Here are key points about the GIGABYTE X150M-Plus WS.
Super Simple: Are you confused when you see more than one full-sized PCI-E slot on your motherboard? Worry no more; the X150M-Plus WS makes everything easy by only providing the basics for compatibility. No need to worry about which DIMM slots, PCI-E slots, or audio jacks to use, you have limited options regarding configuration, which leads to less error when configuring the machine and maintaining it over time.
Easy to Configure Fans: The X150M-Plus WS only has two fan headers, the CPU header is PWM controlled which makes sense since most CPU coolers come with PWM fans, and the system header is voltage mode which will work with both 4-pin and 3-pin fans. While enthusiasts demand more headers and complex fan control, GIGABYTE's choices regarding fan control and automatic profiles in the UEFI make it attractive for straightforward and easy configuration.
Intel Connectivity: All the USB 3.0 and SATA6Gb/s on the motherboard is directly from the Intel controller, except the NIC, which is from Realtek.
Optimized Port Layout: All SATA ports and the front USB 3.0 header are located above the first PCI-E slot, which helps improve access to the ports when a video card is installed (you have to use one since the chipset doesn't support iGPUs). The USB 2.0 and front panel headers are easy to differentiate by color and silkscreen.
No ECC: One of the main features that Xeons provide is ECC memory support, but this model doesn't support ECC memory.
High Price: Compared to other C232 chipset motherboards, the price of the X150M-Plus WS is a bit steep for the number of features that the motherboard provides. While the price falls in line with GIGABYTE's C232 and C236 pricing model, it has a lot of competition in the $160 price range from other manufacturers.
As an enthusiast, I am always looking for more. More value, more features, and more power. The GIGABYTE X150M-Plus WS provides simplicity, and that can be very attractive depending on who is buying. I typically go into my local Microcenter once a week to pick something up and chat with prospective PC buyers. These first-time builders are not confident in their ability to build a computer; they are downright scared. For them, simplicity is a godsend.
Simplicity is also very useful in business situations where you need identical systems which are easy to configure and serviceable. With a product like the X150M-Plus WS, the next generation of IT staff will have no problem servicing the product since there is only really one configuration that will work. Even someone with no hardware background would be able to figure out how to plug in accessories into the IO since the options are limited and color coded.
The one thing I am not so crazy about is the price. Business buyers will be fine with it, but unless simplicity is something you desire, the price is not going to impress you. The X150M-Plus WS is not your typical consumer motherboard; its purpose is to offer simplicity for workstation users who want to run Xeon CPUs on a budget.
|Performance (including Overclocking w/a)||89%|
|Quality including Design and Build||90%|
|Bundle and Packaging||85%|
|Value for Money||75%|
The Bottom Line: GIGABYTE's X150M-PLUS WS is a C232 chipset motherboard perfect for those who want a simple headache-free experience.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and X150M-Plus WS Overview]
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- Page 7 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
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