|by MAC | January 8, 2016|
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.
GIGABYTE have just unveiled three really interesting new motherboards that feature Intel's workstation-oriented C230 series chipsets. The X150M-PLUS WS and X150-PLUS WS are based on the C232 chipset, while the X170-Extreme ECC uses the higher-end C236 version. By utilizing this particular chipset series, these motherboards support the Xeon E3-1200 v5 processors that Intel have blocked from working on motherboards that use regular consumer chipsets.
While GIGABYTE are calling these new models "high-end desktop class motherboards", what we see them as are potentially budget-friendly workstation-class motherboards. This is especially true since one of the models actually supports Error Correcting Code (ECC) memory, which is a must-have feature on many workstations and one that is not supported by any consumer-oriented chipset on the Skylake LGA1151 platform. The very fact that these models exist is a very interesting development, since GIGABYTE does have their own line of professional workstation-class motherboards that generally carry a hefty price premium when compared to consumers boards.
The X150M-PLUS WS is based on the Micro-ATX form factor, but since it is actually narrower than the standard mATX dimensions it can only fit two DDR4 memory slots. It features one PCI-E x16 and two PCI-E x1 expansion slots, all of which are PCI-E 3.0. This model comes equipped with six SATA 6Gb/s ports, four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a Realtek-powered GbE LAN port, and an onboard Realtek ALC887 audio codec.
The full-sized X150-PLUS WS differentiates itself with two additional DDR4 slots, an M.2 SSD connector, a SATA Express connector, one additional PCI-E x16 slot, and a superior Intel GbE LAN controller.
We don't have a specs list or even a picture of the X170-Extreme ECC, but we strongly suspect that it is based on the C236 chipset since GIGABYTE do mention that this model supports "even more USB3.0 ports and SATA3 Connectivity". The benefits of this higher-end chipset are more PCI-E lanes, more USB ports, more SATA ports, virtualization support, additional managements features, as well as Intel Rapid Storage Technology and Smart Response Technology. This particular model also supports ECC memory, which is absolutely essential for some mission critical applications.
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