Meterstone, a division of the Chinese company MaxSun, is preparing to release a new motherboard with an embedded Intel processor from the mobile Alder Lake-H series. The manufacturer released a similar solution last year, which is equipped with a Tiger Lake-H mobile chip.
The Meterstone Alder Lake H45 motherboard is made in the Mini-ITX form factor. It got two slots for RAM (not yet specified DDR4 or DDR5), as well as a full-size PCIe 4.0 x16 slot for a graphics card. In addition, there are two M.2 2280 slots for NVMe SSDs, two SATA III ports, as well as standard 24-pin and 8-pin ATX and EPS power connectors and a range of multimedia interfaces.
The basis of the board is an Intel Core i5-12500H with 12 cores and 16 threads and a working frequency range of 3.3 to 4.5 GHz. The chip also contains 80 integrated Intel Xe graphics execution units.
A curious feature of the board is the lack of a separate chipset chip. As you know, the mobile Alder Lake has an integrated chipset, so unlike desktop processors of the same series, there is no need for a separate Intel 600 series chipset on the board. This in turn simplifies the task of organizing the cooling of the board components. As for the power subsystem, here it is seven-phase. It is quite enough to ensure the transmission of up to 200 watts of power to the processor if necessary. Normally he consumes many times less.
The photo of the Meterstone Alder Lake H45 board shows that the processor is not covered by the cooling system. It’s likely that it was removed to demonstrate the chip itself. Most likely, the manufacturer will use the same approach to the cooling system here as on the MS-Milestone i7-11800H Plus board based on the Core i7-11800H (Tiger Lake-H) in the form of a copper plate and active CO.
There is no information yet on the price and availability of the Meterstone Alder Lake H45 board. It is very likely that in the future the novelty, like its predecessor, can be found on the AliExpress marketplace.