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ASRock’s DeskMini series has been a stalwart in the SFF world for some time now, even with the canning of the GTX/RX series (Rest in Peace, MXM graphics cards). Eschewing standard form factors to enable denser computers, the DeskMini has been the basis of many builds and mods in our community forum. But the challenge with the DeskMini has always been hardware compatibility – only really supporting CPU, RAM and storage upgrades. What if we wanted more graphics power and more RAM? Enter the DeskMeet.
As a larger brethren to the DeskMini, the new DeskMeet series significantly increases component compatibility at the expense of size.
Is the size sacrifice worth it? Let’s find out.
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Updated the conclusion based on ASRock releasing MSRP information.
That's better thanks John. When I looked at the post first thing this morning it didn't seem to link properly.
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Overall, it seems a good compromise albeit with the limitations stated.
You have to hand it to ASRock for pushing the SFF boundaries with the Deskmini, the sadly missed Deskmini RX/GTX and now this which pushes things that bit further.
It's a shame that the AMD chipset/CPU configuration doesn't allow for dual M.2 slots as per the Deskmini A300/X300 models, but at least you're not limited to APUs, with the PCIe 16x slot on board.
 
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Maybe some kind of page cache issue, but I don't see the update with the MSRP
US$224, mentioned in the conclusion

UPDATE: I derped, forgot to hit "save" on the update before I went to bed last night
 
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thanks for the review @confusis !

I've also joined the "DeskMeet Club" ...
  • DeskMeet B660
  • i5 12400
  • RTX 3060Ti DIY ITX
  • 32GB DDR4
  • 2TB SATA SSDs
  • 1TB M2 SSD
  • 3x 5010 NOISEBLOCKER fans as exhaust
still need to set up W10 and run some benchmarks & games before making a final conclusion but so far I think the DeskMeet seems to be a pretty good starting point for "SFF beginners" who don't want to spend a fortune on their first build

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first bummer... seems the B660 doesn't like my Corsair Vengeance Lpx 3600Mhz kit - anything above 2600Mhz (including XMP) and the DeskMeet won't boot ... :\
 
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Weird, I was running Ripjaws 3600 in the board on XMP - wonder if it's a timing issue rather than speeeeeeed
 
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Weird, I was running Ripjaws 3600 in the board on XMP - wonder if it's a timing issue rather than speeeeeeed

That's why I was confident to get the Corsair kit running on XMP with 3600 but unfortunately no luck so far - any setting except for the JEDEC profiles won't work for me - maybe I'll contact AsRock to see if that could be fixed with a future BIOS update
 

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That's why I was confident to get the Corsair kit running on XMP with 3600 but unfortunately no luck so far - any setting except for the JEDEC profiles won't work for me - maybe I'll contact AsRock to see if that could be fixed with a future BIOS update
I wonder if I got super lucky on my RAM selection!