• Slots: LGA1151
  • CPU: Intel C232
  • RAM Slots: 4
  • RAM Type: DDR4 2133MHz ECC, Non-ECC, Unbuffered Memory
  • Ports: 1x PS/2, 1x LAN, 1x USB 3.1 Type A, 1x USB 3.1 Type C, 4x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 1x Optical S/PDIF, 5x Audio jacks
  • Pros:
  • Supports ECC memory
  • Overall features
  • Cons:
  • None
  • Benchmark Results
  • PCMark 8 (Home): 4,460 points
  • PCMark 8 (Creative): 4,851 points
  • PCMark 8 (Work): 3,791 points

Gaming On A Xeon

It wasn’t too long ago that Xeon processors started finding themselves in gaming builds, the thought behind it was getting i7 performance at a lower price point and maybe sacrificing certain features. Certain Xeon processors aren’t able to be overclocked very much like how Intel has their K and non-K series processors. Also, the lack of an integrated graphic card would mean you would need to have a discrete one, these are just a few of the differences between Xeon processors and the more common consumer grade processors.

ASUS tries to tackle a niche market this time round with a Xeon gaming motherboard. The ASUS E3 PRO GAMING V5 supports Xeon processors and all the features that come with it, like ECC memory support. The board is aimed to combine a workstation, server, and gaming computer, so you can work efficiently and game on the same hardware.

Although running off Intel’s C232 chipset, the board still has the features you’ll usually find on a B150 or Z170 board. You have your USB 3.1 Type A and Type-C, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0. The board is equipped with ASUS’ gaming components like their SupremeFX gaming audio technology and Gamer’s Guardian set of features. ASUS’ Q-LED feature is a godsend and works similarly to others of the same type, whereby the LED’s will light up to show you where the system has gone wrong if you fail to boot successfully.

The Q-LED was tested by inserting a graphic card we knew was faulty, and just like that the VGA LED had lit up during boot. The E3 PRO GAMING V5 comes in ASUS’ signature black and red theme, so now you can build a workstation or server that not only performs good, but looks aesthetically pleasing. FAN Xpert3 is found on the board and gave us full-control of the fans, which made it easy for us to tweak our fan settings for either silent when we’re working or performance when the gaming gets intense.

The finally we have BIOS, which comes with an EZ and Advanced mode for novices or seasoned overclocker. It is capable of updating to the latest BIOS via internet from within the BIOS itself, so you can be sure to have the latest motherboard updates when made available with less hassle.

CHIP CONCLUDE: By now you should’ve made the decision of getting a Xeon processor, but if you haven’t this motherboard could probably help you make that decision for you, providing you access to Xeon’s features and still provide you with a great gaming experience.

(previously published in issue March 2016)