AS Rock Releases New Micro-ATX Motherboards

AS Rock will be recently released two new variations on the mini ATX motherboard, one for Intel and the other for AMD HEDT processors. The X333M Taichi is for AMD motherboards, while the X399M Taichi is for Intel motherboards.

The ASRock X399M is for AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper platform, the first in AMD’s motherboard range to adhere to the micro-ATX design. In terms of CPU support, this micro-ATX motherboard will support all versions of the Ryzen Threadripper CPU on its TR4 socket, which it can handle thanks to its 11 phase DR.MOS design, fueled via a pair of eight pin CPU power connectors. The motherboard stay chilly thanks to a heatpipe cooling system with two massive heatsinks.

The motherboard supports quad channel memory thanks to four DDR4 DIMM slots which, interestingly, makes it the very first motherboard belonging to the AMD TR4 X399 family to have this feature, wherein the usual iteration has eight slots. Despite the reduced slots, however, it can still handle up to 128GB of system memory. Storage space comes from 8 SATA 6 Gbps ports, accompanied by a U.2 port, and a dual USB 3.0 front panel header, plus additional ports.The motherboard allows for expansions thanks to three PCI-e 3.0 x16 groups, three Ultra M.2 slots with a max speed of 32 GB/s.

The ASRock X299M Extreme4, meanwhile, is a mini ATX motherboard for Intel processors. A behemoth as unique as its AMD cousin, this motherboard can handle even the 18 core Intel Core i9-7980XE. The X299M features an 11 phase Dr.MOS design, with a lone 8 pin connector providing juice, with the heatsinks sitting on top of the VRMs.

In terms of memory, this mini ATX motherboard also has four DDR4 DIMM slots, same as the X399M Taichi. Much like its AMD cousin, the X299M can handle up to 128GB memory, going up to speeds of 4000 MHz, usually only achieved through overclocking.

The X299M has similar storage space capabilities, with the sameĀ  8 SATA 6 Gbps ports complimented by a USB 3.0 port and additional USB 2.0 headers, though it’s worth noting that the X299 has two, while the X399M only has one. For expansion, there are three PCI-e 3.0 x16 slots, plus a pair of Ultra M.2 slots.

The X399 Taichiwas released sometime late February of 2018, with the X299 set to follow.