In a nutshell: ASRock has introduced the Mars 4000U sequence, which it claims is the world’s thinnest AMD-powered Mini PC. Whereas Intel’s NUC lineup has normally dominated this area of interest for fairly a while, new rivals such because the Apple M1-powered Mac mini and this AMD-powered providing definitely shake up the small type issue area.
Coming in at simply 0.74 liters with a 26mm skinny profile, ASRock’s new Mars 4000U mini PC ought to simply match within the tightest of workspaces. It isn’t supreme for demanding players, given the shortage of Thunderbolt 3 or 4 support (for eGPUs), although its highly effective internals and I/O connectivity on supply make a robust case for different industries like multimedia, schooling, and industrial companies.
Powered by AMD’s Ryzen 4000 series of cell processors, this mini PC begins with a 4C/4T Ryzen 4300U and goes as much as an 8C/16T 4800U chip. The CPU might be paired with as much as 64GB of non-ECC dual-channel DDR4 reminiscence, whereas storage choices embody a PCIe NVMe m.2 slot, one 2.5-inch SATA III slot, and an SD card reader that is positioned on the entrance.
Different I/O on the entrance features a USB-C 3.2 Gen1 Sort-C port, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Sort-A ports, and a couple of x USB 2.0 ports subsequent to the facility button. The rear, in the meantime, includes a Kensington lock, a few audio jacks, energy enter for the 65W/19V adapter, an Ethernet port to go together with the WLAN m.2 growth slot inside (Intel Wi-Fi 6), two extra USB 3.2 Gen1 Sort-A ports, an HDMI port (4K@60Hz) and a D-Sub port. This configuration additionally permits for a dual-monitor setup. Thermals are handled utilizing ASRock’s ‘high-performance’ thermal answer, which the corporate says is lower than 24dB loud at idle and may hold the CPU cool with its specifically designed heatsink.
Pricing of the Mars 4000U sequence is not formally out there at this level, although ASRock’s e-tail accomplice, Newegg, is currently selling a barebones system that packs a 6C/6T Ryzen 5 4500U solely (no RAM, storage) for $389.99 backed by a one-year guarantee.