It’s always such a hassle when Santa puts a workstation processor in my Christmas stocking without leaving an appropriate motherboard under the tree. MSI is here to help. The company has announced two motherboards built around the C236 chipset, designed specifically for Intel’s Xeon E3-1200 v5 product family.
MSI hasn’t posted a product page for these boards yet, so the details are a little slim. It's unveiled two models, the C236A Workstation and the C236M Workstation. MSI claims that they built these boards to last, and their metal-reinforced PCIe slots look ready for even the beefiest Quadros and FirePros.
As expected for workstation boards, both support ECC DDR4 memory. The C236A and C236M also have connectors for recent storage devices, including M.2 and SATA Express, and they come with a USB Type-C port, too.
The primary difference between the two models is their size. Judging by MSI’s naming conventions, the C236A is an ATX board, and the C236M is micro-ATX. Both boards appear to have two PCI Express x16 slots, which fits the company's claim that these boards are optimized for multi-GPU setups with NVIDIA Quadro or AMD FirePro graphics cards.
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