The YouTube channel ETA PRIME had access to the first Mini-PC equipped with an AMD Ryzen Z1 APU. Still in prototype form, we do not even know who the manufacturer of this device is. This version appears to be a final version, except for the design, which would add some RGB LED lighting.
This Mini-PC is quite striking for using the AMD Ryzen Z1 APU. Although it is nothing more than an AMD Ryzen 7040U, this SoC is based on the AMD Zen 4 architecture for cores, and an RDNA 3 GPU. It was specifically designed with energy improvements in mind for use in consoles. To date, however, it has only been used in an affordable ASUS ROG Ally, although it has not gained popularity with a more powerful Ryzen Z1 Extreme.
These are the specifications of the Mini-PC with the AMD Ryzen Z1 APU
This Mini-PC takes advantage of an AMD Ryzen Z1 APU, offering a configuration of 6 cores and 12 threads. These cores operate at a base frequency of 3.20 GHz and a Turbo frequency of 4.90 GHz. For reference, the Ryzen Z1 Extreme used in the most powerful portable consoles offers 8 cores and 16 threads at 5.10 GHz. The most significant difference is in the graphics level with a GPU with 4 Compute Units. This translates to having only 256 Stream Processors @ 2.700 MHz under the same AMD RDNA 3 architecture. This differs significantly from the 768 Stream Processors @ 2.800 MHz of its more powerful variant.
This AMD Ryzen Z1 can be combined with up to 64 GB of DDR5 RAM at 5.600 MHz. Finally, it offers space for an SSD PCIe 4.0 NVMe and includes Wi-Fi 6E + Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity. Obviously, USB and USB-C ports for connecting peripherals and other external devices are also included.
While it has much more memory than a console, the problem lies in not using LPDDR5 or LPDDR5X memory. While it is more efficient, it is also faster than those 5.600 MHz. Considering that the iGPU is nourished by memory speed, the faster it is, the better.
This is the performance it is capable of delivering
At the benchmark level, this Mini-PC with this AMD Ryzen Z1 achieved a single-core performance test of 2,467 points in Geekbench 6.2. In multi-core performance, it provided a performance of 9,328 points. This performance is quite good considering a maximum TDP of 54W. As a reference, an AMD Ryzen 5 5600X offers 2,082 single-core points and 8,639 multi-core points. This processor has a default TDP of 65W.
In games like Spider-Man Remastered, it can easily run the game at HD resolution, Low Quality at 60 stable FPS. The GPU does not become saturated at any time, so it would be interesting to discuss 1080p. Forza Horizon 5 will run smoothly, consistently above 60 FPS at Full HD resolution in Low Quality. Street Fighter 6 runs at 60 stable FPS at 1080p in Medium Quality.
The most demanding title is Cyberpunk 2077, moving at an average of 45 FPS during action sequences at HD resolution in Low Quality. If the price is right, a Mini-PC with an AMD Ryzen Z1 is a great option for multimedia use, office work, emulation, and even gaming.
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