ASRock Industrial Networking MB w/ 6x i211 and SoC



  • Along the ongoing search for diy Mini ITX build found these, looks interesting (SG-4860 alike).

    ASRock NAB-9601, 6x i211, Celeron N3160 (AES-NI).
    Looks super fresh from the oven.

    Mobo: http://www.asrock.com/ipc/overview.asp?Model=NAB-9601
    They also will be doing barebones: http://www.asrock.com/ipc/overview.asp?Model=NAS-9601
    Celeron N3160: http://ark.intel.com/products/91831/Intel-Celeron-Processor-N3160-2M-Cache-up-to-2_24-GHz

    • SIM socket for ultimate failover to 3G/LTE ;)


  • looks like will be a sweet build. :)



  • These board availability is totally unknown. And when available - I doubt one will be seeing this in EU/EEC zone as all ASRock industrial products do (more precisely - don't ). One can get some of those industrial MOBOS on EU ebay, but that's a rarity (quick search just showed me one offer w/o bidding).
    So no easily reachable stocks for builder @EU (and I doubt that somebody just wanting to build pfSense box would approach ASRock pretending to be embedded sys developer… just to ask for one board :))
    But nice seeing that manufacturers are doing something in networking mobos for x86-64. Competition drives the thing.

    And I'm still focusing on Mini ITX build. 6x NICs is like ubermegaoverkill <placeholder for="" some="" meme="">for my needs (I don't even need VLANs, guest WiFi network in studio is done differently).

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  • That board only has one mini PCIe port, no mSATA. In the picture is a CF-card slot, which basically is PATA?!
    Strange decision.



  • @jahonix:

    That board only has one mini PCIe port, no mSATA. In the picture is a CF-card slot, which basically is PATA?!
    Strange decision.

    That's cfast, not compactflash–either sata 2 or sata 3 data rates depending on the cfast revision. IME there's still better availability for industrial grade cf/cfast cards than sd, they're faster than sd, and I've had way more sd cards flake out and die than compact flash.



  • @VAMike:

    That's cfast

    What? Never heard of that before. But I stand corrected. Thanks for the hint!



  • @VAMike:

    @jahonix:

    That board only has one mini PCIe port, no mSATA. In the picture is a CF-card slot, which basically is PATA?!
    Strange decision.

    That's cfast, not compactflash–either sata 2 or sata 3 data rates depending on the cfast revision. IME there's still better availability for industrial grade cf/cfast cards than sd, they're faster than sd, and I've had way more sd cards flake out and die than compact flash.

    I'm afraid I must correct you, the picture very clearly shows the pins of a Compact Flash slot, a CFast slot looks very, very different, much like the difference between PATA and SATA connectors.



  • @deimosian:

    @VAMike:

    @jahonix:

    That board only has one mini PCIe port, no mSATA. In the picture is a CF-card slot, which basically is PATA?!
    Strange decision.

    That's cfast, not compactflash–either sata 2 or sata 3 data rates depending on the cfast revision. IME there's still better availability for industrial grade cf/cfast cards than sd, they're faster than sd, and I've had way more sd cards flake out and die than compact flash.

    I'm afraid I must correct you, the picture very clearly shows the pins of a Compact Flash slot, a CFast slot looks very, very different, much like the difference between PATA and SATA connectors.

    I don't know about the picture, I just read the printed specs. I actually think they haven't decided yet, because if you download the pdf specs from the same page it's a completely different picture with neither cf or cfast, and m.2 instead (also what the text of the pdf says). Until someone actually buys one, who knows.



  • That barebones is pretty nice, but seems virtually no news on it… so I guess vaporware?


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