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    ASRock latest to release Intel Xeon C232 chipset motherboards

    A choice of two new motherboards to pair with an Intel Xeon E3-1200 v5 CPU.
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    Re: ASRock latest to release Intel Xeon C232 chipset motherboards

    And again the C236 isn't used. Surely, the extra cost can't be *that* high...

    EDIT: Well, I had a look and apparently the C232 sells for $34 while the C236 sells for $49. Still, I think the extra cost is worth it. Here's a comparison between the two chipsets (well, tbh both are the same with the C232 having the extra functionality fused off).
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    Re: ASRock latest to release Intel Xeon C232 chipset motherboards

    So much better than they used to be and now up there with the others.
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    Re: ASRock latest to release Intel Xeon C232 chipset motherboards

    Quote Originally Posted by azrael- View Post
    And again the C236 isn't used. Surely, the extra cost can't be *that* high... ...
    tbh I can't see anything in the comparison that would justify the extra cost in a gaming enthusiast motherboard. That extra $15 cost of the chipset could easily end up being £20+ at retail, once you've added all the margins up the chain, VAT etc...

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    Re: ASRock latest to release Intel Xeon C232 chipset motherboards

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    tbh I can't see anything in the comparison that would justify the extra cost in a gaming enthusiast motherboard. That extra $15 cost of the chipset could easily end up being £20+ at retail, once you've added all the margins up the chain, VAT etc...
    12 PCIe 3.0 lanes more? More USB3 and SATA ports? The ability to use QuickSync? Sounds worth it to me.

    Perhaps the problem here is that these motherboards (and others like it) target the wrong audience. Personally, I can't see why a gamer needs a Xeon CPU. Personally, I won't buy any motherboard/CPU combo which doesn't support ECC memory. And on top of that I'd like the board to be reasonably "tricked out". No need for any overclocking, though, which you can't with a Xeon anyway, so that's fine.

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    Re: ASRock latest to release Intel Xeon C232 chipset motherboards

    Quote Originally Posted by azrael- View Post
    12 PCIe 3.0 lanes more? More USB3 and SATA ports? The ability to use QuickSync? Sounds worth it to me.

    Perhaps the problem here is that these motherboards (and others like it) target the wrong audience. Personally, I can't see why a gamer needs a Xeon CPU. Personally, I won't buy any motherboard/CPU combo which doesn't support ECC memory. And on top of that I'd like the board to be reasonably "tricked out". No need for any overclocking, though, which you can't with a Xeon anyway, so that's fine.
    hmm why would anyone by a Xeon over an i7? perhaps because games who already have a dedicated GPU wont need the intergrated intel HD gpu, meaning you can get a skylake core cpu for over £100 cheaper at the same clock rates.

    As for not being able to overclock the Xeon thats not true. Yes the multiplier is locked but you do still have the ability to overclock the BCLK.

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    Re: ASRock latest to release Intel Xeon C232 chipset motherboards

    Quote Originally Posted by Drefsab View Post
    hmm why would anyone by a Xeon over an i7? perhaps because games who already have a dedicated GPU wont need the intergrated intel HD gpu, meaning you can get a skylake core cpu for over £100 cheaper at the same clock rates.

    As for not being able to overclock the Xeon thats not true. Yes the multiplier is locked but you do still have the ability to overclock the BCLK.
    Please read what I wrote. I specifically wrote "gamer". As for getting a Xeon vs. a Core CPU, both are available with and without integrated graphics. I tend to favour the ones with an integrated GPU for two reasons: You can use QuickSync for transcoding, and you have a fallback in case you suddenly find yourself with a busted dedicated graphics card. Granted, the latter probably isn't a common scenario, but it's a nice feature to have (in my opinion). I seriously doubt you can save GBP 100 going with a Xeon instead of a Core i7. If anything, it's usually the other way around.

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    Re: ASRock latest to release Intel Xeon C232 chipset motherboards

    Quote Originally Posted by azrael- View Post
    I seriously doubt you can save GBP 100 going with a Xeon instead of a Core i7. If anything, it's usually the other way around.
    If you shop at Scan, you'll save £31.92 by going for the Xeon E3-1245 V5 instead of the i7 6700, but you'll give up the iGPU in the process...

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel...tio-80w-cpu-re

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel...-gpu-34x-ratio

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    Re: ASRock latest to release Intel Xeon C232 chipset motherboards

    Quote Originally Posted by MrJim View Post
    If you shop at Scan, you'll save £31.92 by going for the Xeon E3-1245 V5 instead of the i7 6700, but you'll give up the iGPU in the process...

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel...tio-80w-cpu-re

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel...-gpu-34x-ratio
    Both CPUs you're linking to have integrated GPUs. Essentially, all Xeon E3 CPUs ending in an odd number (usually 5) have an integrated GPU.

    But that price difference makes a bit more sense than the GBP 100 previously stated.

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    Re: ASRock latest to release Intel Xeon C232 chipset motherboards

    Quote Originally Posted by azrael- View Post
    Both CPUs you're linking to have integrated GPUs. Essentially, all Xeon E3 CPUs ending in an odd number (usually 5) have an integrated GPU.

    But that price difference makes a bit more sense than the GBP 100 previously stated.
    So they do. I'm not sure the difference really justifies buying a Xeon myself, unless you really need EEC Ram...

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    Re: ASRock latest to release Intel Xeon C232 chipset motherboards

    Interesting stuff... Build a solid I7 Xeon based gaming system without the crappy GPU, and when it's time to upgrade you could turn the system into one hell of a NAS.

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