AMD launched its Ryzen Mobile 4000 ‘Renoir’ processors in January, and one of our questions was around the appetite for AMD to push mini-PC designs. Processors that have both high performance and low power are ideal for small form factors, and there has always been a dedicated community to this hardware segment. As we’ve seen in previous launches, sometimes these sorts of machines come before laptops, or very quickly after. At the time, AMD said that the focus was on the laptops, however there would be nothing to stop one of its partners going ahead with a mini-PC design. So we waited, and waited…

The ASUS PN50 is going to be one of the first mini-PCs on the market with the new Renoir hardware in a mini-PC design. Much like the PN60 chassis the company has used with Intel 15 W processors, the unassuming polished grey size and small footprint will ensure that an AMD powered version will fit seamlessly into that vision – with four times the cores and beefier graphics as well.

ASUS will offer the PN50 with four different APUs: the Ryzen 3 4300 and the Ryzen 5 4500U are coming to the UK market on September 7th, while the Ryzen 7 4700U and Ryzen 7 4800U will be available on September 21st.  The kit will be a barebones system, requiring the user to add in memory and a storage drive. The PN50 supports dual DDR4-3200 SO-DIMMs, up to 64 GB, along with an M.2 2280 SATA/PCIe drive and a single 2.5-inch SATA drive.

The Vega graphics on the mobile APU means the PN50 will support a single 8K display at 60 Hz or up to four 4K60 displays through HDMI, DisplayPort, and dual USB-C ports. On the front there is a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port with battery charging support, a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port, a 3-in-1 card reader, and an audio jack. On the rear is a USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C port, two USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A ports, the HDMI 2.0 port, a ‘configurable’ port (DP1.4/COM/VGA/LAN depending on region), gigabit Ethernet, and the DC-in connector. Inside the system is an Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 module for wireless connectivity. The system includes a VESA mount kit in the bundle.

The four variants are as follows:

ASUS PN50 Ryzen Mobile 4000 Mini-PC
AnandTech Ryzen 7
4800U
Ryzen 7
4700U
Ryzen 5
4500U
Ryzen 5
4300U
Price (inc VAT) £500 £370 £320 £275
Cores 8 Cores
16 Threads
8 Cores
8 Threads
6 Cores
6 Threads
4 Cores
4 Threads
Frequency 1.8G-4.2G 2.0G-4.1G 2.3G-4.0G 2.7G-4.0G
Graphics Vega 8 Vega 7 Vega 6 Vega 5
Memory 2 x SO-DIMM, up to 64 GB DDR4-3200
Storage 1 x SATA/PCIe M.2 2280
1 x SATA 6 Gbps
Wi-Fi Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6
VESA Mounting Kit Included
Front IO 1 x USB 3.2 G2 Type-C (DP1.4, BC1.2)
1 x USB 3.2 G1 Type-A
1 x Audio Jack
2 x Microphone Array
1 x IR Receiver
1 x 3-in-1 Card Reader
Rear IO 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C (DP1.4)
2 x USB 3.2 G1 Type-A
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x Configurable (DP1.4/COM/VGA/LAN)
1 x Gigabit Ethernet
1 x DC-In
Optional TPM / fTPM 2.0
Dimensions 115 x 115 x 49 mm (0.62L), 0.7 kg
PSU 90 W 65 W
Available September 21st September 7th

Availability will vary depending on region. The UK has pre-order listings at several retailers, including Amazon.

Source: ASUS

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  • Guspaz - Monday, August 3, 2020 - link

    The DisplayPort socket shoved into a plug filling a VGA-shaped hole just screams "Half-assed product" to me. Reply
  • frbeckenbauer - Monday, August 3, 2020 - link

    it's configurable for business. Need more display connections? put DP or HDMI in it. Two ethernet connections when using it as a micro server? Sure. VGA for a legacy display? Go ahead. Reply
  • KaarlisK - Monday, August 3, 2020 - link

    The real bummer is that it's annoyingly loud. I bought the Intel version and promptly had to return it. Louder than the desktop it was slated to replace. Reply
  • Showtime - Monday, August 3, 2020 - link

    Terrible design is what I thought after seeing the pics. Simply venting the top would have quieted it down a bit, noticeably brought temps down. Reply
  • Tomatotech - Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - link

    it has no top vent because people put paper or coffee mugs on top of them or wedge them into tiny spaces. Better to design it without a top vent then it won't get blocked by accident (taps forehead).

    You will note the vent is on the only side that has to have cables sticking out of it, which will prevent the vent being pushed up against a flat surface (and causing a fire risk).
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  • SeanFL - Monday, August 3, 2020 - link

    Loud under heavy load or was it loud with simple web surfing and document editing? Hoping the versions with AMD will have been thermal profiles. The NUC's I use can spin up a bit loud when hitting the CPU hard playing video or installing a Windows update. Otherwise they are pretty quiet. Reply
  • Alistair - Monday, August 3, 2020 - link

    A Mac Mini with this CPU would be AMAZING. Somebody has got to do it, I don't trust Asus, these computers usually suck (hot and noisy and cheap). Reply
  • Maltz - Monday, August 3, 2020 - link

    Apple is dumping x86 entirely for their own silicon. I don't see them releasing any AMD-based machines for the foreseeable future. Reply
  • Alistair - Monday, August 3, 2020 - link

    I meant the same design, but by a PC maker. The cooling in the Mac Mini is superior, and it is quite small, and has an integrated PSU. I want a PC version of that, but for some reason no one has done it. These Asus NUC devices tend to be cheap in quality. Reply
  • SeanFL - Monday, August 3, 2020 - link

    Curious about the known UK release dates, but nothing anywhere about the US release date. Really looking forward to the PN50...when can we buy it in the states? Reply

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