ASRock DeskMini A300 Review: An Affordable DIY AMD Ryzen mini-PC

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Small form-factor (SFF) machines have emerged as a major growth segment in the desktop PC market. Performance per watt is an important metric for such systems. Intel has pretty much been the only game in town for such computers, given that AMD platforms prior to the launch of Ryzen could barely compete on that metric. The NUC (UCFF) and mini-STX (5×5) were introduced by Intel as the standard motherboard sizes for the SFF market. We have previously seen AMD-based NUC-like platforms (namely, the Zotac ZBOX CA320 nano back in 2014), and earlier this year, ASRock became the first vendor to announce an AMD-based mini-STX system – the DeskMini A300. Read on to find out how the DeskMini A300 stacks up against other contemporary SFF PCs.