ASRock Industrial’s 4X4 BOX 7000/D5 Collection Brings Zen 3+ and USB4 40Gbps to UCFF Techniques

ASRock Industrial’s lineup of ultra-compact form-factor machines within the NUC BOX (Intel-based) and 4X4 BOX (AMD-based) sequence has gained recognition during the last couple of years. Being the primary to market with the most recent platforms has been one of many key causes behind this. In 2022, the corporate had launched the Intel Alder Lake and AMD Cezanne UCFF methods collectively, with the NUC BOX-1200 sequence and the 4X4 BOX-5000 sequence turning into obtainable for buy inside just a few weeks of one another. Earlier this 12 months, the Intel Raptor Lake-based NUC BOX-1300 sequence was launched (our overview) and is already obtainable for buy. The corporate lately took the wraps off the 4X4 BOX 7000/D5 sequence based mostly on AMD’s low-power Rembrandt-R APUs. These APUs sport Zen 3+ cores together with a RDNA2 iGPU fabricated on a TSMC 6nm course of.

One of many key updates within the new 4X4 BOX methods is the transfer to DDR5 SODIMMs. The opposite updates within the platform resembling assist for a PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 NVMe SSD and USB4 40 Gbps carry it nearly on par with the premium UCFF methods based mostly on Intel processors. Full-fledged USB4 assist inclusive of PCIe tunneling has been considerably of a hit and miss on AMD platforms, as many OEMs have shunned integrating the mandatory board elements to allow it. AMD itself had some work to do on the firmware facet earlier than the function baked into the {hardware} of Rembrandt and later APUs might be enabled. The excellent news right here is that the ASRock Industrial 4X4 BOX 7000/D5 sequence has two USB4 ports able to supporting DisplayPort 1.4 alerts in addition to PCIe tunneling – which means Thunderbolt 3 peripherals ought to work when related to these Kind-C ports.

The 4X4 BOX 7000/D5 sequence is available in two flavors. The specs of each fashions are summarized within the desk under.

ASRock Industrial 4X4 BOX 7000/D5 (Rembrandt-R) Lineup
Mannequin 4X4 BOX-7735U/D5 4X4 BOX-7535U/D5
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 7735U

8C / 16T

2.7 GHz (As much as 4.75 GHz)

AMD Ryzen 5 7535U

6C / 12T

2.9 GHz (As much as 4.55 GHz)

CPU AMD Radeon 680M

(12 CU / 768 Shaders) @ 2.2 GHz
AMD Radeon 660M

(6 CU / 384 Shaders) @ 1.9 GHz

As much as 64 GB of DDR5-4800 in dual-channel mode
Motherboard 4.02″ x 4.09″ UCFF
Storage SSD 1x M.2-22(42/60/80) (PCIe 4.0 x4 (CPU-direct))
DFF 1 × SATA III Port (for two.5″ drive)
Wi-fi Mediatek MT7922 (RZ616)? Wi-Fi 6E

2×2 802.11ax Wi-Fi (2.4Gbps) + Bluetooth 5.2 module
Ethernet 1x 2.5 GbE RJ-45 (Realtek RTL8125)

1x GbE RJ-45 (Realtek RTL8111EPV with DASH Assist)
USB Entrance 1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Kind-A

2x USB4 (with DisplayPort 1.4a Alt Mode)
Rear 2 × USB 2.0 Kind-A
Show Outputs 1 × HDMI 2.1 (Rear, as much as 8Kp60)

1 × DisplayPort 1.4a (Rear, as much as 4Kp60)

2 × DisplayPort 1.4a (utilizing Entrance Panel Kind-C ports, as much as 4Kp60)
Audio 1 × 3.5mm audio jack (Realtek ALC233)
PSU Exterior (19V/90W)
Dimensions Size: 117.5 mm

Width: 110 mm

Peak: 47.85 mm

Be aware that the M.2 2280 assist is enabled by a separate bracket, much like the earlier NUC BOX and 4X4 BOX methods with 2.5″ drive assist and twin LAN capabilities.

General, these methods carry the AMD UCFF scene on par with the high-end Intel NUCs and its clones – apart from the newer NUC BOX-1300/D5 sequence which has Thunderbolt 4 ports that even have USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 assist for 20Gbps PSSDs. The USB4 ports within the 4X4 BOX 7000/D5 assist solely as much as USB 3.2 Gen 2 speeds in legacy USB (non-PCIe tunneling) mode. The RDNA2 iGPU within the new machines also needs to assist these methods carry out in addition to the the Alder Lake and Raptor Lake mini-PCs in graphics-heavy workloads.

We now have reached out to ASRock Industrial for readability on market availability dates and pricing, and can replace the article with the small print after receiving them.