ASRock B550M-ITX/ac

It looks like ASRock will have a second mini-ITX motherboard, this time on the cheaper end of the scale. The B550M-ITX/ac, at first glance however, seems to have some rough layout choices. First of all, the CPU 8-pin connector, is on the rear panel. Whoever thought that was a good idea needs removing from the design team.

The CPU power delivery seems to be an 8-phase design, with a small heatsink to assist. The socket area has two 4-pin fan headers above it to assist, and there is a third on the bottom right of the board, although this is a bit far away for any air coolers. The two DRAM slots in between are single sided latch designs.

On the right hand side of the board is the 24-pin ATX power connector, and four SATA ports in a configuration which makes taking two of the locking cables out impossible if memory is installed – again, an odd design choice. Below this are a USB 3.0 header, a USB 2.0 header, the front panel header, and that third 4-pin fan header.

The chipset and PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot have one combined heatsink, just above the PCIe 4.0 x16 slot. The PCIe slot doesn’t have additional support embedded in it. To the left is the audio codec, in this case it’s the low-end ALC887 design.

The rear panel has a DisplayPort, a HDMI port, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a combination PS/2 port, gigabit Ethernet from a Realtek RTL8111H controller, a Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 2 port, a Type-C USB 3.2 Gen 2 port, audio jacks, and Wi-Fi antenna for the built in Wi-Fi 5 module (likely Intel’s 1x1 AC3168 solution).

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  • Savikid - Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - link

    But the new oculus stuff only uses 1 usb port, so that right there is a drop. I use 2 for keyboard and mouse, one for a wireless controller, and one for my HMD. Reply
  • Gigaplex - Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - link

    "On that one I added a USB PCI card to get enough ports."

    That's not really helpful to the user who said they can't add in a card on their mITX system.
    Reply
  • eye4bear - Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - link

    Must be nice to have no external hard-drives, I have 3 all needing their own USB 3 port, along with a Logitech dongle that runs both my mouse and keyboard, finally a Bluethooth dongle as my computer has none built-in. Yes I would need 6 USB ports (one open for USB sticks) just to keep even. Reply
  • consolessuck - Friday, November 6, 2020 - link

    No, I have 3 usb ports on my laptop and i only use 1 for my mouse. As it turns out, the most amount of usb ports i use at once is two when i am making a wired data transfer with my mouse plugged in. Actually, I almost never transfer data to my phone with a wire, instead just sharing them via bluetooth. and considering i never make large data transfers to my phone, this works out just fine. as for a desktop, however, i'd like a minimum of 3 as i'll always have not only a mouse, but a keyboard plugged in all the time. Reply
  • taz-nz - Thursday, June 18, 2020 - link

    The Asrock B550M Steel Legend has 8 port on the back:
    4x USB-A 3.1 ports
    1x USB-A 3.2 port
    1x USB-C 3.2 port
    2x USB-A 2.0 ports

    And you still have two USB 2.0 internal header, plus two USB 3.1 internal headers.
    So that allows you to have another
    4x USB-A 3.1
    4x USB-A 2.0 ports.

    so that's 16 Ports
    Now if you like me and need Internal USB 3.2 USB-C header, you can use the PCIe 3.0 x2 m.2 slot to add one of these:
    https://www.delock.de/produkte/S_63998/merkmale.ht...

    or if you want two more USB 3.1 internal header you could add one of these:
    https://www.delock.de/produkte/G_62843/merkmale.ht...

    So if you can live without a second m.2 slot you have four more USB-A 3.0 ports.
    That gives you 20 USB ports without giving up a PCIe slot.
    Reply
  • taz-nz - Thursday, June 18, 2020 - link

    oops, just noticed you said mITX not mATX Reply
  • desii - Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - link

    Do any of these motherboards support ECC RAM (either buffered or unbuffered)? Reply
  • drSeehas - Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - link

    Socket AM4 CPUs support only unbuffered RAM. Reply
  • PixyMisa - Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - link

    I did a quick look on ASRock's site, since they're pretty good on ECC support, and every B550 board I checked lists ECC as supported. Reply
  • Samus - Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - link

    I think AMD screwed up here with pricing their platforms appropriately. I understand the push for PCIe 4 but they can't have average motherboard prices hovering between $200-$300. There has to be $100 motherboards to be taken seriously especially by OEM's if they want 4000 parts to become mainstream.

    But maybe they don't...maybe they plan to milk the 3000 parts for a few years. After all, there isn't much reason not too. They have no competition from Intel in the budget segment right now.
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