Page 1:ASRock's M8: Build Your Own Compact Gaming Box
Page 2:ASRock M8 Mini-ITX Gaming PC
Page 3:Inside ASRock's M8 Chassis
Page 4:Taking More Of The M8 Apart
Page 5:Hardware Installation
Page 6:Overcoming A Significant Thermal Issue
Page 7:ASRock M8 Software
Page 8:Z87-M8 Motherboard Firmware
Page 9:Benchmark And Overclocking Configurations
Page 10:Results: Synthetic Benchmarks
Page 11:Results: Battlefield 3
Page 12:Results: Far Cry 3
Page 13:Results: F1 2012
Page 14:Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 15:Results: Audio And Video Encoding
Page 16:Results: Adobe Creative Suite
Page 17:Results: Productivity
Page 18:Results: File Compression
Page 19:Power Consumption And Heat
Page 20:Average Performance And Efficiency
Page 21:Is ASRock's M8 A High-End Mini-ITX Winner?
The M8’s installation kit includes four medium-length and two extra-short SATA cables, a power cord, screws, a hex key for the exterior handles, a card support bracket, keys for the side-panel lock, rubber side-panel feet for horizontal installations, and an ASRock-branded ballpoint pen.
ASRock doesn’t support screw-on CPU coolers in the M8, but we do. Installation difficulties are caused by a motherboard tray that lacks access hole (which we imagine the BMW team found too ugly) and installed cables that make the motherboard tedious to remove.
Maximum supported heat sink height is approximately 80 mm, minus whatever space above that the cooler needs to function properly. Most of the coolers in this lab are either too big to fit or too small to facilitate any meaningful overclocking. The Xigmatek Janus fits with 20 mm to spare, so I upgraded its 120 x 15 mm fan to Noctua’s thicker NF-120 120 x 25 mm fan. We even arranged an upcoming cooling round-up to explore our other low-profile options.
Because the lower drive bay is tough to access, I decided to mount an SSD on the upper tray. I also chose the most unusual position of that tray to show how the fourth drive fits. Unfortunately, support tabs for the drive mount above it block access to its screws. Thanks again, BMW?
A double-slot graphics card can be secured using screws, a flip-down bracket, or both. The bracket is shown unlatched.
The double-slot graphics card has plenty of breathing room, even with the drive cage installed.
- ASRock's M8: Build Your Own Compact Gaming Box
- ASRock M8 Mini-ITX Gaming PC
- Inside ASRock's M8 Chassis
- Taking More Of The M8 Apart
- Hardware Installation
- Overcoming A Significant Thermal Issue
- ASRock M8 Software
- Z87-M8 Motherboard Firmware
- Benchmark And Overclocking Configurations
- Results: Synthetic Benchmarks
- Results: Battlefield 3
- Results: Far Cry 3
- Results: F1 2012
- Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: File Compression
- Power Consumption And Heat
- Average Performance And Efficiency
- Is ASRock's M8 A High-End Mini-ITX Winner?