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.
|Aerocool's Project 7 P7-C1 Pro case reviewed||6|
|Google Project Tango is dead—long live ARCore||3|
|Thermaltake Sync box bridges RGB LED walled gardens||3|
|Intel tips off potential 960 GB and 1.5 TB Optane SSD 900Ps||6|
|Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX Vegas put a big chill on spicy-hot chips||15|
|Antec P110 Silent touts quiet looks and quiet operation||10|
|Updated LG Gram laptops put heavy-duty power into feathery bodies||15|
|Monkey Day Shortbread||11|
|Thursday deals: a nice Z370 mobo, a huge VA display, and more||6|
|My first born son will be named fenghuang. I will raise him in the way of zen. Thus it is written, thus it shall be done.||+24|