ASRock Industrial has introduced a new lineup of NUC-like systems based on AMD's Ryzen 7040-series 'Phoenix' processors for laptops and compact desktops. The new 4x4 Box 7040 series compact PCs can be used for a wide variety of workloads given their high performance, advanced built-in graphics, rich connectivity, and USB4 support.

ASRock's 4x4 Box 7040 systems are built around AMD's latest generation, Zen 4-based Ryzen 7 7840U (8C/16T, 5.10 GHz, Radeon 780M with 768 stream processors, AI accelerator) or Ryzen 5 7640U (6C/12T, 4.90 GHz, Radeon 760M with 512 stream processors, AI accelerator) CPUs. The mini-PCs can be equipped with up to 64 GB of DDR5-5600 memory using two SO-DIMMs as well as two M.2 SSDs with a PCIe 4.0 x4 or SATA interface. The processor is cooled down using an active cooling system to ensure its consistent performance under high loads, though the manufacturer does not disclose its noise level.

Traditionally for ASRock's 4x4 Box PCs, connectivity department of the company's new compact machine is quite advanced as it as a Wi-Fi 6E + Bluetooth 5.2 adapter, one 2.5 GbE port and one GbE port, two USB4 Type-C connectors with DP Alt Mode support on the front, three USB Type-A ports (USB 3.2 Gen2, two USB 2.0), four display outputs (two DP 1.4a using USB-C, two HDMI 1.4b), and a TRRS audio jack for headsets.

The system measures 117.5×110.0×47.85mm (4.63×4.33×1.88 inches) and can be mounted on the backside of a display using VESA mounts to save some desk space.

ASRock's 4x4 Box 7040 series systems are listed on the company's website, so expect them to become available shortly. In addition, the company also offers 4x4 7040 motherboards based on AMD's Ryzen 7 7840U or Ryzen 5 7640U SoCs for system integrators that have access to miniature chassis or would like to use these platforms for their own embedded designs.

Source: ASRock

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  • nicolaim - Tuesday, September 5, 2023 - link

    Does anyone like connecting their monitor to the front of their computer?
    Once again, the ports could have been way better...
  • meacupla - Tuesday, September 5, 2023 - link

    counterpoint: When ventilation is pointed upwards, the USB-C port faces downward. This placement is ideal for hooking up to a monitor that also has all their inputs facing downwards.
  • - Tuesday, September 5, 2023 - link

    For a NUC that is a great way to do it. Also, many people mount the NUC on back of the monitor.
    ASROCK makes good stuff. I would price this at about $600 with ram/nvme and OS.
  • RobATiOyP - Wednesday, September 6, 2023 - link

    You have 2 HDMI ports too with the slower USB ports & power, the fast USB ones plus phone jack are together on one side for user access. Plus you can always simply turn a box by 90 degrees and have it accessible from the side.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Monday, September 11, 2023 - link

    The mac mini comes closest to getting it right, although it lacks any front ports for end user use.
  • RobATiOyP - Wednesday, September 6, 2023 - link

    Nice having 2.5+1GbE RJ45 ports, too often tiny AMD systems have just had single wired plus wi-fi,
    which restricts the utility as an efficient SOHO server
  • TheinsanegamerN - Monday, September 11, 2023 - link

    Nice we're finally getting these, agree the type C really should be on the back with the other ports. Nothing like getting a mini box and having to have cables coming out of both sides of said box for connectivity. Progress?

    Also why USB 2? Are we in the 2000s?
  • adamxpeter - Thursday, September 14, 2023 - link

    "Also why USB 2?" Why dry up bandwith and port with keyboard and mouse?
  • emmchild - Wednesday, September 13, 2023 - link

    I have the 4800U and the 7735U. I'll eventually purchase a 7840U for the ability to have a cluster.

    If there is one thing I don't care for is the power button. It's not a deal is anoying.

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