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ASRock presents iBOX-R1000 mini PC with AMD Ryzen embedded CPUs

ASRock's iBOX-R1000 is the first mini PC to integrate AMD's Ryzen R1000-series embedded CPUs. (Source: ASRock)
ASRock's iBOX-R1000 is the first mini PC to integrate AMD's Ryzen R1000-series embedded CPUs. (Source: ASRock)
The iBOX-R1000 from ASRock is the first mini PC to integrate the new Ryzen R1606G / R1505G embedded dual-core CPUs with Vega 3 iGPUs. It comes with up to 32 GB DDR4-2400 RAM and supports one 2.5-inch SATA SSD / HDD. This mini PC is designed for digital signage, arcade gaming and gambling, kiosks, IoT gateways and thin client terminals.

Mini PCs these days usually feature ultra-low voltage Intel CPUs, but some companies are looking to give AMD a chance, especially now when Intel is still affected by the 14 nm CPU shortages. Take for example ASRock, which has the iBOX mini PC lineup. Only one week after it announced an updated iBOX with Whiskey Lake-U CPUs, the company just unveiled the iBOX-R1000 powered by AMD’s freshly launched Ryzen Embedded R1000-series processors.

ASRock designed the new iBOX-R1000 mini PC as a “perfect product for applications from Digital Signage to Arcade Gaming and Gambling, Kiosks, IoT Gateway, and Thin Client Terminals." Although it cannot really be called a NUC, the iBOX-R1000 is essential the same size as a NUC and offers similar performance for the IoT market.

The mini PC features passive cooling through the aluminum extrusions on the top and weighs only 2.2 lbs. users may choose among the R1606G dual-core / quad-thread CPU clocked at 2.6 GHz (3.5 GHz turbo) and the R1505G model clocked at 2.4 GHz (3.3 GHz turbo). These can be coupled with up to 32 GB of DDR4-2400 dual channel RAM and one 2.5-inch SSD/HDD. The CPUs also come with integrated Radeon Vega GPUs that offer 3 compute units.

Other features include an HDMI + 2 x Display Port video outs, 2 x Ethernet ports, 2 x USB-A 3.1 connectors on the back, a USB-A 3.1 + 2 x USB-A 2.0 connectors, and a serial port in front.

No word on availability and pricing for the time being.

Front connectors plus a closer look at the passive cooling fins (Source: ASRock)
Front connectors plus a closer look at the passive cooling fins (Source: ASRock)
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Bogdan Solca, 2019-04-19 (Update: 2019-04-19)
Bogdan Solca
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I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.