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
Ryzen 7
Ryzen 5
Ryzen 5
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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  • nicolaim - Monday, August 3, 2020 - link

    What is the disadvantage of an external PSU?
  • Samus - Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - link

    None. People are being ridiculous. The worst part is people are ignoring the ADVANTAGES of an external PSU: lower cost, globalization to different power standards, reduced heat, and obviously smaller footprint. External PSU's are subjectively (my anecdotal experience) more reliable, too.

    Efficiency is virtually equal, from standby to load.
  • Rookierookie - Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - link

    Is the adapter plug proprietary, or can you substitute it for a generic laptop power supply?
  • Luminar - Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - link

    Less loss to resistance due to shorter length of copper.
  • Eliadbu - Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - link

    Most people see it as another brick that has to sit somewhere which make a less tidy desk. To be honest I don't like it either I have so many things on my desk I have to put my monitor power brick somewhere else and it end up on the floor below - very suboptimal with potential failure point. I think that with new GaN power ICs making an space and power efficient internal solution would be easy even with 90w PSU.
  • damianrobertjones - Friday, August 7, 2020 - link

    Please design something, of this size, WITH the psu inside. We'll wait... .
  • frbeckenbauer - Monday, August 3, 2020 - link

    Let's see how availability will look like for these
  • yannigr2 - Monday, August 3, 2020 - link

    I really love seeing how Intel $$$influences$$$ OEMs.

    The better model, the one with a Renoir chip that can go up to 8 cores 16 threads carries a lower product number compared to the Intel one that comes with an 8th gen core CPU, with max 4 cores 8 threads.
  • Rookierookie - Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - link

    Man, how much did Intel have to pay Asus for Asus to offer an AMD product that's twice as fast as theirs at £100 less?
  • phila - Monday, August 3, 2020 - link

    Would love to see a Ryzen 4000 based passive cooling unit with multiple NICs would be a great firewall appliance.

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