MSI has launched a pair of workstation motherboards based on Intel's C236 chipset, with support for the new 6th-gen "Skylake" Intel Xeon E3-1200 v5 processors.
With the C236A Workstation (ATX) and C236M Workstation (Micro-ATX) boards potential system builders will have a lot of flexibility with enclosure size, and both motherboards support ECC DDR4.
"MSI C236 WORKSTATION motherboards are optimized for professional and industrial use. Advanced PCB design, engineered using industry leading standards and the use of the highest quality components passing the most extreme quality validation, the C236A WORKSTATION and C236M WORKSTATION motherboards guarantee the best in performance and reliability. Designed and optimized for NVIDIA® Quadro® and AMD® FirePro graphics cards multi-GPU setups, equipped with unique Steel Armor and optimal PCI Express slot placement ensure great efficiency and perfect stability for heavy duty computing."
The MSI C236A Workstation Motherboard
The specifications of the two motherboards differ in more ways than form-factor, with the biggest feature set coming from the ATX model (C236A):
- Supports Intel Xeon E3 v5 series / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket
- Supports ECC DDR4 Memory
- Supports Nvidia Quadro and AMD FirePro professional graphics cards
- DDR4 Boost
- USB 3.1 Gen2 (Type-C port, ASMedia ASM1142 Chipset)
- Turbo M.2 32Gb/s
- Multi-GPU with Steel Armor PCI-E slots (Supports NVIDIA SLI and AMD Crossfire)
- Intel I219-V Gigabit LAN
- Click BIOS 5
- Military Class 4
- Overvoltage Protection
- Windows 10 Ready
The C236M Workstation Motherboard
The Micro-ATX model (C236M) looks to be more of a budget option, with differences including lack of M.2 support, no USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port, and Realtek RTL8111H Gigabit LAN instead of the larger board's Intel NIC. As this is mATX there are only two PCIe slots, which are configured x16/x4.
Pricing and availability were not immediately available.