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ASRock X99E-ITX/ac Mini-ITX (Intel X99) Motherboard Review (Page 1)

ASRock X99E-ITX/ac Mini-ITX (Intel X99) Motherboard Review

ASRock proudly highlights its X99E-ITX/ac as the world's only Intel X99 Mini-ITX motherboard. If you want performance in a small place, read on.

Steven Bassiri | Apr 29, 2015 at 9:05 am CDT - 1 min, 30 secs time to read this page
Rating: 91%Manufacturer: ASRock

Introduction

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When I first heard ASRock was going to launch a Mini-ITX X99 motherboard, I was a bit taken aback. Intel's X99 platform is an extreme high-end one; it eats power, produces a lot of heat, and tends to be very expensive. Mini-ITX is meant to be low power, silent, and cost effective and on paper these things disqualify the X99 chipset from being considered for a Mini-ITX motherboard.

However, not everything is black and white. In most cases Mini-ITX is found either in home theaters, offices, or industrial complexes, but there is a new movement aimed at miniaturizing powerful PCs. The movement wasn't very popular in the past because of the lack of Mini-ITX performance products and lack of Mini-ITX cases. Now when I search Newegg, there are 156 Mini-ITX cases, a wide variety for those who want to build a mobile LAN machine or a sleek yet elegant office box.

To build a quality Mini-ITX motherboard, you need experience in doing so. ASRock's long time experience in the motherboard industry coupled with their history of bringing Mini-ITX motherboards to the market, places them in a unique position to bring out a rebellious little motherboard.

Specifications

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For its tiny 17cm x 17cm size, this motherboard packs a lot of features. All of the latest features like USB 3.1, Ultra M.2, SATAExpress, dual Intel NICs, and even wireless AC are crammed into this little board. One feature is missing, that is quad-channel DDR4. With only two DIMMs, the X99E-ITX/ac can only run dual-channel, like the Z97 platform.

Pricing

The ASRock X99E-ITX/ac is $290 on Newegg at the time of writing which puts it in the mid-range of X99 motherboards. It is by no means the least expensive X99 motherboard either.

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Steven went from a fledgling forum reader in 2003 to one of the internet's brightest tech stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to the component level to highlight seldom explained, and often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records.

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