While Apple probably presented one of the most powerful PCs of our time with the Mac Studio at its keynote yesterday, Asus was not idle in this field either. However, the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer does not want to keep up with the performance of Apple’s small wonder cube. Instead, they clearly want to score with an ultra-compact design. However, the black mini-PC barebone should by no means hide its light under a bushel. Thanks to Intel Core CPUs of the 11th generation, up to 64 GB RAM and a triple drive design, this could be a real wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Ultracompact Mini PC
The Asus PN63-S1 Barebone comes with a lot of hardware power. Intel CPUs of the 11th generation, a maximum of 64 GB RAM and an Intel Iris Xe graphics unit are supposed to provide a lot of power. The possibility of running three monitors simultaneously on the mini-PC also sounds really exciting. The number plays a big role here anyway. After all, the triple drive design makes it possible to fit up to three hard drives. In addition to a conventional 2.5-inch hard drive, a PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSD and even a PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 SSD can be installed, according to Asus.
Asus relies on WiFi 6 so that the mini-PC not only has fast memory on board, but is also fast in the wireless network. You can optionally do without this if you rather rely on classic LAN connections. The Asus PN63-S1 Barebone also has a suitable port with 2.5 GB/s on board. The electronics manufacturer rounds off the extensive features in terms of connectivity with many ports. Everyone should be able to find what they are looking for here.
Asus promises rich performance
If you take a look at the Asus PN63-S1 barebone, you honestly don’t trust it with too much. However, if you believe Asus’ words, only appearances are deceiving. After all, the Taiwanese company wants to provide strong hardware power. The combination of an 11th generation Intel Core CPU and the integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics unit should not only promise a lot of power, but also energy efficiency.
Among other things, Asus also promises the Intel Dynamic Tuning Technology feature. This is supposed to be able to tailor the performance of the processor and graphics unit to the system’s current requirements. Just how big the graphics power is becomes clear when you look at an example from Asus. Thus, one should be able to play 4K content on three monitors at once – simultaneously.
High user comfort
Furthermore, Asus emphasizes that the PN63-S1 barebone is supposed to offer a high user comfort. This is often a major weak point for mini PCs of the size. After all, a too compact design is often at the expense of the accessibility of the internal components. Above all, the cooling system should meet modern standards. The main work should be done by a large main fan. It serves as a kind of turbo for the circulating airflow. Asus has also reworked the cooling module so that not only airflow, but also a corresponding heat dissipation is provided.
This features a heat pipe and relies on a conductive heatsink, which is made of aluminum. The interaction of these components should ensure that the CPU in the mini-PC is capable of top performance at all times. Cleaning fans will be happy about the Mini-PC’s Anti-Dust Self-Cleaning System. According to Asus, it will automatically ensure that no dust is deposited on the heat sink. This should not only prolong the life of the mini-PC and the cooling components. On top of that, the fan noise is supposed to be kept at a constant minimum.
Prices and availability
Asus wants to launch its ASUS Mini-PC PN63-S1 here in Germany before the end of March. There are three different configurations to choose from. The base model comes with an Intel® Core™ i3-1115G4 CPU at a price of 429.90 euros, the mid-range model in turn with an Intel® Core™ i5-11300H CPU at a price of 519.90 euros, and the top model with an Intel® Core™ i7-11370H CPU at a price of 619.90 euros.