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This is the world’s thinnest AMD PC

By Rhyn Chan - on 6 Jan 2021, 10:54am

This is the world’s thinnest AMD PC

Enter the ASRock Mars 4000U mini PC.

While there are no shortages of DIY PCs in the market, there is a growing number of barebone systems that come equipped with decent Intel CPU options for the everyday user. An example of that is the Intel NUC, a small form factor PC that takes up very little space on your desk. For some models, all you need to do is add RAM and you’re off to the races as it usually comes with Windows pre-installed, while on others, you add both RAM and storage options as you see fit before it's usable.

ASRock’s Mars 4000U takes that idea, and runs with AMD-inside instead. Within a chassis that’s just 26mm in height and 0.7-litre in capacity houses AMD's current 7nm Ryzen 4000U-series mobile processor. There’s also Radeon Graphics integrated within the processor which means that you could get away with some light gaming as well. As witnessed from our recent notebook review that uses a Ryzen 4700U processor, performance is impressive. ASRock offer the Mars 4000U in these 3 different configurations that only differ by the offered CPU models:-

  • AMD Ryzen 4300U (4 cores, 4 threads, 2.7GHz base clock, 3.7GHz boost clock)
  • AMD Ryzen 4500U (6 cores, 6 threads, 2.3GHz base clock, 4.0GHz boost clock)
  • AMD Ryzen 4800U (8 cores, 16 threads, 1.8GHz base clock, 4.2GHz boost clock)

For something this small, you can actually equip it with up to 64GB of SO-DIMM DDR4 RAM, and populate the storage using one of their PCIe Gen 3 x4 M.2 or SATA 2.5 inch hard drive options. There’s also a M.2 (key E 223) slot that’s reserved for the Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 module.

(Image source: Asrock)

Port selection is no slouch either; there are a total of 7 USB ports, including one USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C port. The Type-C port is not Thunderbolt 3 compatible, so if you have ideas for plugging in an external GPU enclosure, that's a no-go.

Other ports include an HDMI output, a VGA output, SD card reader, and an audio in and out jack. It is also VESA Mount compatible, if you do need that option to strap the mini PC behind a VESA mount compliant monitor and free up all of your desk space.

No word on local availability yet, but we’ll definitely update this space if it does become available.

Source: ASRock

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