ASRock M8

The ASRock M8 is a Mini-ITX barebones computer kit that was created by ASRock in collaboration with BMW Designworks . [1] There are currently two variations of the M8. The first release (2013) is known to the M8 Series, while the updated (2015) version is known to the M8 Series (Z97). [2]

Awards

In 2013, the M8 was awarded the 2013 Chicago Good Design Award. [3] Later on in 2014, it received a Product Design Award [4] and later tested on a Computex Award . [5] In 2015, the M8 received the Taiwan Excellence Award from the Taiwan External Trade Development Council . [6]

Specifications

Both editions of the M8 measures 372mm wide, 123mm tall, and 400mm long. Furthermore, they also come with 8 USB 3.0 ports, 4 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI and DisplayPort video output, WiFi 802.11 AC capability, an Intel Gigabit LAN port, along with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack and microphone jack. [2]

At its core, the October 2013 edition of the M8 comes with a custom designed BMW chassis, a slim line optical drive, an ASRock Z87-M8 motherboard, and a 450W Silverstone SFX power supply. Tom’s Hardware Review of the M8, citing that they had run into issues with thermal throttling on the system. These issues were resolved by fans of the fans, while the fans were flipped into the fans. They also cut through the wire under the system. In the end, there was a decrease in CPU temperature by 20 ° C. [7]

The 2015 refresh of the M8 comes with an updated AsRock Z97-M8 motherboard that supports Intel’s Broadwell architecture and a 600W SFX power supply.

References

  1. Jump up^ pm, Sarah Silbert | | May 31st 2013 at 4:35 pm May 31st 2013 4:35. “ASRock announces M8 compact gaming rig in collaboration with BMW” . Engadget . Retrieved 2015-11-02 .
  2. ^ Jump up to:b “ASRock M8” . www.asrock.com . Retrieved 2015-11-02 .
  3. Jump up^ “ASRock Gaming PC Receives 2013 Chicago Good Design Award” . The ChannelPro Network . Retrieved 2015-11-02 .
  4. Jump up^ “ASRock> Gaming with Style! ASRock M8 has won an iF Product Design Award 2014” . www.asrock.com . Retrieved 2015-11-02 .
  5. Jump up^ “ASRock> The Best of The Best! ASRock M8 Has Won A COMPUTEX D & i Award 2014” . www.asrock.com . Retrieved 2015-11-02 .
  6. Jump up^ “ASRock> ASRock M8 Receives 2015 Taiwan Excellence Award” . www.asrock.com . Retrieved 2015-11-02 .
  7. Jump up^ “Overcoming A Significant Thermal Issue – ASRock M8 Mini-ITX Barebones Gaming PC Review” . Tom’s Hardware . 2013-10-25 . Retrieved 2015-11-02 .

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