The market demand for small form-factor (SFF) PCs was kickstarted by the Intel NUC within the early 2010s. Since then, many distributors have come out with their very own tackle the Intel NUC utilizing each Intel and AMD processors. Lately, now we have additionally seen numerous Asian corporations comparable to Beelink, Chuwi, GEEKOM, GMKtec, MinisForum, and so on. rising with a spotlight solely on all these computing methods. We had checked out GEEKOM’s Jasper Lake providing – the MiniAir 11 – final yr, and got here away happy with the construct high quality of the gadget.

Earlier this yr, GEEKOM introduced a tie-up with ASUS to market specific configurations of the ASUS ExpertCenter PN53 below their very own model because the GEEKOM AS 6. Primarily based on AMD’s Rembrandt line of pocket book processors, the GEEKOM AS 6 comes with a selection of the Ryzen 9 6900HX, Ryzen 7 6800H, or the Ryzen 7 7735H.

The CPU decisions all belong to the Rembrandt household of SoCs using CPU cores with the Zen 3+ microarchitecture. Whereas the Ryzen 9 6800HX and the Ryzen 7 6800H had been launched in early 2022, the Ryzen 7 7735H was launched as a China-only SKU earlier this yr together with a couple of different ‘Rembrandt Refresh’ SoCs. We have now already taken a detailed look on the ASRock Industrial 4X4 BOX-7735U based mostly on one such refresh SKU – the Ryzen 7 7735U.

The preliminary wave of methods based mostly on Rembrandt SoCs impressed with their efficiency, however the connectivity elements didn’t measure as much as the probabilities enabled by Thunderbolt within the Intel ecosystem. Over the previous few quarters, that has perceptibly modified with the USB4 capabilities of the SoCs (together with PCIe tunneling help) getting mirrored within the newer set of Rembrandt methods. Most mid-range and high-end methods based mostly on Rembrandt now include full-featured USB4 ports, and the GEEKOM AS 6 is not any exception. The corporate despatched throughout their flagship configuration – the AS 6 outfitted with a Ryzen 9 6900HX, 32GB of DDR5 RAM, and a 1TB Gen4 x4 NVMe SSD – to place by means of our analysis routine for small form-factor computing methods. This evaluation explores the efficiency profile and worth proposition of the GEEKOM AS 6.

Introduction and Product Impressions

Small form-factor (SFF) methods have been changing cumbersome desktops for a lot of use-cases lately. The speedy development on this section has created a variety of corporations (primarily based mostly out of Asia) specializing in these methods. GEEKOM is a non-public label model of Shenzhen Jiteng Network Technology Co., Ltd. – an OEM / ODM for small form-factor computing methods. The corporate manufactures each Intel and AMD-based methods. For the latter, the corporate has a tie-up with ASUS. The GEEKOM AS 5 (utilizing AMD Cezanne SoCs) launched final yr was a rebranded model of the ASUS ExpertCenter PN52. The GEEKOM AS 6 we’re on this evaluation is a rebrand of the ASUS ExpertCenter PN53, and makes use of high-end Rembrandt SoCs. The Ryzen 9 6900HX processor within the AS 6 evaluation system has a 8C / 16T (Zen 3+) configuration fabricated in TSMC’s 6nm course of. Along with the minor enhancements in CPU efficiency over the Zen 3 / Cezanne household, the built-in GPU has additionally migrated from the Vega-based ones in earlier generations to the RDNA2-based Radeon 680M.

GEEKOM’s package deal parts for the AS 6 differs from the ASUS PN53’s. We have now seen in earlier ASUS mini-PC reviews {that a} wired keyboard and mouse are at all times bundled within the retail equipment. GEEKOM opts to maintain issues easy and compact by transport the principle system, a VESA mount, a couple of screws for the SATA and M.2 drives, and a 150W energy adapter (20V @ 7.5A) together with a quick-start information.

The corporate additionally retains the ASUS branding within the entrance panel, and the system helps all the software program worth additions obtainable for the ASUS PN53. On the {hardware} entrance, the system clocks in at 120mm x 130mm x 58mm (in comparison with a full-height mainstream NUC at 117mm x 112mm x 54mm). The bigger dimensions enable for a greater diversity of ports within the system. Not like the mainstream Intel NUCs that undertake a single PCB format, the GEEKOM AS 6 adopts a motherboard / daughterboard technique with a versatile printed circuit (FPC) connector, as proven under.

The daughterboard features a Gen4 x4 M.2 SSD slot in addition to the SATA connector and the non Kind-C show outputs. The DDR5 SODIMM slots and one of many Gen4 x4 M.2 SSD slots on the principle board are pre-populated within the GEEKOM configurations. The WLAN / BT module is below the first NVMe SSD slot (much like the mainstream Intel NUCs). The metallic body, coupled with the thermal pads for each Gen4 M.2 slots level to some thought being put in to maintain the SSD temperatures below examine. There may be additionally a 2.5″ SATA drive slot within the system. Nonetheless, with no direct energetic airflow on that facet of the board, it might not be ultimate to put in one along with the M.2 SSDs. The exterior I/O contains 5 show outputs (together with the 2 USB4 Kind-C ports), however solely 4 of them might be energetic at a time.

The GEEKOM AS 6 evaluation configuration was outfitted with 2x Essential CT16G48C40S5.M8A1 DDR5-4800 SODIMMs and a Kingston NV2 PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 2280 NVMe SSD. Home windows 11 Skilled got here pre-installed.

The total specs of the evaluation pattern (as examined) are summarized within the desk under. The Ryzen 9 6900HX has a configurable TDP (cTDP) starting from 35W to 54W. As we will see in our detailed investigation into the thermal traits in a later part, the form-factor of the system and the notebook-style thermal resolution restricts the operation of the SoC in a 35W cTDP mode.


(as examined)
Processor AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX

Zen 3+ (Rembrandt) 8C/16T, 3.3 – 4.9 GHz

TSMC 6nm, 16MB L3, 45W

Max / Regular / Goal TDP : 54W / 45W / 35W
Reminiscence Essential CT16G48C40S5.M8A1 DDR5-4800 SODIMM

40-39-39-77 @ 4800 MHz

2×16 GB
Graphics AMD Radeon 680M (Rembrandt) – Built-in

(12 CUs @ 2.4 GHz)
Disk Drive(s) Kingston NV2 SNV2S1000G

(1 TB; M.2 2280 PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe;)

(Kioxia BiCS5 112L 3D TLC; Silicon Movement SM2267XT Controller)
Networking 1x 2.5 GbE RJ-45 (Realtek RTL8125)

Mediatek MT7922 (RZ616) Wi-Fi 6E (2×2 802.11ax – 1.9 Gbps)
Audio Realtek ALC256 (3.5mm Audio Jack in Entrance)

Digital Audio with bitstreaming help over HDMI, Show Port, and Kind-C
Video 2x HDMI 2.0 (4Kp60)

1x Show Port 1.4a (5Kp60)

2x Show Port 1.4 over USB4 Kind-C (5Kp30)
Miscellaneous I/O Ports 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Entrance)

1x USB4 Kind-C (Entrance)

1x USB4 Kind-C (Rear)

3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Kind-A (Rear)
Working System Home windows 11 Enterprise (22000.2176)
Pricing (Avenue Pricing on July 20th, 2023)

US $709 (as configured, with OS, utilizing coupon code as640a)
Full Specs GEEKOM AS 6 (ASUS ExpertCenter PN53) Specifications

The following part particulars the the assorted BIOS choices and follows it up with an in depth platform evaluation.

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