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ASRock Releases A85X Based Mini ITX Motherboard

While most other mini ITX boards come with either an A55 or A75 chipset, ASRock has decided to take it one step further and equip its new FM2A85X-ITX board with a more capable A85X chipset, definitely a luxury in its class.

The motherboard makes few sacrifices in terms of features over its full-size ATX brothers with the A85X chipset. ASRock's FM2A85X-ITX comes with two DDR3 memory slots, one PCIe 2.0 x16-slot, five analog audio jacks and an optical SPDIF output, plenty of USB ports among which two rear USB 3.0 ports and an onboard header for an additional two USB 3.0 ports. Moreover the user will find a single eSata port, a noteworthy seven SATA3 ports (supporting RAID 0/1/10), gigabit ethernet and the usual handful of VGA, DVI and HDMI ports.

The motherboard will support the current Trinity lineup of AMD's APUs and will also likely gain support for the upcoming Richland lineup. The motherboard will also support a maximum of 32 GB of dual-channel DDR3-1866 memory.

ASRock's FM2A85X-ITX is expected to hit the market anytime soon with an MSRP price of $110.

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Niels Broekhuijsen

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.