4X4 BOX-4800U Renoir Mini-PC Reviewed

AMD-based ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) techniques are slowly gaining market acceptance, with the Zen structure slowly catching up with Intel on each the efficiency in addition to energy consumption entrance. AMD’s newest and best has been reserved for the high-end desktop market, with the components meant for low-power / compact techniques showing just a few quarters later. Zen 3-based desktop CPUs have been launched just lately. Nevertheless, Zen 2-based components with 12-25W TDP (Renoir APUs) have began showing in compact desktop techniques solely just lately. ASRock Industrial launched the Ryzen 4000U-based 4X4 BOX-4000 collection in September. The evaluation under appears to be like on the flagship mannequin – the 4X4 BOX-4800U – and the way it compares in opposition to the equal Comet Lake-U-based Frost Canyon NUC from Intel.

Introduction

The PC market has grown in the previous couple of years, thanks in no small half to ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) and gaming techniques. Intel’s NUC line-up has been ruling the roost within the former class. Given AMD’s deal with multi-threaded efficiency and core counts with the first-generation Zen microarchitecture, Zen and Zen+-based Ryzen APUs didn’t have ok energy effectivity and efficiency per watt to make a dent in Intel’s success within the NUC house. ASRock Industrial did launch UCFF techniques primarily based on the AMD Ryzen Embedded Processors lineup (we reviewed one such system – the 4X4 BOX-V1000M). Whereas the GPU prowess and multi-threaded efficiency turned out to be considerable facets, the single-threaded efficiency, energy effectivity, and driver points made it a tricky promote in opposition to competing Intel-based NUCs. The introduction of Zen 2-based APUs (Renoir) fabricated in TSMC’s 7nm course of modified the equation by addressing all of the aforementioned weak factors.

AMD prioritized the supply of Renoir APUs to the pocket book market, with mini-PCs following quickly after. ASRock Industrial was once more on the forefront. Together with Asus’s PN50, they have been one of many first to launch techniques primarily based on these components. The 4X4 BOX-4000 collection has three completely different SKUs with CPU core counts of 4 (Ryzen 3 4300U), 6 (Ryzen 5 4500U), and eight (Ryzen 7 4800U) every. The final one is the flagship, and that’s the one we’re taking a look at in the present day.

The 4X4 BOX-4800U has a 104mm x 102mm main-board housed in a 110mm x 117.5mm x 47.85mm plastic chassis. The system matches the Intel NUCs within the footprint division. The board comes with a soldered processor – the Ryzen 7 4800U belonging to the AMD Renoir APU collection. It’s an octa-core processor with SMT enabled (8C/16T). It will probably function with a TDP configurable between 12W and 25W.

ASRock Industrial sampled us a barebones model of the system. In partnership with Patriot Reminiscence, in addition they supplied us with their advisable storage (Patriot P300 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD) and reminiscence (Patriot Signature Line 2x32GB DDR4-3200 SODIMM) for utilization with the PC.

The specs of our ASRock 4X4 BOX-4800U evaluation configuration are summarized within the desk under.












ASRock 4X4 BOX-4800U Specs
Processor AMD Ryzen 7 4800U

Zen 2 (Renoir) 8C/16T, 1.8 – 4.2 GHz

TSMC 7nm, 8MB L3, 10 – 25 W (15W)
Reminiscence Patriot Reminiscence PSD432G32002S DDR4 SODIMM

22-22-22-52 @ 3200 MHz

2×32 GB
Graphics AMD Radeon Graphics (Renoir) – Built-in GPU with 8 CUs
Disk Drive(s) Patriot P300

(512 GB; M.2 2280 PCIe 3.0 x4; Kioxia 96L 3D TLC)

(Silicon Movement SM2263XT Controller)
Networking Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200

(2×2 802.11ax – 2400 Mbps)

1x Realtek RTL8111G Gigabit Ethernet Controller

1x Realtek RTL8125 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Audio 3.5mm Headphone Jack

Able to 5.1/7.1 digital output with HD audio bitstreaming (HDMI)
Miscellaneous I/O Ports 2x USB 2.0

2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Sort-C

1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Sort-A
Working System Retail unit is barebones, however we put in Home windows 10 Enterprise x64
Pricing (As configured) $600 (barebones)

$878 (as configured)
Full Specs ASRock Industrial 4X4 BOX-4800U Specs

The ASRock Industrial 4X4 BOX-4800U package would not include any pre-installed OS, however does include a CD containing the drivers. In any case, we ended up putting in the most recent drivers downloaded off the product assist web page. Along with the principle unit, the opposite elements of the bundle embrace a 90 W (19V @ 4.74A) adapter, a US energy wire, a VESA mount (together with the mandatory screws), a driver CD, consumer’s guide and a quick-start information. Putting in the storage and RAM is easy – a matter of popping off 4 screws on the chassis underside and mounting the elements within the applicable slot.

The above gallery exhibits the bundle elements together with the chassis design and the interior elements. The system additionally consists of assist for the set up of a 2.5″ drive, with a really versatile SATA energy / information cable already in place.

Within the desk under, now we have an outline of the varied techniques that we’re evaluating the ASRock 4X4 BOX-4800U in opposition to. Observe that they could not belong to the identical market section. The related configuration particulars of the machines are supplied in order that readers have an understanding of why some benchmark numbers are skewed for or in opposition to the ASRock 4X4 BOX-4800U once we come to these sections.









Comparative PC Configurations
Side ASRock 4X4 BOX-4800U
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 4800U AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
GPU AMD Renoir (Radeon RX Vega 8 / GCN5) AMD Renoir (Radeon RX Vega 8 / GCN5)
RAM Patriot Reminiscence PSD432G32002S DDR4 SODIMM

22-22-22-52 @ 3200 MHz

2×32 GB
Patriot Reminiscence PSD432G32002S DDR4 SODIMM

22-22-22-52 @ 3200 MHz

2×32 GB
Storage Patriot P300

(512 GB; M.2 2280 PCIe 3.0 x4; Kioxia 96L 3D TLC)

(Silicon Movement SM2263XT Controller)
Patriot P300

(512 GB; M.2 2280 PCIe 3.0 x4; Kioxia 96L 3D TLC)

(Silicon Movement SM2263XT Controller)
Wi-Fi Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200

(2×2 802.11ax – 2400 Mbps)
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200

(2×2 802.11ax – 2400 Mbps)
Value (in USD, when constructed) $600 (barebones)

$878 (as configured)
$600 (barebones)

$878 (as configured)

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