A UK-based computer maker called Tranquil PC has released what appear to be the first fanless desktop computers featuring AMD Ryzen Embedded processors. But they aren’t exactly cheap.
Prices range from about $870 to $1480, depending on the configuration. But if you’re looking for compact computers that measure about 7.1″ x 6.2″ x 2.2″ and have a fanless aluminum chassis designed to dissipate heat silently and have your heart set on an AMD Ryzen processor for some reason, I guess Tranquil PC is the only game in town (so far).
The Tranquil PC Mini Multi Display PC comes in three configurations:
- Ryzen Embedded V1202B (2-core/4-thread) CPU/8GB RAM/250GB SSD for $873
- Ryzen Embedded V1605B (4-core/8-thread) CPU/16GB RAM/250GB SSD for $1006
- Ryzen Embedded V1605B (4-core/8-thread) CPU/32GB RAM/1TB SSD for $1484
Each model has a rugged design with an IP50 rating for dust resistance, plus a range of ports including USB Type-C and Type-A, headset, VGA, and four DisplayPort ports. AMD’s Ryzen Embedded chips should be capable of driving up to four 4K HDR displays at once.
The embedded chips are based on the same Ryzen architecture as AMD’s more powerful laptop and desktop chips, but as embedded processors they’re typically soldered to a motherboard and these are low power processors with 12W – 25W TDP ratings.
While these computers are most likely designed for enterprise or industrial applications, they provide a glimpse of what’s possible with AMD’s low-power embedded chips.
Also, you can buy Smash Z with the same CPU (but only 8gb of RAM and 128gb of SSD) for 699$…
Interesting. But to be honest, I don’t see an option to buy, just to preorder with 4Q estimated shipment.
I am really looking forward to read / watch a review of SmachZ.
“But if you’re looking for compact computers that measure about 7.1″ x 6.2″ x 2.2″ and have a fanless aluminum chassis designed to dissipate heat silently and have your heart set on an AMD Ryzen processor for some reason”
Give me a good reason why i would set me heart on an Intel?
Exactly. I don’t have my heart on paying lots more for Intel.
873$ and no one HDMI port? it’s a joke?
4 displayports are invisible?
Yeah, but the choice of display connectivity is odd for me. What if I have display with only HDMI input? Dongles?
Dongles … why? Just use a regular cable with DP on one side and HDMI on the other.
I have DP->HDMI, DVI->VGA, HDMI->DVI, USB-C->DP and USB-C->HDMI cables at home so I can plug anything to my PC/phone/laptop.
Unless you need 4K cables, they are dirt cheap.
A dumb DP to HDMI cable would only work if the ports were DP++ (aka capable of HDMI over DP connectors) and I don’t know whether they are.
Still, DP’s the sensible choice as these will likely be for embedded environments where HDMI isn’t liked because it falls out too easily. DP has clips on the cable so makes for a sturdier connection.
A cord with one end having display port and the other end HDMI is available, usually a six foot version is less than $10. I am using one on the computer I am typing this with. Cheap eBay versions might not last long (I had one that lasted about six months) but a mid-priced version should last you as long as your computer is usable for you. Since these cables are so cheap having only display port display ports wouldn’t be a deal breaker for me.
“They aren’t exactly cheap” as the article states. I especially think the dual core model is over priced at $873. But it’s great to see some fanless AMD products for a change. I might consider the V1605B version with 16gb of memory to build a Mintbox, if the price was more reasonable.
“They aren’t exactly cheap”
It is common practice to overprice goods and services in the United Kingdom — also typified by the ethos “charge not how much a product is worth but charge as much as the market will tolerate”.
“Rip-off Britain is an expression used by some to refer to the phenomenon in which some products and services cost significantly more in the United Kingdom”
There is no indication on the Tranquil PC web site that these prices include VAT, and since the products are clearly aimed at commercial customers, I suspect that domestic customers in the EU will have pay an additional 20% tax on the listed price [confirmation or correction welcome].
Tranquil PC Limited of Trafford, Greater Manchester, is owned by the French corporation 2CRS SA (SA = Société Anonyme) with headquarters in Strasbourg, Elsace.
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