ASRock has revealed the N100M and N100DC-ITX motherboards for small-form-factor (SFF) methods. The 2 new motherboards leverage Intel’s low-powered Alder Lake-N processors, particularly, the N100.
Alder Lake-N, a product of the Intel 7 node (beforehand often known as the 10nm SuperFin course of), is basically Alder Lake with out the P-cores that cater to entry-level cellular gadgets. Nevertheless, the power-efficient chips, whose TDPs range between 6W and 12W, are additionally common for embedded purposes. The N100M and N100DC-ITX make use of the N100. The quad-core processor rocks 4 E-cores with a 3.4 GHz enhance clock and 6MB of L3 cache.
The N100M adheres to the microATX kind issue, whereas the N100DC-ITX arrives as a mini-ITX motherboard. Each fashions have a humble energy supply subsystem with a 2+1+1 design. It is a greater than cheap design for the reason that N100 is a 6W chip. Because of this, ASRock cools the N100 with a passive heatsink. Because of this, the N100M and N100DC-ITX function a fanless cooling design, emitting zero noise throughout operation. The N100M attracts energy from a regular 24-pin energy connector. Quite the opposite, the N100DC-ITX is outfitted with a DC jack appropriate with 19V energy adapters.
The motherboards include a single DDR4 reminiscence slot. By default, the N100 solely helps a single reminiscence channel and reminiscence modules as much as DDR4-3200, DDR5-4800, or LPDDR5-4800. In ASRock’s case, the seller opted for DDR4 reminiscence assist, which helps decrease the price of funding for the patron as a result of DDR5 continues to be fairly expensive. The N100 formally accommodates as much as 16GB; nonetheless, ASRock claims to assist as much as 32GB on the N100M and N100DC-ITX.
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The N100 sports activities the Intel UHD Graphics Xe engine. As well as, it has 24 EUs that clock as much as 750 MHz. The iGPU could also be ineffective for gaming, however it’s glorious for encoding and decoding workloads because it helps 10-bit HEVC and VP9 encoding, decoding, and AV1 decoding. The N100M presents one HDMI 2.1 port, DisplayPort 1.4 output, and a D-sub port. The N100DC-ITX, then again, does not have the DisplayPort 1.4 output.
Each motherboards supply a single PCIe 3.0 x16 growth slot electrically restricted to x2. Nevertheless, the N100M has an extra PCIe 3.0 x1 growth slot for shoppers that want extra expandability. Sadly, there is no wi-fi connectivity on both motherboard. Nevertheless, ASRock integrated an M.2 socket (Key E) to permit customers to put in an M.2 2230 wi-fi module individually.
The motherboards’ different options are almost similar. They supply one M.2 slot that runs at PCIe 3.0 x2 for drives as much as 80mm lengthy and two SATA III connectors. A Realtek 8111H controller drives the only Gigabit Ethernet port; in the meantime, the Realtek ALC897 audio codec offers a 7.1-channel audio expertise.
The N100M’s rear panel has one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Kind-C port, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, and 4 USB 2.0 ports. As well as, a PS/2 combo port is out there for customers that also use that interface. The N100DC-ITX presents a barely totally different format. ASRock swapped the USB 3.2 Gen 2 Kind-C port for a daily serial port.
ASRock did not share the pricing or availability for the brand new motherboards.