ASRock X299E-ITX/ac review: Skylake-X on mini-ITX?!

18 cores on 17 x 17 cm, ASRock makes it possible


Connectivity and possibilities

At the back of the motherboard we count four regular USB 3.0 connectors and two USB 3.1 connectors, one of which is type A; the other one is type C. Of course there is an ASMedia controller. Right next to the USB 3.1 connectors we also find the previously mentioned reset button. The two wifi-antennae are connected to an Intel Wireless-AC 8265 with a theoretical maximum speed of 867 Mbit/s. ASRock seems to have finally returned to the fast wifi-chips, after it they used slow 433Mbit-adapters for a while. Of course, the card also supports Bluetooth.

ASRock X299E-ITX/ac

In terms of network we have not covered everything yet, because there are also two wired ethernet connectors. The first is a separate Intel WG-I211AT chip, the second uses the embedded controller from the chipset via an Intel WG-I219V PHY. You can merge both ports by means of 'teaming' or, for example, use one connector for a point-to-point connection.

Then there is one block of connectors left, namely that of the audio. First of all, ASRock has implemented an optical audio-output, which supports DTS Connect. This allows you to digitally connect surround speakers to the s/pdif. The other five connectors are regular analog jackplugs, connected to a Realtek ALC1220 codec which usually guarantees excellent sound quality.

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ASRock X299E-ITX/ac

Mini ITX, Socket 2066, Intel X299, DDR4

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