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ASRock Gives AMD Ryzen Mini-ITX Treatment, Launches X370 Gaming ITX/ac

ASRock has introduced a miniature motherboard for AMD Ryzen microprocessors, one of a few platforms of such kind in the industry. Despite being very small, the X370 Gaming ITX/ac offers everything that a fairly powerful gaming system might require, and its price is not too high.

The ASRock X370 Gaming ITX/ac is based on the AMD X370 chipset and supports all currently available processors in the AM4 form-factor, including A-series APUs as well as all Ryzen CPUs. The motherboard has a digital eight-phase VRM for the CPU designed to guarantee clean power supply (stability, overclocking potential, etc.). According to ASRock, the mainboard can handle DDR4-3200+ memory (assuming that particular modules work well with AMD Ryzen processors). The new platform has two memory slots in total.

Like many other motherboards in the Mini-ITX form-factor, the X370 Gaming ITX/ac has one PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, one M.2 slot for PCIe 3.0 x4 or SATA SSDs, and four SATA ports. What is a bit ironic is that the mainboard uses GbE and 802.11ac Wi-Fi controllers from Intel. As for other I/O, everything seems to be pretty standard here: the motherboard has two HDMI outputs, five USB 2.0 ports, six USB 3.0 headers (including one Type-C) as well as a 7.1-channel audio powered by Realtek ALC1220 codec with Creative’s Sound Blaster Cinema 3 enhancing software.

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At present, the ASRock X370 Gaming ITX/ac has only one direct rival, the Biostar Racing X370GTN introduced earlier this year. The Racing X370GTN does not have Wi-Fi support, but it has two USB 3.1 (10 Gbps) headers, including one Type-C. Meanwhile, the X370 Gaming ITX/ac seems to have a more advanced VRM for those looking forward overclocking capabilities.

The ASRock X370 Gaming ITX/ac will be available in the coming weeks for $150 – $160, according to the manufacturer. Keep in mind that since there are only two AMD X370-based Mini-ITX motherboards announced so far and small form-factor systems are gaining traction, demand for the X370 Gaming ITX/ac will be very high. That said, expect some overpricing from select retailers.

ASRock's Mini-ITX Motherboard for AMD Ryzen
 X370 Gaming ITX/ac
CPU SupportCPUs in AM4 form-factorAMD Ryzen and AMD A-series APUs
GraphicsPCIe 3.0 x16, or integrated in case of APUs
ChipsetAMD X370
Memory2 x DDR4 DIMM slots
Ethernet2 × Intel GbE controllers
Display OutputsHDMI and DP for APUs
Storage4 × SATA 6 Gbps1 × M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4 or SATA)
AudioRealtek ALC12207.1 channel audioCreative’s Sound Blaster Cinema 3 enhancing software
USB5 × USB 3.0 Type-A1 × USB 3.0 Type-C5 × USB 2.0
Other I/Ounknown
Form-FactorMini-ITX
MSRP$150 ~ $160

This post was written by Anton Shilov.

  • Gillerer
    This "irony" thing concerning Intel parts on AMD motherboards is starting to get a little old. Why would motherboard vendors limit their products' capabilities based on imaginary frontlines? Intel WiFi and Gb NICs are the best available, so why not use them (unless it's a low-end mobo where every cent counts)?
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  • scannall
    I think it's a nice little board. And the thought of 8 cores in a tiny case is kinda fun. But, I don't understand the X370 bit. The only difference between X370 and B350 is Crossfire/SLI support. And with only 1 slot, that isn't happening.
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  • Gillerer
    Aren't there also differences in the chipset connectivity between the B350 and X370?
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  • scannall
    More USB ports, which this doesn't have. More SATA which this doesn't have. Everything on the board fits inside the B350 'envelope'. So I'm guessing marketing?
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  • XaveT
    There's a good comparison here (http://www.gamersnexus.net/guides/2763-amd-chipset-comparison-x370-b350-a320). Looks like more USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, More SATA, more PCIE 2 lanes, and Overclocking support are the main pieces.
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  • Gillerer
    Both X370 and B350 support overclocking, though.
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  • Mark_304
    took a while but we finally got some small stuff for AMD big stuff :D
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  • HYPE_A
    DID YOU JUST STEAL THE ARTICLE FROM ANANDTECH?
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  • Gillerer
    Both AnandTech and Tom's Hardware are owned and operated by Purch. I'm sure they are "borrowing" with full rights. Short news pieces written once, published twice reduces costs, and there's usually little editorial content in them, anyways.
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  • Karadjgne
    That's assuming the author actually works for Tom's in particular. It's entirely possible he is an employee of Purch or 3rd party contractor, so is able to post on either or both without any conflict of interest. That's also assuming that the author actually does the posting, and it's not just a news story turned into Purch, whose editorial staff decides to then post it wherever..
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