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ASRock EP2C612D16FM (Intel C612 and DDR4) Server Motherboard Review

By: William Harmon | Motherboards in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Sep 13, 2014 5:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: ASRock Rack

BIOS

 

The BIOS for this motherboard is standard for server motherboards, so we will only show a few BIOS screens.

 

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This is the main BIOS screen, which shows basic system information.

 

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The Advanced tab brings you to the main advanced screen. Features we find here include ACPI Configuration, Configure Super IO Settings, Serial Port Console Redirection, CSM Configuration, USB Configuration, System Configuration, 3rd Storage Configuration, and H/W Monitor and Instant Flash.

 

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Here are the Advanced 3rd Storage Configuration settings:

 

Marvell 9172 Controller:

Enable or disable Marvell 9172 Controller.

Marvell 9172 Operation Mode.

This item is for eSATA ports. Use this to select Marvell SATA operation mode.

 

Configuration options: [Disabled], [IDE Mode], [AHCI Mode], [RAID Mode] and

[Disabled]. The default value is [AHCI Mode].

 

Bootable Marvell 9172 SATA3

We recommend the use of Intel SATA ports (Port 0~5) for your bootable devices. This will minimize your boot time, and get the best performance. If you still want to boot from Marvell SATA3 controller, please set this item to Yes.

 

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Here we are looking at the Intel RC Setup menu. This area includes configurations for Processor Configuration, CPU Power Management Configuration, QPI Configuration, Memory Configuration, IIO Configuration, PCH Configuration, and Server ME Configuration.

 

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The first option is the Processor Configuration menu. Here you can adjust active cores, Hyper-Threading, no-execute memory protection, Intel TXT support, Intel Virtualization Technology, SMX, and more.

 

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CPU Power Management menu brings us to this screen. Here you can turn off/on SpeedStep, and adjust other power states.

 

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This is the QPI Configuration screen. Link Speed Mode can be changed to select the QPI link speed as the POR speed (Fast) or default speed (Slow).

 

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The Memory Controller menu allows you to enforce POR restrictions for DDR4 and other settings.

 

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Now we are looking at the PCH Configuration menu, and what settings that can be changed here.

 

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The Boot menu will display the available devices on your system for you to configure the boot settings and the boot priority that you want to use.

 

 

Software

 

At the time of this review, we had a disk with only drivers on it; the disk was not complete at this time. When this board is released in retail, we are sure it will have a driver disk much like other ASRock Rack motherboards do.

 

 

Remote Management

 

Remote Access is supplied by the IPMI 2.0 with virtual media over LAN, and KVM over LAN support. Be sure to have a LAN cable plugged into the Dedicated IPMI LAN port.

 

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We find our remote access IP address located in the BIOS under the IPMI Tab. In our case, this was 192.182.1.36. Enter the remote access IP into your browser and you will see the login screen.

 

To login use:

Username: admin

Password: admin

 

As a best practice, administrative users should change factory default Username/Password logins before connecting any new server to their network.

 

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After logging in, we come to the home screen, and system information is displayed.

 

There is also a remote control option for iKVM.

 

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The next tab is the FRU (Field Replacement Unit) menu.

 

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Next up is the Server Health menu. This shows temperatures and voltages for the server.

 

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The Configuration menu allows you to change many features on the server, including Active Directory settings, DNS, LDAP, and many more.

 

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The Remote Control menu allows you to power on, shut down, restart, and cycle the server.

 

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This page allows you to set triggers for events.

 

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This page allows you to select a specific configuration to be preserved in case restore configuration is needed.

 

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The Firmware Update menu allows you to update the firmware, and restore factory defaults.

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