The interest in building small is great among enthusiasts around the world and not least among SweClocker’s members, where Louqe Ghost S1 and Cooler Masters Masterbox NR200P are two popular models for Mini ITX builds. For those who do not need a dedicated graphics card, it is possible to step down further in size with, for example, Intel’s NUC, with an integrated processor taken from the world of laptops.
In the borderland between NUC and home construction, there have been Asrock’s Deskmini series for several years, which are 1.9 liter large computer boxes with built-in motherboards for Intel and AMD processors. With a lack of PCI Express connections, these systems are locked to integrated graphics, but now Asrock presents the slightly larger minicomputer alternative Deskmini Max.
The box increases to the outer dimensions 168 × 221 × 268 mm for a volume of 10 liters. This is an inverted construction where the four expansion slots for plug-in cards are thus visible at the top of the chassis, while the motherboard and the built-in power supply housing side by side closer to the bottom. The latter component is 500 watts and according to the 80 Plus Bronze class.
The black and perforated outer casing contains a gray-beige-colored box that contains the components and the built-in AMD AM4-adapted motherboard that can handle processors with a TDP value of up to 105 watts. This refers to models from the Ryzen 2000, 3000, 4000 and 5000 series, both with and without integrated graphics. Next to the processor are four DDR4 memory slots and for storage there is an NVM Express-connected M.2 and dual SATA connectors.
Storage units are screwed to the chassis side and can accommodate a 3.5-inch unit or dual 2.5-inch variants. Towards the top of the chassis there is space for a 120 mm fan and radiator for a closed water cooler. Asrock’s specifications do not mention details about maximum radiator height, but the power supply rests from the images judging very close to the processor. According to Asrock, this location is a solution that allows the fan in the power supply unit to help with the air flow.
Above the processor part is the PCI Express connection of the x16 type, which in theory has room for graphics cards with a height of four expansion slots. With a radiator mounted, the available height shrinks to two places, while the length is limited to 200 mm. For those who instead use integrated graphics, the motherboard has HDMI, VGA and Displayport connections. At the back there is also Gigabit Ethernet and four USB Type-A.
Finally, the front panel has four more USB Type-A, as well as a Type-C variant and a 3.5 mm connection for audio. For those who want an optical reader, a 5.25-inch unit can also be squeezed into the top, but then at the expense of a dedicated graphics card. At the time of writing, it is unclear when the product will be available and at what price.
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Source: SweClockers by www.sweclockers.com.
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