ASRock C2750D4I, Intel Octa Core Avoton C2750, DDR3, SATA III 6Gb/s, VGA, 2x GbE LAN, 1x IPMI LAN, 2x USB 2.0, mITX is rated
3.8 out of
Rated 1 out of
Many issuesMy C2750D4I died after less than two years of use. It seems these boards have two major problems: firstly an issue with firmware causing causes some flash memory to wear out resulting in the board refusing to boot.
Secondly, it has recently been revealed that Intel's Atom/Avoton C2xxx CPUs have a problem that causes them to die at around 18 months of life, again resulting in a board that won't boot.
When I returned my board to Scan for a replacement, they were very quick in turning it around and sending a new board out. Excellent customer service.
ASRock have fixed the issue with flash wear-out, and users of the board can prevent it occurring by disabling watchdog timers in the BIOS.
Time will tell whether it's possible for a BIOS update to prevent the death of the CPU or not. Until there's a known solution, I'd strongly advise against purchasing this motherboard.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 1 out of
Had 2 of these boards and both have died ASROCK claim these are server grade and I run mine 24/7, The first board lasted just over 12 months before the OS started random freezing and then died and failed to POST, The second board is 7 months old and now the motherboard temperature sensor is reporting -1c and the 12v, 5v and 3v sensors report NA in bios and IPMI. This could be a fantastic board if it didn't fail :(
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of
Fantastic little server board for light virtualization and file servingI'm just using this as a "home server", so it gets relatively light usage. I wanted to set up several virtual machines, so that I don't have everything sharing the same Linux environment. I also wanted something that could store all my files and give an acceptable performance with mirrored software RAID - so, nothing requiring blistering performance, just something that works and doesn't crawl along.
As I expect this to be on 24 hours a day I wanted something that wasn't going to guzzle power, so Atom was what I intended to get. The system is idle most of the time but there is certainly room for expansion (I can add more disks, more RAM, and have sufficient processing power to do most things).
Running with 5 SATA disks (some WD Reds, some older WD Greens) it consumes just over 50 watts of power whilst idle. It seems to cope with what I throw at it and the disk performance is pretty good. The fact the board has several disk controllers was appealing - I've ensured the two disks in each mirror are on separate controllers which does seem to be a bit faster.
The ability to access the BIOS and generally "see" the screen through a Java applet, along with the various system health information via a browser is really nice. I had some issues with the watchdog timer which might just be down to a bad Linux driver but I had to stop using it after the system rebooted itself due to the watchdog chip doing something odd.
In summary: It's a very nice motherboard. I'm sure it can do far more than I am tasking it with right now and I don't anticipate upgrading it for a very long time.
Date published: 2016-03-17
Rated 5 out of
Great little server boardCurrently using two of these for non-critical business system VMs on Xen, performance is surprisingly good and with the eight cores you can get a fair amount of VMs on them. Have also used Ubuntu with ZFS for a network file store (Samba/iSCSI) on another which, I believe, this is the primary use case ASRock had in mind when they built these. All works fine, only things to note is the boot process is frighteningly slow which makes you think you've got a dud to start with. A note to those new to server hardware make sure you get the correct RAM (ECC unbuffered), it would be nice to see SCAN do a 'compatible products' section not just an 'other people also bought'.
Date published: 2016-03-11
Rated 5 out of
Excellent boardI bought this board as the linchpin to a NAS I was building. It's now been running for approximately a year without issue. What more can I say; excellent.
Recently the IPMI remote control application stopped working. I since have this back up and running again by generating my own certificate and assigning it to the IPMI. Now when using IE it says it doesn't trust the site (even though the cert has been added to the Trusted store), and Java prompts to continue; no problem though as at least it works now!!
There's plenty of SATA ports so it's great for my use case. It boots off of USB without a problem and runs FreeNAS equally without issue.
I have disabled the boot capability for the Marvel controller which seems to have saved some time at boot up. SMART has also been enabled. The PWM functionality has been a God send for the fans that I am using.
Many reviews say this board is picky with memory. I already had an 8GB (Crucial Ballistix - BLS2CP8G3D1609DS1S00CEU) stick laying around so thought I'd give it a go - it wasn't on the Memory QVL. It worked without issue so I went ahead and bought some more - I now have 32GB of RAM in it.
All in all and excellent purchase that has worked flawlessly from a hardware perspective since purchase.
Date published: 2016-02-27
Rated 4 out of
Slow to start, but whateverThis is currently serving as the motherboard and CPU for the FreeNAS machine at work. It's taking care of 24TB of WD Caviar Reds and a USB stick juuust fine.
I had a little trouble with it when I first got it, as I'm spoiled by consumer class motherboards, which POST in under a second, so I thought this wasn't POSTing, as it takes about 30. Once you have this knowledge, it's not much of an issue, as a board like this will generally be serving in a situation that doesn't call for much rebooting.
Date published: 2015-08-24
Rated 4 out of
Buy the right RAM!This only supports unbuffered RAM so don't fall into that trap like I did. Unfortunately this means the max RAM is limited to 32GB ATM unless you get 16GB DIMMS shipped in from Germany and at ~€350 a little pricey to say the least.
Also note that this doesn't have sound on-board so you will need to add a sound-card if you need audio.
Otherwise very happy with this MB, the management interface is very cool (check out youtube reviews of this)
Date published: 2015-08-04
Rated 5 out of
Powerful, silent and loads of SATA connectivityI'm using this in a Nanoxia Deep Silence case along with 8 spinning disks to run FreeNAS. I have a huge amount (21Tb) of better than RAID6 storage without messing with add-on cards and the motherboard calculates the on-the-fly compression & variable stripes of ZRAID2 faster than my network can push data at it. Woooossshhhh
I am just wondering what bios version this has installed as I believe there are some issues with the earlier bios and these have since been addressed
Asked by: Telgordo
I purchased one at the begining of June and came with version 2.50, however it was very easy to update to the latest version (2.80) using the Flash Installer, which essentially involves downloading the lastest version to a USB stick, plugging it into a spare USB port on the motherboard, powering on and selecting the flash install option. Only takes a few mins.
If you're running windows I believe you can also do this via a windows or dos program rather than a via a USB stick but I haven't tried it.
Answered by: Philr40
Date published: 2015-09-26
Does the revision of the board you have in stock include a workaround for the Intel C2000 series CPU clock failures?
There are numerous reports of this board (and many other systems based around the Intel Avoton platform) failing after ~18 months of use due to a design flaw in the Intel C2000 series of CPUs regarding the system clock.
Intel published an update to the Atom C2000 family spec recently indicating that a "platform level" (i.e. hardware) fix for this problem has been identified and forwarded to OEMs (such as ASRock) who are responsible for implementing the fix on their products.
As such can anyone confirm that the current revision of this board that is in stock has the fix for this issue implemented? This is pretty much the only roadblock for me purchasing this board right now as it is ideal for my use case - but I don't want to end up with an expensive paperweight after a mere two years of use...
Asked by: Rookeh
Unfortunately we aren't able to confirm which revision of boards we have available at any given time.