Asrock has just introduced the new Mars Ultra Compact Form-Like System (UCFF), which offers an optional Intel Eight Generation Core processor, but only 0.74L in size. In addition to traditional PC offices, it can also be used in applications such as digital signage. The customer’s optional quad-core Core i5 / i3 / Celeron processor, complemented by an active cooling solution, allows the notebook chip to run as high as possible. There are also two SO-DIMM DDR4 memory slots (up to 32GB) and the M.2-2280 SSD (pcIe-compatible with PCIe 3.0 x4 / SATA) plus 2.5-inch drive bits.
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The Mars UCFF quasi-system offers a wide range of connectivity options, including Gigabit Ethernet, a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C plus four USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A plus two USB 2.0 ports.
There’s also an SD reader, dual display output (HDMI 1.4 supports 4K , 30fps and D-Sub), two audio jacks, and an optional M.2-2230 Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth module.
The machine is capable of office/streaming applications, but the lack of output capacity of 4K to 60fps is a bit of a shame. (The processor only integrates the Intel UHD Graphics 620 / 610 core).
The presence of the D-Sub (VGA) interface makes Mars more compatible with traditional display devices, although it does not drive a modern display with a high score/high refresh rate.
Finally, the Asrock Mars UCFF quasi-system is expected to be available in the near future, depending on the configuration.