You should use a full-sized GPU with ASRock’s new Mini PC — DeskMate X600 just for China, priced at roughly $193 USD

ASRock’s new DeskMate X600 Mini PC, on the market at Chinese language retailer JD.com [h/t ITHome.com], rounds out the present ASRock Mini PC lineup. It additionally comes with some fascinating if questionable design choices. We’ll dive into that in just a little bit, however the barebones equipment consists of simply the case and a CPU cooler, beginning at roughly $193 USD. A completely-specced model with a Ryzen 7 8700G will value round $635 USD.

The three colors of the ASRock DeckMate X600.

(Picture credit score: ASRock (through ITHome.com))

ASRock DeskMate X600 Mini PC core specs

  • Motherboard Chipset: AMD X600
  • Motherboard Socket: Helps AM5 Ryzen 7000- and 8000-series CPUs as much as 65W
  • CPU Cooler: Consists of low-profile 64mm CPU cooler
  • Show I/O: 2 DisplayPort 1.4 ports, 1 HDMI 2.1 port
  • Entrance I/O: 2 USB 3.2 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB Kind-C port, 1 Audio Port
  • Rear I/O: 2 USB 3.2 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 2.5G Ethernet Port
  • Supported RAM: As much as 7200 MT/s and 192GB of DDR5 RAM, 4 slots
  • Storage Choices: Two NVMe slots (Gen 3 and Gen 4), one 2.5-inch mount for SATA
  • Wi-fi Assist: Optionally available Wi-Fi (depends upon config)
  • Dimensions: 195 x 85 x 215 mm (roughly 3.5 liters)
  • Default OS: Not Listed, most definitely Home windows 11
  • Shell Colours: Obsidian Black, Starry Grey, and Moonlight Silver

With the fundamentals of the ASRock DeskMate X600 established, let’s give attention to that top-mounted PCIe slot. Not like the CWWK Magic Laptop, the top-mounted PCIe slot right here is meant to be used with a PCIe riser cable and helps a separate full-bandwidth graphics card… however precisely the way you’re anticipated to dock and energy that exterior GPU is not fairly clear. The DIY potential of powering a GPU with a separate PSU is all the time there, however then you definitely’d have to brief the facility pins and that is not precisely a sublime resolution.

And all of this beliest the truth that you’d then have a second PSU that is likely to be as massive because the Mini PC, plus cables, plus the honking RTX 4090 or no matter you wish to stuff into the offered slot. That is lots of additional desk area for a “Mini PC” that appears to defeat the purpose of getting a small system within the first place.

Regardless, the utmost CPU spec that could be a 65W TDP on socket AM5, which locks within the Ryzen 7 8700G as the most suitable choice proper now, even if you happen to plan on utilizing an exterior GPU. Happily, the Ryzen 7 8700G is not any slouch in both iGPU or discrete GPU efficiency, however as soon as once more, the meant eGPU use case right here raises lots of eyebrows. After all, being socket AM5, we would additionally count on the system to finally get help for the upcoming AMD Zen 5 Ryzen 9000-series processors.

ASRock’s promoting is right in {that a} correct PCIe 4.0 x16 hyperlink to an exterior GPU will present much better efficiency than Thunderbolt and even OCuLink, however this design resolution sadly introduces loads of its personal issues. There aren’t precisely any PCIe riser cable-compatible eGPU docking stations, and if you are going to have a cumbersome high-end graphics card, you’d most likely need it correctly supported and shielded from injury. A take a look at that prime picture makes us assume it might be fairly simple to unintentionally knock over the GPU whereas the system is powered on, which might be a recipe for catastrophe.