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Asus explains that in order to cram in all the features it wanted to, in these Mini-ITX motherboards, it custom designed a small riser PCB. On the Strix X370-I and B350-I Gaming the riser accommodates both the M.2 SSD heatsink and Supreme FX audio. Built-in audio is particularly important for SFF motherboards as there isn’t the expansion capacity for add-in audio cards, notes Asus.

Other key features of these Mini-ITX motherboards include:
•Twin M.2 PCIe NVMe drive slots
•Dual DDR4-3600 DIMM slots
•Safeslot reinforced PCIe x16 slot
•Intel Gigabit Ethernet controller
•Aura Sync onboard LEDs plus headers
•Onboard MU-MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi with dual bands and a 2x2 antenna
•Four SATA ports, dual USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports with 10Gbps of bandwidth, four Gen1 USB ports, and an internal USB 2.0 header for front-panel ports




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Looks great, now make an m-ATX Asus thumb.gif
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Damn, already bought an ASUS HERO MB. Oh well. Had overheating issues with my current ITX build even with custom water cooling.
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Neat, I want my ROG Strix Gene though!
and with an x370 chipset!
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No video out, poo I/O in general...

I gotta be honest. The $100-200 AM4 motherboards, sff specifically, seem really lacking in quality/effort from the OEM's. I understand that Intel's z370 was pretty much a copy paste of z270, but the fact that Asus released a mini itx board for coffee lake that is quite clearly a better motherboard than any mini itx for Am4 (the above 2 included), before they managed to release a motherboard for chips that have been out for almost 7 months is puzzling. Sure, maybe they wanted to wait a few months to make sure there was demand for ryzen, but It was quite obvious after the first few rounds of reviews.

It is more than just Asus too. Asrock's top mini itx z370 has a freaking heatpipe, and on the am4 side they are busy putting 0.5cm of foam between the vrm's and the already less than capable heatsink. MSI already has a high end z370 itx coming out soon, and the closest thing they have on AM4 is a micro atx that looks like a barren wasteland a of PCB with a few tiny heatsinks tacked on. Gigabyte also has a z370 mini itx hitting stores soon, and it took them 4 months to release a b350 mini itx- it is actually a decent motherboard, but the chipset chosen is a pretty clear indication of the lack of care for the high end sff crowd.

Before coffee lake is even fully available (i7 stock issues), there are much better choices from almost all the major OEM's for mini itx than they have managed to provide to am4 for 7 months now. I may be crazy, but I think there is something fishy going on. Either the OEM's are punishing AMD for a rocky start in terms making specs available when they did, or there is incentive for these OEM's to be putting out less than ideal products on the AMD side.

/rant
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Ouch just finished my Ryzen m-itx build with a Asrock AB350 G-ITX/ac frown.gif , Now I'm sad..
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i was literally just looking at ryzen itx mobos on newegg like 2mins ago and was disappointed when i didnt see anything from asus.


HA.
post #7 of 33
Lol, another X370 mITX. rolleyes.gif Hopefully nobody buys it.
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No video out, poo I/O in general...

I gotta be honest. The $100-200 AM4 motherboards, sff specifically, seem really lacking in quality/effort from the OEM's. I understand that Intel's z370 was pretty much a copy paste of z270, but the fact that Asus released a mini itx board for coffee lake that is quite clearly a better motherboard than any mini itx for Am4 (the above 2 included), before they managed to release a motherboard for chips that have been out for almost 7 months is puzzling. Sure, maybe they wanted to wait a few months to make sure there was demand for ryzen, but It was quite obvious after the first few rounds of reviews.

It is more than just Asus too. Asrock's top mini itx z370 has a freaking heatpipe, and on the am4 side they are busy putting 0.5cm of foam between the vrm's and the already less than capable heatsink. MSI already has a high end z370 itx coming out soon, and the closest thing they have on AM4 is a micro atx that looks like a barren wasteland a of PCB with a few tiny heatsinks tacked on. Gigabyte also has a z370 mini itx hitting stores soon, and it took them 4 months to release a b350 mini itx- it is actually a decent motherboard, but the chipset chosen is a pretty clear indication of the lack of care for the high end sff crowd.

Before coffee lake is even fully available (i7 stock issues), there are much better choices from almost all the major OEM's for mini itx than they have managed to provide to am4 for 7 months now. I may be crazy, but I think there is something fishy going on. Either the OEM's are punishing AMD for a rocky start in terms making specs available when they did, or there is incentive for these OEM's to be putting out less than ideal products on the AMD side.

/rant

Why on Earth would you want video out? You know that there aren't any Ryzen APUs out yet, right? So if they had video out, it would go completely unused for most people, especially since these are higher-tier boards than what people buying APUs would want to buy. Or did you just completely forget that Ryzen CPUs don't have graphics right now?
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The I/O is a tad slim, but it's actually better than a lot of standard ATX Ryzen boards at the same time. I would have been super tempted this if they would have even announced this earlier.
 
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Needs more USB ports but other then that it looks nice. I see no reason for video outs . Because by the time there are ryzen apu's on the market you might as well get a x470. Asus probably already knows that x470 is coming in February so why add video out. biggrin.gif

But yes it is too late to the market.... Come on ASUS smile.gif
Edited by ozlay - 10/21/17 at 6:53am
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Lol, another X370 mITX. rolleyes.gif Hopefully nobody buys it.
Why on Earth would you want video out? You know that there aren't any Ryzen APUs out yet, right? So if they had video out, it would go completely unused for most people, especially since these are higher-tier boards than what people buying APUs would want to buy. Or did you just completely forget that Ryzen CPUs don't have graphics right now?

There are bristol ridge APU's out right now. Also, Am4 is being used for a long time, so when the ryzen APUs drop, they will work with current motherboards. Why would you want less options?
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