ASRock Unveils the World’s Smallest Mini PC With Option to Upgrade the CPU
ASRock and Intel have teamed up to unveil the world’s smallest form factor PC, called the DeskMini, with support for Intel LGA 1151 CPUs.
ASRock DeskMini features a tiny 1.82L chassis, but it’s spacious enough to fit a mini-STX motherboard, Intel’s stock cooler, and two 2.5in storage drives. In addition, this ultra-compact PC also includes two M.2 slots on the board itself, one for M.2 SATA devices and the other for M.2 Key E products. On a downside however, there’s no space for PCIe devices.
Steve R. Peterson, Client Marketing and Enabling Director at Intel Corp., said in a statement:
We are excited to be working with ASRock as an ecosystem partner on innovative products. The Mini Socket Technology Extended (Mini-STX) form factor adds the flexibility to support Intel® LGA 1151 socket-based Intel® processors in the mini PC segment. Ultimately, the Mini-STX component stack provides valuable configurability options for the channel, by extending the DT tower building block model into some of the smallest mini PCs available today.
What’s different about the DeskMini compared to other SFFs, is that it does allow you to swap the CPU according to their own choice. Further, the whole setup is way more powerful compared to equally compact systems out there.
For reference, the DeskMini hits 392 cb CPU score on Cinebench R15 with an Intel Core i3-6100 processor, while other mini PCs don’t even come close with a Core i7-6500U processor.