ASRock Launches DeskMeet — An 8L SFFPC Barebones Kit, Both Alder Lake and AM4 Options Available

If you’re a fan of pre-built SFFPCs — but want a bit of flexibility in regards to which components... | 7. January 2022

If you’re a fan of pre-built SFFPCs — but want a bit of flexibility in regards to which components you can use — the DeskMeet from ASRock will surely pique your interest!

We’re talking about an 8L barebones kit that, while obviously larger than ASRock’s previous offerings, will provide its buyers with a lot more flexibility. At its core is a bespoke motherboard, one that is ever so slightly wider than your standard ITX format. Because of this, it can house up to four DDR4 DIMM slots (up to 128GB) of either non-EEC or EEC RAM.

It’ll come in both AMD X300 (Ryzen 5000) or Intel B660 (Alder Lake) variants, so you’ll be able to spec it out according to your own liking and preference. It can also accept aftermarket coolers that are up to 54mm tall and full-blown two-slot GPUs that are up to 200mm long.

Not too shabby!

ASRock DeskMeet | Ports Galore

It’s not much to look at, in all fairness, but ASRock obviously went for function over form here and we’re glad for that being the case. I/O-wise, the ASRock DeskMeet will come with basically everything you could ever ask for:

Front I/O Ports
1 x Headset
1 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C
2 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
2 x USB 2.0 Type-A

Rear I/O Ports
1 x DisplayPort, HDMI, D-Sub
2 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
1 x RJ-45 LAN Port
HD Audio Jacks: Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone

There’s a built-in 500W PSU (80+ Bronze with a peak of 550W), three SATA3 6.0Gbp/s ports, two M.2 PCIe Gen4 slots (2280 format), and even an M.2 (key E 2230) slot for your own Wi-Fi and Bluetooth module — should you opt to use one, of course.

All in all, ASRock seems to have really nailed this one! There’s still no word on pricing or availability, but it’ll probably start shipping by the end of Q1, much like everything else that was shown off at this year’s CES.