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Introduction

The ASRock QC5000-ITX is a Mini-ITX motherboard that comes with an A4-5000 “Kabini” quad-core CPU soldered. It has six USB 3.0 and four SATA-600 ports, but its highlights are actually its low TDP and low cost, besides, of course, its small footprint.

The AMD A4-5000 is an SoC (System on a Chip), meaning it has the CPU, GPU, memory controller, and chipset in the same chip. Even with all these components, the chip dissipates only 15 W. The A4-5000 has four processing cores, runs at 1,5 GHz and has 2 MiB of L2 cache. The chips brings an integrated Radeon HD8330 GPU, which has 128 graphics cores running at 500 MHz. The CPU comes with a small cooler with a 40 mm fan.

You can see the ASRock QC5000-ITX motherboard in Figure 1. It uses the Mini-ITX form factor, measuring 6.7” x 6.7” (170 x 170 mm).

ASRock QC5000-ITXFigure 1: ASRock QC5000-ITX motherboard

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Rafael Otto Coelho is a physicist with a master’s degree in Education, and is a college professor in Brazil.