We have been looking forward to checking out the Z370 DeskMini GTX1080 since December when its existence first came to our attention. While I had reviewed the DeskMini with no MXM card, the addition of the GTX 1080 in such a small form factor is pretty impressive and got me excited.
Today we will look at the top dog of ASRock's line up. The DeskMini GTX 1080 is sort of like a barebones system, so it has no CPU, memory, or storage. It does come with a PSU, GTX 1080, WIFI card kit, motherboard, and case.
If you Google DeskMini GTX 1080 you will only really see ASRock's older version that used 6th and 7th generation CPUs and a B250 motherboard, but the new one is a different beast. The new DeskMini uses a Z370 motherboard and from what I understand is revamped. Let's see how the new system does!
The unit we are reviewing today uses an NVIDIA GTX 1080 8GB MXM card, which is pretty similar to the desktop version and not neutered like previous mobile cards. We are using two TeamGroup 2400MHz SO-DIMMs for a total of 16GB. We are also using an i7-8700 CPU and a 240GB TeamGroup T-Force Cardea Zero SSD. The power supply with this unit is 50W more powerful than the GTX 1060 version.
Compared to the first DeskMini with a dGPU, the new one supports ASRock's 8th Gen CPUs up to 6 cores, features a revamped VRM with 5+1 phases instead of 3+1. It also supports DDR4 3200MHz+ Overclocking and adds two more USB 3.0 ports.
The unit will cost $1,650 as a barebones system.
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