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ASRock M8 Mini ITX Gaming PC 4th Gen Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Xeon/Pentium/Celeron Intel Socket LGA1150 Intel Z87 1 x HDMI Barebone

  • Intel Socket LGA1150 Intel Z87
  • 2 x 204Pin DDR3 1600/1333/1066
  • Standard Mini-ITX Chassis

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ASRock M8: A New Barebones Mini-ITX Gaming PC Designed in Collaboration with BMW

This is not your typical gaming rig. This barebones system has every essential component packed inside a designer mini-ITX case with advanced flexibility for your future upgrades. Customize your own gaming machine by simply adding a CPU, memory, PCIe x16 graphics card, a set of 3.5" hard drives or four sets of 2.5" solid state drives, powered by a compact 450W SFX power supply unit. Experience the best visual performance through a discrete graphics card (dual slots supported), and a sensational audio experience through built-in Creative Sound Core3D 7.1-channel technology.

Aluminum alloy body, sturdy handles, and Grade N48 magnetic side panels design exude simplicity and portability. For heat dissipation, four built-in chassis fans are included to simultaneously cool off the system while in maximum performance.

A multipurpose controller with an OLED display panel and integrated G-Sensor adds more convenience for users to tune or check the system's status.

Altogether, the M8 has redefined barebones PC systems with its innovative, elegant design for a perfect solution for every need at home, at the office, or at the LAN Party.

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Overview

side and rear view of the barebone
  • M8 is sold as a barebones system, including only a chassis, power supply, mini-ITX motherboard, fans and optical disk drive
  • Standard Mini-ITX Chassis
  • Accommodates Standard PCIe x16 Graphics Cards
  • A-Command with G-sensor integrated
  • Creative SoundCore 3D 7.1-ch. HD Audio
  • 2T2R Wi-Fi 802.11ac + BT v4.0 support
  • XSplit Three-Month Premium License
  • Supports ASRock Key Master
 

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Features

Standard Mini-ITX Case for Endless Upgrade Options

Standard Mini-ITX Case for Endless Upgrade Options
M8 is not your typical gaming rig - it has everything packed within a standard mini-ITX sized case with advanced flexibility for future upgrades. Gamers may customize their own gaming machine, including the PCIe x16 graphics card, mini-ITX motherboard, CPU, memory, one set of 3.5" hard drives or four sets of 2.5" solid state drives and even other components.

  • A: Power Supply Unit (450W)
  • B: Standard Mini-ITX Motherboard (Z87-M8)
  • C: Standard PCIe x16 VGA card Holder
  • D: Hard Disk Drive Tray
  • E: ODD + 2.5" SSD/HDD Tray
HDD tray

 

Streamline Build with Aluminum Alloy

Streamline Build with Aluminum Alloy
Robustly built with 2.5mm of aluminum alloy, the chassis exudes the elegance of simplicity, meanwhile the red and black color scheme screams out hardcore gaming.

Magnetic Case Design

Magnetic Case Design
Employing grade N48 magnets to hold the case together, this innovative design makes it easier for users to quickly disassemble or assemble the chassis.

This system also comes equipped with a uniquely designed set of keys to ensure all of the components are sitting safely inside the chassis.

Handles for Portability

Handles for Portability
Sturdy aluminum handles on both sides of the case for advanced portability.

Creative Front Panel Design

Creative Front Panel Design
A cunningly designed hidden front panel which includes a 4-in-1 card reader (SD3.0 / MMC / MS / MS PRO) plus microphone and headphone jacks.

Intensive Heat Dissipation Mechanisms

Intensive Heat Dissipation Mechanisms
For the system to remain cool while gaming, there's a total of four quiet, built-in chassis fans that suck in cold air and pump out the heat simultaneously.

M8 on the front panel

A-Command G-sensor Integrated
A multipurpose controller with an OLED display panel and integrated G-Sensor adds more convenience for users to tune or check the system's status.

Main

Main
After the logo appears for ten seconds, the screen shows the date and time. The display will go off if you leave it idle for five minutes.

Volume

Volume
Increase / decrease the volume level by turning the knob right or left.

Mode

Mode
Toggle among three power management modes: Eco, Standard or Speed.

Info

Info
Toggle among various types of critical information to check the system's status. The OLED screen shows the CPU frequency, CPU usage, LAN usage, or APM data.

Light

Light
Turn the light on or off in the case, or enable Good Night LED.

Time

Time
Turn the time on/off. If this option is set to on, the M8 Logo / Date and Time screens are available. If this option is set to off, the M8 Logo / Date and Time screens are hidden.

Home Cloud
Imagine yourself as a desperado riding into the sunset, an outcast of the society exiled from your country, or simply at the groceries two blocks away from home. You miss your personal computer so much and you'll need Home Cloud for the following real world scenarios:

Home Cloud
documents.jpg

Documents
Access or send files from anywhere.

mail

Mail
Keep your stored mail nearby whenever you need it.

monitor

Monitor
Keep an eye on your pets or children when you are away from home.

multimedia

Multimedia
Stream your secret stash of vids, music and pics.

TV

TV
Watch your favorite local TV programs by connecting to your PC.

2T2R 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth v4.0

2T2R 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth v4.0
The exclusive 802.11ac Wi-Fi (5G Wi-Fi) module supports up to 867Mbps connections and Bluetooth v4.0.

Creative Sound Core3D

Creative Sound Core3D
The onboard Creative SoundCore 3D quad-core sound and voice processor supports various technologies such as SBX Pro Studio, CrystalVoice, Scout Mode, EAX 1.0 to 5.0. It also comes with ASRock Premium Headset Amplifier (PHA) for up to 600-Ohm high-end headsets, bringing truly immersive audio experiences to your ears.

Quad Core Audio Processor (DSP) - Improves System Performance


  • Independent audio processing capability and zero-waste of CPU utilization
  • Capable of both time and frequency domain audio processing
  • Advanced modes optimized for hardware acceleration

 

Scout Mode™ - Hear the Enemy Before They Hear You
Scout Mode™ technology is a proprietary technology that allows you to hear your enemies from further away, giving you a distinct tactical advantage in combat.

Premium Headset Amplifier (PHA)
For serious gamers and enthusiasts who cannot tolerate mediocre audio, PHA (Premium Headset Amplifier) provides wider bandwidth, higher slew rate with lower noise and distortion. It also supports up to 250 Ohm high-end headsets, which delivers crisper audio into the users ears.

Note: PHA is only supported with front audio.

XSplit

XSplit
XSplit Broadcaster is a desktop application designed to make your multimedia broadcasting, live-streaming and recording a lot easier and more fun. We are offering the 3-month premium license for free! A US$24.95 value!

Key Master

Key Master
Key MasterKey Master consists of two major features, Sniper Key and Macro Key. It enhances your mouse and keyboard with customizable macros, sniper modes, key repeat rates and repeat delay.

Sniper Key
Use Sniper Key to shift the mouse speed when you're in sniper mode, it will greatly sharpen your accuracy.

Macro Key
Tired of those repetitive keystrokes? Create your own set of keyboard hotkeys and macros with Macro Key to save the trouble.

Premium Gold Caps

Premium Gold Caps
Premium Gold Caps are 100% made in Japan; these solid capacitors are sleek, high gloss caps with a premium gold coating representing long life Premium Gold and stable performance.

A-Tuning

A-Tuning
A-Tuning is ASRock's multi purpose software suite with a new interface, more new features and improved utilities, including XFast RAM, OC Tweaker and a whole lot more.

HDMI™ (High-Definition Multimedia Interface)

HDMI™ (High-Definition Multimedia Interface)
This product supports HDMI™ (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) which is an interface standard for transferring uncompressed video data and delivering multi-channel audio through a single cable. Both video and audio data signals transferred through the HDMI™ interface are digital without being converted into analog, therefore it delivers the richest pictures and the most realistic sounds.

The specification is subject to change without notice in advance. The brand and product names are trademarks of their respective companies. Any configuration other than original product specification is not guaranteed.

 


Learn more about the ASRock M8

General

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Brand
ASRock
Model
M8
Color
Storm Black

CPU Supported

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CPU Type
4th Gen Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Xeon/Pentium/Celeron
CPU Socket
Intel Socket LGA1150

Chipset

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North Bridge
Intel Z87

Memory Supported

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Memory slot
2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM
Memory Type Supported
DDR3 1600/1333/1066
Max Memory Supported
16GB

Expansion Slots

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PCI Express
1 x PCI Express x16

Audio

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Onboard Audio
Creative Sound Core3D
Channel
7.1-CH

Communications

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First LAN
Intel Gigabit LAN
Wireless LAN
WiFi 802.11ac
Bluetooth
BT v4.0
Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps

Front Panel Ports

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Front USB
4 x USB 3.0
Front Audio Ports
2 jacks
Card Reader
4 in 1

Back Panel Ports

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HDMI
1 x HDMI
Rear USB
4 x USB 3.0
4 x USB 2.0
Rear e-SATA Ports
1 x eSATA2
RJ45
1
Rear S/PDIF Out
Yes
Rear Audio Ports
5 jacks
Other Rear Ports
1 x DP

Power Supply

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Power Supply
SFX PSU 450W

Physical SPEC

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Dimensions
15.75"(L) x 14.65"(W) x 4.84"(H)

Features

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Features
M8 is sold as a barebone system, which only includes a chassis, power supply, mini-ITX motherboard, fans and optical disk drive.

Standard Mini-ITX Chassis

Flexible to Adopt Standard PCIe x16 Graphics Card

A-Command with G-sensor integrated

Creative SoundCore 3D 7.1 CH HD Audio

2T2R WiFi 802.11ac + BT v4.0 support

XSplit 3 Months Premium License

Supports ASRock Key Master
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Ben D.
  • 4/22/2016 6:12:04 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCompact, Sturdy, Air flow is the hardest part.

Pros: -Great size, can fit a pretty huge video card
-decent power supply
-included motherboard is good
-includes wifi ac
-red led lights (that was a surprise)
-slot in dvd drive
-5 available sata ports (with space for 5 solid state drives)

Cons: -only 1 pcie (it's mini-itx_
-2 sodimm ddr3
-low overhead for coolers (stock intel cooler technically fits, but with the sidepanel on, severely limits airflow
-poor cooling
-front power button kinda stiff
-4th i series processors

Other Thoughts: I ordered mine may 2016. Seems to be old stock, but at least in mine, they swapped the direction of the bottom intake fan to push air out. Back bottom fan is set to pull air in which is not bad. Both top fans are set to push air out.

I used the noctua nh l9i. It's not the best cooler, but performs better than the intel stock cooler due to having more space overhead for air to circulate. Have to remove the motherboard in order to install.

The wifi card is suprisingly decent. good throughput over on my ac network.

If I were to change one thing, it'd be to possibly have a vent on the panel over the cpu sink.

Case arrived in good condition, dense pack foam was used.

besides the processor and ram, the possibility of upgrading your video card and adding more sdds is nice.

For what I paid 200, I feel like it was worth it.

i5 4590
gtx 970
mushkin eco 480gb
sandisk 240gb
2x8gb ddr3 sodimm
noctua nh-l9i

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  • Andy B.
  • 3/26/2016 11:07:15 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs Great quility build and "nice" over all barebone

Pros: Its an awesome little box, its a 10 on the cool looks factor. It will actually
hold pretty good size 3.1"h cooler. Cool red lights on the inside. Low price.
Don't get infatuated because it's cheap, looks good and you think its gonna be
easy, while that works in other areas of your life does not hold true in this situation.
Its still 4 year old technology remember that. Includes hardware.

Cons: Your limited to a Nvidia card by the 450/35a on the 12 power supply (50a total).
To upgrade to the 650W SilverStone SX-SFX is about $125, sell the 450 for 50$ and
it's only 75$ upgrade. One side of that P/S should be open/caseless/mesh and
vented out side wall, its already against the front of the case. Its
vented internally (inside the case) which is a complete stooge move. Not enough
juice to run a R9 card, i don't care what the HCL says i know better.

Other Thoughts: I own 3 already, i bought 2 here and one "open box" on auction for less than a
stick of memory cost. I know what happened to that unit, it came all in pieces
in 2 boxes. More than likely because someone couldn't read the directions or figure
out how to put it back together. I been doing this a long time, i'm not afraid
to cut-bend-drill-force-modify anything, on the spot re-engineering is how
us professionals refer to it. I have more solutions than problems. I will be
cutting 1 side of the power supply open and venting it behind the front
panel-probably.

I bought a big nasty Zalman 125W+ cooler same time i ordered this. I now have 3 of
the 4 fans blowing in. My i7 is only 85W at stock speeds. Heat is not an issue in my unit.

Im gonna say i bet a lot of these are getting returned for the obvious reason
of it being more difficult that an average user can handle putting together.

I7-4790 non K, but OC's quite nicely in this BIOS with the added big cooler.
Nvidia GTX 980 (ref)
2 x 500 SSD raid 0 (SP S55 @ 1000+ Mbs)
2 x 8 GB of one of the SKH brands of memory (G-Skill, Kingston, Ballistx...?)

I will write a more detailed review at another time after i finish another one.
I just don't think this should get such a bad rap because of people's low frustration
tolerance or lack of experience. READ THE MANUAL.

I wont recommend this for a first time builder. For an advanced tech there is no real
difficult problems- only solutions.

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  • Shant P.
  • 3/3/2016 3:55:59 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggssolid build, looks nice.

Pros: -Soo many USB ports.
-Easy access.
-Pretty small.
-Solid and easy to carry.

Cons: -I wish it had more expansion slots, but I'm not sure where they'd fit them in.
-Power button gets annoying if you accidentally turn it.

Other Thoughts: I've been using this case for almost a year as a both demo machine and for personal gaming, frequently taking it between home and work and on road trips to conferences. So far no problems!

It's nice being able to plug four controllers into the front (or back) with no extra USB hub.

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  • David G.
  • 2/27/2016 7:50:18 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLooks nice

Pros: Product looks nice, good quality build

Cons: Have to spend 20 minutes taking it apart just to put in the initial hard disk, requires quite a bit of disassembly to replace anything but ram

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  • Tyrone S.
  • 2/16/2016 10:45:02 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSwing and miss :(

Pros: Great case design. Really the BMW team did an awesome job. The little high quality screws remind me of working on a Mac Book Pro.

Cons: Dead Motherboard : (

Other Thoughts: I'm an advanced system builder. I've been building and overclocking PC's since when we had to use the graphite in pencils to fill in the bridges (yes that's how we got down in those days also AMD's were the business back then.) I read the reviews and I thought I could get lucky. Man was I wrong. After trouble shooting for 4 hours I had to admit defeat. The motherboard on this thing is horrible. And I say that with a heavy heart because I love Asrock, I'm running my main OC' water-cooled system off of one of their boards. Asrock, if you can hear me. Please send me a Z97E-ITX or Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX to drop in this bad boy so I can pone some noobs style.

Sincerely,
Tyrone in New York City!!!!

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Tyrone,

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Unfortunately, the unit is designed for particular mainboard (M8). It does not worked properly other than M8 mainboard.

Please trouble shoot the mainboard whether the issue is resolved.
• Clear the CMOS.
• Reseat the CPU and heatsink fan.
• Test with single memory module.
• Test with onboard video (remove if using video card).
• Connect the monitor.
• Turn on the power to check if its post.

If you have any technical support inquiry, please contact us at http://www.ASRock.com/Support/tsd.asp
We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock Support
Tech Support Email: http://www.ASRock.com/Support/tsd.asp

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  • John L.
  • 10/13/2015 12:50:33 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsNice looking, Zero support

Pros: It is a very nice looking case, looks great in a gaming center.

Cons: I have a serious issue with the built in motherboard. They all have the same physical MAC address. I've contacted ASRock every way I can and have not gotten any response at all. I may have to return all 10 to Newegg if I can't get this resolved.

Other Thoughts: Would be great if either a) everything worked right or b) support existed. Unfortunately, it doesn't.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued ASRock Customer

Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you. We always do our best to support customers. Unfortunately, it does not meet your needs.
However, we do reply promptly except on week-end and holidays.
For MAC address writer tool, please visit link below.
Link: http://www.asrock.com/support/download/mactool.asp

If you have any technical issues or warranty questions please contact us http://www.ASRock.com/Support/tsd.asp
We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: http://www.ASRock.com/Support/tsd.asp

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  • Ramzi D.
  • 8/25/2015 8:37:26 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsDecent rig at a decent price

Pros: Form factor, good looks, high customization to your needs as all components replaceable, low noise and stays cool, lots of expand-ability from lots of ports and hard drive slots, great uefi for OC, price was very good (paid 200 for case, psu, mobo(sound,b/t,wifi built-in), dvd r/w, and software suite)

Cons: a-command is buggy. form factor necessitates more complex dis-assembly for upgrading graphics, motherboard, so on. Proprietary mobo (great mobo from my experience, just need another asrock z87 or z97 if you want to upgrade or replace). hit or miss with DOA units. stock fan configuration is silly, but works.

Other Thoughts: I've owned this pc for about 3 months.
Pentium g3258, OC'd to 3.5, stock fan
16gb corsair ram (2x8 gb so-dimm)
250gb samsung 850 ssd
msi gtx 750-ti
logitech k830 keyboard
ps3 controller and bt dongle

It suits my needs very well as a casual gamer and web development student. It can play most older games on ultra settings v-syncing with my 29 hz 1080 tv at 29fps, much higher with no v-sync. bioshock infinite benchmarks in the 90-100 avg range.
load temps never exceed 60, usually 50-55. again, small processor with modest overclock. and btw the msi gtx 750 ti is fantastic; quiet, cool, low power, high performance for my needs on this rig. Just wish i could see it better in the pc because it color matches the m8 and looks sweet.

Runs adobe cs6 like a dream.

It is quieter than my fat ps3, even playing games, and about the same as my old macbook when both at idle.

The first one i received was DOA, smashed case due to careless handling, i suppose. Newegg paid for shipping and got one out in a week, so of course I was bummed but they honored their policies so kudos. Even got my return expedited by contacting support staff who was friendly and helpful.

The second unit was not without issue, I had bios issues and the front usb port was not connected at all (took me a month to figure that out. Easy enough to fix, open the computer, clear the cmos, and plug in the front panel. oh, and flash the bios from the files on their support site.

It was fairly easy to build, considering this was my first ever. Considering the motherboard was already installed and cable managed well, the fact that one has to remove the top of the unit was worth the minor hassles.

would have received five stars if not DOA and poor quality control. Oh, and asrock support was helpful at first, then transferred my support ticket to HQ and i never heard back... so I woulda rated it 3 stars, like the rest, but I'm just so satisfied with this rig for the price and my personal configuration and cpu/gpu upgrade potential.

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  • Leslie G.
  • 8/8/2015 9:23:38 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsShoddy

Pros: Price was good

Cons: Onboard audio failed within 10 weeks

Other Thoughts: I am still waiting to hear from AsRock. All of the audio jacks are dead.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued ASRock Customer

Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
We will be more than happy to resolve the issue you having.
Please contact us at http://www.ASRock.com/Support/tsd.asp
We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: http://www.ASRock.com/Support/tsd.asp

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  • allan c.
  • 7/10/2015 6:35:15 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNice Machine after Third Try

Pros: Newegg is the best.The first one I received the A command did not work.The second one had a bad motherboard.Finally the third works like a charm.All I can say is thank you Newegg for the quick turn around on returns.

Cons: ASRock support is virtually non existent.They sent an email telling me to contact the merchant for tech problems and returns.Shame on you Asrock.

Other Thoughts: My son wanted a small form factor pc for his dorm room the M8 works well finally after three tries.I can not give it five stars only because Asrock customer support is so bad.If only I could give Newegg support a rating they are worthy of Five Stars they really came through for me.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued ASRock Customer

Thank you for your purchase and review. It might be automatically generated email.
Our technical support will contact you and offer trouble shooting instruction for the unit.
However, we do reply both email and phone promptly except on week-end and holidays.
If you have any technical issues or warranty questions please contact us at 909-590-8308 or http://www.ASRock.com/Support/tsd.asp. We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: http://www.ASRock.com/Support/tsd.asp

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/23/2015 5:36:24 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBarebones Beast

Pros: Powerful performance from an SFF box. Beautiful design, great portability. The handles EASILY support the entire weight of the case, making this super portable.

Cons: Fan orientation- there fans on each end of the unit, one intake the other, exhaust. On BOTH ends. While this is correctable, it's troublesome to have to disassemble the frame to flip each fan. I set the CPU side of the case to intake, the GPU side to exhaust.

With stock Mobo, and a larger cooler, CPU 4pin, cpu fan and corner Mobo screw are EXTREMELY difficult to access.

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