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Several Chinese mini PC maker including SZBox and Topton are selling a mini ITX motherboard that combines an Intel Alder Lake-N low-power processor with support for up to 32GB of RAM, four 2.5 GbE Ethernet ports, and support for a lot of storage, thanks to six SATA 3.0 connectors and two M.2 2280 slots, making it an option for folks that want to build their own network-attached storage (NAS) system.

The motherboard is available from AliExpress, with prices varying depending on the processor (and seller), but so far the cheapest models I’ve found have prices that start at $167.

The entry-level price is for a model with a 6-watt, quad-core Intel N100 processor, but you can also pay $289 for a model with a higher-performance 16-watt, octa-core Intel Core i3-N305 chip. You can also pay a little more to get either version in a bundle that also includes a fan for active cooling.

The board measures 170 x 170mm (6.7″ x 6.7″) and should fit in any computer chassis designed for mini ITX motherboards.

It has a single SODIMM slot for up to 32GB of DDR5-4800 memory and two M.2 slots that can be used for PCIe 3.0 SSDs. There’s an Intel i226-V Ethernet controller for the board’s four 2.5 GbE RJ45 ports, enabling high-speed networking capabilities.

With that many networking ports, the board could also serve double duty as a router or firewall as well as a mass storage device.

Other ports include HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4b, one USB 3.0 Type-A port, two USB 2.0 Type-A ports, a USB 2.0 Type-C port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. There are also two internal USB ports and a PCIe 3.0 x1 interface (but it shares resources with one of the M.2 slots, so you can either use two M.2 SSDs or a single M.2 SSD and the PCIe connector).

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  1. An interesting update on these low power NAS boards is that CWWK (the assumed OEM of these) has now made a DC powered adaption of this board. It shows a fair amount of redesign as they’ve moved the NVME and RAM to the rear, and altered which device shares the PCIe slot.

  2. I wouldn’t buy a weird motherboard. I would get a regular one from asus or something and if you needed more sata connections buy a pci-e sata card. 8 ports for $100

  3. The internal USB port is the things that make this mb really interesting, I suppose is bootable.

  4. Some Chinese brands of boards (and mini PCs) like this appear to have really poor reliability. Will this be any different?

  5. Everyone seems ok with Microsoft . Google and the NSA snooping on them – but shit themselves when a board comes out of china. Come on folks, if you really were concerned about security you wouldn’t touch intel with a barge pole.

    1. Barge pole – how about a long electric pole fiberglass pole linemen use with 5000 volt?

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  7. “Chinese mini PC maker SZBox is selling a mini ITX motherboard that combines an Intel Alder Lake-N low-power processor with support for up to 32GB of RAM, four 2.5 GbE Ethernet ports, and support for a lot of storage, thanks to six SATA 3.0 connectors and two M.2 2280 slots, making it an option for folks that want to build their own network-attached storage (NAS) system.”

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  8. I really want to see the PCIe layout of this for the N100 model, with only 9 lanes to go around there are either a lot of expensive x4 switches, or those m.2 drives are going to starve (or be SATA only).
    I wish there was a low power equivalent with more IO.

  9. Oh look, it’s this thing again, but the CPU’s newer, you have an actual expansion card slot, and there’s only one RAM slot.
    I don’t really care to look this up but I wonder if I’ll be seeing a repeat of comments about PCIe lane limitations.