The AYANEO AM01 is a tiny desktop computer designed to look like a classic Mac and positioned as a system for entry-level retro gaming. When it first launched in November through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign the little computer was available with a choice of AMD Ryzen 3 3200U or Ryzen 7 5700U processors… neither of which were great options for a gaming PC. But with prices starting as low as $150 it was hard to complain.

Still, it’s nice to see that AYANEO has just introduced a new processor option. Now the AYANEO AM01 can be configured with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 5800U processor, which should bring a nice boost in CPU performance and a modest graphics bump for just a little more money.

Prices start at $270 for a barebones AM01 with a Ryzen 7 5800U processor and AYANEO says units should begin shipping in April. That’s just $30 more than the price of a barebones system with a Ryzen 7 5700U chip.

The computer supports up to 64GB of DDR4 memory and has an M.2 2280 slot for PCIe 3.0 NVMe or SATA storage as well as room for a 2.5″ SATA SSD.

And if you’d prefer not to bring your own memory and storage, Indiegogo prices start at $360 for a model with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.

The AMD Ryzen 7 5800U processor is a mobile chip designed to run at 10-25 watts, but which AYANEO says is configured to run at up to 35 watts in the AM01 mini PC. The chip features 8 AMD Zen 3 CPU cores, 16 threads, and 8-core Radeon Vega 3 graphics.

Here’s how that chip stacks up against the other processors available for this mini PC:

NameCores / ThreadsBase freqBoost FreqCacheArchGPUDefault DP
Ryzen 7 5800U8 / 161.9 GHz4.4 GHz20MBZen 3Radeon Vega 8 @ 2 GHz10-25W
Ryzen 7 5700U8 / 161.8 GHz4.3 GHz12MBZen 2Radeon Vega 8 @ 1.9 GHz10-25W
Ryzen 3 3200U2 / 42.6 GHz3.5 GHz5MBZenRadeon Vega 3 @ 1.2 GHz15W

Again, none of these chips has the GPU performance you’d get from a newer processor with RDNA graphics like the custom AMD chips used in Valve’s Steam Deck or AMD’s Ryzen 6000U or later processors.

But the Radeon Vega integrated graphics should be decent enough to handle emulation of classic console games from the 80s, 90s… which would be in keeping with the retro look of the AM01.

The AM02’s measures 132 x 132 x 61mm (5.2″ x 5.2″ x 2.4″) and features a fan and four coper heat tubes for cooling, support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 (on models with Ryzen 5000 chips), or WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2 on the Ryzen 3 3200U model), and a set of ports that includes:

  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C
  • 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
  • 1 x USB 2.0 Type-A
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0
  • 1 x DisplayPort 1.4
  • 1 x 3.5mm audio
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1 x DC power jack

AYANEO notes that it supports Windows and Linux-based operating systems including Ubuntu, Debian, and gaming-specific software like Batocera or Chimera OS.

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  1. Basically AYANEO is repackaging their supply of 5800U that nobody wants to buy into cute form factor. Smart!

  2. For that kind of price for the top model, you could track for and get a used Hades Canyon.

    1. Ewww, NUC / Intel.
      This isn’t 2016 anymore. The above specs also aren’t that great, that’s more what I would classify as Late-2018 specs. It’s the graphics that is concerning. Back then you would make do with a GTX 1050Ti-LP card for SFF PCs.

      Was expecting 2020 level of hardware, which basically means the AMD 6000-series. Now that is something decent, and not disappointing like you get from Intel.

      Ideally they should’ve sold it with a Base Level that is decent to use, this helps mask the production costs of a higher-end case. It still can be upgraded if wanting more. For example:
      Starting at USD $500
      AMD r5-6600u
      2x 8GB RAM (DDR4-3200)
      1x 512GB SSD (Crucial nVme)

      Upto specs USD $999
      (+$140) AMD r7-6800u
      (+$190) 2x 32GB RAM (DDR4-4000)
      (+$170) 1x 2TB SSD (Crucial nVme)

      …much more usable, and much better value than you get from NUC-clones. And yes, I know Linux Distro prefer Intel builds, but that’s coming to an end already.