So Tiny: The DeskMini 310 PC is really in a league almost of its own. It features the ability to run the latest Intel desktop CPUs, and in our case we had no trouble with it handling an i7-8700. It does take SO-DIMM memory, but other than that nothing is restricted to mobile versions as we see with NUCS.
Storage support: On top of the obvious M.2 slot, the motherboard supports two SATA 2.5" SSDs and it even has an SD Card slot. Storage options are quick solid with this small PC.
Thermals: The DeskMini 310 didn't throttle down, even when we ran an AVX load (AIDA64 Stability) for long periods of time. We were surprised by this, but we conclude its possible because of the vents all around the chassis.
No DRAM Overclocking: Because of the chipset used the motherboard doesn't support RAM speeds above 2666MHz.
When most people think of SFFPCs they think either of a NUC or a really small mini-ITX based system, but in this case we have a mini-STX, which is in between both of those other form factors. It packs things in pretty well, but we will admit it's a tight fit. You will want to grab the extra USB port add in, and you can also add in a COM port like we did.
It's a cute little machine that can take a desktop SKU CPU, which is pretty impressive. We also like the storage support, and the addition of the SD card slot is pretty interesting. Overall, we were very pleased with this barebones system. If you are looking for a well-rounded barebones in a very small form factor that supports desktop CPUs, give the DeskMini 310 a look.
|Overall TweakTown Rating||94%|
The Bottom Line: ASRock's feature-packed DeskMini 310 SFF Gaming PC is perfect in more ways than we can count, is reasonably priced, and offers a unique high-performance gaming experience.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and System]
- Page 3 [Teardown of the DeskMini 310 Gaming PC]
- Page 4 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 5 [Test Setup and Benchmarks]
- Page 6 [System and IO Benchmarks]
- Page 7 [Temperature and Power Consumption]
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