ASUS PN50 is a new series of mini-computers that the Taiwanese firm has presented in Korea and that we hope to see soon in the international market. And any type of user with a base that uses the AMD «Renoir» platform will like it.
If the Intel NUC are a reference in mini-PCs and, in fact, the same ASUS has a catalog of the PN60 series that uses Intel processors, the new APUs from AMD they are perfect for these compact size computers They can be used anywhere on a consumer desk, office, or home living room.
ASUS PN50 is offered in a minimal size chassis with dimensions of 115mm x 115mm x 49mm and a weight of 0.7 kg. On the outside, on the front and rear, it offers DisplayPort and HDMI ports, Ethernet LAN, a headphone jack, microSD memory card reader, two USB Type-C ports and three USB-A USB 3.1 ports. Very complete despite its size, it also has Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 support.
Inside, it has two SODIMM slots to equip up to 64 Gbytes of DDR4 memory. For internal storage, it offers an M.2 slot for PCIe solid state drives and a 2.5-inch bay where you can mount another SSD or hard drive.
The big news in the series are AMD’s new Accelerated Processing Units, ideal for small teams looking for component integration. They are based on architecture Zen 2 and are manufactured in 7 nanometer processes. The CPU is a derivative of the successful Ryzen 3000, while the integrated GPU has SIMD components of the “Vega” architecture, but with updated next-generation “Navi” display and multimedia engines.
ASUS PN50, versions and prices
ASUS will offer four different configurations depending on the processor it assembles, from the Ryzen 3 4300U to the top of the range Ryzen 7 4800U, a development of great potential for a mini-PC with its four cores and eight threads, working frequencies up to 4.2 GHz, 12 Mbytes of cache and 8 graphic cores with a frequency of up to 1.75 GHz. Like the rest of the series, its TDP consumption is 15 watts.
The prices that reach us for the Korean market are attractive once converted to dollars, although it is not certain that they will reach the international market at these prices:
Ryzen 3 4300U: $ 325 with July release.
Ryzen 5 4500U: $ 334 with July launch.
Ryzen 7 4700U: $ 385 with August release
Ryzen 7 4800U: $ 506 with August release.