Author: Bob Buskirk
Last week at CeBIT we saw many different companies show off Intel Haswell Z87 motherboards, ASRock included. ASRock also had something else pretty special to show at their booth, A custom Z87 mini-ITX gaming system. ASRock is actually pretty well knows for their mini PC’s, we have reviewed a few over the past couple of years. The system is made up of a few main parts. First the motherboard which is ASRock’s Z87-E ITX. Then you have a custom small form factor case that was co-designed by BMW DesignWorks USA.
The Z87-E ITX sure packs a lot into such a small board and has features you just will not find on other mini-ITX boards. It boasts a 6-phase VRM, two DDR3 DIMM slots, a PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot, mini PCI Express 2.0 slot and six SATA 6GB/s ports. The mini PCI Express 2.0 slot can be used for the WiFi+Bluetooth card that ASRock includes in the base design. As far as connectivity you have HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, PS/2 mouse / keyboard combo, Gigabit Ethernet, and 8-channel audio with digital out.
Customers can install their own video card. The system comes with a PCI Express riser that allows the card to be installed parallel with the motherboard.
No word yet on pricing or availability.