Chinese chip designer Tianjin Phytium Technology introduced a 25-watt, 8-core ARMv8 processor designed for desktop computers late last year. And now you can buy a computer powered by the chip. Maybe.
The DragonBox Shop is taking pre-orders for mini PC with a Phytium D2000 processor and AMD Radeon RX 550 graphics for €471 ($530) with an estimated ship date of December 17, 2021, assuming enough people place pre-order to justify placing an order.
The computer measures 225 x 187 x 47mm (8.6″ x 7.4″ x 1.9″) and features HDMI 2.0b, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, and USB 2.0 ports as well as mic and line out audio jacks. It also comes with a USB Ethernet adapter since some Linux distributions may not support the built-in Ethernet card.
Under the hood it has 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD which is user replaceable thanks to an M.2 2280 slot. The discrete AMD graphics card is installed in a PCIe slot, so it should also be user replaceable.
At the heart of the system is Phytium’s D2000 processor, which is a 14nm, 64-bit processor with 8MP L2 cache, 4MB L3 cache, and support for DDR4-3200 memory and 34 PCIe 3.0 lanes.
According to the DragonBox Shop, Phytium recommends running Ubuntu Kylin on the computer, but it should also support other GNU/Linux distributions including Debian or OpenSUSE and it supports booting from a USB flash drive.
And while the computer has an ARM-based processor, you should be able to run at least some x86_64 applications using Box64 for emulation. As spotted by CNX Software, Boiling Steam has a video showing a number of PC games running on the Phytium D200 mini PC.
You can find more pictures of the Phytium D2000 ARMv8 mini PC as well as some additional details about the computer in the pyra-handheld forum.