Computex 2017: ASRock Shows Mini-ITX Intel X299 with the X299E-ITX Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | May 31, 2017 - 09:34 AM |
Tagged: x299, small form factor, SFF, motherboard, mini-itx, computex 2017, computex, asrock

ASRock was the only player in the mini-ITX Intel X99 motherboard space, and they are at it again with their X299E-ITX motherboard. This time around memory is not limited to a pair of desktop DIMMs as with the existing X99E-ITX/ac, as the new X299 board features quad-channel memory support thanks to a switch to SODIMMs.

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The ASRock X299E-ITX Motherboard (Image credit: ComputerBase)

Among the specifications are support for 3200+ MHz DDR4, a PCIe Gen 3 x16 slot for graphics cards, networking via Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi and dual Intel NICs, a pair of USB 3.1 ports (Type-A and Type-C), six SATA 3 ports and a PCIe Gen 3 x4 compatible M.2 slot, and premium 7.1-channel audio with Nichicon capacitors. The X299E-ITX board also offers ASRock's 'Super Alloy' design and offers a 7-phase 'Digi Power' array for the LGA2066 CPU.

No word on pricing or availablity just yet, but if it follows the X99E-ITX/ac launch it should be somewhere near the $300 range. If you need mini-ITX and fancy the latest Intel enthusiast platform, this might be your best - and only - option.

Source: ComputerBase

May 31, 2017 | 10:21 AM - Posted by Jann5s

Notice the two riser boards, one for m.2 the other for sata. Especially the m.2 riser board is strange/impressive as it seems to be connected to an SO-DIMM socket.

P.S. also, notice the strike-through on the spec list on the right

May 31, 2017 | 10:43 AM - Posted by Sebastian Peak

You mean it isn't 3-way SLI/Crossfire compatible???

May 31, 2017 | 12:26 PM - Posted by psuedonymous

Joking aside, ASRock's previous x99 board (and their flagship Z97, Z170 and Z270 ITX boards) have all supported PCIe Bifurcation with passive risers to provide two x8 slots. Getting dual GPUs working on them (for gaming, compute works fine with them independant) has been more hassle than pairs of any other PCIe device due to the specific weirdness with running multiple GPUs in the first place. If ASRock can get this board certified for SLI, that would be a massive win for the ITX sector.

May 31, 2017 | 10:44 AM - Posted by mouf

Didn't EVGA announce an ITX board at Computex as well?

May 31, 2017 | 10:51 AM - Posted by Sebastian Peak

Their smallest is Micro-ATX.

May 31, 2017 | 11:04 AM - Posted by Xebec

Is there any way to get video out of a setup like this WITHOUT using that PCI-E slot? something that would work on Linux or Windows (Hyper-V)?.. (so the PCI-E slot could be used for a controller card of some kind).

May 31, 2017 | 01:06 PM - Posted by Jann5s

Perhaps you could use an USB-to-DVI adapter, see also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DisplayLink

also, the first answer in this stack page contains loads of info: https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/169533/usb-to-vga-on-linux

May 31, 2017 | 02:52 PM - Posted by Xebec

Yeah I always wondered if they would work without already having a display adapter in place first. I have some older display link adapters that require a primary display already be in place first..

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