[SFFn] ASRock's DeskMini 310 - NUC Killer?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by confusis, Oct 1, 2018.

  1. confusis

    confusis John Morrison. Writer, Editor, Awesome Person.
    Thread Starter Site Staff SFF Workshop

    We've looked at ASRock's DeskMini range in the past, with in depth analysis of the B250 and Z370 series DeskMini GTX/RX models - with GTX1080 and GTX1060 GPUs included. These cater for the high end, with prices to suit. At the other end of the spectrum, we have the DeskMini 110 and 310 - Mini-STX rather than Micro-STX, and integrated graphics only.

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  2. prateekprakash

    prateekprakash Minimal Tinkerer

    Kindly let me know if it has HDMI 2.0 port, as it would be easily connected to a uhd TV!
  3. TinyAudio

    TinyAudio Cable-Tie Ninja
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    I second the call on the chassis being subpar to the DeskminiGTX.
  4. Brian_Buckley

    Brian_Buckley Caliper Novice

    Has anyone tried testing support for non-stock coolers with this one? I remember that being an issue with the DeskMini GTX since the IO actually interfered with the edge of the coolers.
  5. confusis

    confusis John Morrison. Writer, Editor, Awesome Person.
    Thread Starter Site Staff SFF Workshop

    Noctua Nh-L9i fits no problems :) haven't tested other coolers though
  6. TheOfficialCzex

    TheOfficialCzex Trash Compacter

    Still no ThunderBolt...
  7. BenX

    BenX Minimal Tinkerer

    The J5005 NUC is actually a better comparison for the low end, instead of the 7100u. NUC7PJYH = 172 dollars (newegg). Little bit slower single core, faster multi core performance.

    Also a bit surprised there is still no AMD Deskmini released. Been waiting for that for ages. AMD Deskmini + AMD 1600 ( and maybe ECC )... The 1600 has one of the best price vs performance on multicore.
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  8. el01

    el01 King of Cable Management

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  9. Mortis Angelus

    Mortis Angelus Airflow Optimizer
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    Can someone please tell me: Does Intel have exclusive rights to this small formfactor? Why hasn't AsRock released an AMD-version of the desk mini yet? With the AMD APUs (2200G/2400G) it would be the best HTPC-box out there. Same seem to go for half-height mITX motherboards. The only one I know of from current gen is a gigabyte one for Intel.
  10. fadsarmy

    fadsarmy Efficiency Noob

    The installation of additional USB 2.0 ports is actually not that difficult once you know how to do it. This is explained in the DeskMini 110 FAQ.
  11. confusis

    confusis John Morrison. Writer, Editor, Awesome Person.
    Thread Starter Site Staff SFF Workshop

    @fadsarmy alas, I have normal sized hands - I couldn't provide the dexterity to route the cable as such :/
  12. Chas4702

    Chas4702 Minimal Tinkerer

    I was thinking of ordering one of these and I noticed Newegg had dropped the price and there was also a $10 Rebate. I also noticed that one of the Gigabyte Brix models was available in the H110 chipset. The brix had 2 extra USB 2.0 jacks on the rear of the case. I still think more USB devices on the front of the case might be better. I also saw a review on the asrock 310 where they added some kind of M.2 video card.
  13. fadsarmy

    fadsarmy Efficiency Noob

    https://www.asrock.com/nettop/AMD/DeskMini A300 Series/index.asp
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  14. Chas4702

    Chas4702 Minimal Tinkerer