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ASRock EP2C602-2T/D16 Server Motherboard (Intel C602) Review

ASRock EP2C602-2T/D16 Server Motherboard (Intel C602) Review
ASRock's EP2C602-2T/D16 is a fully loaded server motherboard that can be the centrepiece of your server system. Let's see just what it can do.
| Motherboards in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Feb 14, 2014 9:07 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: ASRock

Introduction

 

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Server motherboards can come in all different configurations. The ASRock EP2C602-2T/D16 comes equipped with good network connectivity and storage options onboard, so few extra add-on cards will be required. This is very nice when deciding what motherboard to use for your server. You can pick a board that fits your needs and not have to worry about extra cards to support features that the motherboard does not.

 

Manufactures usually design their motherboards to fit certain cases, and the EP2C602-2T/D16 fits into ASRock 1U and 2U barebones kits. The CPU is placed at the front of the motherboard so that they are first in line for the cooling fans for maximum cooling effect. This setup works out great for these cases, which have limited space for cooling.

 

We did not receive a full barebones kit to do this review, only a motherboard, but this would be a typical 2U barebones kit from ASRock.

 

All you would need to do here is install CPUs, heat sinks, RAM, and drives to complete this server.

 

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The first thing that pops right out to us when looking at the barebones kit using this motherboard is how clean the design is. You do not see wires crossing all over the place; they flow right along the edges because the connections on the motherboard provide easy access to cables. The only exception to this is the mini SAS 8087 cable and how it connects to the drives in the back of the case. This is a minor concern because it should not block airflow to any great degree.

 

To use the EP2C602-2T/D16 in other cases, be sure that you have the correct motherboard standoff pattern for an SSI EEB size motherboard and that the I/O plate on the back will fit the case you decided to use.

 

The EP2C206-2T/D16 is one of a series of motherboards that all share the same motherboard, but have different features. We have highlighted the main feature differences:

 

EP2C602-2T2OS6/D16

 

1x Intel 82599ES support 2x 10G fiber, SFP+, Intel X540 support 2x 10GBase-T

8x SAS2 (6Gb/s) from 2x mini SAS 8087 connector by LSI 2308

 

EP2C602-2L+20S6/D16

 

1x Intel 82599ES support 2x 10G fiber, SFP+, 1x Intel i350 support Dual GLAN

8x SAS2 (6Gb/s) from 2x mini SAS 8087 connector by LSI 2308

 

EP2C602-2L+OS6/D16

 

1x Intel 82599EN support 1x 10G fiber, SFP+, 1x Intel i350 support Dual GLAN

8x SAS2 (6Gb/s) from 2x mini SAS 8087 connector by LSI 2308

 

EP2C602-2TS6/D16

 

Intel X540 support 2x 10GBase-T

8x SAS2 (6Gb/s) from 2x mini SAS 8087 connector by LSI 2308

 

EP2C602-2T20/D16

 

1x Intel 82599ES support 2x 10G fiber, SFP+, Intel X540 support 2x 10GBase-T

 

EP2C602-2T/D16

 

Intel X540 support 2x 10GBase-T

 

EP2C602-2L+/D16

 

1x Intel i350 support Dual GLAN

 

EP2C602-S6/D16

 

1x Intel i350 support

8x SAS2 (6Gb/s) from 2x mini SAS 8087 connector by LSI 2308

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