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Asrock Rack E3C236D2I will be available second week of February in the US

Discussion in 'STH Suggestions and Updates' started by mmeyer, Jan 30, 2016.

  1. mmeyer

    mmeyer New Member

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    The board began mass production this week and is expected to be available on the second week of February.

    Got this from a manager at ASRock Rack via email.
     
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    Do you work for them?
     
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  3. mmeyer

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    No. I simply emailed them (specifically the asrock rack sales email) and waited a while.

    I don't think this is confidential information, otherwise they wouldn't have told a random person (hopefully?).

    If anyone/staff wants further proof message me and I'll forward you the email exchange.
     
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  4. Kai Amundsen

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    A month ago their support told me end of January, so I hope this is real.

    One optimistic sign is that it JUST showed up on Amazon.com (link) I have already backordered it from them as I have been dying to get my hands on it.

    I just wish the M.2 didn't share a SATA port with one of the ones on the board. The C236 chipset provides 8 SATA ports (as C236 WS from ASRock uses) so I don't understand why they needed to make them share.
     
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  5. mmeyer

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    Yup! I have an order in as well, I'm super excited about this board. My plan right now is to combine this with an Intel Xeon E3-1245 v5 and 32GB of ECC memory, inside of an NSC-400 case (hoping this won't cause any thermal issues).

    This has got to be the best Mini-ITX board out there right now for servers.
     
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  6. Kai Amundsen

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    Wow, I was about to ask why you were getting the 1245 over the 1240 like I was planning but then I looked at the specs more closely and saw that the VGA is not powered by the ASMedia IMPI but only by the iGPU, looks like I am going to have to spend the extra couple of bucks for the 1245. Glad I caught that before I bought the CPU.
     
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    Unlikely. The NSC chassis are a poor fit for thermally intensive applications. I just decommissioned an NSC-800 and I know at least one other person @matt_garman on this site who recently did the same. The problem is that there isn't any natural airflow or ventilation over the motherboard area - the chassis fans are drawing air through the drive cages.

    If you're looking at a 4-bay unit, you'd be much better off with one of these:

    CFI A7879 Mini-ITX NAS Server Case with 4 Hot-Swappable HDD/SSD Trays, supports 1 expansion slot

    As it happens and through pure coincidence, I have a gently used unit of the above available for sale. :)
     
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  8. mmeyer

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    Send me a link! :)

    I searched everywhere for small cases with hot swappable bays, and never came across this one somehow. I like that I wouldn't lose the ability to use the PCI express slot. Plus, there seems to be enough vertical space to allow for a non-stock cooler in the event thermals do become a problem.
     
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    Interesting.. I put in an order as well, but I'm going to keep my Amazon (backorder) in.
    Worst case, they actually send the 'wrong' board, and I send it back due to wrong listed specs.

    Also.. do you happen to know if the M.2 port accepts PCIe drives? (Ex. Samsung 950 PRO)

    Nice catch by the way!
     
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  11. Kai Amundsen

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    Yes, it does support PCIe drives. However, I cannot find any PCIe M.2 drives that are 42mm (the size the board supports), they are all longer, typically 80mm. However, it looks like you could probably have a card hang off the side of the board assuming it is low profile enough to not interfere with any PCIe 16x cards that might be installed.

    From the manual:

     
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  12. Kai Amundsen

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    Received mine today from Newegg! (I noticed they upped the price to $259 but still haven't fixed the model number in the description).

    Unfortunately my RAM and CPU don't come in for another week so all I have is the pretty board to look at for now.
     

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  13. MattH

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    For those looking at cases. Sorry to go against the CFI option but I've read too many things about how hard it is to work with (and the shipping/taxes the import into Canada was atrocious).

    I just ordered this case off newegg:
    In Win IW-MS04

    roll out motherboard tray, yes please!

    I haven't built my system yet but its going to be 2 Sandisk X400 for raid 1 OS (good price per DWPD), 4 x 1TB Ironwolf 5900rpm, Xeon E3-1245V5, 16GB DDR4 Kingston ECC Udimm running Windows Server 2016 Essentials (it's for a SMB customer).


     
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