...the X99E-ITX/ac is a surprisingly solid little board that, should you wish, can run an 18-core, 36-thread Xeon without issue.
With the X99E-ITX/ac board ASRock has gone out to solve a problem that doesn't exist. Shoehorning the large, powerful X99 platform into a Mini-ITX form factor isn't high on most motherboard manufacturers' priority lists, but in keeping with recent tradition, the R+D team at ASRock has found a way to do the near-impossible.
Barely suffering from a lack of memory bandwidth introduced by having only two DIMM channels, the X99E-ITX/ac is a surprisingly solid little board that, should you wish, can run an 18-core, 36-thread Xeon without issue.
M.2, SATA Express, 802.11ac WiFi, and USB 3.1 are all catered for, while the BIOS is solid and fan control decent. Budget permitting, a Mini-ITX system can now house an Intel Core i7-5960X CPU, Titan X GPU, 16GB of RAM and a super-speed M.2 drive along with other ancillary goodness.
There are undeniable shortcomings when designing for a tiny form factor, with noise being the biggest issue, but for many of our readership that want power in a small, LAN-friendly package the ASRock X99E-ITX/ac is rather tough to beat.
Good feature set
Form factor works well
Very solid performance
Above average BIOS
Supplied CPU fan can get noisy
The ASRock X99E-ITX/ac motherboard is available from Scan Computers.*
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