Asus has cheapest Mini-ITX board for Ryzen 3000G

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Asus has released the Prime A320I-K, the most affordable and above all available socket AM4 mainboard with A320 chip for Ryzen and Athlon chips. Boards that have been available for some time, such as the Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming-ITX/ac from Asrock or the B350I Pro AC from MSI, cost at least 105 euros and 130 euros respectively. The Prime A320I-K from Asus is available for less than 90 euros.

The Mini-ITX board is equipped with a firmware based on the Agesa 1002: Basically all processors for AM4 run, but Asus officially releases the Ryzen 2000 (Pinnacle Ridge) and the Ryzen 3000G (Picasso) with integrated graphics unit for the board. It has two DDR4 memory banks, one PEG-x16 slot, one M.2-2280 slot and four Sata-6-GBit/s ports. The PEG only has full lanes with a Ryzen 2000/1000, the M.2-SSD can be an NV-Me or a Sata model depending on the processor.

At the back there are Displayport, HDMI, Gigabit-Ethernet as well as audio from Realtek, PS/2, four USB 3.2 Gen1 alias USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 – there is no integrated Bluetooth or WLAN according to the price. Asus has installed one header each for two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.1 Gen2 ports on the front of the housing. The Prime A320I-K itself has no RBG LEDs, but there is a header to connect a corresponding illumination.

If you want it even more compact and buy a case, you can have a look at Asrock’s Deskmini A300 (Test): The 2-litre system uses a circuit board in STX format, which has smaller dimensions than Mini-ITX.

Prime A320I-K (Picture: Asus)

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Mette Frederiksen is a The Washington Newsday correspondent. With her coverage of general science, NASA and the interface between technology and society, Frederiksen has been in the Science Desk's Technology Beat since joining Washington Newsday in 2018.

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