ASRock Gives AMD Ryzen Mini-ITX Treatment, Launches X370 Gaming ITX/acby Anton Shilov on May 31, 2017 1:00 PM EST
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ASRock has introduced a miniature motherboard for AMD Ryzen microprocessors, one of a few such motherboards in the industry. Despite being very small, the X370 Gaming ITX/ac offers everything that a fairly powerful gaming system might require and its price is not too high.
The ASRock X370 Gaming ITX/ac is based on the AMD X370 chipset and supports all currently available processors in the AM4 form-factor, including A-series APUs as well as all Ryzen CPUs. The motherboard has a digital eight-phase VRM for the CPU designed to guarantee clean power supply (stability, overclocking potential, etc.). According to ASRock, the mainboard can handle DDR4-3200+ memory (assuming that particular modules work well with AMD Ryzen processors). The new platform has two DIMM slots in total.
Like many other motherboards in the Mini-ITX form-factor, the X370 Gaming ITX/ac has one PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, one M.2 slot for PCIe 3.0 x4 or SATA SSDs, as well as four SATA ports. Meanwhile in a light bit of irony, the mainboard uses GbE and 802.11ac Wi-Fi controllers from Intel. As for other I/O, everything seems to be pretty standard here: the motherboard has two HDMI outputs, five USB 2.0 ports, six USB 3.0 headers (including one Type-C) as well as a 7.1-channel audio powered by Realtek ALC1220 codec with Creative’s Sound Blaster Cinema 3 enhancing software.
|ASRock's Mini-ITX Motherboard for AMD Ryzen|
|X370 Gaming ITX/ac|
|CPU Support||CPUs in AM4 form-factor
AMD Ryzen and AMD A-series APUs
|Graphics||PCIe 3.0 x16, or integrated in case of APUs|
|Memory||Two DDR4 DIMM slots|
|Ethernet||2 × Intel GbE controllers|
|Display Outputs||2 × HDMI for APUs|
|Storage||4 × SATA 6 Gbps
1 × M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4 or SATA)
7.1 channel audio
Creative’s Sound Blaster Cinema 3 enhancing software
|USB||5 × USB 3.0 Type-A
1 × USB 3.0 Type-C
5 × USB 2.0
|Other I/O||802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2|
|MSRP||$150 ~ $160|
At present, the ASRock X370 Gaming ITX/ac has only one direct rival, the Biostar Racing X370GTN introduced earlier this year. The Racing X370GTN does not have Wi-Fi support, but it has two USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) headers, including one Type-C. Meanwhile, the X370 Gaming ITX/ac seems to have a more advanced VRM for those looking forward overclocking capabilities.
The ASRock X370 Gaming ITX/ac will be available in the coming weeks for $150 – $160, according to the manufacturer. Keep in mind that since there are only two AMD X370-based Mini-ITX motherboards announced so far and small form-factor systems are gaining traction, demand for the X370 Gaming ITX/ac will be very high. That said, don't be surprised if there's some overpricing from select retailers.
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Glock24 - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - linkGood to finally see more companies offering mini-ITX Ryzen boards.
I don't see the point in using the x370 chipset though. Maybe after the APUs are announced/released we'll see more variety of boards.
Stuka87 - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - linkSo happy to see this mobo. I have a Z97E-itx/ac mobo currently. A Ryzen version of this makes me want to make the switch over to it.
LogitechFan - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - linkPathetic. Looks low-end in comparison to Z270 version. 2xHDMI slots?! This is X370 board ASSrock, people are NOT going to use it with APUs! Disappointed beyond words! Now it's either ASUS (IF they release a X370i Strix), or I wait for Z370 and CL
Ej24 - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - linkUhh most Z97, Z170, Z270 and presumably Z370 will have hdmi, dp, or DVI because someone, somewhere will use the iGPU. Do you have an ITX board without any display connections? Probably not. So I'm not sure how this causes disappointment. The only thing that could be considered a disappointment is only one M.2 slot.
Assimilator87 - Thursday, June 1, 2017 - linkDo HDMI ports conform to the version or formats of which the iGPU is capable or are they physically limited to a featureset? Also, I'm baffled why ASRock didn't stack the HDMI ports and throw in more USB ports or something.
PixyMisa - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - linkI'll use it with an APU as soon as the APUs ship. Waiting for that right now.
darckhart - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - linkgreat. instead of giving us the USB3.1G2 they stick us with the 6x USB3.1G1 and the 6x USB2.0. way not to look forward guys.
TheinsanegamerN - Thursday, June 1, 2017 - linkYes, because all those 3.1 gen2 drives out there are so important....
I have yet to see any drive in the wild that can use 3.1 gen2. most are 3.0 or 2.0. The need for 10Gbps usb hasnt really hit yet, and hardware is not widely available.
darckhart - Thursday, June 1, 2017 - linkI'm still on the X58 platform, so yes if I'm buying high end chipset X370, then I want the 3.1G2. It's gotta last 5+ years. Why on earth would you settle for buying last gen hardware?
TheinsanegamerN - Monday, June 5, 2017 - linkbecause there are no drives out that use it? By the time gen 2 catches on, if it ever does, AM4 will be obsolete. seriously, usb 3g2 has been out for nearly four years now, and NO drives commonly used have gen2 compatibility. a quick look at newegg shows every 3.1 drive is 3.0 speed, and most are under 200MBps.
That "last gen" hardware is already fast enough that most flash drives come nowhere close to saturating usb 3, and those that do are so fast that additional speed would be pointless. heck, 3.0 cant be last gen as the next gen appears to be DOA.