The Intel B560 Motherboard Overview: 30+ Budget Models Starting from $75by Gavin Bonshor on March 29, 2021 7:00 AM EST
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.