Asus releases Thin Mini-ITX motherboard for Alder Lake processors


The slim Mini-ITX form factor has many dimension advantages over regular Mini-ITX for all-in-one and miniature desktop computers. But thin Mini-ITX motherboards are rare in retail (because many of us like to have lots of ports on the back of our PCs), which is why the form factor hasn’t been widely adopted in the DIY market. Fortunately, Asus has quietly unveiled one of the industry’s first thin Mini-ITX motherboards for LGA1700 processors. Alder Lake, welcome to the ultra-compact desktop class!

Since it is aimed primarily at small business desktops, the Asus Pro H610T D4-CSM motherboard is rather unassuming in terms of features and capabilities. It supports all 12th Gen Core, Pentium, and Celeron LGA1700 processors (up to 65W TDP) and comes with a six-stage digital VRM that uses “high-quality components and rigorous testing to ensure durability. in harsh environments.

FanlessTech suggests using this motherboard for Alder Lake fanless builds, which might be a good idea for HTPCs to give Alder Lake’s advanced Xe-LP GPU some premium media processing capabilities (video pipeline of 12-bit end-to-end, AV1/H.264 /H.265 decoding, support BT.2020, HDR10/Dolby Vision, 4K/8Kp60 playback).

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As the Pro H610T D4-CSM name suggests, the motherboard uses an entry-level Intel H610 chipset (so don’t expect premium functionality here) and supports up to 64GB of DDR4-3200 memory. widely available (using two SO-DIMMs). In addition, the motherboard has an M.2-2230 slot for a Wi-Fi module, an M.2-2280 slot for an SSD with PCIe 4.0 x4 or SATA interface and two SATA ports . There is also an LVDS connector for the onboard display in cases where the motherboard is used for an AIO desktop computer or an embedded machine (keep in mind that this motherboard does not come with a watchdog timer , so it’s not exactly designed for in-vehicle applications ).

The connectivity department is relatively modest and includes a GbE port (using a Realtek controller), two USB 3.2 Gen 2 connectors, two USB 2.0 ports, two display outputs (DisplayPort 1.4a and HDMI 2.1), audio 3 connectors, 5 mm and a 19 V DC input.

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Meanwhile, the CSM moniker signifies that the platform belongs to the Asus CSM (Enterprise Stable Model) program which guarantees 36-month continuous availability, 6-month end-of-life notification, and Asus Control Center Express software. optimized for business/commercial. environments to facilitate maintenance. Additionally, the motherboard comes with a TPM header, self-recovering BIOS with event log, Q-LED diagnostic display, and even a COM debug header.

Asus doesn’t provide any availability times or pricing for the Pro H610T D4 motherboard, but expect the unit to arrive soon and relatively cheap considering its modest capabilities.

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