There are companies that follow existing standards to the letter, but Asrock is the prime example of an actor who often chooses to go his own way. Mini ITX motherboards for Intel’s enthusiast-oriented X299 platform and Micro ATX for AMD’s giant Threadripper processors are two examples. The company is also experimenting with small chassis and built-in motherboards, and in connection with CES 2022, they are now unveiling a fresh product on this theme.
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The newcomer is called Deskmeet and in terms of size takes up the fight against minimal SFF chassis such as the Swedish Louqe Ghost S1 and Dancase A4. The deskmeet has the outer dimensions 168 × 219 × 218 millimeters (W × D × H) and thus a volume of 8 liters – slightly smaller than the Ghost S1 and just under a liter over the A4. Despite the small size, there is room for both a full-size ATX power supply and a dedicated graphics card.
On the outside, it is an unassuming black box with a covered front and perforated top, where the components are mounted on a frame that is pushed into the surrounding box. This is not a two-chamber solution as in many other SFF chassis, but the way to the small dimensions is via a specially built motherboard. These are available with Intel Core 12000 support through the B660 control circuit, alternatively up to the AMD Ryzen 5000 series and this via the simple X300 circuit, which is available in the Deskmini series, for example.
Asrock names the two motherboards as B660-ITX and X300-ITX, but it is clear that it is not the form factor Mini ITX that is referred to. These are motherboards that are significantly wider than the square form factor, which leaves room for four DDR4 modules and a set of USB connections. These are available in the front of the chassis and consist of two USB 2.0 and three USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps), one of which is Type-C. A 3.5 millimeter socket for sound accompanies.
The Intel motherboard is more expensive and has two M.2 slots according to PCI Express 4.0, while the PCI Express x16 slot for graphics cards also supports this protocol. Storage can also be connected via the three SATA connections. On the AMD motherboard, the SATA connections drop to two and only one M.2 slot according to PCI Express 3.0 is available, but the motherboard duo has an extra M.2 connection earmarked for wireless communication.
Regardless of the choice of motherboard, the length of graphics cards is limited to relatively short 200 millimeters. The ATX power supply is included and is 500 watts and of the 80 Plus Bronze type, where the position next to the processor is what sets the narrow limit of 54 millimeters for the height of the processor cooler. The X300-ITX has a stated limit for processors with a 65 watt TDP value, but the B660-ITX must be compatible with all “Alder Lake” processors.
Asrock highlights, however, that the computer case can be configured in different ways. The graphics card can be replaced by a closed water cooler, but also by a hard drive, fan or 2.5-inch units. Storage spaces are also available against the front panel. For those who skip graphics cards, the motherboard’s I / O panel has VGA and HDMI connections, while the Intel model also has a Displayport. In addition, there are two additional USB 2.0 and as many USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps), in addition to audio and Gigabit Ethernet.
At the time of writing, it is unknown when Deskmeet will be released and what the price will be.
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Source: SweClockers by www.sweclockers.com.
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