ASRock launches DeskMini GTX/RX mini PC with GTX 1080
September 05, 2017
By Aleksandar Kostovic
Two years ago Intel introduced their desktop-CPU-on-tiny-motherboard 5x5 form factor, later re-named as "Mini-STX".
ASRock subsequently launched their first generation DeskMinis and have now introduced their second generation called the DeskMini GTX/RX, this time with a newer and very slightly larger Micro-STX form factor.
This tiny PC is able to pack up to an i7 processor, 32GB of DDR4 SODIMM memory, two SSD or HDDs, triple M.2 SSDs and a discrete graphics card in a size of only 2.7 litres.
One of the most interesting aspects of this PC is the MXM GPU slot. Mobile PCI Express Modules have generally been found to date in some higher end laptops and All in One PCs.
The 5 variants of the GTX/RX so far listed are fitted with: a B250M-STX board with MXM slot, a Z270M-STX board with MXM slot, B250M-STX with GTX 1060, B250M-STX with GTX 1070 and B250M-STX with GTX 1080. It is possible to fit up to B+ size MXM GPU in the GTX/RX chassis.
As the name of this PC suggests, it is capable of housing a GTX 1080 or (slightly further down the line) an RX VEGA MXM graphics card. ASRock are said to be working with Aetina and TUL to ensure a stable supply of cards.
A welcome change from the earlier DeskMini is the all-black PCB with black Mosfet heat sinks.
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