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ASRock Fatal1ty E3V5 Gaming/OC (Intel C232) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Apr 7, 2016 1:25 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: ASRock

Here are key points about the ASRock Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC.

 

What's Hot

 

Enthusiast Features in Workstation Form: The Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC is an undercover C232 motherboard. At first glance, you would not be able to tell that it is, in fact, a workstation motherboard, and that is part of the appeal of such a product. The motherboard supports the latest in Skylake Xeon technology while providing the user with some gaming features such as the Fatl1ty mouse port and ASRock's Purity Sound 3.

 

 

Solid Fan Control: The Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC has six fan headers, all of which can be controlled through the UEFI or Windows. All the headers have the ability to ramp up the PWM slope based on the temperature sensor you choose. All the headers have independent control which is something many users will appreciate in a workstation build where thermals are important.

 

Intel Connectivity: Most people trust Intel to provide compatible high-performance connectivity options. All of the motherboard's IO is rooted in the Intel PCH. From the NIC to the USB 3.0, everything is native.

 

12K Capacitors and Overkill VRM: The standard for enthusiast motherboard capacitor lifespan is 5K hours at 105C, high-end enthusiast motherboards use 10K at 105C, but ASRock is providing users with 12K at 105C solid polymer capacitors for expanded runtime. Since Xeons and their chipsets are supposed to last longer, high life-span capacitors could make a difference. The motherboard was designed for modest overclocking, but with Intel's lock-down, the VRM is now overkill, but that's still a good thing.

 

ECC Memory Support: With a compatible processor, ASRock states the motherboard is capable of running ECC memory. I don't currently have any ECC memory, so I wasn't able to confirm this, but ECC memory is one of the main selling points of workstation over consumer parts. It's also one of the main features the C232 chipset offers over H170 or B170-based boards.

 

What's Not

 

No M.2: The number of PCI-E lanes from the PCH are low on the C232 chipset, but I have seen C232 motherboards with M.2 slots. It's the one feature I have come to expect, but the second full sized PCI-E 16x slot is 4x routed to the PCH, so you can use a PCI-E to M.2 adapter card and add an M.2 slot.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

The Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC was destined for greatness until the day Intel forced ASRock and other vendors to implement non-K OC locks into their BIOS. The motherboard is equipped with the proper VRM and external clock generator to overclock not only Core series processors, but also their Xeon counterparts.

 

The last thing Intel wanted was for end users to overclock Xeons, so enthusiast grade motherboards with C232 chipsets were hammered back down the food chain. ASRock's Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC might as well be called the Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming, which in itself is still a strong contender.

 

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The motherboard's UEFI is not buggy, and everything ran very smoothly during setup and OS installation. One reason many users want workstation class motherboards, Xeons, and ECC memory is to reduce incompatibilities and potential failure points. The C232 chipset along with E3-1200 v5 series Xeons should theoretically last longer than their consumer counterparts, and ASRock's Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC offers high-quality components such as 12K capacitors, which should last just as long.

 

While there is a need for pure workstation motherboards, some people want a little extra (such as better audio or better aesthetics). ASRock's Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC offers the C232 chipset in a package that is sure to entice those who want a little extra bling.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (including Overclocking w/a)90%
Quality including Design and Build93%
General Features88%
Bundle and Packaging85%
Value for Money94%
Overall TweakTown Rating90%

The Bottom Line: ASRock's Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC motherboard is designed to fulfil the needs of workstation users who want to run Skylake Xeons on a motherboard with gaming features.

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