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ASRock DeskMini A300 Mini PC Barebone for Socket AM4 - £129.98 delivered @ CCLOnline
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ASRock DeskMini A300 Mini PC Barebone for Socket AM4 - £129.98 delivered @ CCLOnline

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Posted 6th Dec 2019

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If you are after a really tiny AMD PC, this barebones system is smaller than ITX! NOTE it uses SO-DIMMs (laptop memory) and is suitable only for Socket AM4 APUs.

Features:

  • Dimension
    - Motherboard: 5.8" x 5.4" (Mini-STX)
    - Barebones: 155 x 155 x 80 mm (1.92L)

  • AMD AM4 Socket CPU
    - Picasso, Raven Ridge, Bristol Ridge, up to 65W
    - Support MAX Height ≦ 46mm CPU Cooler
  • High-Speed DDR4 Memory
    - DDR4-2933MHz (Ryzen)
    - DDR4-2400MHz (A-series)
  • Dual Ultra M.2 (NVMe)
    - M2_1 M.2 (2280) – PCIe Gen3 x4
    - M2_2 M.2 (2280) – PCIe Gen3 x2/x4
  • 2 x 2.5" SATA6Gb Hard Drive
  • Support RAID 0/1 function
  • HDMI, DisplayPort, D-Sub
  • AMD Fluid Motion Technology
  • M.2 For Wi-Fi Module
  • USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C
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I've built up a couple of these, they use an STX form factor board, which means no PCI-E slots other than the 3x M.2, which is one for the SSD and one for the Wi-Fi card (not-supplied ~£20), and a secondary M.2 slot that runs at PCI-E 3.0 x2. I used the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G which worked well enough with 2666MHz SO-DIMM's, and a Noctua cooler as the recipient wanted them as quiet as possible.

Anyhow they are great small systems, but if you are just looking for small then the NUC systems are also worth a look as well, depending on how much you want the on-board GPU to do, or if you may want to use an external GPU via Thunderbolt
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I looked at this for a silent build as i believe the psu is similar to a laptop brick but it snookers you on the cooler.
I've built up a couple of these, they use an STX form factor board, which means no PCI-E slots other than the 3x M.2, which is one for the SSD and one for the Wi-Fi card (not-supplied ~£20), and a secondary M.2 slot that runs at PCI-E 3.0 x2. I used the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G which worked well enough with 2666MHz SO-DIMM's, and a Noctua cooler as the recipient wanted them as quiet as possible.

Anyhow they are great small systems, but if you are just looking for small then the NUC systems are also worth a look as well, depending on how much you want the on-board GPU to do, or if you may want to use an external GPU via Thunderbolt
m1keyp1key06/12/2019 11:49

I looked at this for a silent build as i believe the psu is similar to a …I looked at this for a silent build as i believe the psu is similar to a laptop brick but it snookers you on the cooler.



Yeah standard included cooler isn't so good, you'll need a low profile Noctua to attain near silence.
RatherCurious06/12/2019 11:52

Yeah standard included cooler isn't so good, you'll need a low profile …Yeah standard included cooler isn't so good, you'll need a low profile Noctua to attain near silence.



I would have had one if there was an easy silent solution for it. In the end kept my tower and updates my fans/cooler.

It's a shame really as i'd have loved one of these running silent for daily tasks and plex/iptv.
Uncommon.Sense06/12/2019 11:52

I've built up a couple of these, they use an STX form factor board, which …I've built up a couple of these, they use an STX form factor board, which means no PCI-E slots other than the 3x M.2, which is one for the SSD and one for the Wi-Fi card (not-supplied ~£20), and a secondary M.2 slot that runs at PCI-E 3.0 x2. I used the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G which worked well enough with 2666MHz SO-DIMM's, and a Noctua cooler as the recipient wanted them as quiet as possible.Anyhow they are great small systems, but if you are just looking for small then the NUC systems are also worth a look as well, depending on how much you want the on-board GPU to do, or if you may want to use an external GPU via Thunderbolt


Built pretty much exactly that for my daughter earlier this year; you wouldn't happen to have a link for the Noctua cooler would you? The stock one is a wee bit loud
m1keyp1key06/12/2019 11:56

I would have had one if there was an easy silent solution for it. In the …I would have had one if there was an easy silent solution for it. In the end kept my tower and updates my fans/cooler.It's a shame really as i'd have loved one of these running silent for daily tasks and plex/iptv.



Wow, how times have changed... I remember how the early Athlon/P4 fans used to scream line banshees and we had to put up with that. Now I agree, our tolerance for noise is something else. I've a NAS with a traditional HD and the constant disk access noises are irritating.

Are you able to tolerate these low profile fans at their lowest RPMs? Otherwise you'll probably have to undervolt, set the processor to 45W and look for a silent cooler.
Stealth_Fox06/12/2019 12:14

Built pretty much exactly that for my daughter earlier this year; you …Built pretty much exactly that for my daughter earlier this year; you wouldn't happen to have a link for the Noctua cooler would you? The stock one is a wee bit loud


Sure. Here is the link to the Noctua page. LINKY!
Edited by: "Uncommon.Sense" 6th Dec 2019
Uncommon.Sense06/12/2019 11:52

I've built up a couple of these, they use an STX form factor board, which …I've built up a couple of these, they use an STX form factor board, which means no PCI-E slots other than the 3x M.2, which is one for the SSD and one for the Wi-Fi card (not-supplied ~£20), and a secondary M.2 slot that runs at PCI-E 3.0 x2. I used the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G which worked well enough with 2666MHz SO-DIMM's, and a Noctua cooler as the recipient wanted them as quiet as possible.Anyhow they are great small systems, but if you are just looking for small then the NUC systems are also worth a look as well, depending on how much you want the on-board GPU to do, or if you may want to use an external GPU via Thunderbolt


Thanks for that.

I've been looking at a little HTPC project for next year, maybe an Inwin Chopin with a 4th gen Ryzen APU in it and a low profile Noctua cooler.

Are there any good MITX boards out there to use?
jaymzuk06/12/2019 13:07

Thanks for that.I've been looking at a little HTPC project for next year, …Thanks for that.I've been looking at a little HTPC project for next year, maybe an Inwin Chopin with a 4th gen Ryzen APU in it and a low profile Noctua cooler.Are there any good MITX boards out there to use?


Yes but they cost the same or more than this!
Edited by: "Uncommon.Sense" 6th Dec 2019
RatherCurious06/12/2019 12:18

Wow, how times have changed... I remember how the early Athlon/P4 fans …Wow, how times have changed... I remember how the early Athlon/P4 fans used to scream line banshees and we had to put up with that. Now I agree, our tolerance for noise is something else. I've a NAS with a traditional HD and the constant disk access noises are irritating.Are you able to tolerate these low profile fans at their lowest RPMs? Otherwise you'll probably have to undervolt, set the processor to 45W and look for a silent cooler.



Yep, i've had some really loud fans in years gone by.

My hearing has become really intollerant to fan noise. My case has a build in temp reading and fan controls that i can switch off. My cooler is semi passive so while surfing it doesnt come on, and i've a semi passive psu that doesn't spin up.
Anyone got any suggestions for a sff PC that will taken GTX1050 (low profile). I wanted to build a media server that will cope with some reasonable games. Struggling to find anything suitable. I bought a HP elite 800 which works but is just too deep to go under a TV without looking out of place. Suggestions appreciated
manzaboy06/12/2019 18:52

Anyone got any suggestions for a sff PC that will taken GTX1050 (low …Anyone got any suggestions for a sff PC that will taken GTX1050 (low profile). I wanted to build a media server that will cope with some reasonable games. Struggling to find anything suitable. I bought a HP elite 800 which works but is just too deep to go under a TV without looking out of place. Suggestions appreciated


As I suggested earlier, some folks get an Intel based NUC and use an external GPU.

What dimensions are you looking for?
manzaboy06/12/2019 18:52

Anyone got any suggestions for a sff PC that will taken GTX1050 (low …Anyone got any suggestions for a sff PC that will taken GTX1050 (low profile). I wanted to build a media server that will cope with some reasonable games. Struggling to find anything suitable. I bought a HP elite 800 which works but is just too deep to go under a TV without looking out of place. Suggestions appreciated


Depends what you mean by "reasonable games", as this review suggest a Ryzen 3400G (windowscentral.com/amd…iew) does a pretty decent job with most games. If that is sufficient, then get 1 of these box and plonk this CPU in and it will do the job for your media server (assuming Plex server? it will support hardware transcoding) and gaming.

If you want something beefier and got a deep enough pocket, you can try Uncommon.Sense's suggestion and get a NUC (with thunderbolt) to connect to an external GPU (needs an eGPU enclosure), adds quite a cost.

Another alternative is the AsRock's Deskmini GTX (Z390), you can add GTX 1000 series GPU, but it needs to be in MXM format (asrock.com/net…asp)
Thanks @EDEN188 and @Uncommon.Sense I hadn't realised the AMD chip.was also a GPU...it looks very promising
I had previously used shuttles quite a bit for sff rigs but they seem to have ruined a quite positive brand.
Happy Christmas to me !
Edited by: "manzaboy" 7th Dec 2019
Mine arrived today, bought the 3400g to go in it. Seems a nice little machine.

Took hardly any time to slot in the m2, cpu and ram. Kept the cooler that came with it for now, such a quick setup.

Windows installed and running great, thanks op.
manzaboy06/12/2019 18:52

Anyone got any suggestions for a sff PC that will taken GTX1050 (low …Anyone got any suggestions for a sff PC that will taken GTX1050 (low profile). I wanted to build a media server that will cope with some reasonable games. Struggling to find anything suitable. I bought a HP elite 800 which works but is just too deep to go under a TV without looking out of place. Suggestions appreciated



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