Monday, October 17th 2016

ASRock Announces X299E-ITX/ac, World's First Mini ITX LGA2066 Motherboard

Size matters! For years, Big powerful and tons of expandability has been the golden rule for high-end motherboards especially for Intel X299 Platform, but powerful machine doesn't have to be huge and bulky, ASRock has successfully crammed all amazing spec and features into a Mini-ITX sized motherboard, the world's first Mini ITX X299 motherboard is here.

The ultimate Mini-ITX has to have everything, X299E-ITX/ac was built on a X299 platform to give ultimate processing power, dual Intel Gigabit Lan along with dual band 2.4/5GHz 802.11ac WiFi provides the best connectivity, USB3.1 Gen2 Type A+C are also available at the rear of the motherboard, more amazingly this little beast also supports quad channel memory up to DDR4 4000 MHz(OC), stunning performance on such a small motherboard.
In order to provide the best expandability ASRock engineers has to think outside the box, by adding two expansion cards, X299E-ITX/ac now has 3 Ultra M.2 and 6 SATA3 ports, absolutely no compromise for supporting high speed storage devices. Stability is also vital, with 60A power choke and Dr.MOS to form a 7 power phase design, this motherboard can handle heavy load as well as everyday task with ease.

The hype does not end here, ASRock has collaborated with water cooling expert Bitspower technology to developed a cooling block specifically for X299E-ITX/ac, it is able to dissipate heat for both CPU & MOSFET up to 300W, a perfect optional upgrade for performance seeker and water cooling enthusiasts.

ASRock has yet again broke the limit to crammed such performance as well as amazing features into a Mini-ITX size motherboard, not only that, X299E-ITX/ac received a TAIWAN EXCELLENCE 2018 award right after the official launch, a perfect affirmation that this little beast is the truly built for small form factor fanatics.

For more product information, please visit the product page.
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16 Comments on ASRock Announces X299E-ITX/ac, World's First Mini ITX LGA2066 Motherboard

#1
dj-electric
I'm a little concerned about VRM cooling here. The full block has to be a given

And yet again. Asrock reminds us why its so awesome
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#2
bug
Dj-ElectriC said:
I'm a little concerned about VRM cooling here. The full block has to be a given

And yet again. Asrock reminds us why its so awesome
I was thinking the same thing: there will be those who will buy this, but does it really make sense to cram a HEDT CPU in such a small chassis? Granted, with the advent of m.2 SSDs you don't need that much space in the case, but still...
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Ferrum Master
bug said:
I was thinking the same thing: there will be those who will buy this, but does it really make sense to cram a HEDT CPU in such a small chassis? Granted, with the advent of m.2 SSDs you don't need that much space in the case, but still...
I consider these things like piece of art. In some very specific design cases?
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#4
dyonoctis
Dear motherboard manufacturer.
Why the F**** are you not using so-dimm on mainstreams itx board, when the smaller socket size is making it easier to implement, and would get rid of one of the limitation of m-itx.

Seriously, with the price of the ram being so high right now, having the option to get more memory later without having to stay in single channel would be so great. *heavy sigh*
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#5
ZeDestructor
dyonoctis said:
Dear motherboard manufacturer.
Why the F**** are you not using so-dimm on consumer itx board, when the smaller socket size is making it easier to implement, and would get rid of one of the limitation of m-itx.

Seriously, with the price of the ram being so high right now, having the option to get more memory later without having to stay in single channel would be so great. *heavy sigh*
But this uses SO-DIMMs....
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#6
phanbuey
ZeDestructor said:
But this uses SO-DIMMs....
so to run an i9 on this you would have to use SO-DIMM, the full cover WB, which means you need at least a 240mm custom water loop, which already kills the space-saving point of ITX of it and you may still be limited on the power output, as that chip can guzzle 300W easy.

By the time all it is said and done you will need an ITX case the size of a mini tower anyways.

Good looking product, but if I was going ITX a z370 makes so much more sense. less expensive ram, and less cooling headaches.
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#7
dyonoctis
ZeDestructor said:
But this uses SO-DIMMs....
Yhea but LGA2066 isn't mainstream, it's HEDT. Might have worded my first post poorly.
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#8
jabbadap
dyonoctis said:
Yhea but LGA2066 isn't mainstream, it's HEDT. Might have worded my first post poorly.
Well yeah I did understand what you meant and kind of agree: you can get H110 motherboard with so-dimms. But not higher end socket 1151 boards, they are all with normal full sized dimms as far as I know.
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#9
xkm1948
I dare they make a X399 ITX board like this one. The entire board would be just the CPU socket
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#10
dyonoctis
jabbadap said:
Well yeah I did understand what you meant and kind of agree: you can get H110 motherboard with so-dimms. But not higher end socket 1151 boards, they are all with normal full sized dimms as far as I know.
Some barebone made by asrock and msi did have so-dimms on itx sized motherboard, but they were still limited to two slots. What i would like to see is four so-dimms slot on a mainstream platform.
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#11
natr0n
Asrock back to innovating like no other.
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#12
bogami
A great mini-PC of great potential can be made with this motherboard. NIce one ASRock , GJ!
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#13
bug
bogami said:
A great mini-PC of great potential can be made with this motherboard. NIce one ASRock , GJ!
Truth be told, if I didn't have to fit a video card in there, all setups I've built in the past 5 years could have used such a motherboard.
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#14
Fr3ak
bug said:
Truth be told, if I didn't have to fit a video card in there, all setups I've built in the past 5 years could have used such a motherboard.
But you can fit a video card in there?
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#15
bug
Fr3ak said:
But you can fit a video card in there?
It's not fitting that worries me, it's cooling after you fit it. Sure, you can go with a blower type and pick a noise dampening case, but I'd rather not limit my options.
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#16
hyp36rmax
xkm1948 said:
I dare they make a X399 ITX board like this one. The entire board would be just the CPU socket
I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see this! haha. Realistically an MATX would be able to get away with this.
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