MSI has announced a round of new C232-chipset motherboards today: the E3 Krait Gaming V5 and the E3M Workstation V5. These boards are designed to work with Intel’s Xeon E3-1200 v5 processors. Both models support ECC DDR4 RAM, possibly the biggest selling point of these professional boards versus more consumer-oriented products.
We're used to seeing some wild color schemes from motherboard manufacturers, even in this workstation-lite space. MSI’s choice to make the E3 Krait Gaming V5 a stark black-and-white board is a nice change of pace. The Krait Gaming V5 includes an M.2 2280 slot for storage devices and an M.2 2230 slot for Wi-Fi or Bluetooth cards, along with a USB Type-C connector. MSI also includes its DDR4 Boost feature on the board, which allows RAM faster than the DDR4-2133 standard to work without a hitch.
The E3M Workstation V5 is a microATX board with a more traditional set of workstation features. It drops the M.2 slots, trims two DIMM slots, and leaves behind the black-and-white theme. It retains MSI’s DDR4 Boost features, which might be a weird pairing for builders looking for a stable ECC-powered build. It includes Intel's standard workstation RAID, Rapid Start, and Smart Connect features. MSI didn't indicate when these boards will be available, or what premium the professional platform will demand.