A board with great features backed up by excellent support
Andrew Bormuth, Amazon
4 November 2014
Summary: This board was the first product from ASRock that I have purchased, so I was not sure what to expect, especially given that they are relatively new in the server grade hardware market. Positive reviews found on various sites gave me high hope and this board was the only one I could find that gave me every option that I required, both being good reasons to give ASRock's product a try in my new server.
Summary: Sometimes, I can't turn on the system, after several attempts it starts but resets the CMOS and IPMI settings. This happens every time the PSU power switching, and often the system power off/on. Also sometimes the system spontaneously reboots (fresh minimal installation of Debian stable). Memory (Crucial) I tested, so the problem definitely in the motherboard.
Summary: A bought this motherboard with different intentions than most. Most people buying this motherboard are looking to make a server out of it... I actually purchased mine with the intention to use it as a Workstation. I am running Debian 7.6 and Slackware 14.1, Both OS run smoothly. I am very happy with the motherboard and I would recommend it, not only for server use but as a workstation motherboard as well. A+.
First ASRock product owned, first DOA motherboard discovered!
Andrew Bormuth, Amazon
11 June 2014
Summary: Apparently my board is DOA, I contacted ASRock technical support to confirm this and hopefully get a replacement. This is my first ASRock product and I can not say that I am impressed. I will update this review as things progress, stay tuned.
Summary: After struggling for days to get the C222-based Tyan ITX board to successfully boot, I finally gave up and returned it. Thought I'd try my luck with this (more expensive) alternative -- and I'm very glad I did. Behaved exactly as I expect any server-grade hardware to. Everything worked right away, right out of the box. The board I received from Amazon also has the latest firmware, so it paired with a Haswell-R Pentium G3258 without issue.
Solid and stable, Good CPU/RAM support, IPMI/OOB management that works, Great for VMware ESXi 5.5u1
Sid "technophile and student", Amazon
8 June 2014
Summary: Pros: Mini-ITX form factor with server-grade chipset and OOB management (IPMI) Works with VMware ESXi 5.5u1 out of the box (5.5 requires one driver provided by VMware) Supports most Haswell CPUs (Xeon E3 v3, i3-4xxx, i5-4xxx, i7-4xxx) Supports ECC DDR3 memory (Xeon and i3 only) as well as low voltage (1.35V) Dual Intel gigabit ethernet Fits into Mini-Box M350 case (better with an aftermarket CPU cooler -- see below) Cons: Difficult to fit some coolers due to motherboard...
From Defective to Working, Great product, slow RMA process.
Robert Clendenin, Amazon
8 June 2014
Summary: Item was defective on delivery. System would not post with known good CPU and RAM. IPMI interface stopped working after one reboot. Am working with ASRock to get replacement product, once received I will revise this review with a review of the RMA process and a working Motherboard. Update 1. 6/26 ASROCK RMA process is a bit painful. Replacement board will arrive on 6/28.
Summary: One very unhappy customer, think before you buy this product. I brought this to install a small form server for a customer and it worked for two weeks before it failed. Unfortunately that was after two wekks of building and soak testing the product before I installed it at the customer site. Now as it is past the Return date I cannot return the item for replacement. So I have one unhappy customer and £145 worth of junk.
Summary: This board works well, but only after some initial problem solving with the board. Initially, I couldn't get the board to boot at all, and only the IPMI interface was working. I changed the IPMI interface on to a static IP, and it was never to be seen again! I even tried using Wireshark to track it down and see if it had picked up a random address, but it was lost in the ether due to DHCP being turned off...