The Asus Pro H610T D4-CSM motherboard is slated for release in the US on Friday. This H610-based motherboard combines a desktop Alder Lake socket (LGA1700) with two low-profile SO-DIMM slots and is powered by an external 19V DC power supply via a barrel jack on the rear I/O panel. By all accounts, it could be a good choice for a compact build or an AiO upgrade.
Asus ITX motherboards usually feature a chipset + “I” suffix, but this one is a “T” because it’s classified as a Mini ITX Thin design. To ensure that any system you build using this motherboard is slim enough, definitely opt for a low profile CPU cooler. Like in a laptop, SO-DIMM slots are populated by adding the memory modules at an angle and snapping them into place when you lay them flat. So you can add up to a maximum of 64 GB of DDR4-3200 memory without any vertical protrusion. There are no expansion slots to fill with expansion cards. Asus says this ITX board is the standard 6.7-inch (17cm) square but doesn’t provide any height information.
It’s an Alder Lake board with a six-phase digital VRM, and you’re limited to desktop CPUs with a max TDP of 65W, which seems reasonable given the design and intended purpose of ASUS.
We’ve mentioned the processor, memory, and (lack of) expansion slots, and as a small motherboard there aren’t many other expansion options onboard. The Asus Pro H610T ITX only offers two SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports and one M.2 slot (type 2260/2280, supporting PCIe 4.0 x4 & SATA modes). However, the rear panel is a bit better, with its two USB 3.2 Gen2 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, DisplayPort, an HDMI port, a 1GB Ethernet jack, twin audio jacks and the 19V barrel jack. You also have headers for connecting up to seven other USB ports, two of which can be USB 3.2 Gen1.
Another feature that we haven’t mentioned above but is worth noting is the built-in Realtek 7.1 Surround Sound High Definition Audio CODEC. Additionally, an additional M.2 2230 slot is available, which could be useful for something like a Wi-Fi module.
Finally, some of the specifications for this motherboard suggest that it was developed from a design often used for AiO systems or can be used to upgrade some AiOs using off-the-shelf parts. There are several AiO system and flat panel related headers on this motherboard, as well as an LVDS header which is an option used to connect laptop or AiO displays.
On its product page, Asus explains how good the Pro H610T ITX motherboard is for business with its security, manageability, and serviceability features.
US online retailer Newegg is currently offering these motherboards for pre-order, priced at $112.99.