ASRock Rack E3C246D4I-2T

Perhaps the most important feature of the E3C246D4I-2T is its size. At 6.7″ x 6.7″ this is a standard mITX form factor motherboard. There is an enormous ecosystem of chassis solutions ranging from small desktop to rackmount, to storage appliances, and to other form factors. Part of the E3C246D4I-2T is that it can take advantage of this ecosystem.

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So although Coffee Lake has been around on consumer platforms for 18 months, it’s no surprise that we’re still seeing new motherboard releases aimed at the professional Xeon end of the Coffee Lake market, which is likely to remain available for a while even now the 9th generation Intel Core processors have been around since last year. So we have Gigabyte’s MW32-SP0, designed for a single-socket Xeon E 2100 series processor.

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The ASUS WS C246M Pro Motherboard weighs in as a Micro-ATX board supporting Intel 8th generation Core and Xeon E-Series processors, with additional support for Optane Memory compatibility. Cliff Robinson also wrote about the WS C246M Pro and ASUS’s new Intel Xeon E-2100 Workstation line back July of last year during the initial Intel Xeon E-2100 Launch.

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Supermicro X11SCA-W

On that day Supermicro released four different C246 models onto the market including the X11SCA-W which we are taking a look at today. The Supermicro X11SCA-W has support for up to 64GB of ECC and non-ECC memory, eight SATA ports, dual M.2 and a single U.2 port. The goal here is for a good run-of-the-mill Xeon E motherboard.

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