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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  • JohnyNFullEffect - Friday, August 7, 2020 - link

    Seriously interested here too. US based Reply
  • eek2121 - Monday, August 3, 2020 - link

    Not gonna lie. I want one. No U.S. availability or pricing? Reply
  • dihartnell - Monday, August 3, 2020 - link

    Yep me too. Hope they come to New Zealand as well. Reply
  • Ubiqutious - Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - link

    Hope they make it across the ditch to Aus. as well. I have been waiting for something like this. Reply
  • tokyojerry - Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - link

    Being in Japan and with ASUS Japan having a quite strong presence and prevalence here, It's a given that it will come here as well. Just the timing not sure. Perhaps sooner than UK given the proximity and size of the market. Reply
  • vladx - Monday, August 3, 2020 - link

    65W is too much for a mini PC, it should be 15-20W max. Reply
  • psychobriggsy - Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - link

    C'mon, it's using a 15W APU in the first place, and that's before all other components, and turbo peaks. It also might be cTDP configured to 25W (I hope it is).

    I'd like to see a -H or even a -G version of this - slightly larger for cooling of course.
    Reply
  • vladx - Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - link

    AMD needs a competitor to Intel Atom otherwise they won't gain any significant marketshare in this space. Reply
  • rahvin - Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - link

    AMD has had Atom competitive chips for years, I used a G-series for close to a decade in the 2000's. They don't increment often enough but you can find them if you want. Intel provides billions in incentives, primarily advertising, that distort the market so atom gets more products and market coverage. But AMD does have competitive low power chips and boards serving primarily the embedded marketplace. AMD just doesn't have the lift to pull these chips into all the Niche's and OEM's that Intel has with Atom because they can't spend that kind of money on incentives.

    https://www.anandtech.com/show/15549/sapphire-anno...
    Reply
  • Spunjji - Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - link

    I'd love to see your evidence for this assertion, given how manifestly unpopular Atom is in this particular space. Reply

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