ASRock has introduced a miniature motherboard for AMD Ryzen microprocessors, one of a few such motherboards in the industry. Despite being very small, the X370 Gaming ITX/ac offers everything that a fairly powerful gaming system might require and its price is not too high.

The ASRock X370 Gaming ITX/ac is based on the AMD X370 chipset and supports all currently available processors in the AM4 form-factor, including A-series APUs as well as all Ryzen CPUs. The motherboard has a digital eight-phase VRM for the CPU designed to guarantee clean power supply (stability, overclocking potential, etc.). According to ASRock, the mainboard can handle DDR4-3200+ memory (assuming that particular modules work well with AMD Ryzen processors). The new platform has two DIMM slots in total.

Like many other motherboards in the Mini-ITX form-factor, the X370 Gaming ITX/ac has one PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, one M.2 slot for PCIe 3.0 x4 or SATA SSDs, as well as four SATA ports. Meanwhile in a light bit of irony, the mainboard uses GbE and 802.11ac Wi-Fi controllers from Intel. As for other I/O, everything seems to be pretty standard here: the motherboard has two HDMI outputs, five USB 2.0 ports, six USB 3.0 headers (including one Type-C) as well as a 7.1-channel audio powered by Realtek ALC1220 codec with Creative’s Sound Blaster Cinema 3 enhancing software.

ASRock's Mini-ITX Motherboard for AMD Ryzen
  X370 Gaming ITX/ac
CPU Support CPUs in AM4 form-factor
AMD Ryzen and AMD A-series APUs
Graphics PCIe 3.0 x16, or integrated in case of APUs
Chipset AMD X370
Memory Two DDR4 DIMM slots
Ethernet 2 × Intel GbE controllers
Display Outputs 2 × HDMI for APUs
Storage 4 × SATA 6 Gbps
1 × M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4 or SATA)
Audio Realtek ALC1220
7.1 channel audio
Creative’s Sound Blaster Cinema 3 enhancing software
USB 5 × USB 3.0 Type-A
1 × USB 3.0 Type-C
5 × USB 2.0
Other I/O 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2
Form-Factor Mini-ITX
MSRP $150 ~ $160

At present, the ASRock X370 Gaming ITX/ac has only one direct rival, the Biostar Racing X370GTN introduced earlier this year. The Racing X370GTN does not have Wi-Fi support, but it has two USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) headers, including one Type-C. Meanwhile, the X370 Gaming ITX/ac seems to have a more advanced VRM for those looking forward overclocking capabilities.

The ASRock X370 Gaming ITX/ac will be available in the coming weeks for $150 – $160, according to the manufacturer. Keep in mind that since there are only two AMD X370-based Mini-ITX motherboards announced so far and small form-factor systems are gaining traction, demand for the X370 Gaming ITX/ac will be very high. That said, don't be surprised if there's some overpricing from select retailers.

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Source: ASRock

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  • creed3020 - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    It looks great. It would be a logical swap into my RVZ01 once my Haswell system needs to be replaced. Hopefully by then we'll already be at Zen 2.
  • Xajel - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    Still waiting for X370 high-end microATX... Better from ASUS
  • CloudFire - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    Seriously. Are the manufacturers dumb to not offer x370 in mATX? It's like they're allergic to money. I really want to go mAXT but I might have to settle with x370 in mini-itx if the lack of love for mATX continues T_T
  • HardwareDufus - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    It's been more than a decade since I've had an AMD rig. I've had mITX boards w/ I5 and I7 processors for some time now.

    If the APU version of Ryzen isn't castrated (I really hope they release a 4ghz 8 core / 16 thread version with Vega based integrated graphics.. I'd throw real money at a processor like that), this would be a nice board to have. I really like the dual HDMI outputs on the board.
  • Stuka87 - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    There is no way an APU Ryzen is going to have a Vega GPU on it. Maybe an 8-12CU Polaris or the like.
  • silverblue - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    Hasn't this already been confirmed, though? As far as I can tell, AMD were never going to put Polaris into an APU.
  • pfdman - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    Yes, it has already been confirmed.
  • PixyMisa - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - link

    Vega architecture confirmed. Leaks say 11 to 16 CUs.
  • PixyMisa - Thursday, June 1, 2017 - link

    Initial APUs will be 4 core. Ryzen 2 APU might be 6 core.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Friday, June 9, 2017 - link

    they cant manage to sell a 4GHz 8/16 chips now, a chip that speed with vega on board would make the nuclear reactor 9590 look like a netbook chip.

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