ASRock Mars 4000U: Thinnest AMD-powered mini-PC launched with support for up to a Ryzen 7 4800U
ASRock has announced new mini PCs, which it has called the Mars 4000U series. The machines are only 26 mm thick and have a capacity of 0.7 litres, apparently making them the thinnest AMD-powered mini-PCs around. The Mars 4000U is 194 mm wide and 150 mm deep.
The Mars 4000U series relies on, as its name suggests, AMD's Ryzen 4000U APUs. ASRock has only announced a Ryzen 5 4500U SKU so far, but the machine's motherboard is apparently compatible with all 15 W Renoir APUs up to the Ryzen 7 4800U. Unsurprisingly, the Mars 4000U series offers active cooling, along with up two SO-DIMM slots that support up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM.
ASRock has included an HDMI and an analog output too, with M.2 2280 and 2.5-inch drive bays serving as storage. However, you can only install up to a 9.5 mm thick drive in the latter bay. Additionally, ASRock has included four USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A ports, two USB 2.0 Type-A ports and a USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C port. The Mars 4000U has Gigabit LAN built-in too, but it has an Intel AX200 module for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.
The pricing of the Mars 4000U series is not yet known, though. Similarly, it is unknown where ASRock will sell the series, but we would expect it to be fairly pricey, considering that it includes powerful Renoir APUs.