The Taiwanese manufacturer launches a first board for consumers in the unique STX configuration
Mini computers are cool and efficient, so it's not really surprising because it's one of the few areas that enjoy market growth that oscillates between shrinkage and treading. Whether it's a mini-ITX chassis that you've assembled independently or with a built-in system WALNUT Or its counterparts - there is something magical about a system that will satisfy all your computing needs, in a package that can be easily placed in a dresser next to the TV converter or 'hidden' behind the display means, in a way that will give an elegant look with a minimum of prominent cables and wires.
If you are also a follower of the category, very soon you will have another option to choose for your next piece - the new STX configuration, also known as 5 × 5, which you conceived Intel Together with some of its partners, and is trying to bridge the gaps between the two,WALNUT To the mini-ITX we mentioned earlier.
The STX, or Mini-STX, gives consumers Motherboard With which a complete system can be assembled - in very minimal dimensions of about 5 inches in length and 5 inches in width: 14.7 inches and 14 inches respectively, compared to an average length and width of 17 inches each in the Mini-ITX configuration that has dominated this market so far .
The STX boards enjoy dimensions that are about 29 percent smaller than those of the Mini-ITX boards, and should allow the creation of systems with a total volume of less than a single liter - with a pair of SODIMM slots for memories, a pair of M.2 connectors for storage or wireless communication, and most importantly Full LGA1151 holder for iphone Processors Standard stationary in a thermal envelope of up to 65 watts. The only (and definitely significant) thing that consumers are giving up here versus the existing solutions is the "PCI-Express The good old days - this is a configuration based solely on the graphics cores built into the processors, for consumers who do not need significant graphics processing power.
Concepts based on the STX configuration have been circulating in market corners since the beginning of the year, but now it seems that we are approaching a time when it will be possible to build a self-system based on it - with ASRock, Which launches the first STX board that can be purchased separately, rather than as part of a semi-ready Barebones system in a chassis.
The new board was named H110M-STX, And includes a socket for the new 65 Watts and 35 Watts of the new generation (ie, up to the Core i7-6700 quad core), a pair of SODIMM slots for memories DDR4 At 2,133MHz and up to 32GB, one tiny M.2 2230 connector for integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth solutions, another full-size M.2 2280 PCI-Express 3.0 X4 bandwidth connector for drives SSD, SATA 3 connectors for drives SSD Or 2.5-inch hard drives, one 3.0 full-size USB connection, one 2.0 USB connection, one 3.0 Type C USB connection, a Gigabit Ethernet port and three ports Video Which include HDMI, DisplayPort 1.2 and the old analog VGA.
It is not yet clear how much the new motherboard will cost, but given that it is offered for purchase along with a compatible package at a cost of $ 140 - we definitely expect a price of no more than $ 80, which will help assemble very compact systems without getting into debt.
Now there is only one major problem left - there are almost no separate cases on the market for the STX configuration. On the official website of ASRock There are three models coming soon, and we'll probably see a few more as time goes by, but now it seems that purchasing the board separately is not exactly an effective solution unless you're planning to use it without any chassis or assembling it on your own. Perhaps the next generation,Kaby Lake Which in the way will also help make the 5 × 5 concept more popular and popular? We'll see.