Dec 29, 2014

AsRock EP2C612D16C-4L Server Motherboard Review

ASRock opened the motherboard floodgates on Tuesday to reveal 17 new C612 motherboards for servers and workstations. This new series supports DDR4 memory modules and Intel's Xeon E5-2600 v3 and ES-1600 v3 "Haswell-EP" processors.

In the first group, High Performance Computing Servers, ASRock provides the EP2C612D16-2L2T and EP2C612D16-4L. These motherboards feature dual CPU sockets, 16 DDR4 DIMM slots, 10 SATA 3 ports via Intel and 2 SATA 3 ports by Marvell. They also include an Aspeed AST2400 remote management controller, support for two 10G Base-T and support for two GLAN.

The next group, Cutting-edge Front PCIe Design, includes the EP2C612D16FM and the 3U8G-C612. These boards include 2 CPU sockets, 16 DDR4 DIMM slots, 10 SATA 3 ports by Intel and 2 SATA 3 ports by Marvell. The EP2C612D16FM can be installed in main storage bays with lots of drives while the 3U8G-C612 is a barebones rack.

Next up is the Thermal Optimized Servers group, which includes the EP2C612D16NM-2T8R, EP2C612D16NM-8R and EP2C612D16NM boards. These feature CPU sockets that are located in places where they will get air flow equally. There are also 16 DDR4 DIMM slots, 10 SATA 3 ports by Intel, 8 SAS3 ports by LSI, and support for 3 PCIe 3.0 x16 slots.

There are only two motherboards in the Highly Expandable Servers group: the EP2C612D16SM-2T and the EP2C612D16SM. These boards contain 6 PCIe 3.0 x8 slots, 10 SATA 3 ports by Intel and an additional mezzanine slot for a storage mezzanine card. Other features include support for the Aspeed AST2400 remote management controller and support for GLAN.

The next batch, ATX Compact Storage with Onboard SAS3, includes three motherboards: the EP2C612D8-2T8R, EP2C612D8-8R and EP2C612D8. These set of boards include 10 SATA 3 ports by Intel, 8 SAS3 ports controlled by an LSI chip, 8 DDR4 DIMM slots, an Aspeed AST2400 remote management controller, 2 PCIe 3.0 x16 slots and a single PCIe 3.0 x8 slot.


 MB Physical Status
Form Factor- SSI EEB
Dimensions- 12'' x 13''
 Processor System
CPU- Intel® Xeon processor E5-2600/4600 & v3 series
Socket- Dual Socket LGA 2011 R3
Power Design- Intel® C612
 System Memory
Capacity- 16 DIMM slots
Type- Quad Channel memory technology
- Supports 2133/1866 LR/R/ECC, UDIMM and NVDIMM
Voltage- 1.2V
 Expansion Slot
PCIe 3.0 x 16- 3 slots
PCIe 3.0 x 8- 2 slots (PCIE1 switch with PCIE2: x8/x8 ; PCIE3 switch with PCIE4: x8/x8 )
SATA Controller- Intel® C612 : 10 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s, support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 (SSATA_3 port is shared with M.2 Socket)
Additional Storage Controller- Marvell 9172: 2 x SATA3 6Gbps, support RAID 0, 1
1 (supports M.2 SATA3 6.0 Gb/s module and M.2 PCI Express module up to Gen3 x4 (32 Gb/s))
Interface- 1000 /100 /10 Mbps by Intel® i210
LAN Controller- 4 x RJ45 GLAN by Intel® i210
- 1 x RJ45 Dedicated IPMI LAN port
- Supports Wake-On-LAN
- Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
- Supports Dual LAN with Teaming function
BMC Controller- ASPEED AST2400
IPMI Dedicated LAN- 1 x Realtek RTL8211E for dedicated management GLAN
Features- Watch Dog
Controller- ASPEED AST2400
 Rear Panel I/O
VGA Port- 1 x D-Sub
USB 3.0 Port- 2
Lan Port- 4 + 1 (IPMI) Lan port (RJ45)
Serial Port- 1 (COM1)
UID Button/UID LED- 1
 Internal Connector
COM Port Header- 1 (COM2)
Auxiliary Panel Header- 1 (includes chassis intrusion, location button & LED, front LAN LED)
TPM Header- 1
IPMB Header- 1
Buzzer- 1
Fan Header- 2x CPU Fan, 6x system Fan (4-pin)
ATX Power- 1 (24-pin) + 2 (8-pin)
USB 3.0 Header- 1 ( support 2 USB 3.0)
USB 2.0 Header- 1 ( support 2 USB 2.0)
Type A USB 3.0 Port- 1
 System BIOS
BIOS Type- 128Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS
BIOS Features- Plug and Play (PnP)
- ACPI 2.0 Compliance Wake Up Events
- SMBIOS 2.8.1 Support
- ASRock Rack Instant Flash
 Hardware Monitor
Temperature- Motherboard Temperature Sensing
- CPU1 Temperature Sensing
- CPU2 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
OSMicrosoft Windows
- Server 2008 R2 SP1 (64 bit)
- Server 2012 (64 bit)
- Server 2012 R2 (64 bit)
- RedHat Enterprise Linux Server 5.10/6.5 (32 / 64 bit)
- CentOS 5.10 / 6.5 (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 (not supported for Marvell 9172)
TemperatureOperation temperature: 10°C ~ 35°C / Non operation temperature: -40°C ~ 70°C

The next group, High Performance and High Density, consists of the EP2C612D16HM-2T and EP2C612D16HM boards. These are proprietary half-width server boards with two CPU sockets. They also include 16 DDR4 DIMM slots, 10 SATA ports by Intel, 8 SAS3 ports by LSI, and the Aspeed AST2400 remote management controller. There's also one PCIe 3.0 x16 slot.

Finally we have the Versatile Server/Work Station/IPC with Thunderbolt group, consisting of three motherboards: the EPC612D8A-TB, EPC612D8A and EPC612D8 boards. These include a single CPU socket and support for the Intel Xeon E5-1600/2600 V3 CPU. Other features include 8 DDR4 DIMM slots, 10 SATA 3 ports by Intel, the Aspeed AST2400 remote management controller, 4 PCIe 3.0 x16 slots and 1 PCIe 3.0 x8 and M.s slot. They also have two GLAN ports by Intel.

Save for the last group of motherboards with a single socket, all motherboards listed here support the Intel Xeon E5-2600/4600 v3 processor. To see more information about these 17 new ASRock boards, head to


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