While AMD’s Ryzen Embedded APUs aren’t new, the rate of adoption for them is. AMD unveiled this week that four more manufacturers are now offering ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) PCs powered by their embedded Ryzen APUs. With systems shipping from ASRock, EEPD, OnLogic, and SimplyNUC, the small form factor boxes can be used for a wide variety of use cases, ranging from home entertainment to business and industrial applications.
ASRock’s 4X4 BOX R1000V UCFF PCs Finally Available
Originally introduced earlier this year, ASRock’s 4X4Box R1000V and 4×4 BOX-R1000M systems come in black Intel NUC-like chassis that packs a motherboard with soldered down AMD’s dual-core Ryzen Embedded R1505G APU with Radeon Vega 3 Graphics or dual-core Ryzen Embedded R1606G APU with Radeon Vega 3 Graphics, respectively.
The systems have everything that we come to expect from a modern PC, including two SO-DIMM slots supporting up to 32 GB of DDR4-2400 memory, an M.2-2260 slot for a SATA or PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD, two Realtek RTL8111G GbE controllers, Intel’s Wireless-AC 3168 module, multiple USB Type-A ports (three USB 3.0, two USB 2.0), three display outputs (two DisplayPorts, one HDMI), and a 3.5-mm audio jack.
AMD’s Ryzen Embedded R-series processors are rated to run for 24/7, so ASRock’s 4X4 Box-R1000M and 4X4 Box-R1000V can be used for applications that need to be always on, such as digital signage, kiosks, and so on. Meanwhile, three display outputs make ASRock’s AMR Ryzen Embedded-based systems rather decent solutions for office. Finally, as the boxes include a watchdog timer and are rated to run at temperatures of up to 40ºC, the system can be used for non-extreme industrial applications.
ASRock’s 4X4 Box-R1000M and 4X4 Box-R1000V are now finally available as barebones. Prices of actual systems will depend on their configurations, whereas barebones are now sold at Newegg: the model R1000V costs $309.99, whereas the model V1000M is priced at