I'm not too sure why I'm such a fan of the mITX platform, there's just something about being able to have that much power in a board that small which makes the whole platform really interesting. For that reason, when I saw the press release go out on the ASRock A75M-ITX, the first thing I thought was; I must have!
A few weeks later and the board had arrived in my hot little hands and it was time to see just what the board was capable of. As the name suggests, the board is of course a part of the A75 chipset which means it's part of the Fusion line-up from AMD.
While the initial Fusion product, Brazos was seen with a lot of mITX offerings, we always said that a bit more power would be appreciated. In steps the Llano platform; the problem with that was initially we didn't see any mITX boards that could carry the new crop of APUs from AMD. That's changed today, though, as we look at the A75M-ITX.
Before we look at the performance side of things, the first thing we need to do is check out the package to see what ASRock is offering us. Then we'll take a closer look at the motherboard before we get into the BIOS to see what's going on there. Once that's done, we'll look at our testbed before we also check out the overclocking capabilities of the board and of course the performance it's able to offer against another mITX board we've looked at recently.
Looking at the box, we've got a fairly typical setup from ASRock going on with the back of it giving us a good run down on not only the board itself, but all the features that are on offer from the ASRock which helps it stand out from the competition.
Inside the package itself we haven't got heaps going on with just all the regular items being seen, including a Quick Install Guide, Driver CD, I/O plate, 3.5mm AUX cable which we see in most ASRock boards along with a pair of SATA cables.
It's not a huge bundle, but it's not a huge board. We don't expect to get much with it and really, we've got everything we need to get up and running.