Minisforum continues to diversify its enterprise past compact PCs and this week it launched a somewhat uncommon Mini-ITX motherboard with an MXM slot. Sometimes used for graphics playing cards, Minisforum’s Eyertec AD650i motherboard as an alternative comes with an MXM adapter to accommodate as much as three M.2 SSDs. All collectively, the Mini-ITX board is ready to drive 4 M.2 SSDs, in addition to a few SATA SSDs for good measure.
[making the platform suitable for an HTPC, NAS, or a small desktop that needs three M.2 drives.]
The Minisforum AD650i Mini-ITX motherboard itself is predicated on Intel’s laptop-grade Core i7-12650H processor (6P + 4E CPU cores, as much as 4.70 GHz, 24 MB cache, UHD Graphics with 64 EUs, 45W PBP) that may be paired with as much as 64 GB of DDR4 reminiscence utilizing two SO-DIMMs, an M.2 NVMe/PCIe SSD, and two SATA 3.0 drives. In the meantime, the MXM provider board can add three extra M.2 SSDs (albeit with a PCIe interface) that may be set to work in RAID0, RAID1 and RAID5 modes.
Since Minisforum provides the MXM adapter for 3 M.2 drives with the Eyertec AD650i motherboard, it clearly positions the unit for NAS and related gadgets that have to characteristic quite a lot of storage gadgets. Although as there will not be quite a lot of high-capacity M.2-2280 SSDs round that may rival arduous drives by way of per-TB value, the platform will doubtless land in one thing of a distinct segment portion of the NAS section.
Those that wish to use the Eyertec AD650i for a PC, the MXM slot will not be restricted to SSDs and might technically be used to put in a graphics card. However as MXM graphics playing cards have fallen out of favor (instead of soldered-down options), discovering one value putting in is an entire different matter.
Rounding out the remainder of the I/O choices for the AD650i, the board comes with a USB4-capable USB-C port, 4 USB 3.0 Sort-A ports, a Wi-Fi 6E + Bluetooth adapter, a 2.5 GbE port, and two HDMI show outputs.
Minisforum’s Eyertec AD650i is now out there from the corporate for ¥2,599 ($313 with out VAT), which isn’t a very low worth. Although, given the truth that we’re coping with a novel product, this isn’t one thing surprising, however a worth that top underscores the truth that that is prone to be a distinct segment product.