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The Kaby Lake-U (KBL-U) series with 15W TDP CPUs was introduced along with the 4.5W Kaby Lake-Y ones in Q3 2016. The first set of products with Kaby Lake-U were ultrabooks. However, ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) PCs were not long behind. There are already three vendors in the market with Kaby Lake UCFF PCs - ASRock (Beebox-S), GIGABYTE (BRIX), and MSI (Cubi 2). We have already reviewed the MSI Cubi 2 - a no-frills Kaby Lake 'NUC' The ASRock Beebox-S differentiates itself by including a USB 3.1 Gen 2 bridge, as well as a LSPCon (for HDMI 2.0 / HDCP 2.2 support) on the motherboard. This review takes a look at how the ASRock Beebox-S 7200U fares in typical UCFF PC workloads.

ASRock Shows DeskMini GTX/RX, using Micro-STX Motherboard with MXM Support

One of the recurring themes in my discussions with motherboard manufacturers over the past several years is one of introducing differentiation to products and through that, new form factors...

33 by Ian Cutress on 1/18/2017

ASRock Upgrades Beebox-S SFF PCs with Kaby Lake CPUs

ASRock has introduced updated versions of its Beebox-S small form-factor PCs. The new NUC-like systems are powered by Intel’s Core i5-7100U/i3-7200U CPUs featuring the Kaby Lake microarchitecture, but apart...

7 by Anton Shilov on 12/2/2016

ASRock Beebox-S 6200U Review - An Alternative to the Skylake NUC

The Skylake-U platform for mini-PCs has turned out to be an interesting one. Numerous challenges were faced by the first one in the market - the Intel Skylake NUC...

30 by Ganesh T S on 8/10/2016

Consumer 10GBase-T Options: Motherboards with 10G Built-In

Any of our long time readers will know that I can have a soft spot for high-speed networking. Throughout the years I’ve been plagued with bad WiFi, irregular house...

60 by Ian Cutress on 7/20/2016

ASRock DeskMini 110 mini-STX PC Review

Intel introduced the 5x5 mini-STX form factor late last year with the aim of creating a small form-factor PC between that of a NUC and a mini-ITX build. Compared...

84 by Ganesh T S on 6/8/2016

The ASRock E3V5 Performance Gaming (C232) Motherboard Review

If you want to run a Skylake E3 Xeon, it needs to be placed in a motherboard with either the C232 or C236 chipsets. This is a change from...

22 by Ian Cutress on 5/4/2016

CES 2016: ASRock Shows mini-STX 5x5 for Business and Education

Ever since Intel announced their 5x5 platform (that’s 5-inch by 5-inch), we have had several requests from users saying ‘when?’. At the time of the announcement, it was difficult...

26 by Ian Cutress on 1/21/2016

ASUS and ASRock Prep Gaming Motherboards for Intel Xeon E3 v5 Processors

ASUS and ASRock, two major makers of computer motherboards, are rolling out their platforms for Intel Xeon CPUs designed for gamers. While typically Xeon chips are more expensive than...

50 by Anton Shilov on 12/29/2015

BCLK Overclocking Intel’s non-K Skylake Processors: Coming Soon

Anyone who has kept tabs on the extreme overclocking community recently would have noticed that the overclocker Dhenzjhen recently took a Core i3-6320 up to 127 MHz on increasing...

51 by Ian Cutress on 12/11/2015

The ASRock Z170 Extreme7+ Review: When You Need Triple M.2 x4 in RAID

When we first analyzed the Z170 chipset from Intel, we were pleased to see that it offered 26 high speed input/output ports, which included 20 PCIe 3.0 lanes and...

64 by Ian Cutress on 11/27/2015

Intel Skylake Z170 Motherboards: A Quick Look at 55+ New Products

Along with the launch of the two Skylake-K processors today, we also have a raft of new motherboards to go with them. The Skylake processors use the LGA 1151...

85 by Ian Cutress on 8/5/2015

ASRock Beebox Review: A Fanless Braswell UCFF PC

ASRock had taken an early lead in serving the mini-PC market, thanks to its Core / Vision series units. Based on motherboards meant for the notebook market (smaller than...

45 by Ganesh T S on 7/14/2015

The ASRock X99E-ITX/ac Review: Up to 36 Threads in Mini-ITX

When things get smaller, compromises have to be made. We've seen this recently in our Core-M deep dive where building a cheaper chassis yields few benefits. In the PC...

56 by Ian Cutress on 6/24/2015

ASRock at Computex 2015: Pre-Show PR gives Z170 Motherboards and 4T4R Router

Next week is the annual Computex trade show and we have a substantial number of meetings booked, but as part of the regular pre-show ritual, companies are coming at...

38 by Ian Cutress on 5/29/2015

ASRock Goes Braswell: Eight SKUs including DC-In Variants

In the wake of the news regarding ASUS’ listing of their Braswell motherboards, both ASRock and MSI have been quick on their heels to also list their model lines...

19 by Ian Cutress on 5/19/2015

ASRock Releases Cherry Trail Mini-PC: The Beebox

The mini-PC revolution has passed a lot of regular computer users as something that happened but might not be that interesting, especially if you are used to the lights...

30 by Ian Cutress on 5/15/2015

ASRock Rack Announces Mini-ITX LGA2011-3 Motherboard, with Quad-Channel SO-DIMM DDR4

Hot on the heels of the recent announcement of a Haswell-E based mini-ITX motherboard from the main motherboard division of ASRock, the ASRock X99E-ITX, the server division has decided...

10 by Ian Cutress on 5/4/2015

ASRock to Debut mini-ITX Haswell-E at CeBIT: X99E-ITX/ac with USB 3.1

I always love to see interesting deviations to the norm when it comes to motherboards, and something such as a mini-ITX based extreme system has been at the top...

55 by Ian Cutress on 3/13/2015

The ASRock X99 Extreme11 Review: Eighteen SATA Ports with Haswell-E

If there is one thing I like about ASRock, it is their ability to do something different in an increasingly difficult market to differentiate. One of these elements is...

58 by Ian Cutress on 3/11/2015

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