MSI C236A Workstation LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard

MSI C236A Workstation LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard

MSI C236A Workstation LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard

MSI C236A Workstation LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard

MSI C236A Workstation LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard

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Product Highlights

  • ATX Form Factor
  • Intel C236 Chipset
  • LGA 1151 Socket
  • 4 x Dual-Channel DDR4-2133
  • 6 x SATA III & 1 x M.2
  • 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 Slots
  • 3 x PCIe 3.0 x1 Slots
  • Realtek ALC887 7.1-Channel Audio Codec
  • Intel I219-V Gigabit LAN Controller
  • AMD CrossFire & NVIDIA SLI Support
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MSI C236A overview

  • 1Description

Built as a multi-tasking powerhouse for demanding productivity applications for use by professionals, the C236A Workstation LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard from MSI is designed to fit in cases that support an ATX form factor. This 12.0 x 9.6" motherboard supports Intel Xeon E3-1200 v5 series processors, as well as Core i3, Pentium and Celeron processors with the LGA 1151 socket and the Intel C236 chipset.

The ATX form factor of the C236A Workstation has four DIMM slots that are able to support up to 64GB of dual-channel unbuffered ECC memory, plus Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules. The supported memory speed is 2133 MHz and there are also a total of six SATA III 6 Gb/s ports and one M.2 slot. Additionally, there are three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots that support x16/x0/x4 and x4/x8/x4 modes, and three PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. There is one 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 Type-C port, six 5 Gb/s USB 3.0 ports, and two 480 Mb/s USB 2.0 ports on the back panel, while internally, there are another four USB 3.0 ports and four USB 2.0 ports available through the internal USB connectors. Using the Realtek ALC1150 audio codec, this motherboard can support 7.1-channel (7 speakers + 1 subwoofer) HD audio, and network connectivity is achieved using Intel's I219-V Gigabit LAN controller.

Graphically, the C236A Workstation has integrated multi-GPU support for 3-way AMD CrossFire technology and 2-way NVIDIA SLI technology. It is equipped with one HDMI port that supports a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz or 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz, one DVI-D port that supports a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz, and one VGA port that supports a maximum resolution of 2048 x 1536 @ 50 Hz, 2048 x 1280 @ 60 Hz, or 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz.

The C236A Workstation LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard has been designed with features such as CLICK BIOS 5, 10GbE connectivity, M-Cloud, Audio Boost, Total Fan Control, reinforced PCIe slots, CPU overvoltage protection, Military Class 4 components, humidity protection, high temperature protection, circuit protection, ESD protection, EMI protection, and more. Protection is provided by a limited 3-year warranty.

General Features

Memory Performance and Stability
With traditional memory design, the memory signals are often distorted by electromagnetic signals from other components, making the system perform slower or become unstable. MSI introduces DDR4 Boost technology with optimized traces and fully isolated memory circuitry. This design ensures the memory signals stay pure for optimal performance and stability.
NVIDIA Quadro Optimized
Steel Armor and optimal PCI Express slot placement help ensure stability and compatibility for heavy duty computing. Designed and optimized for NVIDIA Quadro multi-GPU setups for improved rendering efficiency.
Turbo M.2
Delivering speeds up to 32 Gb/s using PCIe Gen3 x4, Turbo M.2 is over five times faster than a regular SATA III 6 Gb/s connection. Enjoy a fast system boot up and loading of applications and games with MSI motherboards.
Turbo U.2 Host Card (Optional)
The U.2 Host Card delivers performance up to 32 Gb/s and allows support for next gen 2.5" SSDs using the U.2 connector. A redriver chip is added to increase data transfer speeds.
Explore the improved CLICK BIOS 5 and use it to tune your system for increased performance. MSI CLICK BIOS 5 is the next generation UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 10. Control your system in two modes: EZ mode, for the most used settings and functions, and Advanced mode for more detailed settings and fine-tuning options to boost your system's performance.
This MSI PRO Series motherboards features an Intel i219V Gigabit network adapter.
Optimized 10GbE LAN Solutions
Supports Intel X540 10 Gigabit Base-T networking cards with improved signal strength.
MSI's M-Cloud is a convenient and secure way of saving personal files in the cloud. M-Cloud simplifies complicated settings with a user friendly interface and is easy to learn. Build and maintain your personal cloud with ease. M-Cloud can also turn your PC into an Access Point. You can easily share a wireless network or internet signal to other devices through just a few simple steps.
Industrial Level Test Standards
This motherboard goes through over 7,000 hours of testing.
Dark Choke
Increased stability with improved power efficiency, even under the most extreme conditions.
With their aluminum core design, Dark CAP's have been a staple in high-end mainboard designs and provides lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR), as well as its over-10-year lifespan.
Humidity Protection
Reduction in moisture absorption helps prevent "Conductive Anodic Filament." Untreated PCB's can have 10x higher failure rate.
High Temperature Protection
All key components used in MSI motherboards have all passed military testing, helping to ensure stable operation in the harshest environments.
Circuit Protection
Carefully selected materials, multiple PCB layers, and shielding result in strong circuit protection for MSI motherboards.
ESD Protection
Each and every I/O port is protected against the hazards of Electro Static Discharge.
EMI Protection
All MSI motherboards comply with strict American FCC regulations and help reduce the impact of Electromagnetic Interference
EZ Debug LED
MSI's EZ Debug LED is an easy troubleshooting tool using three LEDs to indicate CPU / Memory / VGA operation every time you boot up your system. Run into trouble? Use the LEDs to easily identify the source of your problem and get back into operation quickly.
Enhanced CPU Overvoltage Protection
Onboard overvoltage protection helps prevent overcurrent and short-circuit damage of the CPU and other components. A red LED near the 24-pin CPU power connector let you know that overvoltage protection is activated for easier troubleshooting.
Optimized for Multiple Graphics Cards & SLI/CrossFire Support
This motherboard supports SLI / CrossFire and PCIe slot placement allows for better fitting and airflow. That way, you can enjoy graphics at higher framerates jumping from your screen when running an NVIDIA SLI or AMD CrossFire setup.
MSI Steel Armor
Worried about damaging the PCI Express slot or your graphics card because of the weight? Steel Armor has more solder points on the PCB for more strength and protects the PCI Express signals against electromagnetic interference for a stutter-free gaming experience and higher GPU overclocking.
Total Fan Control
Total Fan Control gives you complete control of all your fans connected to the motherboard, through an easy to use interface.
  • Full control of fans through 4-pin fan headers
  • Real-time monitor fan speeds & temperatures
  • Intuitive, easy to use application design
  • Set profiles
  • Log fan speed, voltage, and temperature status
  • Intel Small Business Advantage
    Intel SBA is a unique, customizable solution that helps improve small businesses data security, maximizes employee productivity, and boosts overall office computers' performance. It is a simple and intuitive interface which improves security and productivity - With USB blocker, screen sharing, file sharing, and chat.
    WHQL Certified, Windows 10 Ready
    Benefit from great compatibility and a worry-free user experience when using Microsoft Windows 8 / 8.1 or Windows 10 with MSI PRO Series motherboards. MSI received official Microsoft Windows 10 WHQL certification. With a true testament to compatibility and performance, the MSI R&D team ensures a worry-free experience when using the latest version of Microsoft Windows on virtually any MSI PRO Series motherboard.
    Shortcut Manager
    The Shortcut Manager provides you with more functionality from your existing keyboard. Simply load your favorite apps with 1 key. You can even customize the F1 to F10 keys to function as macro keys to perform any desired action you program. Want to quickly load up your daily work? Press F2.
    Audio Boost
    With Audio Boost, MSI delivers high sound quality through the use of premium quality audio components. That way, you can enjoy crystal clear sound and music through 6-channel audio or high impendence headphones and truly dominate the game.
    7.1 Audio Jacks
    With high quality audio connectors you get the strong signal output with less chance of distortion.
    Isolated Audio PCB
    Audio Boost acts like a dedicated soundcard by physically isolating the audio circuitry to give you a clearer audio signal.
    Chemi-Con Audio Capacitors
    Delivering high fidelity crystal clear sound with strong acoustics and realism.
    Front Dedicated Headphone Out
    Convenient use of the front panel audio output while retaining high quality sound.
    Separated Audio Layers
    Equal sound quality for left & right channel audio through the use of separated layers in the PCB.
    Anti-Popcorn Noise
    Audio Boost protects your ears against annoying loud popping sounds when you plug devices in or out or turn your PC on/off.
    10 Gb/s USB 3.1 Type-C
    Transferring your favorite games, music, and movies over USB has never been faster. USB 3.1 enables lightning fast transfer speeds up to 10 Gb/s. Its reversible connector allows for the effortless connecting of compatible USB devices.
    Quad Front USB 3.0
    With a cleverly placed 5 Gb/s USB 3.0 front pin header on MSI motherboards, you can connect up to four USB 3.0 devices directly to the front of your PC's chassis. This way, you can easily enjoy fast USB speeds without having to use the hard-to-reach USB ports at the rear.
    Double ESD Protection
    The front USB 3.0 ports on MSI motherboards are protected by a set of protective ICs to help prevent damage caused by Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) from plugging/unplugging USB devices.
    Legacy DVI / VGA Video Support
    To support professional monitors, TV's, beamers, and other displays, this MSI motherboard features DVI and a VGA video output. No matter what screen type you want to connect, using a dedicated graphics card or an onboard connector, MSI motherboards have you covered.
    4K UHD
    Enjoy 4K UHD (2160p ultra-high definition) video playback with MSI motherboards.
    This motherboard is equipped with an HDMI port supporting the 4K 4096 × 2160p resolution @ 24 Hz.
    Be sure to take full advantage by connecting your devices to the optimized ports, including PS/2, LAN, audio, USB 2.0 Type-A, USB 3.0 Type-A, USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI, DVI-D, and VGA.
    In the Box
    MSI C236A Workstation LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    MSI C236A specs

    CPU Supports 6th Generation Intel Xeon E3-1200 v5 series, Core i3, Pentium, and Celeron processors for the LGA 1151 socket
    Chipset Intel C236 chipset
    Memory 4 x DDR4 memory slots, supports up to 64 GB
    - Supports DDR4 2133 MHz
    Dual-channel memory architecture
    Supports ECC, unbuffered memory
    Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
    Slots - 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (supports x16/x0/x4, x8/x8/x4 modes)
    - 3 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots
    Onboard Graphics - 1 x HDMI port, supports a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz or 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
    - 1 x DVI-D port, supports a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz
    - 1 x VGA port, supports a maximum resolution of 2048 x 1536 @ 50 Hz, 2048 x 1280 @ 60 Hz, and 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
    Storage Intel C236 Chipset
  • 6 x SATA III 6 Gb/s ports
    - Supports RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 for SATA storage devices
  • 1 x M.2 slot
    - Supports PCIe 3.0 x4 standard, 4.2 / 6 / 8 cm length M.2 SSD cards
    - Supports PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe Mini-SAS SSDs with Turbo U.2 host cards
    - Supports Intel Smart Response Technology for Intel Core processors
    * The Turbo U.2 host card is not included
  • USB ASMedia ASM1142 Chipset
    - 1 x 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 Type-C port (back panel)

    Intel C236 Chipset
    - 6 x 5 Gb/s USB 3.0 ports (two ports on the back panel and four ports available through the internal USB 3.0 connectors)
    - 6 x USB 2.0 ports (two on the back panel, four available through the internal USB 2.0 connectors)
    Audio Realtek ALC887 Codec
    - 7.1-channel HD audio
    LAN 1 x Intel I219-V Gigabit LAN controller
    Back Panel I/O Ports - 1 x PS/2 keyboard port
    - 1 x PS/2 mouse port
    - 6 x audio jacks
    Internal I/O Connectors - 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
    - 1 x 8-pin ATX 12 V power connector
    - 2 x 4-pin CPU fan connectors
    - 3 x 4-pin system fan connectors
    - 1 x Front panel audio connector
    - 2 x Front panel connectors
    - 1 x TPM module connector
    - 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
    - 1 x Serial port connector
    - 1 x Parallel port connector
    - 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
    Mounting Nine mounting holes
    Dimensions - 12.0 x 9.6" / 30.5 x 24.4 cm
    - ATX form factor
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.6 x 10.6 x 2.7"

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