Asrock M8 Mini-ITX Gaming PC Barebones Review

By on November 8, 2013, 2:40 AM

Asrock's recently launched M8 barebones system, which we are reviewing today, may not be the best value for a Micro-ITX machine, but it may be one of the most attractive we've seen in years and that counts for something.

Even if the Asrock M8's style is not your thing, there's less room to argue that this is a unique gaming PC barebones kit and that was enough to earn our attention. We've been impressed with the looks of previous Asrock products -- including its mini PCs -- but the M8 is a clear step up having been designed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA, the driving force behind Thermaltake's Level 10 chassis, a case as overpriced as it is iconic. The Level 10 put aesthetics and novelty before affordability and practicality, and we could see a repeat showing with the M8.

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Phr3d said:

Did you consider going the RAID-spinner route? Then a 250 EVO for OS and favorites, and 4TB of 6G spinners at whatever RAID speeds the mobo can deliver.. -seems- like it could be pretty quick with fail protection built in.

Also, are the fans swappable? at $550 it is unreasonable to not put ultra-quiet fans in to begin with, but can a user trade them easily for quieter ones? Or is it just not possible to quietly cool a 'gaming' itx? I.e., Furmark delivers the same load as a hi-end game, or is it heavier..

ASRock, this is on my xmas list..

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