ASRock announced its new range of mini PCs, the Mars Series. These new compact PCs are targeted at users with limited space requirements that want a computing device with a small footprint.
The ASRock Mars Series of mini PCs come in three models, each with a different processor: the Intel Core i5-8265U (4C8T, Turbo 3.9GHz), the Intel Core i3-8145U (2C4T, Turbo 3.9GHz) and the Intel Celeron 4205U (2C2T, 1.8GHz). All of the models come with a “integrated proprietary fansink” that makes less than 24dB of noise when the PC is idle.
The chassis has a 0.74-litre capacity and measures 191mm x 150mm x 26mm (WxDxH). There's an SD card reader, 1x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C port, 2x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A ports, and 2x USB 2.0 ports on the front panel. On the back there's 1x D-Sub (1920×1080) co-layout with HDMI, 1x HDMI (4K@30Hz) co-layout with DisplayPort, 2x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports, 1x RJ45 Gigabit LAN, and 2x audio jacks, one for the microphone and another one for playback devices.
On the inside, there's 1x M.2 slot for Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Module, and 2x RAM slots for a maximum of 32GB DDR4 SO-DIMM memory, 2400MHz for the Intel Core models and 2133MHz for the Celeron model. Regarding connectors, there's 1x 4-Pin CPU fan connector, 1x 19V power connector and 2x COM port headers.
Both Intel i5 and i3 models come with a M.2 2280 PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA 6Gb, while the Celeron model comes with a M.2 2280 PCIe Gen2 x4 & SATA 6Gb. There's also a 2.5-inch SATA 6Gb SSD/HDD Tray in the three models.
The chassis is VESA mount compatible so it can be installed in the back of a VESA mount compatible monitor.
To learn more about the Mars Series, click HERE. Pricing or availability is not yet known.
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