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ASRock Rack C2550D4I (Intel Avoton) Mini-ITX Server Motherboard Review

By: William Harmon | Motherboards in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Nov 28, 2014 3:12 pm
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TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: ASRock Rack

Test System Setup

 

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We would like to thank ASRock Rack, I'M Intelligent Memory, SanDisk, Yokogawa, SPEC, and AIDA64 for their support in providing parts for our test system.

 

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Code named Avoton, the Atom C2550 comes in with four cores, and a TDP of only 14 watts, which allows this CPU to be cooled with a passive heat sink. The normal clock speed of the C2550 is 2.4 GHz, and it will turbo up to an impressive 2.6Ghz using Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0.

 

The max number of PCIe lanes supported by the C2550 is 16, which allows it to feed the large number of storage and network options on the P9A-I/C2550/SAS/4L. The C2550 does not support Hyper Threading. However, it does support Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x), and extended page tables (EPT).

 

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Here is the preferred memory installation for best practices. It is rather simple since there are only four memory slots. If you plan on only using two memory sticks, then use the blue slots; otherwise, fill all slots.

 

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The memory we used in our tests is 64GBs of I'M Intelligent Memory 16GB DDR3 UDIMM Memory that we reviewed earlier this month.

 

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With all memory slots filled with the I'M Intelligent Memory 16GB DDR3 UDIMM Memory, we can see that the platform has a very low profile, which allows it to fit in very compact systems.

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