ASRock’s newest small form-factor desktop is a computer that measures just 6.1″ x 6.1″ x 3.1″ and which has an AMD AM4 socket that supports Ryzen chips with up to 65 watt TDPs.
What’s particularly interesting about the new ASRock DeskMini A300 is that in order to fit that chip into a computer this small, ASRock had to develop what it says is the smallest motherboard with an AM4 socket. It’s called the A300M-STX, and it’s a Mini-STX board that measures about 5″ x 5″.
Despite the board’s small size, it has room for dual DDR4 memory slots and two M.2 2280 slots for solid state storage as well as connectors for two 2.5 inch drives.
There’s no room for a discrete GPU though, so you’ll want to opt for an AMD processor with integrated graphics.
The DeskMini A300 also has plenty of ports, including a USB 3.1 type-C port, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, a USB 2.0 port, HDMI, DisplayPort, and VGA ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and a headset jack.
The compact computer will be available starting in February, with a barebones model selling for just $119 according to the folks at Tom’s Hardware and ASRock says the computer should support AMD Bristol Ridge or Raven Ridge series processors.
This could be the replacement Workbench PC I have been looking for. I could set it in a corner of my workbench or maybe even mount it to one of the vertical supports for the shelves.
Brad, I think you meant 2.5″ HDD/SSD. Lol.
I love the size and cost of the DeskMini, and the fact that AMD is finally getting put into small cases.
I built a Ryzen 2400g mini-Itx system in a Lian Li TU-100. It runs cool with the 65w APU, and there’s room to add a discrete, short video card. I installed a 450W Corsair SF so there’s plenty of power. I could theoretically swap out the 2400g for my desktop 1800x, or any 95W cpu/apu/gpu combo.
The TU-100 is about twice the size of the DeskMini, but is extremely rugged, with heavy aluminum corner bumpers, all aluminum construction, and a carrying handle. I bought a small Gechic 1102 monitor, which makes it very portable.
I would like to see a Deskmini portable version with a hardened case and handle.
Another nice thing is that Linux now works very well with the 2400g. So it’s finally possible to build a small AMD/Linux box.
Athlon 200 GE, 8 GB of dual channel ddr4 and a ssd and you could have a nice little 720p gaming machine (or 1080 for some older games), for around 250
They should have included more usb ports. I am sure they could have included at least another 4 had they opted for horizontal DP/HDMI ports.
Horizontal ports block the cpu cooler, so there is no more space if you don’t want connectors in weird places. The Intel version has 2 extra usb on the left/top side of the case, and this version seems to have at least the same cutouts visible in the case.
This would have been the killer mini gaming pc if it had space for a half-size dGPU.
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