ASRock Rack has revealed a rather interesting Mini-ITX motherboard for AMD’s Ryzen 2000 and 3000-series processors with Intel’s X550 10 GbE controller. The X570D4I-2T platform can be used both for high-performance desktops and for small form-factor servers/NAS with robust storage capabilities.

The ASRock Rack X570D4I-2T motherboard is based on AMD’s X570 chipset and supports all the latest AMD Ryzen 2000/3000-series processors with up to 16 cores and a 105 W TDP. The platform has four DDR4 SO-DIMM slots supporting up to 64 GB of DDR4-2400 memory with or without ECC, one PCIe 4.0 x16 slot for graphics cards (when used with an appropriate CPU), one M.2-2280 slot supporting PCIe 4.0 x4 or SATA SSDs, and two OCulink connectors that bring support for eight SATA 6 Gbps ports (controlled by the X570). Since the Mini-ITX motherboard can be used for servers, it also carries the ASpeed AST2500 BMC.

On the I/O side of matters, the ASRock Rack X570D4I-2T has two 10 GbE ports (controlled by the Intel X550-AT2), a GbE port for remote management, two USB 3.1 Gen 1/2 (depends on redriver) Type-A connectors, one USB 3.1 Gen 1 header for front panels, and a D-Sub display output.

The choice of the 10 GbE controllers may seem a bit odd since we are talking about an AMD-based motherboard, but it looks like ASRock Rack originally developed the X570D4I-2T for a particular customer that required an Intel NIC, but wanted to take advantage of AMD’s latest desktop platform. In fact, the latter does have a unique set of features not available elsewhere: a support for a 16-core (reasonably priced) CPU, eight SATA ports, and 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes. Using the X570D4I-2T, it is possible to build an extremely advanced desktop PC with discrete graphics card and vast storage capabilities, or a small form-factor server/NAS featuring 128 TB of SATA storage and terabytes of ultra-fast NVMe storage that can be accessed using 10 GbE ports.

Brief Specifications of ASRock's X570D4I-2T
CPU AMD Ryzen 2000 and 3000-series CPUs with up to 105 W TDP
BMC ASpeed AST2500
Memory  4 × SO-DIMM slots, up to 64 GB of DDR4-2400
Storage M.2 1 × M.2-2280 SSD with SATA or PCIe 4.0 x4 interface
Wi-Fi -
Ethernet 2 × 10 GbE connectors (Intel X550-AT2)
1 × GbE (Realtek RTL8211E)
Display Outputs 1 × D-Sub
Audio -
USB Internal 1 × USB 3.0
External 2 × USB 3.1 Gen 1/2 Type-A
Additional I/O -
Power 8-pin (DC-IN) + 4-pin (ATX) + 4-pin (HDD PWR)
Temperatures Operating 10°C ~ 35°C
Storing -40ºC – 70°C
OS Windows, Linux
Compatible with other operating systems

The ASRock Rack X570D4I-2T motherboard is now listed at the company’s website, so expect it to be available shortly. Considering all the peculiarities of the platform, it is hard to tell whether this one will be available widely in retail (if at all), but at least it can be ordered directly from the company.

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Source: ASRock Rack (via Hermitage Akihabara)

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  • yetanotherhuman - Friday, January 31, 2020 - link

    Nah, a PCIe 3.0 device will run at PCIe 3.0 speeds, 4 lanes. PCI Express would have to be FORWARDS compatible to do what you're suggesting.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Friday, January 31, 2020 - link

    Nope. A PCIE 4.0x4 port will become a 3.0x4 port. It cant become a 3.0x8 port unless it was a 4.0x8 slot to begin with.
  • Irata - Friday, January 31, 2020 - link

    There's Asus' Hyper M.2 and Gigabyte's Aorus Gen 4 AIC... maybe more but these two come to mind.
  • Drizzt321 - Thursday, January 30, 2020 - link

    Not hardly. It's m.2 NVMe slot is x4. If you look at the specs (linked at the end of the article) it's a x16 slot, although with Picasso/Raven CPU it's only x8.
  • timecop1818 - Thursday, January 30, 2020 - link

    > one PCIe 4.0 x4 slot for graphics cards
    Then the article is garbage. You are right, specs on site say its x16 slot
  • Valantar - Thursday, January 30, 2020 - link

    The official spec page says its PCIe 4.0 x16. Error/misprint in the article it would seem.
  • Meaker10 - Friday, January 31, 2020 - link

    Look at the traces on the back of the board, certainly 16x.
  • CharonPDX - Friday, January 31, 2020 - link

    Where does it say it's x4 on the x16 slot? On ASRock's page it says it's full x16, but that when using certain CPUs that don't have full 4.0 x16, it may run at 3.0 and/or x8. But either way, you're going to get *AT LEAST* 3.0 x8.

    > PCIE7: Gen4x16 link (Matisse)*

    > *When use Picasso/Raven CPU, only PCIe3.0 x8, and use Pinnacle CPU, PCIe3.0 x16
  • zamroni - Friday, January 31, 2020 - link

    ssd raid 1+ doesn't support trim anyway. no trimming will damage ssd.
    large ssd (500 GB) does safe "raid" internally anyway. so if you need more capacity, buying larger ssd it's better than manual raid0
  • MattZN - Friday, January 31, 2020 - link

    Not TRIMming a SSD does *NOT* damage it in any way. If you are concerned about wear-leveling efficiency, just reserve a little extra unused space and you get the same effect.


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