The motherboard of tech dreams is about to be released ! So ASRock does it again. Like for the x99 platform, they were the only ones to have a mITX motherboard in their offerings. But they they have outdone themselves with this jewel !
Finally, there’s an Intel HEDT platform motherboard with full quad-channel DDR4 memory. But it doesn’t end there !
The new X299E-ITX/ac is for those who need up to 18 CPU cores and up to 64 GB of quad-channel DDR4 memory in their SFF machines for reasons. The board manages its limited PCB real-estate by going vertical. It features two riser cards, one with a few onboard controllers, and a pair of 32 Gb/s M.2 slots, and the other riser with SATA 6 Gb/s ports, a third M.2 slot, and the headers such as USB 3.1.
The board draws power from 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors, conditioning it for the LGA2066 CPU using a 7-phase VRM. The lone expansion slot is a PCI-Express 3.0 x16, memory is handled by four DDR4 SO-DIMM slots. Connectivity includes two Intel I219-V driven gigabit Ethernet interfaces, 802.11ac WLAN, and Bluetooth 4.1.