ASRock announces world's first X99-based Mini-ITX motherboard! The firm's new X99E-ITX/ac motherboard is designed for LGA2011v3 processors, it has two DDR4 DIMM slots and support for one Ultra M.2 (PCIe gen 3.0 x4 physical layer), one 10 Gb/s SATA-Express, an eSATA 6 Gb/s on the rear panel, and four other SATA 6 Gb/s ports. It has one PCIe 3.0 x16 slot and one mPCIe 3.0 x1 slot that holds the board's 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 card.
Other features include two Gigabit Ethernet ports, a two-port USB 3.1 (type-A) controller, four USB 3.0 ports, and 8-channel HD audio. Pricing and availability is unknown.
ASRock achieved the impossible, by innovating the world's first socket LGA2011v3 motherboard in the mini-ITX form-factor, letting you give your mini-ITX build the muscle of an eight-core Intel Core i7-5960X processor, with DDR4 memory. The new X99E-ITX/ac from ASRock is a standard mini-ITX motherboard, with a bulk of its precious PCB real-estate occupied by the large LGA2011v3 CPU socket. This socket features an unconventional cooler mount, which is comparable to the 2088-pin socket found on "Haswell-EP" system boards. ASRock has included an copper heat pipe-fed aluminium fin heatsink with this board, although its ability to cool a 140W TDP chip looks suspect.