The Micro-STX configuration, which promises amazingly tiny stationary gaming machines, continues to evolve
We will not let many manufacturers choose to adopt the Mini-STX format it presented Intel A few years ago, as an even more compact alternative to the familiar Mini-ITX that does not give up the LGA bracket for "real" stationary processors, but the one who took the opportunity with both hands from day one and continues to persevere and even surprise is ASRock - which even introduced its own alternative that allows the integration of dedicated graphics processing units even though the miniaturized platform was not originally designed for this.
Minimal increase in motherboard size and rearrangement of components allows the Taiwanese company to offer support for MXM graphics from the world of laptops along with LGA processors and other modern features required - all within units that can make even the famous Magnus models of Zotac Feel suddenly big.
The first products in the configuration that got the nickname Micro-STX we met last year, but now they are presented in an improved and more advanced configuration than ever before, with the new hexagonal Coffee Lake processors Intel And with GTX 1060, GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 video cards for the user's choice,ASRock Announced that they are working to create collaborations with ODM manufacturers to make MXM products more popular and cheaper because they have been sold mainly to computer manufacturers Mobile And only rarely rent to private consumers.
ASRock has not introduced any new STX cases for 2018 so far, and will be content to rely on the same endearing rectangular DeskMini models it unveiled last year - but did present a rather amazingly complex system that features an up-to-date six-core Core i7-8700 processor, Z370 chipset with all its outstanding features, 16 GB of memory DDR4, Three drives storage In M.2 format and a video card model GeForce GTX 1080 (in the mobile MXM format, as stated), the chassis has a total volume of only 2.7 liter. The most powerful gaming machine to inflate? There's a pretty good chance of it.
The fact that there is only one player that invests effort in STX systems is not particularly encouraging for price levels and hardware availability,ASRock Other manufacturers will be able to encourage this niche - in an age where everyone has a desire to get maximum performance in minimum volume and weight.