Micro-ATX motherboard takes socketed Raptor Lake CPUs, offers PCIe Gen 5 slots, 2.5GbE, up to 8x SATA ports…

AAEON MAX-Q670A is an industrial micro-ATX motherboard that accepts socketed 13th Gen Intel Core Raptor Lake processors, supports up to 128GB DDR5, offers eight SATA ports with RAID 0/1/5/10, up to four Ethernet ports (GbE and 2.5GbE), and two 16-lane PCIe Gen 5 slots.

Other features include five display interfaces with HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, LVDS, and eDP, four bootable USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, an RS232/RS422/RS485 COM port, and plenty of internals headers for more serial and USB ports, as well as M.2 expansion sockets and a digital I/O port

Micro-ATX motherboard Raptor Lake SoC
AAEON MAX-Q670A specifications:

  • SoC – 12th/13th Generation Intel Core LGA1700 Socket processors (Alder Lake or Raptor Lake) with  up to 125W TDP
  • Chipset – Intel Q670 Express Chipset
  • I/O Chipset – NCT6126D
  • System Memory – Up to 128GB via 4x DIMM slots for DDR5 4,000MHz non-ECC, un-buffered memory
  • Storage
    • 8x SATA III ports with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
    • 2x M.2 2242/2280 M-Key sockets (PCIe Gen 4.0, 4 lanes, supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 10)
    • 256 Mbit flash for AMI BIOS/UEFI with Wake-on-LAN/PXE support
  • Display interfaces
    • HDMI 2.0 up to 4096 x 2160 @ 60/30 Hz with digital audio
    • DisplayPort 1.4 up to 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz or 3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz with digital audio
    • VGA up to 1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz (via IT6516B)
    • 18/24-bit dual-channel LVDS up to 1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz
    • eDP up to 3840 x 2160 @ 30 Hz
    • Backlight control
  • Audio
    • Realtek ALC897 6-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
    • 3x audio jacks: Line-in, Mic-in, Line-out
    • Speaker header (Line-out), 1x AAFP analog audio front panel
  • Networking
    • Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 LAN port via Intel PHY I219-LM with support for Intel AMT 12.0
    • Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 LAN port via Intel I210-AT controller
    • Optional 2x 2.5GbE LAN ports via two Intel I225-LM controllers
  • USB
    • 4x USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (10Gbps)
    • Optional USB Type-C port up to 20Gbps, 5V/3A
    • Note: All external USB ports are bootable and can be deactivated per BIOS function; USB Power switchable feature
    • Internal USB interfaces
      • 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 via 2x 2.54mm pitch box headers
      • 2x USB 2.0 via 2x 5-pin 2.54mm pitch box headers
      • Internal USB 3.2 Gen 1 vertical Type-A port
  • Serial
    • DB9 COM port with support for RS-232/422/485, 5V/12V/RI
    • 5x RS-232 via 9-pin headers
  • Expansion Slot
    • PCIe Gen 5 [x16] slot (8 Lanes/8 Lanes when dual-use PCIe [x16] slot)
    • PCIe Gen 3 [x4] slot (2 Lanes, Open Slot)
    • PCIe Gen 5 [x16] slot (8 Lanes)
    • PCIe Gen 4 [x4] slot (4 Lanes)
    • M.2 3042/3052/2242 B-Key socket (PCIe 3.0 [x1]/USB 3.2 Gen 1) + Micro SIM slot
    • M.2 2230 E-Key socket (PCIe 3.0 [x1]/USB 2.0)
    • 8-bit digital I/O interface
  • Security – TPM 2.0 onboard
  • Misc
    • H/W Monitor – Temperature Monitor on CPU/Chassis, Voltage Monitor on Vcore/5V/3.3V/12V, Fan Monitor on CPU/Chassis
    • Watchdog Timer
    • Smart Fan Control
      • 4-pin CPU fan connector  (PWM Mode)
      • 2x 4-pin chassis fan connectors (PWM Mode)
      • 3-pin chassis fan connector (DC Mode)
    • Power State – S3, S4, S5
    • Chassis intrusion
    • AT/ATX mode select jumper
    • Front panel header
    • Clear CMOS jumper
    • Onboard buzzer
    • 3-pin ME lock header
    • LED header for 2x or 4x Ethernet ports
  • Power Supply – 24-pin ATX connector, 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • Dimensions –  244 x 244mm (Micro-ATX form factor)
  • Weight – 800 grams
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0°C ~ 60°C, storage: -40°C ~85°C
  • Humidity – 0% ~ 90% relative humidity, non-condensing
  • Certifications – CE & FCC Class A
  • MTBF – 267,950 hours


The company only provides drivers for Windows 10 64-bit and Windows 11 64-bit, so Linux does not seem to be officially supported. We are not told which industrial applications would benefit from the micro-ATX Raptor Lake motherboard, but that would be solutions that require lots of SATA storage with redundancy, multiple video interfaces, high-speed PCIe Gen 5 expansion cards, and plenty of serial ports, as well as the high-processing power delivered by the Intel Alder Lake or Raptor Lake processors combined with a lot of RAM (up to 128GB) to handle the workload(s).

AAEON MAX-Q670A Block Diagram
MAX-Q670A Block Diagram

Further information may be found on the product page and press release.

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David Willmore
David Willmore
1 year ago

DDR5-4000? Why so slow? If you’re going to have to pay the DDR5 premium, at least get some bandwidth improvement out of it.

That’s a ton of I/O of every type, though.

1 year ago

It might have to do with the industrial nature of the product, and the max guaranteed speed of using all 4x DIMM slots (2x can usually be faster).

1 year ago

> the max guaranteed speed of using all 4x DIMM slots

… with single rank memory.

According to an Intel table it could be even worse: “If all four memory slots are filled, dual-rank memory will support up to DDR5-3600“.

David Willmore
David Willmore
1 year ago

Yeah, the limits that are on memory configurations in DDR4 and 5 processors are pretty insane. I wonder why they bother with dual sockets/channel anymore. If you populate both sockets, you can’t get anywhere near the performance you can with a single socket populated. Might as well just save the money and simplify the board layout if that second socket isn’t practically useable anyway. I was looking for a motherboard for my childrens PC recently and I ended up on a board with only two DIMM slots because of this. I wonder when high end boards are going to make… Read more »

1 year ago

> the limits that are on memory configurations in DDR4 and 5 processors are pretty insane

And certain vendors illustrate what this means: soldered DRAM few mm away from the SoC/CPU (talking about Apple’s approach, little idea what the ‘PC world’ is doing)

1 year ago

That’s why I’ll probably go for Mini-ITX if I get another motherboard in the future. Might as well go small. Although you might not save any money.

Ian Dawson
Ian Dawson
1 year ago

As soon as I got to the “no linux support”, I stopped reading.

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