ECC filings reveal ASRock mini PCs with AMD Zen 4 and Intel Raptor Lake support
Now that the desktop market has welcomed AMD’s Zen 4 APUs and the associated X600-series chipsets, as well as Intel’s Gen 13 Raptor Lake processors and the 700-series chipsets, it is time to see some mini PC implementations. We should get some announcements at CES next month, and the first models will most likely roll out in Q1-Q2 2023. Asus is probably going to be first to update its PN mini PC lineup with the latest hardware, but it looks like ASRock could get ahead this time around, as the company already filed product details for next gen DeskMini And DeskMeet models with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC).
Twitter user Harukaze5719 spotted ASRock’s new listings in the EEC database, and we can see that the plan is to launch DeskMini and DeskMeet variants with support for AMD’s Zen 4 chips, as well as Intel’s Gen 13 processors. The AMD models bear the X600 suffix, while the Intel ones get a B760 suffix. B/BB most likely stands for barebones with no RAM / storage and BOX stands for fully-featured systems.
With the B760 mention, it is clear that the models will include mini-ITX motherboards featuring the B760 chipset that is launching in early January. This is rumored to get 16 PCIe 5.0 lanes and 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes. Things are, however, a bit unclear with the X600 motherboards from AMD. The naming suggests the inclusion of an X670 chipset that does not support PCI 5.0 lanes for a dGPU, but it does get 4 PCIe 5.0 lanes for the NVMe storage solutions. Now, the DeskMini does not support dGPUs anyway so that would not be a problem, but DeskMeet has room for a dGPU, so maybe ASRock could add a B650E motherboard with PCI e 5.0 lanes for the GPU here.
Up until now, ASRock’s DeskMini and DeskMeet models have been limited to 65 W TDP processor models. If ASRock is to maintain this limit on the upcoming models, the latest desktop-grade processors from AMD and Intel would be too powerful since AMD has 105 W minimum TDP and Intel has 125 W minimum. In this case, the mini PC models would only accept mobile processors, but that takes away the upgradeability factor.
Maybe AMD can introduce the Ryzen 6000G series or even 7000G with 65 W limits, but looking at how the 4000G and 5000G series got delayed by at least a year, we might not see any G-series announced too soon. Additionally, ASRock could possibly add a USB4 port on the DeskMini, seeing that there is no dGPU support. If the TDP limits restrict everything to mobile-grade processors, the USB4 addition would seem fitting.
via Harukaze5719 / WCCFTech