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AMD releases the 'Mini PC', theyre NUC competitor

Mr. Friendly

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It is basically a full modular PC concept where the CPU (and GPU/RAM etc) are on an expansion card and you slot them into a chassis. To upgrade you simply replace that whole board. Kind of the reverse of PCI-e , the system is the add in card and you connect it to a backplane for the rest.

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Neat enough idea but I am not sure how practical. Laptop version first please :p
ah yes...blade servers v2.
 

Soultribunal

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And to be Honest I can't wait to see what we get with these even if they are psudeo blade servers.
I think its a good design, and when its available I intend to scoop one up for a compact gaming enclosure that will be very upgradable.

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I have been thinking about how neat it would be to make a thin ITX system with a riser card and an ITX GPU.
Nah. Keep it absolutely tiny. A better-than-a-laptop cooling solution plus a 3500u or better world be an absolute Monster in that size category. Imagine 720/1080p gaming on a box only slightly bigger than those cheap Android streaming ones. I'm already sold, someone just needs to make it.
 

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it's going to take AMD a while to catch up to Intel in the NUC space. firstly, we need an 8 core APU from them cause their 4c / 8t are pitiful compared to the processing power you can get from Intel's T series CPU's and their top end 9900T 8c / 16t model.

there's also almost no selection for AMD thin ITX mobo's. there are a few, but they can only run the 4c / 8t APU's.

I would really love to see someone come out with a thin ITX mobo that has 3x miniDP connectors and use the space savings to give more USB 3.0 ports. hell, abolish the USB 2.0 ports entirely. you only have a x4 or maybe a x16 slot (you'd use with a riser otherwise why are you going thin ITX?) so there's lots of bandwidth available through the unused PCIe lanes CPU n chipset have.

I sure wish I knew how to try a kickstarter campaign to have something like this designed / made for the SFF enthusiast community. :p
 
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