- Processor Socket: FM1
- Form Factor: Mini ITX
- Chipset Type: AMD A55
- RAM Memory Technology: DDR3 2400;DDR3 1066;DDR3 1333;DDR3 1600
- Item Display Weight: 0.72 Kilograms
ASRock Socket FM1/AMD A75 FCH/SATA3&USB3.0/A&GbE/Mini-ITX Motherboard A75M-ITX
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- SATA: 4x SATA3 Ports, Support RAID 0/1/10; 1x eSATA3 Port
- Slots: 1x PCI-Express 2.0 x16 Slot
- Chipset: AMD A75 FCH (Hudson-D3)
- ASRock A75M-ITX Socket FM1/AMD A75 FCH/SATA3&USB3.0/A&GbE/Mini-ITX Motherboard
- Memory: 2x DDR3-2400+(OC)/1866(OC)/1600(OC)/1333/1066/800 DIMMs, Dual Channel, Non-ECC/Un-buffered, Max Capacity up to 16GB
- LAN: Realtek RTL8111E PCI-Express x1 Gigabit Ethernet Controller, Supports Wake-On-LAN
- Ports: 6x USB 2.0 Ports (2 rear, 4 by headers); 4x USB 3.0 Ports; 1x PS/2 Port; 1x VGA Port; 1x HDMI Port; 1x Optical SPDIF Out; 1x eSATA3 Port; 1x RJ45 LAN Port; Audio I/O Jacks
- Power Connector: 1x 24pin main power, 1x 4pin CPU power
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Of the dozen or so I've had three go bad that I've had to replace. Usually the complaint is that it will no longer POST. I've been through one RMA with ASRock which wasn't too bad and took a couple of weeks to turn around. The rest I was able to replace through the retailer, either Amazon or the 'Egg. That means 1 out of 4 have been bad.
The biggest complaint I have with this board is the behavior of the BIOS. When in the BIOS, the A6-3500/A75M-ITX combination draws close to 90W as measure with a Kill-a-Watt. That tells me the BIOS is running the APU at maximum. It only takes 10 minutes or so of sitting in the BIOS doing nothing to get the CPU temperature reported as over 70C and the CPU fan running full blast. And, yes ASRock, the heatsink is seated correctly and the BIOS is the latest version. I have consistently reproduced this issue on every single A75M-ITX. As a matter of fact, I have one sitting right next to me as I write this and in open air the BIOS is reporting 76.5C and the fan is running at 2954RPM. Once you have Windows installed, idle at the desktop does not have this issue. Unfortunately, I have to explain to each and every customer this will happen so they don't freak out. The Gigabyte GA-A75N-USB3 board I have does not exhibit this behavior but I only have one and it's not available any longer.Read more ›
The only small issue I had is that what they send is the board and an audio cable (had me scratching my head what that is for). No box, and no driver CD. So, on first boot my graphics were ugly and I had no internet. Luckily I had a laptop nearby and was able to search for ASRock A75M-ITX Drivers and download them all. Then transferred to the new build via a flash drive, installed, rebooted, and everything worked great!
So...if you're planning to do an upgrade, do yourself a favor and download the drivers BEFORE rebuilding your PC. :-)
Also keep in mind there's only one expansion slot and it is PCIe 2.0 X16, and no support for older IDE connected hardware.
1. Works out of the box with Ubuntu Linux 11.10.
2. USB 3.0. I was able to hit speeds of about 130-150 MB/s, during copy to and from a RAID 5 box with USB 3.0.
3. UEFI. A major leap over the ugly BIOS from days of yore.
4. Price. Much cheaper than the only other FM1 ITX motherboard in the market. The ASUS F1A75-I Deluxe. The Asrock mobo offers the same features as the Asus mobo.
1. A couple of USB 3.0 for the front panel would have been nice. Not a major issue with me.
2. Price: at 90$ its still on the expensive side. Would love to see this mobo price dip down to below 50$
AMD A4 3400 (2.7 GHz dual core APU).
8 GB DDR3 1600 RAM
Kingston HyperX 120 GB SATA 3 SSD Boot Drive
Seagate 2TB SATA 3 (Media Drive)
Seagate 3TB SATA 3 USB 3 External (Media Drive)
ASUS Blu-ray Reader DVD Burner
PC Power & Cooling Mk III Silencer 400W Modular Power Supply
CoolerMaster Mini-ITX Case.
Windows 7 Pro / XBMC
HP MC Remote / Microsoft Wireless Comfort 5000 Keyboard/Mouse
The only real issue / complaint I have, related to the ASRock Mobo, is the lack of an onboard USB 3 header. Basic overclocking is simple, with the provided software. The software isn't perfect. Documentation is sparse. I did experience some problems of persistence and areas of overlap between the BIOS and run-time software. A few boots and experimentation solved the issues. I'm very happy with the build. The system is reliable, has excellent media player performance, all using about 1/3 as much electricity as my primary desktop. Blu-ray file playback is occasionally a bit laggy within XBMC. The same files play fine within the VLC player. A higher powered APU might solve this issue. Since I'm going for low wattage / heat / noise, I'll probably just use the VLC player. This Mobo is better suited as the core for a media player, rather than a media server. If you plan on using it for UnRAID / Plex / NAS, etc., you may want a few more SATA slots and/or possibly a 2nd Gigabit port.
This board has a number of nice features for a HTPC. A Fastboot option that makes use of some sort of caching .... they don't go into much detail but it works. USB ports designed to charge even power hungry tablets... something most USB ports don't provide enough amperage for.
The ONLY complaint I have is a minor one and it could be looked at as a failing of the case AS MUCH as the motherboard. The one PCI-E slot is positioned so close to the edge of the board that in a close fitting case you might have a hard time with double wide Video cards.
I have a 2.6Ghz Quad core chip and am only using the built in 6400 series graphics with 8Gigs of ram and it even does a respectable job at gaming. Fallout New Vegas at middle to high graphics settings is very smooth. Rage at medium and WoW at high both run very nicely. Video playback is smooth from netflix as well as from locally stored content.
All in all I can't recommend this board enough.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The vga port floats above the motherboard and is unstable. It feels as though it will break. I have to reinforce the vga always with washers. Everything else okay. Read morePublished on November 22, 2013 by Lee
It has worked well and is as fast as posted. Great for my set-top box! Thanks ASRock for the great mobo.Published on November 6, 2013 by Colin C Sauer
The motherboard for my HTPC running XBMC on top of Windows 7. Came with clear instructions, and was easy to install. Drivers easily found on the ASROCK web-site.Published on November 3, 2013 by SouthernHeaven
Probebly the best mini-itx motherboard for the money to use with AMD A4-3300 APU and small mini-itx case rig build.Published on June 12, 2013 by TuX
This is the mobo for my NAS. I couldnt be more thrilled to have chosen this because it has performed flawlessly. Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by J. Stockburger
This motherboard seems to work just fine with the exception of the USB 3.0 ports only seem to support my HD's not my USB flash drives. My flash drives work on other USB 3. Read morePublished on March 31, 2013 by Barry
fan is a little noisy, but setup and speed are great. I have one of those wireless ethernet adaptors that plug into the wall, and sometimes my bandwidth is slow, but I cant tell... Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Oliver McIrwin
I ordered this motherboard for my new miniITX gaming rig. When I recieved it and put everything together I could not get it to POST. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by David Lee Gough