REVIEW: ASRock J5005-ITX and J4105-ITX, Intel Gemini Lake fanless motherboards

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Thanks to the collaboration of ASRock today we present the review of the new passive motherboards ASRock J5005-ITX with Intel Pentium Silver J5005 processor and ASRock J4105-ITX board with Intel Celeron J4105 processor, both of the new Intel Gemini Lake generation. This processors are the most powerful of this new family of products designed for low consumption desktop system and provides a small jump in power compared to the previous generation. This motherboards can be a good fanless solution and we will compare with these new models with the previous versiones in our usual tests.



ESPECIFICATIONS

Model 1ASRock J5005-ITX
CPUIntel Pentium Silver J5005 Quad core a 1.5 GHz / Turbo 2.8 GHz
GPUIntel HD Graphics 605 @ 250/800MHz – 18EU
Model 2ASRock J4105-ITX
CPUIntel Celeron J4105 Quad core a 1.5 GHz / Turbo 2.5 GHz
GPUIntel HD Graphics 600 @ 250/750MHz / 12EU
BIOSAMI UEFI
FormatMINI ITX
RAMNot included. 2x DDR4 2133/2400 SO-DIMM máximo 8GB
AudioIntel HD Audio for HDMI
Realtek ALC892 con sonido 7.1 for rear audio panel
BluetoothNot included.  M.2 2230 socket available (Intel CNVi support)
WifiNot included.  M.2 2230 socket available (Intel CNVi support)
EthernetSi, Realtek RTL8111H Gigabit
External connections2x USB 2.0
2x USB 2.0
1x RJ45 Gigabit
1x Rear audio 7.1 panel
1x Optical audio
1x HDMI 2.0 – 4K@60fps (chip iTE IT66317)
1x VGA
1x DVI-D
1x PS/2
Internal connections2x SATA III 6GB/s
2x SATA III 6GB/s ASMedia
2x USB 2.0
1x USB 3.0
1x M.2 (Key E), 2230 type for WiFi/BT
1x COM
1x Frontal panel audio
1x PCI E 2.0 1x
Power1x 24 PIN ATX
Content2x SATA cables
1x Rear plate
1x Manual
1x CD Drivers

 

PACKAGE CONTENT

These new motherboards ASRock J5005-ITX and J4105-ITX have exactly the same hardware configuration, the only point that changes is the SoC that mounts under the aluminum heatsink. The content of the box is the same and only the data printed in the specifications change.

Inside the cardboard box we find the manual with a driver CD, a back plate for our chasis and two SATA 3 cables, one straight and one angled. We also have a small screw to fix the wifi card in the M.2 2230 slot that has this board.

ASSEMBLY

Components list

To assemble the set we have opted for the following elements:

ComponentReferencePrice
Motherboard model 1ASRock J5005-ITX$116
Motherboard model 1ASRock J4105-ITX$86
RAMCrucial 2x 4GB DDR4 @2133MHz *$96
Power supplyPicoPSU 160W$28
Power adapterGeneric 12V 6A$10
ChasisCooler Master Elite 130$38
WifiIntel Wifi M.2$20
Storage option 1Hard disk 2TB Seagate$60
Storage option 2SSD Silicon power 256GB$57
Price set 1With mechanical disk$425
Price set 2With mechanical disk$395
  • We have compatibility problems with some DDR4 modules, check the compatibility list to ensure the correct functionality. Maybe a BIOS update can increase the compatibility list in the future.

CONNECTING THE DEVICE

Startup

For reference in the review we will see in detail the motherboard ASRock J5005-ITX. These motherboards are built in High Density Glass Fabric PCB, on the side of the plate we have four SATA III connectors, two of them with ASMedia controller, the front audio panel, external USB connectors, slot M.2 2230, PCIE 1x , COM, TPM, frontal leds and buttons.

In the back area we have two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 connectors, PS2 connectors, Gigabit Ethernet network and audio panel that supports 7.1 sound with ELNA capacitors system that reduce noise in the signal output. Regarding the video connections, we have DVI-D, HDMI 2.0 that allows 4K video at 60fps through an iTE IT66317 chip and VGA adapter that allow us to use up to three monitors at a time. The ports are protected with the ASRock Full Spike Protection system to avoid overloads that can damage the hardware.

This board has two slots for SODIMM DDR4 memory, with a consumption of only 1.2V a model of memories that help the system to be more efficient and lower the temperature a bit. This equipment supports up to 8 GB of memory in Dual Channel configuration up to 2400MHz. 

Near the BIOS stack we have a M.2 Socket slot (Key E) with support for 2230 format in which we can connect a WiFi / BT module, a system that is also compatible with Intel CNVi boards that take advantage of the internal modem of the SoC Gemini Lake. On the ASRock J5005-ITX and J4105-ITX boards we have installed the passive heat sink that always assembles the brand in this type of products. In front of the heatsink we can see the ATX 24 pin power connector where we could install a PicoPSU power source.


Startup and BIOS

As usual in the BIOS of the ASRock boards we always find a wide range of options and how could it be otherwise in this model we also have them, the ASRock J5005-ITX and J4105-ITX boards have a UEFI graphic bios that You can control it with the mouse and we can put it in different languages.

Inside the Advanced settings we have different sections that allow us to configure in detail the behavior of the board, we will list the most outstanding options of each section.

  • CPU: We have control over the supported power states of C1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and a new C1E mode
  • Chipset: GPU settings and integrated sound, auto power-on when connect the power source and S5 status
  • Storage: Control of connected SATA and ASMedia drives
  • Super IO: Control of the serial port
  • ACPI: Suspend mode in RAM, Power-on modes from peripherals or internal clock / OS.

In the Tool settings we have different modes to update the BIOS, this board supports only Windows 10 and Linux native.

In the menu of H/W Monitor we can see the values of temperature and consumption of the hardware, in addition to control of fans.

In the Security section we have control over the boot modes of the device.

From the Boot menu we can change the boot behavior and change the boot priorities, in the Exit menu we have the Boot Override mode that allows us to boot from an external unit automatically without changing the sequence.

Drivers and utilities

It is the web of the boards with integrated CPU ASRock we can download all the drivers and applications necessary for this product, we also have the manuals that are always interesting to consult them to know our hardware better.

We recommend downloading the ASRock APP Shop utility that helps us keep our drivers and BIOS updated in a very simple way, and also offers us a selection of applications that may be useful to us, a way to manage the software of our system quite interesting.

Another application that can be useful is the so-called Restart to UEFI that helps us to quickly go to the BIOS of the system in a very comfortable way without crushing the ESC key.

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User experience

Using the ASRock J5005-ITX and J4105-ITX motherboards we have a very good user experience in Windows 10, something that depends a lot on the selected components. If we are going to navigate by opening many tabs, we recommend installing 8GB of RAM, a fast SSD will also be useful to speed up the loading of system and apps. In general, the two motherboards with these processors have sufficient power to navigate, play multimedia or use office automation applications at a general level.

Remote control

To remotely control the ACEPC T9 we can install remote control app on the the mini PC, and then we can use our mobile or tablet to control it installing the Android or iOS app. We can use tactile gestures, virtual mouse or remote keyboard, we just have to have both devices on the same Wi-Fi network.

Linux

We perform our usual test with the latest version of Ubuntu and check that it boots perfectly with the default options of the BIOS, all components are detected without problems. We can also try LibreELEC although some adjustments are still missing to be fully compatible with Gemini Lake.

HARDWARE REVIEW

Processor

In the ASRock J5005-ITX board we find the Intel Pentium Silver J5005 Quad Core SoC that moves at 1.8 GHz and turbo mode reaches 2.8 GHz. For the graphical section we have the new integrated Intel HD Graphics 605 GPU with a clock speed maximum of 800Mhz in turbo mode and 250Mhz in normal mode, in this model we have 18 execution units (EU).

On the ASRock J4105-ITX board we found the Intel Celeron J4105 Quad core SoC that moves at 1.5 GHz and in turbo mode reaches up to 2.5 GHz. For the graphical section we have the new integrated Intel HD Graphics 600 GPU with a speed of 750 Mhz clock in turbo mode and 250 Mhz in normal mode, in this model we have 12 execution units (EU).

RAM

The memory that we have selected Crucial 2x 4GB 2133 MHz DDR4 is mounted in the two SODIMM slots with 4GB modules, so the Dual Channel function is used. We have a good performance, the working speeds correspond well with the bus to our memory, it a shame that we do not have 2400 MHz because they would still be better. As we can see we have a very good performance in Dual Channel, if you want to play and watch video in very powerful formats we recommend this memory configuration.

The memory works in Dual Channel although the software mistakenly detects it as Single Channel, the values are quite good compared to previous generations.

ASRock J5005-ITXASRock J4105-ITX

Temperature

We perform our thermal tests and observe that the ASRock J5005-ITX and J4105-ITX maintain a correct temperature, as is logical the Pentium model give us something more temperature, where we have a greater number of execution units in the GPU and something more of clock speed. In rest state we have a temperature of 53 / 54ºC and during a work session or basic game we reach 66 / 65ºC, some better figures than in the previous generation Apollo Lake.

  • Ambient temperature in measurement 20ºC

If we take the motherboard to a high load scenario (full) with several synthetic tests we do not reach the limit temperature of 105°C in both models we are at a maximum of 87°C, so we can use this hardware without any fear in this scenario, the performance remains high and we do not have falls.

Thermal test at full load on ASRock J5005-ITX
Thermal test at full load on ASRock J4105-ITX

We also do test running DOTA 2 to have a more real result in a performance scenario, as we can see the processors reach the maximum speed without problems in a timely manner, the temperature stays at 70ºC.

DOTA 2 thermal test on ASRock J5005-ITX
DOTA 2 thermal test on ASRock J4105-ITX

We observe with our thermal camera how the motherboards behave and as we see all the heat is centered in the CPU cooler, in the other components of the board we only have heat in some controllers.

Power consumption

In the ASRock J5005-ITX and J4105-ITX boards we have similar power consumptions that differ only when the GPU is squeezed. As we can see at rest (Stand-by) the system has a consumption of 0.4 W which varies if we have activated the Wake on Lan or Wake on Wan systems, something that can be deactivated. All the hardware has a consumption on the Windows desktop of 12 W and performing common tasks we get up to about 19 W. Forcing the system to the maximum load we reach up to 31 / 33W, a scenario that we will not have as usual since it only occurs when we play demanding games.

PERFORMANCE TEST

We check the performance of the ASRock J5005-ITX and J4105-ITX motherboards with Gemini Lake technology, as we can see we have a notorious increase in both the performance of the CPU cores and the GPU, which is quite surprising because Intel is usually much more conservative. As we can see in the graphic section, the 18EU that the J5005 assembles with respect to the J4105 are quite noticeable and we have a substantial improvement in 3D performance. With both models we will be able to use the PC perfectly at the desktop level, surfing, using office programs, casual games and running applications at a medium level will not be a problem within its limitations.

Benchmarks

PCMark

With this test we can see the performance of the device in an office environment and common desktop use.

3DMark

Graphic performance test where we can see the gross performance capabilities in this environment and compare the performance of GPU’s historically.

Geekbench

This benchmark in SoC offers a fairly reliable numbers of CPU’s working in a single core or multiple cores ate the same time, it also has a section of GPU computing that gives us an overall result of the processing capacity.

Cinebench

A brute force tests on both CPU and GPU, this benchmark always help us to see a very clear reference of power.

Games

We performed several performance tests on these ASRock Gemini Lake motherboards, in the case of the GPU of the J5005 model we have more performance compared to the GPU of the model J4105. As it is logical if we want to play powerful games from last generation we will have to go for a model with dedicated GPU, if we are not demanding in the games settings maybe we can enjoy some titles with the correct settings, for example with DOTA 2 in J5005 in low adjustments we will have a good experience. Interestingly, the popular Fortnite game does not start, it seems that it is not compatible with the Apollo Lake and the Gemini Lake processors, perhaps it will be fixed in a future update.

Test environment

  • GTA V, Low settings, 720p resolution
  • Overwatch, Low settings, 720p resolution
  • DOTA 2, Low settings, 1080p resolution
  • Fortnite, Low settings, 720p resolution
  • World of Tanks, Medium settings, 1080p resolution

In the ASRock J5005-ITX and J4105-ITX motherboards we have found compatibility problems with the HDMI output, our video recorder does not work with this hardware and we are limited to put only DOTA 2 screenshots. In the model J5005 we can have a game perfectly fluid since the average is 48 fps, playing with the J4105 we reach an average of 32 fps which is quite acceptable but we have some fall at 28fps when there is action.

DOTA 2 play test on ASRock J5005-ITX
DOTA 2 play test on ASRock J4105-ITX

As we see, with this hardware it is advisable to play simple titles such as those found on Android phones by downloading them from the Microsoft Store. Also indie 2D titles or have a basic load in 3D, emulators are also feasible but at most we are in some simple Wii titles.

VIDEO AND AUDIO TESTS

Video playback

In the section of video reproduction, the ASRock J5005-ITX and J4105-ITX boards with the Intel HD Graphic 605 and 600 GPUs have a very good performance both with h.265 codec and VP9 Profile 2 that now support it by hardware. Unfortunately this hardware is left alone in the HDMI 2.0 connection protocol so we do not have HDR supported mode, although we can reproduce these formats without problems as we see in our tests.

A problematic point is the HDMI 2.0 connector that gives us issues and we have only been able to output video signal at 1080p at 60fps, when we put the 4K mode our TV goes black, it seems a problem of hardware drivers for the iTE IT66317 chip, we are waiting for some solution from ASRock.

Test results

H.264 formatResultado
BBB – H.264 8bit – Simple@L1 – 1080p@25fps – 7 MbpsCorrect
Samsung Oceanic Life – H.264  8bit – High@L5.1 – 1080p@30fps – 40 MbpsCorrect
Timelapse – H.264 8bit – High@L5.1 – 4K@24fps – 43 MbpsCorrect
Anime – H.264 10bit – High 10@L5.1 – 1080p@24fps – 10 MbpsCorrect
H.265 format
Tears of steel – HVEC 8bit – Main@L6.2@Main – 1080p@24fps – 17 MbpsCorrect
Samsung UHD Dubai – HVEC 10bit – Main 10@L5.2@Main – 4K@24fps – 51 MbpsCorrect
Jellyfish – HVEC 10bit – Main 10@L6.1@High – 4K@30fps – 392 MbpsMinimal frameskip
Anime – HVEC 10bit –  Main 10@L4@Main – 1080p@24fps – 21 MbpsCorrect
HDR format
Life of Pi HDR10 –  HVEC 10bit – Main 10@L5.1@High – 4K@24fps – 45 MbpsCorrect
LG Demo – Dolby Vision – HVEC 12bit – Main 10@L5@Main – 4K@24fps – 30 MbpsCorrect
Planet Earth II – HDR HLG 10bit  – Main 10@L5@High – 4K@25fps – 31 MbpsCorrect
The world in HDR – VP9 Profile 2 10bit – 4K@60fps – 20 MbpsCorrect

  • The MKV, Blu-ray ISO and BDRemux formats are only containers, inside we can have different codecs, resolutions, audio channels, chapters or subtitles. To play the Blu-ray format menus we need KODI or a compatible program.

Audio format test

Testing the ASRock J5005-ITX and J4105-ITX using a Yamaha RXV-577 AV receiver we check that this motherboards supports DD and DTS  7.1 pass through. We recommend, as always, to update all the drivers with Windows Update to the latest before connecting the device to our AV receiver.

Test results

Audio formatHDMISPDIF
Dolby Digital 5.1OKOK
Dolby Digital Plus 7.1CoreCore
Dolby True HD 7.1OKCore
Dolby Atmos 7.1OK*Core
DTS 5.1OKOK
DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1OKCore
DTS-HD High Resolution 7.1OKCore
DTS-X 7.1OK*Core
  • PCM – Stereo downmix from DD or DTS
  • Core – Only the core of the format Dolby / DTS is played
  • * Our AV receiver does not support these native formats but we check that it does downmix fine

STREAMING

Youtube

We play streaming for test some content on the ASRock J5005-ITX and J4105-ITX motherboards in the usual channels like YouTube or other sources and we verified that we have no problems when playing videos. In YouTube we can play content with the VP9 codec without problems, as we see both the CPU and the VPU do not suffer with this codec.

Streaming services with subscription

We check the most common streaming services playback various contents and we verified that all work properly, the power of this device is more than enough to see any kind of content with them. In Netflix we get to FullHD quality without complications, in the rest of services we get the maximum resolution possible.

ServiceVideo QualityAudio Quality
NetflixFullHD (1080p)5.1
HBOFullHD (1080p)Stereo
Amazon Prime VideoHD (720p)Stereo

CONCLUSIONS

ASRock J5005-ITX / ASRock J4105-ITX _

8.7

DESIGN AND CONNECTIVITY

9.0/10

HARDWARE

8.5/10

SOFTWARE

9.0/10

SUPPORT

9.0/10

PRICE

8.0/10

Pros

  • Good performance
  • Support from ASRock
  • HDMI 2.0 4K and audio 7.1
  • M.2 port
  • Low price

Cons

  • Limited compatibility with RAM

Opinion

As we can see the new passive motherboards ASRock J5005-ITX and ASRock J4105-ITX continue to offer an efficient product and with good results in general lines, an ideal hardware for build a desktop miniPC or HTPC. As we have verified the performance with the processors Gemini Lake has improved substantially with respect to the Apollo Lake, something that surprises us because the jumps of Intel are usually smaller in this aspect, the GPU works perfectly decoding video in new generation format h.265 and VP9 Profile 2, unfortunately, HDR information is not supported in the video output.

As we see in the review ASRock solve the initial HDMI 2.0 4K problems, you need to check or update de BIOS version. In general these passive motherboards are a very good solution as a platform to mount our PC ultra quiet, you can work perfectly as as desktop PC with the office apps, 4K media player and low consumption HTPC.

WHERE TO BUY

Components list

To assemble the set we have opted for the following elements:

ComponentReferencePrice
Motherboard model 1ASRock J5005-ITX$116
Motherboard model 1ASRock J4105-ITX$86
RAMCrucial 2x 4GB DDR4 @2133MHz *$96
Power supplyPicoPSU 160W$28
Power adapterGeneric 12V 6A$10
ChasisCooler Master Elite 130$38
WifiIntel Wifi M.2$20
Storage option 1Hard disk 2TB Seagate$60
Storage option 2SSD Silicon power 256GB$57
Price set 1With mechanical disk$425
Price set 2With mechanical disk$395
  • We have compatibility problems with some DDR4 modules, check the compatibility list to ensure the correct functionality. Maybe a BIOS update can increase the compatibility list in the future.

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Hi. ASROCK HAVE FIRMWARE 1.30 WHICH UPDATES THE ITE CHIP. HAVE YOU TRIED THIS VERSION ?

I MENTIONED YOUR REVIEW TO ASROCK SUPPORT.

THANKS.

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