Great -- very helpful. What are the differences between C202 204 and 206 chipsets?
You need to use a C202, c204, or c206 chipset motherboard (server/workstation class) for ECC to work on the i3 CPU's.
You know what sucks.... I have a $600 I-7 3930K and it doesnt even support ECC. But that isnt even a remote reason I was going to buy this amazing chip. It still kinda blows hard chunks though.
AMD is so much more lenient with ECC on desktop platforms. I would also build a home server exclusive with AMD if using newer parts because of the ECC support.
Don't feel bad; I was one of the early adopters of the E3 Xeons, and one of the first to "test-as-owner" on the ASUS C206 board. That MB sucked donkey balls upon release, and now it's barely adequate, with near-pathetic ECC support. 1.5v non-ECC DDR3 is just as stable as ECC/non or ECC/Buff/Reg, as long as your job doesn't depend on it. Buy a decent PSU AND UPS, and your golden for as long as your OS is stable.
My understanding is that i3-2100 will support ECC on at lease some C204/206 boards.
Are you sure they dont? Would you suggest the SuperMicro board over the Asus board?
Absolutely sure. Sorry. I would suggest SuperMicro over anything else.
Negative. Intel desktop CPUs (Celeron/Pentium/i3/i5/i7) will NOT support ECC under any circumstances. The board/chipset is immaterial. Intel segregates ECC to Xeons, and Xeons ONLY.
Does the Intel® Core i3 Desktop Processor support Error Correction Code (ECC) memory?
The Previous Generation Intel® Core i3 Processors and the 2nd Generation Intel® Core i3 Processors do not support ECC memory, but the 3rd Generation Intel® Core i3 Processors support ECC memory.