++ The ASRock E3V5 WS Motherboard is available for approx. 120 Euro (02/2016) and is therefore in the middle price segment of the Intel LGA1151 motherboards.
The ASRock E3V5 WS LGA 1151 DDR4 motherboard supports the new Intel Xeon E3-1200 v5 processors and thus enables high workstation performance at low power consumption.
However, the basic equipment of the ASRock E3V5 WS motherboard is not quite as extensive equipped as the end-consumer motherboards in the same price range, but has at least a total of five PCI Express slots, four DDR4 slots depending on the CPU with ECC support, six SATA3 ports, up to six possible USB 3.0 ports, up to six possible USB 2.0 ports, Server Grade Gigabit LAN, Sound, TPM header, the new interface for the graphical control of the fans in UEFI setup, the Easy Mode UEFI setup and much more …
You have to give up some points regarding the Intel C232 mainboard that certainly would anyway be uninteresting with motherboards in server segment. For example, overclocking is not possible. Furthermore, there is unfortunately no SATA Express port, Ultra M.2 slot and HDMI output port. Also optical S/PDIF and USB 3.1 ports are missing at this workstation motherboard.
Instead, the E3V5 WS supports the new Xeon E3 v5 CPUs with 8MB cache and ECC memory, to allow optimal base for a server or workstation platform.
Special thanks to ASRock for their support.
* All LGA 1151 motherboard reviews since 01.08.2015 based on an Intel Core i5-6600K CPU, MSI Radeon R9 280 Twin Frozr Gaming 3GB PCI Express 3.0 video card, 4x 4GB Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4-2400 / PC4-19200U memory modules, Cooler Master Silent Pro M 600W power supply unit and the following software configuration: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, SiSoftware Sandra 2013, Futuremark 3DMark and 3DMark06 (OC software is available in the Links and Downloads section). All benchmark results only offer a comparison among themselves for a rough motherboard performance comparison.