New mini PCs announced in barebone format of the ASRock brand, on the one hand we have the ASRock DeskMini X300 compatible up to the new AMD Ryzen 4000 and on the other hand sharing design the ASRock DeskMini H470 compatible up to Intel 10 gen processors. Interesting PCs that have made a niche in the small format sector because they include everything needed to mount a powerful micro PC based on a processor with integrated GPU
This format does not have PCI expansion slots so you will always use a built-in GPU and it is possible to mount processors with a maximum consumption of 65W and include an external 120W power supply. By default, the basic version does not include a Wi-Fi adapter although there are variants with an adapter included, we will have to mount ourselves a CPU, fast RAM to accelerate the integrated GPU and a disk for internal storage to complete it.
ASRock DeskMini X300
No doubt the mini PC ASRock DeskMini X300 is the most interesting of the two, this small computer allows mounting thanks to the AMD X300 chipset the next APU AMD 4000 Renoir at 7 nm and the previous APU AMD 3000 that we already saw in detail in a review. The system allows to install us two DDR4 3200 MHz SODIMM memory modules with support up to 64GB.
In the box of this small mini PC we have multiple ports where highlights its USB 3.2 Type-C Gen2 connector, triple video output with HDMI 2.0 4K@60fps HDR, VGA and DP 1.4. As for storage we have 2x PCIe Gen3 x4 for two NVMe 2280 slots and option to mount two 2.5″ disks inside.
ASRock DeskMini H470
On the other hand, the ASRock DeskMini H470 with Intel H470 chipset is compatible with Intel Core 10 gen processors with a maximum consumption of 65W provided that they have integrated GPUs. In the case of Intel the graphics section is much lower than the AMD option which makes this mini PC uninteresting in comparison. Besides this limitation in the GPU we have only HDMI 1.4 video output which limits us to 4K@30fps, we have that if other three DP video outputs and by the USB Type-C connector. We have for storage an NVMe 2280 unit and also allows mounting two 2.5″ disks.
Price and availability
- The new ASRock DeskMini X300 and DeskMini H470 mini PCs will be available for purchase at Amazon.com for approximately $190.