DeskMini is Asrock’s line of barebone SFF (small form factor PC’s) and Asrock has announced two new models few days ago; DeskMini X300 and DeskMini H470. DeskMini comes in 1.92-liter case, 155 x 155 x 80mm, and it is great to keep on table or somewhere in living room. They also have VESA mount so DeskMini can easily be mount on the rear of the monitor or TV.
DeskMini X300 comes with support for new AMD AM4 Renior APUs, but it also supports older AMD APUs like Ryzen 3000G, and Ryzen 2000G Raven Ridge APUs with TDPs of up to 65W. X300 comes in 2 variants, X300 and X300W. Only difference is that X300W comes with Intel WiFi kit.
It comes with STX factor motherboard based on X300 chipset. New thing in DeskMini series is that X300 supports CPU and GPU overclocking, unlike the previous A300 series.
DeskMini H470 is based on Intel’s H470 chipset with support for Intel’s 10th Gen 65W TDP processors (LGA1200).
Both of DeskMinis comes with same RAM memory support, dual DDR4 2933MHz SO-DIMM laptop memory with maximum capacity of 64GB. X300 comes with dual M.2 slots and 2 of SATA connectors with RAID 0 and 1 support and place for 2 2.5″ drives. H470 comes with single M.2 slot and 2 of SATA connectors with RAID 0 and 1 support and place for 2 2.5″ drives.
Video output is same on both of DeskMinis: one HDMI port, one DisplayPort output and a traditional D-Sub port.
What is barebone PC?
Barebone PC is partially assembled kit of computer parts which needs upgrading and some more parts. In most cases, it comes in small formats, SFF and even smaller, like Intel NUC. Because of small factor and preinstalled parts, it has upgrade limitations. Especially the motherboard, it comes with less upgrade slots like RAM, PCIe slot and because of small design and less cooling capacity, in most cases CPU is limited to lower TDP CPUs. But if you doesn’t need external graphics cards and HDD drives, needs small PC which doesn’t take much place, barebone is great for you.
In this case, DeskMini comes with case, preinstalled motherboard with built-in power supply, CPU, RAM and storage is your choice.