A Closer Look
The ASRock E3V5 WS is narower than the typical ATX specification motherboard. ASRock has chosen an all black and red color scheme.
A quick walk around the motherboard is becomes quite obvious that the design is much more scarse than the gaming and enthusiast motherboards we typically review. This is a motherboard that is designed for work, not play.
Things are quite open around the CPU socket, which is uncommon with modern motherboards. The 8 pin CPU and 24 pin power connectors are in their typical locations. The front panel USB 3.0 connector resides just below the memory slots.
The lower rear of the motherboard contains most of the front panel audio connections. Audio is provided by the Realtek ALC892 chipset with ELNA capacitors.
The lower front of the motherboard contains most of the rest of front panel connections and all the SATA ports. There is no SATA Express support, though as there are no SATA Express drives on the market and there does not appear to be any coming in the near future, that is not a big deal.
There are are USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports. No USB 3.1 support is provided. A PS/2 keyboard/mouse port allows for legacy input device connectivity. The RJ-45 port is driven the server grade Intel I219LM gigabit chipset. Three jacks and provide audio connections. Unlike most consumer motherboards, there are no HDMI or DVI video connections.
As one might expect, the accessories are on the sparse side as well. There is a driver disk and Quick Installation Guide.
Two SATA cables and the rear I/O shield accessories.
System Configuration, BIOS, and Software are up next.