MSI sent over the C236A WORKSTATION motherboard for review on Phoronix in early 2016. It's still what is used in many of our Linux benchmarking articles paired with a Xeon E3-1280 v5 for delivering great speeds. This board has worked out reliably on not only every Linux distribution I've tried but also BSDs, OpenIndiana/Solaris, and yes Windows when doing some cross-OS comparisons. It's worked out fine without any real issues to think of over the better part of one year.
Meanwhile, a Super Micro motherboard I picked up at the end of 2015 had recently stopped working... When running into some UEFI booting issues with some cross-distribution tests I was recently working on, from the BIOS / setup utility I decided to remove all of the UEFI boot options that were listed (Fedora, Ubuntu, etc) and then rebooting with plans to reinstall the OS. But instead, when removing all of those UEFI boot options, the motherboard won't even POST anymore. And yanking the battery and other tricks were to no avail. Thus when thinking about a new Intel C232/C236 motherboard for this Xeon E3-1245 v5, the choice was easy and I bought another MSI C236A Workstation board.
Changing out the motherboard, the system quickly booted up and we were back into the races. This E3-1245 v5 system is one of those systems doing daily benchmarks of Clear Linux on LinuxBenchmarking.com. The new board is working out fine and it was even among the cheapest C236 ATX motherboard options when checking recently on Amazon and NewEgg. For those potentially interested in this board, this Linux-friendly mobo can be found for $169 USD.