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ASRock’s B550AM Gaming Motherboard Sighted

  ASRock’s B550AM Gaming motherboard has been sighted, but rejoice ye not, as this board has a pair of caveats that make it less news worthy than I originally figured. Firstly, the B550A chipset is a rebrand of B450. Secondly, this board at the time of writing appears to be for OEM only markets. So, with that out of the way, let’s look at some interesting features – From TechPowerup; “The AM4 socket is wired to four DDR4 DIMM slots supporting dual-channel DDR4 memory; the board’s sole PCI-Express 4.0 x16, and an M.2-22110 slot that has PCIe 3.0 x4 and …
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ASRock’s B450M Pro4 – M-ATX, Fully Featured

Micro-ATX, the oft-ignored form factor, stuck between the expandability (and HUUUUGEness) of ATX and the size of M-ITX. For generations, the M-ATX market segment has been filled with mediocre boards from a cursory glance, leaving folks to go to one extreme or the other instead. In fact, I have mused publicly in the past on this, a sad perspective of the middle child of the PC world. ASRock has long been a stalwart of high density computing options, with the DeskMini range, insane Mini-ITX boards and the like – I was intrigued to see what their B450M Pro4 has to …
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Exclusive First Access: Chimera’s Mach One Case

SFF Network’s COMPUTEX 2018 coverage is sponsored by SilverStone, who’s celebrating 15 years of innovation in SFF and beyond. Click here to check out their website and to learn more about their latest products. Recently, there has been a teaser thread posted in the forum by PlayfulPhoenix (Joshua) regarding a new Chimera product, which would be the first new addition to the Chimera Industries product portfolio beyond the Cerberus. Interest was high, with people trying to figure out what this product was, how small it was, and the like. During Computex 2018, SFF Network was granted exclusive first access to the …
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ASRock Reveals M-ATX Threadripper Motherboard, X299 M-ATX, and Z370 DeskMini GTX!

Press release: When an article is marked as such, the content is unedited and thus does not necessarily reflect the views of SmallFormFactor.net, Minutiae Media, or staff. ASRock to Debut Latest Motherboards and Small Form Factor Solutions at CES 2018 TAIPEI, Taiwan, January 4th, 2018 – The global leading motherboard manufacturer, ASRock, is all set to reveal the latest PC products at the upcoming CES 2018 in Las Vegas, US and proudly present the latest product lineup to the world. As the world-leading motherboard provider, ASRock will officially introduce the latest innovative Micro-ATX motherboards based on the Intel® X299 and AMD …
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M-ATX’s Slow Decline Continues – EVGA Launches their Z370 Micro-ATX Motherboard

After MSI’s mediocre X299M-A Pro launch recently, I came to the conclusion in my view that M-ATX is dying a slow, painful death. Today that continues, with the oddity that is EVGA’s Z370 Micro. Selling for US$179.99 on EVGA’s own webstore, this Intel Z370 based board supports LGA1151 for Intel’s 8th generation Core Processors. The board is targeted at the enthusiast market, with angled power and IO connectors, SLI certification and claimed strong overclocking support. At the front of the board, the first thing we see is an angled ATX 24 pin power connector sitting in a PCB cutout, which …
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MSI Introduces the X299M-A Pro

MSI has decided to target the “mid” level HEDT buyers with a new board, the X299M-A Pro. Limited to the Kaby Lake-X processors, namely the i7-7740X and i5-7640X, this motherboard sits in a really weird spot in the market. Thanks to Intel’s… unique… product lineup, this X299 based board is compatible with only two CPU SKUs. This LGA2066 board is in the Micro-ATX form factor, and features three physical PCIe x16 slots. However, Kaby Lake-X’s PCIe lane limitation means that the X299M-A Pro is limited to a total of 16 lanes across all three slots. These could be in x16/ x0/ x0, …
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MSI Unveils the B350M Mortar Arctic

As the Ryzen launch rolls on, we are finally starting to see some real options – in other words, non-ATX motherboards! MSI has unveiled their B350M Mortar Arctic board, a unit we previewed around CES in January. This board, in it’s all-white styling, really stood out to us – it’s a very bold statement in a sea of darker units.  Featuring the slightly gimped (versus the X370 platform) chipset, this unit is high in the midrange, in effect. The rear IO features a PS/2 port, two USB 2.0 ports, three USB 3.0 ports, a single USB Type C port, DVI, HDMI, …
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ASRock Reveals M-ATX AM4 Boards

With Ryzen and AM4 just around the corner, information on SFF-orientated AM4 motherboards has been scant. With only ATX leaked or shown so far, we were afraid that we’d see a LFF (large form factor) launch. Fear not though, with not one, but two boards from ASRock, the AB350M Pro4 and the AB320M Pro4. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] The AB350M Pro4 appears to be a mid-range board, featuring AMD’s A350 chipset (go figure). From the information we have, the board has four DDR4 RAM slots, supporting speeds up to 2667MHz, two PCIex16 slots (x16 and not x16, the placard was incorrect), …