ASRock's Bringing A Pair Of Motherboards, SFF PC To CES 2018

Leading up to CES 2018, ASRrock has announced its intentions to showcase a pair of new Micro ATX motherboards and a small form factor PC at the show.

The X399M Taichi is the world’s first Micro ATX Threadripper motherboard. The company has managed to fit a massive 4,094-pin TR4 LGA socket, four DIMM slots with quad-channel memory support, 64 PCI-E lanes, triple M.2 slots, three full speed steel-reinforced PCI-E X16 slots that support multi-GPU configurations, dual band 802.11ac WiFi, and 7.1 channel HD audio, all into a 244 x 244mm area.

ASRock says its X299M Extreme4 motherboard supports all LGA 2066 Intel Core X-Series processors. This Micro ATX motherboard also supports quad-channel memory up to DDR4 4200+(OC), and is equipped with an an 11 power phase design, and two full speed steel-reinforced PCI-E X16 slots.

Features common to both motherboards include an 8 layer PCB design featuring four sets of two ounce copper inner layers, dual Intel Gigabit LAN, USB3.1 Gen2 Type A and Type-C, Ultra M.2 slot supporting up to Type 22110 NVMe SSD, and 7.1 CH HD audio with content protection.

Finally, we have the Z370 DeskMini GTX small form factor PC that features one of the company's brand new Micro STX motherboards. Measuring just 213 x 155 x 82mm, this mini PC supports Intel's LGA 1151 Core Series processors, two SODIMM DDR4-2400MHz memory slots, USB3.1 Gen2 Type A and Type-C ports, and a discrete MXM slot with Type A/B/B+ that can be equipped with up to GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs. The motherboard also features an RGB LED header.

That is all the information we have at this time. It looks like we'll have to wait for CES 2018 for more details on features such as storage options, connectivity, pricing and availability.

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Header Cell - Column 0 X399M TaichiX299M Extreme4Z370 Desk Mini GTX
ChipsetX399X299Row 0 - Cell 3
CPU SupportAMD Ryzen Threadripper LGA 2066 Intel Core X-Series LGA 1151 Intel Core Series
MemoryQuad Channel DDR4 3600+(OC) DDR4 4200+(OC)DDR4 2400 SODIMM x2
Expansion Slots31
USBUSB 3.1 Gen2 Type-AUSB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C
Audio7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec)
LANDual Intel Gigabit LANIntel Gigabit LAN
WirelessDual band 802.11ac WiFiN/A1 x M.2 (key E 2230) Slot for Wi-Fi + BT Module
Dimensions244 x 244mm213 x 155 x 82mm
  • trevor_dennis
    I've been waiting for an Asrock Fatal1ty x299 Professional Gaming i9 XE since the end of October or my build. To be fair, I initially ordered the non XE with the smaller VRM heatsink and changed the order when the XE version was announced, but that was still an age ago. So it is a relief that the new X299 board is Micro ATX, and not superseding a build I haven't even got yet. I'm in New Zealand for what that is worth.
  • Immitem
    Unfortunately I went with another build but now that mATX Threadripper boards are a thing I know what is going into my next build.