. For example, I got this $15 card for purchasing the cheapest DDR3 8 GB ECC memory modules. They do this because the 5% off coupons they occasionally run (like right now) aren't valid for combo deals. The margins on this cheap memory is probably pretty slim, and might be interfered with by the 5% off. So boom, they attach something nobody cares about ($15 in game credits with server memory? Really?) so you can't get the 5% off.

Other Thoughts: If you can see this, newegg has not censored me.

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Matthew C.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew C.

Date Joined: 06/12/05

  • Reviews: 18
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 01/30/09
  • Last Review: 11/27/13
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