ASRock has been at the forefront of the small form-factor (SFF) PC revolution right from the Sandy Bridge days. Starting with the Core HT series in the early 2010s, the company moved on to the Beebox (NUC clones) , and recently settled on the DeskMini lineup (based on mini-STX boards). At the 2022 CES, the company is introducing a new SFF PC - the DeskMeet. It is meant to be a step up from the DeskMini - allowing for a custom motherboard, more RAM slots, and space for discrete GPUs.

ASRock is delivering all this in a chassis with a 8L volume with two configurations - one based on the Intel B660 platform, and another based on the AMD X300 chipset (AM4 socket). The key specifications of the two systems are summarized in the table below.

ASRock DeskMeet SFF PCs - 2022 Lineup
  DeskMeet B660 DeskMeet X300
CPU Intel 12th Gen Core Processors AMD AM4 Socket Ryzen Desktop APUs / CPUs (Ryzen 2000/3000/4000/5000) (up to 65W)
Cooler Stock coolers / up to 54mm in height
Chipset Intel B660 AMD X300
Memory Dual-Channel DDR4
4x DDR4 DIMM Slots (up to 128GB)
non-ECC, un-buffered
Dual-Channel DDR4
4x DDR4 DIMM Slots (up to 128GB)
ECC / non-ECC, un-buffered
Discrete GPU Support Up to 200mm in length
Networking 1x RJ-45 Gigabit LAN (Intel I219V)
M.2 2230 Slot for Wi-Fi + BT Module
1x RJ-45 Gigabit LAN (Realtek RTL8111H)
M.2 2230 Slot for Wi-Fi + BT Module
Storage 3x SATA III 6Gbps
1x Hyper M.2 2280 (PCIe Gen 4 x4 / SATA III 6Gbps)
1x Hyper M.2 2280 (PCIe Gen 4 x4)
2x SATA III 6Gbps
1x Ultra M.2 2280 (PCIe Gen 3 x4)
Expansion Slots 1x PCIe 4.0 x16 1x PCIe 3.0 x16
Audio Codec Realtek ALC897
Front I/O 1x Headset
1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C
2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
2x USB 2.0 Type-A
Rear I/O 1x DP 1.4a
1x HDMI 2.0a
1x D-Sub
2x USB 2.0 Type-A
2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
1x RJ-45<
HD Audio Jack (Line In / Speaker / Microphone)/td>
1x DP 1.4a
1x HDMI 2.0a
1x D-Sub
2x USB 2.0 Type-A
2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
1x RJ-45<
HD Audio Jack (Line Out)/td>
Power Supply 500W (80+ Bronze / 550W Peak)
Dimensions 168mm x 219.3mm x 218.3mm

While the absence of high-end I/O ports like Thunderbolt 4 and USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 or high-end wired networking is a tad disappointing, ASRock is making up for that by supporting PCIe expansion cards and quad-DIMM configurations for up to 128GB of RAM. ASRock calls these boards -ITX, but they are not truly mini-ITX in size.

The space inside the chassis allows for multiple configurations - with or without a discrete GPU, ability to mount multiple 3.5" drives etc. The DeskMeet aims to provide as many features and flexibilities as possible within the constraints dictated by the chipsets.

In other ASRock SFF PC news, the company has also released a new mini-STX platform using the Intel B660 chipset for Alder Lake. The DeskMini B660 retains the chassis design of the previous generations.

Thanks to the use of the B660 chipset, the front Type-C port is now USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20 Gbps). The rear Type-C port supports 10 Gbps data transfer alone with DP 1.4a, and 60W PD. The other interesting aspect is the availability of a PCIe 5.0 M.2 2280 SSD slot, in addition to a PCIe 4.0 M.2 2280 one. A M.2 2230 slot for Wi-Fi, and a gigabit Ethernet slot are the regular features retained from the previous DeskMini units.

After a couple of years of staid SFF PCs with rather unimpressive updates, ASRock is promising interesting offerings in 2022. No specific launch prices or retail availability timelines were provided for the new systems.

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  • Cooe - Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - link

    Going X300 means they don't have to include a separate chipset (as they would with B450/550), ya dumbass... -_-

    "X300" just means the CPU is operating in chipset-less SOC mode like EPYC.
    Reply
  • SarahKerrigan - Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - link

    The term "X300 chipset" - when the X300 platform is defined by the absence of a chipset - will never not be weird. Reply
  • LAN__mine - Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - link

    I don't understand. Who needs four sticks of RAM and a PCIe slot, but DOESN'T need or want:

    *High-end IO
    *Fast storage if they're using AMD
    *anything more than an APU on AMD
    *PCIe 4.0 or 5.0

    Who is this for?
    Reply
  • TheinsanegamerN - Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - link

    People who like proprietary poorly thought out e waste but dont want to buy a dell g5 or HP tower. Reply
  • Cooe - Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - link

    PCIe 5.0 is worthless (the x4 dedicated SSD lanes on Intel are strictly PCIe 4.0 only, anyways) & PCIe 4.0 SSD's have ZERO real world advantages over a quality 3.0 drive in an SFF PC. The ONLY place you'd notice a difference is in a literal storage benchmark. Also, you can use AMD CPU's just fine... If you actually knew how to read you'd realize this case supports discrete graphics. Reply
  • mooninite - Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - link

    Where's the 2.5GBe NIC? What's with a 1GBe NIC? This is 2022. Reply
  • wpcoe - Thursday, January 20, 2022 - link

    The penultimate paragraph mentions a USB-C port on the rear I/O panel, but the specifications chart doesn't. Is there a 2nd USB-C port on the rear (or anywhere) or is there only one on the entire computer? Reply

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