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ASRock DeskMeet B660 review

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With the DeskMeet, ASRock serves a new PC size, which is located above the DeskMini and, thanks to the Mini-ITX board, offers space for 20 cm long graphics cards. A fully-fledged power pack with 500 watts is integrated. For a minimal surcharge compared to the DeskMini, the DeskMeet cuts a fine figure as an entry-level option.

With the ASRock DeskMeet, the manufacturer has also had a slightly larger offshoot of the well-known DeskMini series in its range since this year. In this case, ASRock no longer relies on the Mini-STX format, but relies on the industry-standard Mini-ITX format. The DeskMini’s weak points are also eliminated from the outset: a power supply unit that is more than four times as powerful not only lets processors off the leash, but also supports discrete graphics cards that can be a maximum of 20 centimeters long. Even the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti with 200 watts TDP is an option. ComputerBase has again opted for the variant based on Intel’s B660 chipset and can thus precisely show the differences between DeskMeet B660 and DeskMini B660.

ASRock DeskMeet B660 vs. ASRock DeskMini B660

Even the view from the outside makes it clear: This is a completely different caliber! This is not only evident in the length, width and height, but also in the end result, the volume. Because here there are now 8 l for the DeskMeet compared to not even 2 l (1.92 l to be precise) for the DeskMini.

ASRock DeskMeet B660 in size comparison to DeskMini and 500g coffee

ASRock DeskMeet B660 in size comparison to DeskMini and 500g coffee

ASRock DeskMeet B660 in size comparison to DeskMini

ASRock DeskMeet B660 in size comparison to DeskMini

ASRock DeskMeet B660 in size comparison to DeskMini from the side

ASRock DeskMeet B660 in size comparison to DeskMini from the side

But the additional space was used for various adjustments. Among other things, the power supply is no longer just an external one, it is a fully-fledged ATX solution that is stowed in the housing. The increase from the Mini-STX to the Mini-ITX format also creates space for more components. On paper, the area doesn’t even increase that much, but in practice these additional 2 to 3 cm in length and width are quickly enough to realize more.

Mini PC form factors

ATX power supply, 4 DIMM slots and a graphics card slot

In addition to the integrated power supply, this is primarily visible in two points. Instead of two SO-DIMM slots as in the DeskMini, there are four memory slots for classic U-DIMMs on the DeskMeet’s ITX board. Up to 128 GB DDR4 can be installed here.

ASRock DeskMeet B660 open
ASRock DeskMeet B660 open

And then of course there is the primary expansion slot for PCI Express cards. Connected to the Alder Lake CPU with 16 lanes, it is primarily intended for graphics cards. These are subject to certain restrictions, which are solely due to the space requirement: The graphics card may be a maximum of 20 cm long and no higher than a dual-slot solution. Officially there is no watt limit, unofficially it is determined by the small cooler anyway. Because everything above an Nvidia Geforce RTX 3060 Ti does not come with such a small cooler, here partner cards range at around 200 watts. The manufacturer provides a suitable compatibility list (PDF document).

ASRock DeskMeet B660 with installed hardware
ASRock DeskMeet B660 with installed hardware

The other features of the DeskMeet B660 are quite similar to those of the last ASRock DeskMini B660 (test), which is due to the same chipset. In the overview it looks like this:

The features of the ASRock DeskMeet B660 as a barebone

Mass storage: From M.2 to 3.5″ HDD

There is great flexibility in supported storage. Of course, M.2 solutions according to the PCIe 4.0 standard, each with four lanes, are at the forefront, and there are two slots here. As with the DeskMini B660, you won’t find PCIe 5.0 here, because the lanes of the CPU are used for the graphics card.

After that, things get tricky, because that’s where size and count come into play. There is definitely room for two 2.5-inch HDDs/SSDs on the side wall. A third is optionally possible in the lid, and a 3.5-inch hard drive will also fit here. While a single-slot graphics card can still be used when using a 2.5-inch solution in the lid underneath, the space for the graphics card is then completely occupied when using a 3.5-inch HDD at the latest.

SSDs, HDDs, fans or even radiators find their place
SSDs, HDDs, fans or even radiators find their place (Image: ASRock)

The interesting thing about the construction of the inner cage in the direction of the lid is that there is not only a large cut-out there for a classic fan, but also a small radiator can be installed if desired. However, this also means that the space for a graphics card is lost.

Other connections are only standard goods

ASRock also does not pre-install a WLAN module for the DeskMeet, it can only be retrofitted as an option. The way to the Internet is via Intel’s i219V LAN chip ex works. There are nine USB ports, but with a maximum of 10 Gbps – strangely enough, the DeskMini offered twice the speed. And so the equipment with the connections ultimately corresponds to little more than a PC that came onto the market five years ago.

ASRock DeskMeet B660 and DeskMini B660 and their connectors
ASRock DeskMeet B660 and DeskMini B660 and their connectors

Unboxing: A surprise egg

The DeskMeet is delivered as a barebone, but this also includes an integrated power supply. Here ASRock goes a pretty clever way: The power supply is not yet screwed on, since it has to be removed for the installation of the hardware anyway. So it is stored in a foam mixture exactly in the interior. This means that nothing can break during transport and it makes it easier to approach the components for the first time. The included quick start guide is pretty helpful here and covers all areas.

ASRock DeskMeet B660 – power supply unit as delivered

ASRock DeskMeet B660 – power supply unit as delivered

ASRock DeskMeet B660 – power supply unit as delivered

ASRock DeskMeet B660 – power supply unit as delivered

ASRock DeskMeet B660 – power supply unit as delivered

ASRock DeskMeet B660 – power supply unit as delivered

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As every Sunday we end the week with a new review of the best content that we have published in MuyPymes. This compilation will allow you to find the most important information of the last seven days just one click away. Have a good Monday.

  • How Digital Transformation enables the four-day work week.
  • Production with robots would be paralyzed for weeks, in the event of a cyber attack.
  • These are the main novelties that the self-employed will face in the next two years.
  • Renting Finders joins the Lanzadera program.
  • How do I know if I’m eligible for Windows 11?
  • Cybercriminals are using OneNote to spread malware.
  • 85% of Spanish workers will not ask for a salary increase this year.
  • 70% of Spanish managers avoid the mental health problems of their teams.
  • What future does face-to-face events hold: the opinion of the expert.
  • The Christmas campaign closed with an increase in online purchases of 13%.
  • Four reasons why consumers opt for chatbots.
  • Google for Startups creates a specialized cybersecurity program.
  • Samsung will launch the new Galaxy Book3 on February 1.
  • Canon reinforces its digital services thanks to its Document Services Hub.
  • 86% of users will prefer pay-as-you-go over long-term licenses.
  • Digital workers do not want to return to the office: 80% would leave the job.
  • Four out of 10 self-employed expect a drop in activity due to inflation.
  • NVIDIA launches new Studio Drivers drivers, we review their keys.
  • Sony introduces new Crystal LED BH and CH series monitors.
  • Epson and Yuima Nakazato together for a sustainable future in the world of fashion.
  • AOC launches its new range of P3 monitors for professionals.
  • New NUC with Intel Alder Lake-N CPU, powerful and compact.
  • Acer launches a 16-inch ultraportable with 4K resolution.

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The most frequent problems regarding time control

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As indicated from Woffu, time control managementIn addition to being a legal necessity, it is one of the main headaches for HR managers. The company highlights the main difficulties when it comes to managing the presence and absence of workers and how to solve them.

Waste of time solving incidents

One of the main problems that HR managers encounter is the time invested in solving incidents caused by disconnected tools, which do not have the technology to integrate vacations and absences with the presence in the same tool.

Many companies manage absence requests by email, paper or Excel sheets, for example, which do not allow them to attach supporting documents. In this way, as they point out from Woffu “team leaders waste hours and hours searching for and requesting receipts, reviewing who is working and who is not available. This prevents them from focusing on valuable tasks.”

Non-digitized HR processes

In the same way, one of the obstacles in the management of time control is the lack of digitization. Since the Time Control Law does not specify whether it must be done with a tool designed for it, there are many companies that choose for continuing to register on paper or in Excel sheets. “Companies waste a lot of time by manually recording the hours worked and the reasons for absence, in addition to the fact that the margin of error is greater and the data obtained is not reliable”, They comment from Woffu.

In addition, in many companies, the tools used do not allow managing the signing of a hybrid work model or a work model only remotely. Therefore, by not having this digitization, the company lacks data and information that helps to understand its reality, such as the absenteeism rate, departments that telework the most, etc.

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Lack of visibility of the days of absence and presence

Another of the common problems is that the company usually lacks visibility of the days of absence and presence of employees or between teams. This translates into a waste of time asking or searching emails or notifications for the availability of the rest of the team. Related to that lack of visibility is the fact that employees may believe that their overtime is not being recorded. This leads to disgruntled and distrustful employees.

Tools that do not meet the needs

It may happen that HR software has been hired, but when employees and managers use it to record the workday, or to request medical hours, the tool does not meet usability standards. Or it does not allow a real-time connection with visualization on any device. In this case, it is best to test the tool before entering into a deal. Make sure that it is user friendly and that it responds to the needs of both employees and HR managers. We must try to make the use of the labor registration tool as easy and bearable as possible, so it will be possible to ensure its daily use and full adoption by the workforce.

Time Control Law

Despite the fact that it has been more than four years since the implementation of the Control Law, it is still an aspect of business management that continues to generate controversy and controversy. In fact, according to data published by Grupo SPEC, half of the companies would not pass an inspection by the hourly register three years after the law. In fact, from September 2019 to May 2022, inspectors have detected a total of 3,299 violations in the registration of working hours throughout Spain and have imposed a total of 4.7 million euros in fines.

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Acer launches a 16-inch ultraportable with 4K resolution

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The new Acer Swift Edge is presented as a new high-performance ultraportable, and despite everything it maintains a very contained weight. This computer comes configured with a Ryzen 7 Pro 6850U APU, a chip that can be configured with a Zen 3+ CPU and a Radeon 680M GPU based on RDNA2 architecture. The processor has 8 cores and 16 threads at 2.7 GHz base frequency and 4.7 GHz speed in turbo mode, and the GPU has 768 shaders.

Despite being a low power solution, that APU is capable of delivering an excellent level of performance, and its integrated GPU can outperform dedicated solutions like the NVIDIA MX450so it’s a really interesting APU. The memory configuration that Acer has used in this equipment impresses, since we have a total of 16 GB of LPDDR5 memory at 6,400 MHz in the most powerful version, which translates into high bandwidth.

The screen of the Acer Swift Edge is 16 inches, you can mount a OLED panel with 4K resolution capable of reproducing 100% of the DCI-P3 color space and is TUV RHEINLAND certified, indicating both high quality color reproduction and low blue light emissions. The rest of its specifications are completed with a 1 TB M.2 SSD with PCIe 4.0 x4 interface, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity and a FullHD webcam.

The range of connectors that the Acer Swift Edge brings is up to the equipment, and we can highlight the presence of two USB 4 connectors, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, a 3.5 mm jack and an HDMI output. In its base configuration, this equipment weighs only 1.17 kilograms, its chassis is made of a magnesium aluminum alloy and offers a range of up to 7 and a half hours for each battery charge. Its price will be 1,200 euros in its base configuration.

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