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GIGABYTE MW50-SV0 (Intel C612) Workstation Motherboard Review

By: William Harmon | Motherboards in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Dec 19, 2014 7:14 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Power Consumption


We have upgraded our power testing equipment, and now use a Yokogawa WT310 power meter for testing. The Yokogawa WT310 feeds its data through a USB cable to another machine where we can capture the test results.


To test total system power use, we used AIDA64 Stability test to load the CPU, and then recorded the results. We also now add in the power use for a server from off state, to hitting the power button to turn it on, and take it all the way to the desktop. This gives us data on power consumption during the boot up process.




The MW50-SV0 uses ~80 watts at idle on the desktop, and it peaks out at ~270 watts under full load. The power use is slightly higher than regular workstation motherboards because we have the extra NVIDIA Quadro K5000 installed on our motherboard.




With the MW50-SV0, we see peak power use of only ~200 watts during the boot up process. The system settles down to ~80 watts after the boot up is completed.



Final Thoughts


As single socket 2011-E workstation motherboards start making it into the testing lab, we get our first look at GIGABYTE's offerings.


The MW50-SV0 does not include a lot of extra fluff that you do not need, features are specific, and serve a useful purpose, so you do not end up with a high-priced board that you never use half of the feature list on.




Opening the retail box for the first time is not impressive, as GIGABYTE serves up a retail package aimed at lower costs. However, you still get enough accessories that would allow you to put together a fully functional system.


We have seen several systems now that come with 4x PCIe slots, which might seem like overkill for many systems; 3x slots are more than enough for the majority of systems these days. If you do use up all 3x slots with GPUs, and need a faster network, you can go for the optional double 10GbE SFP+ network mezzanine card, which should give you a nice price break vs a high-end PCIe network card.


Many non-enthusiasts do not overclock their systems, and if you are using Xeon CPUs, you really cannot overclock them, so there is no need to purchase a workstation motherboard that includes this ability. The MW50-SV0 is a workstation motherboard that performs above the other workstation motherboards we have tested. In some cases, the performance edge is small, but in several tests, there is a clear edge in performance.


We are very impressed with the price and performance of the MW50-SV0. We can nitpick about cosmetic issues and accessory load out with the sample we received, which we think are just simple oversights, but the fact is, when the motherboard is installed in a case, you won't notice these issues. Also, drivers and PDFs can be downloaded from GIGABYTE's website, so these issues can be overlooked as well.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Quality including Design and Build95%
General Features97%
Bundle and Packaging90%
Value for Money98%
Overall TweakTown Rating96%

The Bottom Line: Feature load out that meets the sweet spot and performance is just what GIGABYTE's MW50-SV0 provides, making this a good choice for your workstation motherboard needs.

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