The DeskMini DMAF5 mini PC was featured which contains an AMD CPU. There not many mini PCs that have Ryzen CPUs, nor AMD has pushed this form factor. Usually, the barebone mini PC market is dominated by Intel. Even with the successful lineups of Ryzen CPUs for the desktop and notebook market, AMD didn’t have a very wide range of mini PC barebones, except with maybe a couple of them in certain domestic markets. ASROCK reportedly worked on a barebone mini PC with a Renoir APU, but that’s about it.
Mid-range mobile APU ideal for mini PCs?
While AMD doesn’t have a separate like on NUC-specific SKUs, its mobile range Ryzen processors can be easily used for one. The DeskMini DMAF5 is powered by a Ryzen 5 3550H APU, a quad-core chip with 8 Vega 8 graphics core. It uses a Zen+ architecture, clocked at 2.1/ 3.7 GHz. This is a 35 TDP mobile CPU. Though the company didn’t show any of the internal build images, it seems feature-packed. It has two SO-DIMM DDR4 slots with one M.2 2280 port and a SATA port for a 2.5″ drive. As seen on the chip, it has two ethernet ports. For wireless, it uses an Intel AX200 chip. No pricing and launch date is known at the time of writing
Regardless of what scepticism manufacturers would have to use Ryzen mobile processors for a NUC-like form factor, its application and potential cannot be ignored. We’ll just have to see if barebone mini PC makers will have a wide range of AMD Ryzen counterparts. If Deskmini is able to raise funds successfully, at least it shows interest in this configuration. Maybe they’ll consider adopting Renoir APUs, instead.
VIA: Toms Hardware