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ASUS Announces the First Mini-PC Powered by AMD Renoir

ASUS just announced the ASUS PN50, the first SFF (small form-factor) prebuilt mini-PC on the market to sport a 15W AMD Ryzen Renoir mobile chipset. From what we’ve seen in the laptop space, 7nm Renoir APUs offer tremendous bang for the buck. With quad to eight-core parts that handily beat Intel Comet Lake and Ice Lake-U processors, the core strengths include a potent iGPU, improved IPC, and incredible power efficiency.

ASUS gives users plenty of choices when it comes to Renoir configurations. The ASUS PN50 can be configured with everything from a Ryzen 3 4300U and Ryzen 5 4500U to the premium Ryzen 7 4700U and Ryzen 7 4800U.

The ASUS PN50 isn’t short on I/O and display options, with support for HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB Type-C, alongside a pair of USB 3.2 Type-A inputs. Gigabit Ethernet and an Intel AX200 WiFi 6 adapter mean blazing-fast connectivity to the internet and local networks.

The device can be configured with up to 64GB OF DDR4 SODIMM memory. The cheapest Ryzen 3 4300U model starts at US$275, which is a steal for a quad-core processor and Vega 5 graphics. At the top end, you’ll be paying upwards of US$500 for the top-end variant with the eight-core Ryzen 7 4800U. With the low cost of entry, small form factor, 65W TDP, and quad-core performance, we see the base model as a great option for office productivity.

Arjun

Penguin-published author, and journalist. Loves PC hardware but has terrible hand-eye coordination. Most likely to be found playing Total War or watching weird Russian sitcoms.
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