ASRock at CES 2019: DeskMini A300, World’s First AMD Ryzen Mini STX PC Launchedby Anton Shilov on January 10, 2019 12:00 PM EST
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ASRock has introduced its miniature DeskMini A300-series desktop PC barebones that are powered by AMD AM4 processors with integrated graphics. The world’s first Mini STX platform supporting AMD Ryzen CPUs is just 1.9 liters in volume, though it supports everything systems of this class can offer, including multiple storage drives, display outputs, and so on.
ASRock’s DeskMini A300-series systems are based on AMD’s A300 chipset and support AMD’s AM4 APUs, including Ryzen and Athlon-branded Raven Ridge processors as well as A-series Bristol Ridge processors with up to 65 W TDP. It is noteworthy that the barebones come without a CPU cooler, which has to be bought separately (cooling systems with up to 46 mm z-height are supported).
The DeskMini A300 barebones are equipped with two DDR4 SO-DIMM slots supporting up to 32 GB of DDR4-2400 or DDR4-2933 memory depending on the APU used (Ryzen or A-series). As for storage, the DeskMini A300 feature two M.2-2280 slots for SSDs (PCIe 3.0 x4 and x2/x4) as well as two 2.5-inch bays for SATA SSDs or HDDs that can be RAIDed (0 and 1 modes are supported).
Unlike some of ASRock’s Intel-based DeskMini systems, the A300 does not support discrete graphics in MXM form-factor, so it relies solely on iGPUs. Speaking of graphics, it is necessary to note that the A300 supports three display outputs (DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, D-Sub).
As for general connectivity, ASRock’s DeskMini A300 has a GbE (controlled by the RealtekRTL8111H), USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A and Type-C ports, a USB 2.0 Type-A connector, one M.2-2230 slot for a Wi-Fi + Bluetooth module (the DeskMini A300W SKU comes with a preinstalled Intel AC-3168 wireless module), audio connectors, and so on.
ASRock’s DeskMini A300-series systems come with external 120 W power bricks, which should be more than enough for PCs that do not use a discrete GPU and support only 65 W AMD APUs.
ASRock has not announced any information about pricing of its DeskMini A300-series barebones, but keeping in mind that they are powered by AMD’s entry-level A300 chipset and even come without a CPU cooler, it is logical to assume that they will be priced very reasonably.
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psychobriggsy - Thursday, January 10, 2019 - linkWaits for Zen 2 based APUs later this year, a 65W "Ryzen 3400G" with 8C and 15-20CUs would be nice in this...
T1beriu - Thursday, January 10, 2019 - linkIf you believe the fake "leaks". I'm pretty sure we'll see Zen 2 APUs at CES 2020.
WinterCharm - Thursday, January 10, 2019 - linkCES keynote confirmed Zen2 is coming 2nd half of 2019.
brakdoo - Thursday, January 10, 2019 - linkThey confirmed "mid-19" for Zen 2 (could be end of 1st half like computex) but they didn't talk about APUs. There are two possible scenarios:
1. They will release 12 nm desktop APUs with that picasso die in the following months. That means 7 nm APUs take a little longer as they don't want to cannibalize their APUs released just a few months ago.
2. They won't release desktop picasso parts and go directly to 7nm APUs...
veeteef - Thursday, January 10, 2019 - linkThere was no mention of APU's though. It took 2 Ryzen generations for the current APU's to be released.
dosiaismyspiritanimal - Friday, January 11, 2019 - linkThey came out after the 1000 series and before the mainline 2000 series, see no reason why this next generation wouldn't do the same.
dosiaismyspiritanimal - Friday, January 11, 2019 - linkOh aye, and when those 20CUs perform like a 2400G cause they're starved of memory bandwidth can we cry into our soup?
This thing looks dope but the idea of it going toe to toe with anything much more than a 1030 is - at least for now - simply dreaming.
ballsystemlord - Thursday, January 10, 2019 - linkShilov, I don't see any audio jacks or mention of which chip they are using. A good audio subsystem would be very important for such a computer. There does appear to be some unlabeled item on the front. Any info on that front?
Also, is that D-sub connector (that were sadly phased out years ago on GFX cards), for a Vesa type monitor?