Mini-PCs and portable consoles share the same love for AMD APUs. A love that does not seem ready to be denied.
Alongside that of portable consoles, the mini-PC market is also booming. If we bring these two segments together, it is because their recent success is based on the same type of components, APUs from AMD.
Equipped with high-performance CPU cores, but without neglecting the graphics part, these chips made it possible to imagine compact, versatile and high-performance machines without (too much) skyrocketing prices.
8 Zen 4 cores, 12 RDNA 3 cores…
In the world of mini-PCs, however, we have to do with a generation behind portable consoles and even the Steam Deck – which is not equipped with the most modern APU – does better.
However, the lines should move soon and the Geekom brand seems to be in the lead with the very recent presentation of a mini-PC equipped with a Ryzen 7 7870HS or Ryzen 9 7940HS processor. Both are equipped with 8 Zen 4 cores to which 12 RDNA 3 calculation units are associated. The Ryzen 9 has operating frequencies a little higher than 4 GHz base (compared to 3.8 GHz for the Ryzen 7) and 5.2 GHz boost (compared to 5.1 GHz).
For the moment, Geekom has not specified whether it intends to integrate the Ryzen 7 or the big brother Ryzen 9 into its next machines. The brand preferred to emphasize the general integration of Phoenix generation APUs from AMD.
…in a volume of 0.5 liters
The transition to this generation of APU should make it possible to significantly boost the performance of Geekom mini-PCs, but apart from this change – notable if there is one – the brand does not seem to want to upset its recipe.
Indeed, and if it has time to change between now and the actual release of the machines, the chassis used seems very close to previous Geekom models like the MiniAir 11 or the IT13. The color of the machine, however, seems to be more inspired by Apple’s Mac Mini. Otherwise, the shape, dimensions (112.4 x 112.4 x 37 millimeters) and connectors are similar to those of the IT13 and the brand’s other most powerful mini-PCs.
A connection that should always delight connoisseurs because despite the compactness of the chassis, Geekom integrates three USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A (10 Gbps) connectors and one USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A (5 Gbps). Better, two Type-Cs are included, the first in 10 Gbps and the second in 40 Gbps. Two HDMIs, a 2.5 GbE RJ45, an SD reader and an audio jack combo complete the package.
According to Geekom, this mini-PC based on Ryzen Phoenix should be available next month in Asia, but we do not yet have a date for the global release and the price remains a major unknown.
Source : TechPowerUp