Asus announces Mini PC ProArt PA90 workstation featuring Intel Core i9-9900K
A press release from Asus has unveiled a new series of PCs for those involved in high-level content creation, such as architects and engineers. The most-powerful variant comes with a 9th generation Intel CPU, up to four SO-DIMM DDR4 modules for a maximum of 64 GB memory, and graphics powered by a specialist Quadro P4000 graphics card from Nvidia. Asus claims that the new generation of Intel processors offers 30% better performance over the last generation.
For storage, Asus has implemented a “triple-storage design,” so that it is possible to use two 512 GB M.2 PCIe SSDs and one 1 TB HDD. The connectivity situation is also generous, as it includes two USB 3.1 Gen2 ports on the front and two of the same on the rear, 4x DisplayPort, and 2x Thunderbolt 3. A CPU liquid cooler is also part of the package, to enable users to get the most out of the machine. If that solution isn’t sufficient, Asus has added an additional mechanism to deal with any heat issues:
An innovative ventilation system also helps ensure cool and stable performance. When the CPU temperature rises above 80°C, the top cover of Mini PC ProArt PA90 automatically extends, allowing 38% more airflow into the chassis for optimized thermal efficiency.
The Asus Mini PC ProArt PA90, which at a glance looks somewhat like a large smart speaker, also comes in an i7-9700K variant and there is the option to choose the lower-specced Nvidia Quadro P2000. Asus has not given an official release date for the ProArt PA90, simply stating “available in the coming months.” No pricing has been offered either, but it has been speculated that prospective buyers will have to part with well over US$1,000 to get their hands on the new Mini PC. The full specifications are listed below.