ASRock To Deliver Mini-PC Using Intel's New STX Form Factor

At CES, ASRock discussed its upcoming H110M-STX Mini PC that will use Intel’s new mini-STX form factor.

Mini-STX slides in beneath mini-ITX as a compact form factor for motherboards and PC cases. The chassis ASRock specified for this new mini-PC measured 155 x 155 x 80 mm (L x W x H). Although SFF PCs of this size are common, they are almost entirely built with soldered CPUs and GPUs and can’t be upgraded beyond changing the memory and storage devices. If mini-STX becomes a widely used form factor, it will give users a wide variety of components that can be used to build their own customized SFF PCs.

Inside of the chassis is a new motherboard called the ASRock H110M-STX that measures 127 x 127 mm (L x W). Although space is limited inside of the system, the motherboard supports the Intel LGA 1151 socket and is compatible with any Skylake CPU with a TDP of 65 W or below. The motherboard lacks PCI-E connectivity, but it does have two M.2 ports, one Key E for WiFi + BT modules, and another one configured as SATA 3 storage.

ASRock H110M-STX Mini PC & Motherboard

Device

H110M-STX

H110M-STX Mini PC

CPU Support

Intel 6th Gen Core (Skylake) Processors

Intel 6th Gen Core (Skylake) Processors

Chipset

Intel H110

Intel H110

Memory

2 x DDR SO-DIMM Slots @ 2133 MHz (32 GB Max)

2 x DDR SO-DIMM Slots @ 2133 MHz (32 GB Max)

Audio

Realtek ALC283

Realtek ALC283

LAN

Intel Gigabit i219V

Intel Gigabit i219V

Expansion Slots

1 x M.2 Key E

1 x M.2 (Configured As SATA)

3 x SATA 3.0

1 x M.2 Key E

1 x M.2 (Configured As SATA)

3 x SATA 3.0

Drive Bay

N/A

1 x USB 3.0

USB

3 x USB 3.0 (1 x Front, 2 x Rear)

1 x USB 3.0 Type-C (Front)

3 x USB 3.0 (1 x Front, 2 x Rear)

1 x USB 3.0 Type C

Rear Connections

1 x VGA

1 x HDMI

1 x DP

1 x LAN

1 x VGA

1 x HDMI

1 x DP

1 x LAN

1 x DC-In

Dimensions

127 mm x 127 mm (L x W)

155 x 155 mm x 80 mm (L x W x H)

Although ASRock is already discussing the H110M-STX Mini PC and the H110M-STX motherboard, both pieces are still in the developmental stage, and ASRock didn’t have any prototypes available for us to photograph. As such, we will likely not see these products show up on the market for quite some time.

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  • Haravikk
    It's nice to see the possibility of a socketed motherboard in this even smaller size, though it seems that Mini-ITX will still give the best balance of performance to size (since it can still take a graphics card), for systems that won't fit one anyway this could be an improvement.

    For example, my current work computer uses an Akasa Euler case, so although the available motherboards all have PCIe slots, there's nothing I can do with them anyway since there's no way to fit anything in there.

    That said, the case is already pretty damned small (it's very fiddly to install everything); this is partly because it functions as a heatsink, but for such small systems that's what I'd expect to see more of anyway, so I'm not sure how thrilled I am about the prospect of assembling a system that's even smaller, even if all the components go directly onto the motherboard. With the Euler for example I still needed to get the power button and indicator lights connected, plus get the I/O shield lined up, while simultaneously dropping the motherboard into position without smudging the thermal paste I added to make better contact with the copper block. I also had a 2.5" drive's power and data to contend with, though I'm not sure if you'd want a drive like that in smaller systems unless it used a backplane to make it more a slot-in affair.

    Still, always nice to see more new SFF parts; I doubt we'll see anything much smaller for SFF gaming systems (and really, Mini-ITX systems are pretty small while still being accessible), though iGPU only gaming boxes could be interesting in this size as long as they can cool themselves sufficiently.
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  • jmack5864
    Are the dimensions at the bottom of the table accidentally reversed or am I just not reading them right?
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  • DrakeFS
    Sill bigger than a NUC (LWH 110mm x 115mm x 49mm ). Unless this is a socket (vs a soldiered CPU) and\or has a discrete GPU, I don't see much of the point of it.

    I use a NUC for my HTPC, stream media from my NAS and games from my main PC (when I feel like playing on the TV).

    The "full-sized" PC is for my gaming rig, a 1 4U rack case for my NAS and a NUC for my HTPC.

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    Are the dimensions at the bottom of the table accidentally reversed or am I just not reading them right?


    They are probably reversed and one is a 2D object apparently...
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