ASRock mini PC with Ryzen 5 4600U Renoir APU spotted in SiSoft Sandra database
Even with AMD’s anti-NUC initiative started last year, there still are only a few mini PC models powered by more recent Ryzen APUs. Asus decided to break the delayed launch cycle with the announcement of Ryzen 4000 APU mini PCs landing this summer, and it looks like other OEMs are following suit now, as an ASRock single-board computer (SBC) model has been spotted rocking a Ryzen 4000U APU in the SiSoft Sandra database.
The sighting was first reported by Twitter user momomo_us, who noticed a mention of an upgraded version for the original ASRock 4x4-V1000 single-board computer in the SiSoft Sandra database. The 4x4 series from ASRock features motherboards that are only 4 x 4 inches in size, and these are designed for industrial environments. The V1000 model came equipped with the older Ryzen Embedded V1650B 4-core APU, but the new V2000 spotted in the SiSoft Sandra database is apparently getting a serious upgrade in the form of a Ryzen 5 4600U six-core APU that can boost to 4 GHz, making this new version more desirable for home theatre PC builders.
One could argue that the graphics department has not exactly been upgraded, as the Ryzen 4000 APU has only six compute units instead of eight, but we also need to take into consideration the fact that AMD has updated the Vega cores with 7 nm technology in the latest Zen 2 APUs. The Ryzen Embedded V1650B APU has the Vega 8 iGPU running at 1.1 GHz, while the Ryzen 5 4600U has the Vega 6 iGPU running at 1.5 GHz.
These SBC models usually come without RAM and storage solutions. Still, the database entry shows that whoever tested the ASRock 4x4-V2000 added 16 GB of RAM, meaning that these small boards can easily handle at least 32 GB of dual channel DDR4. Moreover, the V1000 supports up to three display outputs, and ASRock could bump the count to four on the V2000, seeing that the improved Vega cores on the new Ryzen 4000 APU can handle up to four 4K outputs.