ASRock has launched two new similar low-cost Alder Lake-N motherboards powered by a 3.4 GHz Intel Processor N100 quad-core CPU with the N100M micro-ATX motherboard featuring a 24-pin ATX connector for power, and the N100DC-ITX mini-ITX motherboard getting powered through a DC-in jack compatible with 19V power adapters.
Both motherboards have very similar specifications with support for up to 32GB DDR4 single-channel memory, M.2 NVMe SSD and two SATA drives, and offer multiple video outputs including HDMI, VGA, and DisplayPort (N100M only), Gigabit Ethernet, up to sixteen USB interfaces, PCIe slots, and more.
ASRock N100M/N100DC-ITX specifications:
- SoC – Intel Processor N100 quad-core Efficient “Alder Lake-N” processor clocked at up to 3.4 GHz with 24EU Intel UHD graphics up to 750 MHz
- System Memory – Up to 32GB DDR4-3200 memory via DDR4 DIMM slot
- 1x M.2 socket (M2_1, Key M), supports type 2242/2260/2280 PCIe Gen3 x2 (16 Gb/s) mode
- 2x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors
- Video Output
- 1x HDMI 2.1 up to 4Kp60 resolution, HDCP 2.2 support
- 1x D-Sub (VGA) up to Full HD (1920×1080) 60Hz
- ASRock N100M only – 1x DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC (compressed), up to 4Kp60 resolution, HDCP 2.2 support
- 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC897 Audio Codec)
- Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone audio jacks
- 1x front panel audio connector
- Gigabit Ethernet via Realtek 8111H controller
- Optional M.2 WiFi module, 2x antenna mounting points
- USB (with ESD protection)
- ASRock N100M only – 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C port (10 Gbps)
- 4x USB 3.2 Gen1 ports
- 8x USB 2.0 ports
- 2x USB 2.0 headers for 4x USB 2.0 interfaces
- 1x USB 3.2 Gen1 header for 2x USB 3.2 Gen1 interfaces
- ASRock N100DC-ITX – 1x PCIe 3.0 x4 Slot (PCIE1), supports x2 mode, can boot system from NVMe SSD
- ASRock N100M
- 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 Slot (PCIE1), supports x2 mode can boot system from NVMe SSD
- 1x PCIe 3.0 x1 Slot (PCIE2) can boot system from NVMe SSD
- 1x M.2 Socket (Key E), for 2230 Intel CNVio (Integrated WiFi/BT) only, as other M.2 PCI Express modules are not supported
- 128Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with GUI support and the following features:
- ASRock EZ Mode
- ASRock Full HD UEFI
- ASRock Auto Driver Installer
- ASRock Instant Flash
- ASRock Post Status Checker (N100M only)
- 1x SPI TPM header
- 1x chassis intrusion and speaker header
- 2x 4-pin chassis/water pump fan connectors supporting up to 2A (24W) fans
- PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard port
- ASRock N100DC-ITX only – 1x Print Port Header, 1x COM1 serial port
- Power Supply
- ASRock N100M – 1x 24 pin ATX power connector
- ASRock N100DC-ITX – 1x DC Jack compatible with 19V power adapters
- ASRock N100M – 22.6 x 17.8 cm (micro-ATX form factor)
- ASRock N100DC-ITX – 17.0 x 17.0 cm (mini-ITX form factor)
- FCC, CE
- ErP/EuP ready (ErP/EuP ready power supply is required)
ASRock Processor N100 motherboards ship with a user manual, one I/O shield, two SATA cables, and two screws for M.2 modules. The company only provides drivers with Windows 10 64-bit and Windows 11 64-bit. There’s no mention of Linux in the description or user manual, but I can see a review on Amazon Japan (see below) where one user successfully installed Ubuntu 22.04 Server. Just don’t expect support from ASRock for operating systems other than Windows. The company also provides (Windows) utilities such as the ASRock Motherboard Utility (also known as A-Tuning) for system updates, and ASRock XFast LAN to prioritize internet applications, lower game latency, and so on.
The ASRock N100M and N100DC-ITX motherboards were initially announcedin May, but FanlessTech reports they can now be purchased around the world including Newegg (US) for $119.99 (N100M) and $129.99 (N100DC-ITX), some shops in Europe such as Amazon France, Idealo (Germany), or Inside Tech (UK), as well as Amazon Japan among others. More details including Windows drivers, user manuals, and other documentation can be found on the respective product pages for the micro-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards.
Thanks to “NewsTip” for the tip.
Update: The article was initially published on May 4, 2023, and updated once the mini-ITX motherboard became available for sale.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.