ASRock Unveils DeskMeet SFF PC Platform with Intel B660/AMD X300 Chipsets

ASRock has been at the forefront of the Small Form Factor (SFF) PC revolution since the days of Sandy Bridge. Starting with the Core HT series in the early 2010s, the company moved on to the Beebox (NUC clones) and recently moved to the DeskMini line (based on mini-STX cards). At CES 2022, the company is showcasing a new SFF PC – the DeskMeet. It’s supposed to be a step up from the DeskMini – allowing for a custom motherboard, more RAM slots, and space for discrete GPUs.

ASRock delivers all this in a chassis with a volume of 8L with two configurations – one based on the Intel B660 platform, and another based on the AMD X300 chipset (socket AM4). The main characteristics of the two systems are summarized in the table below.

ASRock DeskMeet SFF PC – 2022 Range
OfficeMeet B660 DeskMeet X300
CPU Intel 12and Gen Core processors AMD AM4 Socket Ryzen Desktop APU/CPU (Ryzen 2000/3000/4000/5000) (up to 65W)
Cooler Stock coolers / up to 54mm tall
chipset Intel B660 AMD X300
Memory Dual channel DDR4
4 DDR4 DIMM slots (up to 128 GB)
non-ECC, unbuffered
Dual channel DDR4
4 DDR4 DIMM slots (up to 128 GB)
ECC / non-ECC, unbuffered
Discrete GPU support Up to 200mm in length
Networking 1 Gigabit LAN RJ-45 (Intel I219V)
M.2 2230 slot for Wi-Fi + BT module
1 Gigabit LAN RJ-45 (Realtek RTL8111H)
M.2 2230 slot for Wi-Fi + BT module
Storage 3x SATA III 6Gb/s
1x Hyper M.2 2280 (PCIe Gen 4 x4 / SATA III 6Gbps)
1x Hyper M.2 2280 (PCIe Gen 4 x4)
2x SATA III 6Gb/s
1x Ultra M.2 2280 (PCIe Gen 3 x4)
Expansion slots 1x PCIe 4.0 x16 1x PCIe 3.0 x16
An audio codec Realtek ALC897
Front I/O 1x helmet
1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C
2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
2x USB 2.0 Type-A
Rear I/O 1x DP 1.4a
1x HDMI 2.0a
1x D-Sub
2x USB 2.0 Type-A
2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
1x RJ-45
HD audio jack (line in/speaker/mic)/td>
1x DP 1.4a
1x HDMI 2.0a
1x D-Sub
2x USB 2.0 Type-A
2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
1x RJ-45
HD audio jack (line out)/td>
Power source 500W (80+ bronze / 550W peak)
Dimensions 168mm x 219.3mm x 218.3mm

While the lack of high-end I/O ports like Thunderbolt 4 and USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 or high-end wired networking is a little disappointing, ASRock makes up for that by supporting PCIe expansion cards and quad-DIMM configurations up to 128 GB. of RAM. ASRock calls these cards -ITX, but they’re not really mini-ITX in size.

The space inside the chassis allows for multiple configurations – with or without a discrete GPU, the ability to mount multiple 3.5″ drives, etc. The DeskMeet aims to provide as much functionality and flexibility as possible within the limitations dictated by the chipsets.

In other ASRock SFF PC news, the company also released a new mini-STX platform using the Intel B660 chipset for Alder Lake. The DeskMini B660 retains the chassis design of previous generations.

Thanks to the use of the B660 chipset, the front Type-C port is now USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20 Gbps). The rear Type-C port supports 10Gbps data transfer alone with DP 1.4a and 60W PD. The other interesting aspect is the availability of a PCIe 5.0 M.2 2280 SSD slot, in addition to a PCIe 4.0 M.2 2280 slot. An M.2 2230 slot for Wi-Fi and a Gigabit Ethernet slot are the usual features retained from previous DeskMini units.

After a few years of frozen SFF PCs with rather unimpressive updates, ASRock promises some great deals in 2022. No specific introductory price or retail availability time frame has been provided for the new systems.

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