There is one thing no one can deny about the AMD APUs, especially the latest release of Kaveri, and that is the great SFF gaming performance. When you need to squeeze as much gaming power as possible from something the size of a console, then AMD is the way to go. ASRock has matched this with 3 great new boards for the mini-ITX and Micro-ATX segments in the AM1H-ITX, AM1B-ITX and AM1B-M.
These new boards are more than just a AM1 socket refresh of previous boards by ASRock. They come with their own set of new goodies too, like High Density Glass Fabric PCB technology, which allows for better protection against shorts, voltage spikes, and static electricity discharges. THe AM1H-ITX offers the most to DIY users with dual power input options. You can use a 12V DC adapter via port on the rear I/O or standard 24-pin connector.
The AM1H-ITX is the perfect board for a SFF build with WiFi, 4 USB 3.0 ports, 4 graphics outputs, and more. The AM1B-ITX is great for legacy builds with a full parallel port. And the AM1B-M is great for those who need the additional 1x PCIe port for expandability. Find more information below.
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ASRock Unveils 3 AM1 Motherboards to Support AMD’s Latest APUs
March 2014 – AMD has recently announced their AM1 platform which comes up with a brand new APU and socket combination. The soon to be released APUs consists of four CPU cores along with the perfect integrated graphics architecture, supports up to DDR3 1600MHz, and bears the AMD Athlon™ and AMD Sempron™ APU brands. To welcome this new platform, ASRock releases 3 AM1 motherboards today, including AM1H-ITX, AM1B-ITX and AM1B-M (Two Mini-ITX and one Micro ATX board).
The top of the line board of the innovative AM1 Series APU motherboards – AM1H-ITX is unprecedentedly equipped with dual power input options. Replacing the traditional power supply connector with a DC-In jack that draws power from 19V power adapters. Plus a 24-pin ATX power connector that meets any power supply! Being a very attractive mini-ITX motherboard, AM1H-ITX provides rich components, including all solid capacitors, 4 graphics outputs (D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI, and Display Port), high expandability with 4 SATA3 6Gb/s, 4 USB 3.0 ports, and an useful mini-PCIe slot for connecting a WiFi card.
The new AM1 motherboards are built with ASRock High Density Glass Fabric PCB technology which effectively reduces the gaps between the PCB layers to protect the motherboards against electrical shorts caused by humidity. Full Spike Protection technology also protects it against excessive currents from the power supply unit, sudden and violent voltage spikes caused by lightning, and electrostatic discharge.
As Mini-PCs are getting more and more popular, a low power consuming APU paired with a mini-ITX motherboard will be your best option. Therefore, ASRock AM1 motherboard series with high performance and quality is definitely the first choice to build your most compact AM1 solution!
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