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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  • Golgatha777 - Friday, January 31, 2020 - link

    So, let's bring this passively cooled X570 board to the desktop space, please and thank you.
  • Jorsher - Friday, January 31, 2020 - link

    I'll be using this in a U-NAS 810-A enclosure for my next FreeNAS build.

    Perfect board, and hopefully cheaper than the $450 Supermicro board I used with this enclosure in the past.
  • Slash3 - Friday, January 31, 2020 - link

    Should be about $425, which makes it both the cheapest X570 with 10GbE as well as the least expensive passively cooled X570 board.
  • Tomatotech - Friday, January 31, 2020 - link

    Looks lovely. I really like the 4 RAM slots. I don’t need many USB ports nowadays and a USB3 hub takes care of that quite nicely. Only things missing for me are a USB-C port and 2x m.2 slots. There’s plenty of room on the bottom for multiple m.2 slots, I would be quite happy with that.
  • Tomatotech - Friday, January 31, 2020 - link

    Replying to myself: Probably won’t be able to afford this board though.
  • Slash3 - Friday, January 31, 2020 - link

    I do believe I spy a 5-pin Thunderbolt header by the power connector. Sneaky.
  • MattZN - Friday, January 31, 2020 - link

    Its a pretty big deal that it has four memory slots, even if they are SODIMM and 'slow'. No other modern mini-itx mobo has four memory slots. Though I'm not sure why the memory capacity is listed as only 64GB. It should be 128GB (using 32GB SODIMMs).... maybe 32GB SODIMMs don't exist :-)

    Its also a big deal that it has a 10Gbe Intel NIC instead of the aquantia stuff.

  • MattZN - Friday, January 31, 2020 - link

    As a side note, I have stuck 4 x 32GB DDR4 DIMMs into AM4 mobos and they detect 128GB of ram just fine. I haven't tried 64GB DIMMs (don't have any).

    So if there is such a thing as a 32GB SODIMM, one ought to be able to stuff 128GB into this mini-itx board too.

  • MattZN - Friday, January 31, 2020 - link

    Note that this is designed as a server motherboard, not a consumer motherboard. The 1Gbe NIC is for the integrated IPMI. That's why it has a D-Sub display connector on the back that does not require a GPU or APU to be plugged in.

    It's packed chock full of server-related technology. Also, note how few VRMs are on the board. This board is NOT designed for overclocking (server mobos in general are not meant to overclock).

    The orientation of the components and heat sinks are also designed for a server 2U rack mount's front-to-back forced-air cooling, and not for a normal case.

  • umano - Monday, February 3, 2020 - link

    Looking forward to the micro atx version of this board like what they did for the x470, hoping they won't limit the second nvme for extra SATA. Is SATA for servers still a thing?

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