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PC maker Topton is selling a Mini ITX motherboard designed for network-attached storage (NAS) systems. The 170 x 170mm motherboard supports up to 8 storage devices, thanks to 6 SATA 3.0 connectors and two M.2 2280 slots that can be used for PCIe 3.0 NVMe storage.

Available with a choice of Intel Celeron N5105 or Pentium Silver N6005 processors, the computer also has two SODIMM slots for up to 32GB of DDR4-2933 memory. The board is available from Topton’s AliExpress store for $196 and up.

The starting price gets you a barebones model with a 10-watt, 4-core, 4-thread Celeron N5105 processor based on Intel Jasper Lake architecture. You’ll need to supply your own memory and storage.

Prices for configurations with a higher-performance Pentium N6005 chip start at $237 for a barebones model. But Topton also allows you to configure the system with memory and storage, and a fully decked-out model with 32GB of RAM, a 1TB NVMe SSD and Pentium N6005 chip is just $472. You’ll still need to supply your own case and operating system though.

Ports include:

  • 4 x 2.5 Gbps Ethernet ports (Intel i266-V)
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0 port
  • 1 x DisplayPort 1.4a port
  • 2 x USB 3.0 Type-A ports
  • 2 x USB 2.0 ports

The board also has connectors for case and CPU fans, a TPM module, two SODIMM slots for dual-channel non-ECC memory, and support for Wake-on-LAN functionality.

Topton says the motherboard supports Windows 10, Windows 11, and Linux-based operating systems.

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  1. Interesting part is that this CPU support only two SATA, but on the mother6there are 6 SATA ports. I am not sure this will work. The CPU also support only 16gb of ram. Since we are talking about NAS, we should expect to see ECC RAM, but this is not the case.

    1. They probably put a pcie-to-sata controller on the motherboard somewhere.
      I’m not sure why everyone is expecting ECC in something this cheap. I had a quick look at few devices calling themselves NAS, but Synology boxes don’t start coming with ECC until you get up to the $800 range. If you want to go DIY (with mini-itx), it still took spending at least $500 on parts to get ECC last time I looked at PCpartpicker.
      I get that ECC is important if you’re actually using RAID or ZFS, but you can use other forms of organizing your drives as one volume that don’t require quite so many operations per second, like snapraid+mergerfs.

    1. Ditto for use as a software router, lack of ECC seems like a pretty critical fault for something meant to be a utility device, potentially for prosumer or business use.

    2. You really didn’t expect anything of value from a board that’s only sold through AliExpress, did you?

  2. Well, I like the port selection. I could use it as a drop-in replacement for what I’m currently using, and there sure seems to be a lack of options that wouldn’t be a downgrade in some obvious way. It’s almost as powerful as the 3020 I’m using as an NVR, so I might be able to consolidate the devices.
    I’d see about replacing the heat sink with something passive though.
    But replacing any of my stuff is a project for when something breaks. Hopefully by that point it’ll have moved off of aliexpress.