UCFF

Ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) machines have been one of the major drivers in the resurgence of the PC market. The trend was kickstarted by Intel's NUCs in the early 2010s. These PCs have usually relied on low-power processors with compelling performance per watt metrics. AMD was largely absent in this market till the introduction of the Ryzen processors. While ASRock Industrial was one of the first to release a UCFF mini-PC based on the first-generation Ryzen embedded processors, multiple OEMs have lined up to utilize the second-generation AMD processors in their own high-performance mini-PC lineups. Today, we are looking at the performance and value proposition of the ASUS PN50 - a high-end UCFF system based on the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U SoC.

ASRock Industrial NUC BOX-1165G7 Mini-PC Review: An Ultra-Compact Tiger Lake Desktop

Intel introduced the Willow Cove micro-architecture with their Tiger Lake processors in the latter part of 2020. These were designed to span a wide range of performance levels and...

33 by Ganesh T S on 8/26/2021

Intel's Tiger Lake NUC11: Panther Canyon for Asia Alone

The electronics industry supply chain is facing a number of issues due to the ongoing pandemic. Companies are unable to meet product demand, and are being forced to fine-tune...

27 by Ganesh T S on 2/4/2021

ECS LIVA Z3 Plus Review: Compact Comet Lake NUC Clone Cuts Corners

ECS is a well-known OEM in computing circles, known for building motherboards, computers, and industrial / embedded systems for other vendors. Some of their motherboards and small form-factor PCs...

15 by Ganesh T S on 12/22/2020

ASRock Brings Zen 2 NUC : 4X4 BOX-4800U Renoir Mini-PC Reviewed

AMD-based ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) systems are slowly gaining market acceptance, with the Zen architecture slowly catching up with Intel on both the performance as well as power consumption front...

53 by Ganesh T S on 11/25/2020

Akasa Turing Fanless Case Review: Unrivalled Noiseless NUC

Silent computing systems are preferable for a multitude of use-cases ranging from industrial applications (where dust and fans make for a troublesome configuration) to noiseless HTPCs (particularly for audiophiles)...

30 by Ganesh T S on 10/26/2020

ASRock Industrial's NUC 1100 BOX Series Brings Tiger Lake to UCFF Systems

Intel's introduction of the Tiger Lake U-series processors with support for a range of TDPs up to 28W has resulted in vendors launching a number of interesting systems with...

13 by Ganesh T S on 10/13/2020

MinisForum Unveils EliteMini H31G: 65W CPU & 75W GPU in a Compact Mini-PC

MinisForum has been making some interesting moves in the last few months with their computing platforms, ranging from the DMAF5 based on the Ryzen 3000H-series SoCs to the Ice...

4 by Ganesh T S on 9/29/2020

ASRock Industrial 4X4 BOX-V1000M Ryzen Mini-PC Review: Finding Zen In The Small Things

The miniaturization trend triggered by the ultra-compact form factor NUCs from Intel has emerged as a key driver in the growth of the PC market. Processor power efficiency is...

37 by Ganesh T S on 9/28/2020

ASRock Industrial's 4x4-BOX UCFF PC Series Goes Premium with Ryzen 4000U Renoir APUs

ASRock Industrial has been at the forefront of AMD-based UCFF PCs, being one of the first to bring out systems based on the Ryzen Embedded APUs in mid-2019. In...

36 by Ganesh T S on 9/8/2020

Intel Puts Whiskey Lake on The Bonfire: Penny for the NUC

Intel has begun winding down sales of the majority of its Whiskey Lake-based 8th generation NUCs (NUC8 Series). This month the company issued a product change notification for...

13 by Anton Shilov on 3/10/2020

GIGABYTE Unveils Comet Lake-Based BRIX UCFF PC: 6 Cores, USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, & RS232

GIGABYTE has quietly added its first Comet Lake-U-powered ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) BRIX PCs to its lineup. The new systems were designed for home, office, and commercial applications, they offer...

20 by Anton Shilov on 2/21/2020

ECS to Unveil LIVA Z3 Plus & LIVA Z3E Plus UCFF PCs at CES: Intel’s 10th Gen Core Inside

ECS this week disclosed plans to introduce new LIVA ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) PCs based on Intel’s 10th Gen Core processors. Set to be fully unveiled at CES next month...

6 by Anton Shilov on 12/18/2019

Ryzen UCFF-palooza: Multiple PC Makers Now Shipping AMD Ryzen Embedded Systems

While AMD's Ryzen Embedded APUs aren't new, the rate of adoption for them is. AMD unveiled this week that four more manufacturers are now offering ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) PCs...

24 by Anton Shilov on 12/4/2019

Intel Unveils Specificiations of NUC Element Modular PCs

In preparation to kick off sales of its NUC Element modular computers, Intel has disclosed some additional details about the product family. As expected, Intel will offer NUC Element...

14 by Anton Shilov on 12/4/2019

ASRock Reveals Mars UCFF PCs: 0.74-Liters With Intel Core Inside

ASRock has introduced its new Mars series of ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) barebones PCs. The Intel Core-based PCs come in a 0.74-liter chassis and can house up to 32 GB...

26 by Anton Shilov on 11/27/2019

Intel Confirms Comet Lake-Based NUC 10 ‘Frost Canyon’ UCFF PCs

Intel has officially confirmed plans to release its NUC10 ‘Frost Canyon’ ultra-compact form-factor PCs with mobile Comet Lake processors. The main selling point of the systems will be CPUs...

21 by Anton Shilov on 11/21/2019

Intel’s ‘Frost Canyon’ NUC Revealed: SFF PC w/ Comet Lake

Intel Thailand this week inadvertently disclosed the company’s plans to release its next-generation NUC small form-factor PCs based on Comet Lake processors in the near future. Meanwhile, a store...

19 by Anton Shilov on 11/15/2019

SimplyNUC Unveils Sequoia: AMD Ryzen V-Series-Based UCFF PC

SimplyNUC, a maker of ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) PCs, has introduced its first PCs that use AMD’s Ryzen Embedded processors. The Sequoia units are rugged commercial systems designed for applications...

33 by Anton Shilov on 11/14/2019

Intel Axes 10nm CPU Based NUC

Intel has notified its partners about plans to discontinue its only 10nm small form factor NUC in the market. The NUC, which went under the code name of Crimson...

18 by Dr. Ian Cutress & Anton Shilov on 11/6/2019

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