- Feb 22, 2015
I hate to say it, but I don't see the STX form-factor being very useful for indie case designers. Neither the motherboards nor MXM cards are ever likely to be available to end-users to (easily, inexpensively) buy, and so unless you want to get into selling barebones systems, I just don't see their value to guys like us.
I don't know how famous we are, but thank you anywayNCASE is a famous desktop chassis manufacturer in DIY market.
And thanks for your great feedback.
In fact, Micro STX is an open platform for small form factor enthusiast, give them more possibility to build their own system.
Indeed, there are so many choice of components already.
But if you don't want to compromise in size in standard (ITX) or proprietary (other desktop), Micro STX provides another chance.
We all know smaller PC size is market trend, but it's still difficult to push (or lead) customers to try this one.
That's why ASRock looks forward in professional small form factor media (like here).
Think about that"
ASRock Z270M-STX MXM has 3x M.2 PCIe Gen3 Slots + Thunderbolt 3 + MXM Slot + LGA1151 CPU Socket + 2x DDR4 SO-DIMM
All of them are in the similar size PCB as Mini ITX
Amazing, isn't it?
I think the point is that it makes little sense YET. If ASRock and other companies continue to push for this, MXM and mSTX could become a real alternative to mITX. And as mentioned, you get a full system with dedicated GPU on the same space you'd normally use for an APU system. It's just too interesting of an idea to abandon just because it's not ready yet.Don't get me wrong, it's an impressive technical achievement - it just may not make sense for us, given our limited resources.
As per the ASRock post, the system will be available with the GTX 1060 or RX480/470/460 MXM modules. It will be limited to these due to the supplied PSU but should support larger MXM modules is you can provide your own power solution.MXM is a standard for laptop graphics cards, right? Would the board come with or without a graphics card? If it was available with gtx 1070 or 1080 laptop versions, that would be pretty awesome. Although I imagine that would be quite a lot more expensive than the desktop version?
This is really surprising to here.On another tangent, I learned that the highly coveted ASRock x99 2011-3 ITX board was EXTREMELY challenging to make and they absolutely loved making it. Unfortunately, due to that whole niche within a niche issue, the sales weren't that great.
MXM is a standard for laptop GPUs, yes, though much like SO-DIMM it doesn't necessarily have to stay that way.MXM is a standard for laptop graphics cards, right? Would the board come with or without a graphics card? If it was available with gtx 1070 or 1080 laptop versions, that would be pretty awesome. Although I imagine that would be quite a lot more expensive than the desktop version?