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Old January 8, 2016, 08:37 PM
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Default GIGABYTE Reveals Three New Intel C230-based Motherboards

GIGABYTE have unveiled three interesting new productivity-oriented motherboards that support Xeon processors and even ECC memory.

Read more here: GIGABYTE Reveals Three New Intel C230-based Motherboards
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So finally a C236 enthusiast motherboard. Shame it looks like it was designed for 12 year old gamers.
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I'm trying to understand the draw of these boards for enthusiasts. Right now at least it looks like Skylake Xeon processors are significantly more expensive than their mass-market counterparts without offering any more performance.
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I'm trying to understand the draw of these boards for enthusiasts. Right now at least it looks like Skylake Xeon processors are significantly more expensive than their mass-market counterparts without offering any more performance.
E3-1235 V5 is $385CAD. i7 6700 non-K is $480CAD. Both are 4c / 8t. Not aware of any cheaper 4c/8t LGA1151 CPU than the 1235V5.
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So finally a C236 enthusiast motherboard. Shame it looks like it was designed for 12 year old gamers.
Other than the mild bit of camo on the io cover and the other part near the bottom (SB cover? I'm not sure what that part is tbh), they look pretty generic to me. Not really standing out....
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US is having some pricing issues too, I've seen complaints about 6700K stock and prices over MSRP still to this day.

All USD:

E3 1230 V5 - $274.99
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E3 1270 V5 - $355
E3 1275 V5 (igpu) - $369.99

6600 - $229.99
6600k - $264.21
6700 - $386
6700k - $419
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E3-1235 V5 is $385CAD. i7 6700 non-K is $480CAD. Both are 4c / 8t. Not aware of any cheaper 4c/8t LGA1151 CPU than the 1235V5.
But you're comparing a processor that's running at a constant 3.4GHz and doesn't support overclocking on the C-series boards to one that's running at 4GHz and can be overclocked on certain Z170 boards.

Then you compare the boards themselves. The capabilities of the C232 chipset which pale in comparison to those of Z170 boards. It has a mere eight PCI-E lanes from its PCH, doesn't support Intel's RST (only the Enterprise version) or SRT.

Meanwhile, it is looking increasingly like the C236 boards will be more expensive than mid to high end Z170 alternatives.

In this case its like your robbing from Peter to pay Paul when you buy a Xeon rather than a standard Skylake chip since there are sacrifices that are made.
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Keep in mind the 6700 only is only 3.4 base / 4.0 boost. Only the 6700K is 4.0 base / 4.2 boost. The advantage is indeed in forcing turbo boost to all 4 cores on Z170, and that's likely another reason besides BCLK overclocking that has prevented their use on consumer boards this generation.

Whether the Xeons run at their base or somewhere between the base and turbo boost on all 4 cores seems dependent on both load and the instruction sets being used. On my Xeon E3 1230 V3 I tried various different applications, benchmarks, and stress tests, and the results were similarly varied on the clockspeeds across the 4 core cores. It was usually much closer to the base speeds though.

The advancements have been so incremental and the shift of what the majority of gamers play so significant, that I don't think the majority of users really care about significant OCs anymore. I could see someone sacrificing a bit of performance to make a workstation/gaming hybrid build at this point.
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But you're comparing a processor that's running at a constant 3.4GHz and doesn't support overclocking on the C-series boards to one that's running at 4GHz and can be overclocked on certain Z170 boards.

Then you compare the boards themselves. The capabilities of the C232 chipset which pale in comparison to those of Z170 boards. It has a mere eight PCI-E lanes from its PCH, doesn't support Intel's RST (only the Enterprise version) or SRT.

Meanwhile, it is looking increasingly like the C236 boards will be more expensive than mid to high end Z170 alternatives.

In this case its like your robbing from Peter to pay Paul when you buy a Xeon rather than a standard Skylake chip since there are sacrifices that are made.
Xeons support bclk overclocking though. Just need a c236 board that supports it. C236 costs $6 more per chipset than z170, so it shouldn't be all that much more expensive.
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its hard to find 6700k i tried... most places are bumping their prices even with backorder the cheapest was memoryexpress with 489 and they bumpted it to 539 still no stock
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