During Computex 2021, ASRock unveiled the latest series in its Mars mini-PC range, the Mars 5000U. ASRock claims it's the thinnest AMD mini PC globally and comes equipped with AMD's latest 5000 series APU. It features support for DDR4-3200 SO-DIMM memory, one PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot, a 2.5" SATA hard drive bay, and an Intel Wi-Fi 6 interface.

The ASRock Mars 5000U series comes in a svelte and very slimline black brushed aluminum chassis, with dimensions of 194 x 150 x 26 mm (W x D x H), making it a single mm thicker than a regular chassis fan. Due to there being very little wiggle room for space inside, at just 0.7 liters, ASRock uses a proprietary fan and heatsink combination to keep the AMD Ryzen 5000U APU cool. For memory, there's a pair of memory slots that can accommodate up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 SO-DIMM memory, while storage capabilities include one PCIe 3.0 x4/SATA M.2 slot and one 2.5" SATA hard drive bay.

It is powered by a 65 W/19 V adaptor akin to a laptop charger and includes a decent selection of I/O. Included are four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A (two rear, two front), one USB 3.2 G1 Type-C (front), and two USB 2.0 (front) ports. The Mars 5000G also includes a 3-in-1 card reader including SD, SDHC, and SDXC support and two video outputs consisting of an HDMI and D-Sub. Networking options include one unspecified Gigabit Ethernet port with an Intel AX200 wireless interface offering Wi-Fi and BT 5.0 connectivity. An unspecified audio solution also powers a 3.5 mm microphone and 3.5 mm headphone jack combination.

The ASRock Mars 5000U series looks very similar to the previous Mars 4000 series mini-PC series. The only difference is that the newer model supports the upcoming Ryzen 5000 APUs based on AMD's Zen 3 microarchitecture. ASRock hasn't stated which APUs it will offer. Pricing is currently unknown.

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  • hubick - Friday, June 4, 2021 - link

    They shoulda used USB-C Power Delivery.
  • MenhirMike - Friday, June 4, 2021 - link

    I agree, and I wonder if it actually works on the front USB-C port. I have a Lenovo M90n Nano that comes with a regular power supply, but also supports USB-C PD as an alternative.
  • Samus - Saturday, June 5, 2021 - link

    I doubt the USB-C is PD enabled based on the 65w power adapter supplying the entire chassis. And I agree, not using USB PD to power the chassis is kind of strange for a product like this released in 2021. Internally its no different than a 5000U-based laptop and many of those are USB-C PD powered...
  • TheinsanegamerN - Monday, June 7, 2021 - link

    Not strange at all, they'd have to retool if they wanted to use type C power instead of reusing the same chassis and power supply as the previous model to save money. And moving to type C in wouldnt make them any extra money either.

    Same reason peripherals are still type A.
  • lmcd - Friday, June 4, 2021 - link

    Would've paired well with those USB-C hub monitors. Shame :(
  • Fulljack - Friday, June 4, 2021 - link

    hopefully it's Zen 3 based "Cezanne" chip and not Zen 2 based "Lucienne" chip.
  • Smell This - Saturday, June 5, 2021 - link

    **Ryzen 5000G (Cezanne), built on 7nm Zen 3 with Vega 8**

    OEM builds at 'spec' for AMD 5000-series APUs were announced 2 or 3 months ago.
  • meacupla - Saturday, June 5, 2021 - link

    you seem to not know that the 5000 "U" series has rebranded 4000 U series mixed in to its SKU stack.
  • DigitalFreak - Friday, June 4, 2021 - link

    Not available for purchase until Q4 '22. /s
  • heffeque - Friday, June 4, 2021 - link

    I know that it's sarcasm... but it's actually not that much of sarcasm.

    Personally I can't wait for DDR5 + NAVI APUs to come along in 2022 or so :-P

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