Back in April, we got our first look at a small form factor PC from MSI, based on the new Intel mini-STX standard. Called the Cubi 2 Plus, this sleek little barebone system sported Intel’s low power Skylake desktop processors along with a high-speed M.2 NVMe SSD.
Although the Cubi 2 Plus was quite good, it wasn’t perfect. For instance, it lacked a USB 3.0 port on the front panel was confusing, the NVMe SSD performance was subpar, and the blower style cooler couldn’t be upgraded, limiting users to processors rated at just 35W TDP.
Can Asrock, then, do better with their new mini-STX form factor PC, the DeskMini 110? It's looking good for them right off the bat with support for pretty much any Skylake desktop processor, thanks to support for the standard Intel box fan, full M.2 throughput thanks to Asrock linking this slot directly to the CPU, and a Type-A USB 3.0 port at the front.
The Asrock DeskMini certainly has an industrial look about it, and it looks a bit drab sitting next to the Cubi 2 Plus. What it lacks in aesthetics, however, it makes up for in ease of installation and flexibility, thanks to those very same design choices.