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The AOOSTAR GEM12 is a 5.1″ x 5.1″ x 2.4″ computer with support for up to an AMD Ryzen 7 8845HS processor, 64GB of DDR5 memory, and two M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4 SSDs.

But what really makes this little computer stand out is what’s on the outside: the system has an OCuLink port with support for 63 Gbps connections to external graphics docks or other accessories, two 2.5 GbE LAN ports, and a metal chassis (with an optional status LCD display on GEM12 Pro models).

The GEM12 Pro went up for pre-order in China earlier this month, but now AOOSTAR is selling the GEM12 globally with an expected ship date of April 20, 2024.

Customers can order from the AOOSTAR website, and there are three options available at launch, with prices starting at:

You can also pay extra for a model with memory, storage, and Windows 11 Pro. The company offers 16GB/512GB and 32GB/1TB options for customers that don’t want to bring their own.

AOOSTAR says all three models feature BIOS option to adjust the TDP for one of three modes:

  • Silent – 45W to 54W TDP
  • Balanced – 54W to 65W TDP
  • Performance – 65W – 75W TDP

Note that you cannot switch between these modes on the fly: you’ll need to reboot the system and make changes in the BIOS. You’ll also want to shut down the computer before connecting or disconnecting peripherals to the OCuLink port, as AOOSTAR says failing to do that could damage the motherboard.

Other features include a fan plus a vapor chamber heat sink for cooling, a fingerprint sensor for biometric logins, and support for up to four displays (thanks to HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4, USB4 (40 Gbps), and USB 3.x Type-C ports that all support video output).

There are also two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, a 3.5mm audio jack, and support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2.

GEM12 w/Ryzen 7 8845HSGEM12 w/Ryzen 7 7840HSGEM12 w/Ryzen 9 6900HX
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 7 8845HSAMD Ryzen 7 7840HSAMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
CPU8 x Zen 4 CPU cores
3.8 GHz base / 5.1 GHz max
8 x Zen 3+ CPU cores
3.3 GHz base / 4.9 GHz max
GPURadeon 780M
12 x RDNA 3 GPU cores
2.7 GHz
Radeon 680M
12 RDNA 3 GPU cores
2.4 GHz
NPURyzen AI (up to 16 TOPS)Ryzen AI (up to 10 TOPS)N/A
MemoryUp to 64GB
Up to 64GB
Storage2 x M.2 2280
PCIe 4.0 x4
Ports1 x OCuLink (63 Gbps)
1 x USB4 (40 Gbps)
1 x USB Type-C (“full featured”)
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
2 x USB 2.0 Type-A (USB 3.2 Gen 2 on “Pro” models)
1 x HDMI 2.1
1 x DisplayPort 1.4
2 x 2.5 GbE LAN (Intel i226-V)
1 x 3.5mm audio
WirelessWiFi 6
BT 5.2
Dimensions130 x 130 x 60mm
5.1″ x 5.1″ x 2.4″
Starting price$469$429$339

If you’re looking for an even more compact PC with an OCuLink port, there’s AOOSTAR’s GEM10 mini PC, which launched earlier this year.

It measures just 107 x 107 x 60mm (4.2″  4.2″ x 2.3″) and also comes with up to a Ryzen 7 7840HS processor. That model also has room inside for up to three SSDs.

But it also features LPDDR5 memory that’s soldered to the mainboard and there’s no 75W BIOS option. Instead users can configure the system to run in 28W, 35W, or 45W modes.

via AndroidTVBox and AOOSTAR

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    1. These use older, 6nm processors instead of the latest Zen4 4nm ones, right?

      Anyway, I would be interested in the 6900HX model due to its great pricing, as long as it has low idle power consumption, and specially if it supports ECC RAM (which the plain — not Pro or anything — 6900HX does support: https://www.amd.com/en/product/11541

      Does anyone knows whether either is true?

      1. So I just asked AAOSTAR directly and they responded:

        “ECC memory is not supported.
        Windows standby power consumption is about 15W.”

        So, not really appropriate for my use case.

  1. I have a few GEM10 corrections & additions to share:

    1) It’s also available and is apparantly being shipped, as I have ordered one from the Aoostar website with a Ryzen9 7940HS.
    ( https://aoostar.com/products/aoostar-gem10-amd-ryzen-9-7940hs-mini-pc-with-win-11-pro-3-nvme-oculink-2-2-5g-lan )

    2) The Ryzen7 7840HS GEM10 at least, can apparently be overclocked through the bios to 54W.
    ( https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LAzwhi6MJMw )

    3) The same GEM10 7840HS from above can be/has also had its 32GB ram overclocked to 7500MHz through bios.
    ( https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LAzwhi6MJMw )

    4) Most concerningly, no version yet of GEM10 or GEM12 has a package of all (or even any of) the required driver files available as a download from their official website for those who wish to use their own ssds for storage (though they did indicate in a chat I had with them that they were going to make it available)..
    ( https://aoostar.com/pages/drives-systems )

    p.s. For those who might be interested, the same guy who tested the GEM10 7840HS mentioned above, has now also reviewed the GEM12 with a 7840HS as well.
    ( https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=96NZQ-NsmwA )