ASRock B560M-ITX/ac

ASRock's only mini-ITX model announced so far for the Intel B560 chipset is the B560M-ITX/ac. It's a typical budget-focused small form factor offering from ASRock, with a simplistic black and grey patterned PCB, with a decent-sized silverrear panel cover and combined power delivery heatsink, with a small silver chipset heatsink. ASRock is also advertising a 6-phase power delivery, with one 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU power input.

Due to its small mini-ITX PCB, there are obvious limitations on expansion slot support, which is most noticeable in both memory and PCIe slots. The ASRock B560M-ITX/ac includes one full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, with two memory slots capable of handing up to DDR4-4600 memory with a maximum capacity of 64 GB across two memory slots. ASRock includes just one M.2 slot which operates at PCIe 4.0 x4 and includes support for SATA drives, as well as four straight-angled SATA ports with RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 array compatibilities.

On the rear panel of the B560M-ITX/ac, ASRock includes two USB 3.2 G1 Type-A and two USB 2.0 ports, but it does include a front panel USB 3.2 G1 Type-C header. There are also two video outputs including one HDMI and one DisplayPort, with a PS/2 combo port for legacy peripherals, and three 3.5 mm audio jacks powered by a Realtek ALC897 HD audio codec. Last but not least, the B560M-ITX/ac is using an Intel-based Wi-Fi 5 CNVi for both wireless and BT 4.2 connectivity, with a single Intel I219-V Gigabit Ethernet controller.

ASRock looks to have found a very attractive price for the B560M-ITX/ac with an MSRP of $95. Thismakes it a very attractive option for users to use as the foundation for a cost-effective small form factor option combined with Intel's 11th gen Rocket Lake processors.

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  • siggidarius - Monday, March 29, 2021 - link

    With pricing like that for both motherboards and cpus, and good availability Intel is becoming a great value option.
    Personally I don't see why I'd choose AMD cpu in 200-350USD bracket with local prices.
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  • ballsystemlord - Monday, March 29, 2021 - link

    "Intel great value option" LOL. How the mighty have fallen. Reply
  • m53 - Monday, March 29, 2021 - link

    @ballsystemlord: Or in other words how AMD starts price gouging and becoming more anti-consumer. How the "value brand" is now too expensive for the average customers.

    (not disagreeing with you. Just showing the other side of the reality.)
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  • WaltC - Monday, March 29, 2021 - link

    If it wasn't for AMD you might be in one of these Intel "value" motherboards, only you'd be paying 2x-3x as much for it....like you were about 4 years ago, remember? And there's no question that if it wasn't for AMD you'd be paying *huge sums* for ~14nm++++++++++++++++++++ CPUs Intel is selling now for bargain-basement prices *because* of AMD. Don't you realize that if not for AMD you'd be paying more, though the nose, for inferior components? Have you even checked to see that Z590 motherboards are ~$1k and up and can't even provide system-wide PCIe4 bus coverage? Heck, that's more expensive than the most expensive x570 motherboards. Welcome to the real side of reality....;) Without AMD there would be no competition in these markets at all and Intel would be selling the same--likely worse garbage--at stratospheric prices. Reply
  • laduran - Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - link

    Everything you said is provably false Reply
  • Qasar - Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - link

    you sure about that ? i guess you forgot the wonderful <10% gen on gen performance increases we were getting before Zen was released, and the ever increasing prices for that performance ? or the fact that mainstream was stuck on quad core cpus and you NEEDED to get intel HEDT cpus to get anything more then 4 cores ? Reply
  • RanFodar - Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - link

    Tbf what AMD did to competition back then doesn't mean it's an excuse for them to copy Intel's playbook in the past. They can maintain their value position, but even the lowest Ryzen 5000 SKU is a bit overpriced for consumers here in the Philippines. Maybe Intel needs to thank AMD for being in such a position that is desired for consumers. Reply
  • pablo906 - Sunday, April 4, 2021 - link

    Even the 3000 series? I've seen the 3000 series for pretty good prices around the world, the 5000 is supply constrained and demand outstrips supply so there is no reason to lower the price....That's how markets work Reply
  • jabber - Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - link

    I remember not that long ago an AMD 'budget board' would have HDMI/eSATA/Toslink/6 USB ports (some USB3) and decent audio chip etc. and the Intel budget board would give you just VGA/PS2/ serial, a couple of USB2 and a parallel port instead. Terrible. Reply
  • Alistair - Monday, March 29, 2021 - link

    AMD's motherboards are cheaper and include OC features at lower prices. Nothing has changed with Intel sadly. If you look at a bundle of motherboard+CPU AMD is still cheaper. Reply

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