It’s not that easy to find a relatively low-cost AMD mini PC, and there are more choices on Intel’s side. Most models around $250-$300 are barebone without memory or storage, but AM02 mini PC may be an interesting option as the AMD Athlon 300U powered computer sells for about $240 plus shipping with 8GB RAM and a 128GB SSD, which looks to be an even better option than the Maxtang MTN-FP50 mini PC we reported on last June.
All AM02 models ship with Windows 10 by default, but you may be able to ask the seller to install Linux instead (TBC), and support up to 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD. Note that the seller apparently made a mistake with the 16GB/256GB model, as it is sold for just $232.89, instead of $332.89. It might still be worth a try 🙂
- SoC – AMD Athlon 300U dual-core/quad-thread processor @ 2.4GHz / 3.3 GHz (Turbo Boost) with 4MB L3 cache, 3-core Radeon Vega 3 GPU; TDP: 15W; process: 14nm
- System Memory – 8GB or 16GB dual-channel DDR4 RAM; upgradeable to 32GB max
- Storage – 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB M.2 2280 SSD; the socket supports NVMe and SATA, but the company does not say what type of SSD is preinstalled in the mini PC
- Video Output – HDMI 2.0 port up to 4Kp60, DisplayPort up to 4Kp60
- Audio – 3.5mm headphone jack
- Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port via RTL8168 Ethernet controller; Wake-on-LAN (WoL) support
- Intel 3165 module for dual-band WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2, but the module can also be upgraded for WiFI 6, Bluetooth 5.0 support
- USB – 3x USB 3.0 port, 1x USB 2.0 port, 1x USB 2.0 Type-C port
- Misc – Power button and LED
- Power Supply – 12V/6A via DC jack
- Dimensions – 123.5 x 123.5 x 40 mm
AM02 AMD Athlon 300U mini PC ships with a charger for US, EU, UK, or AU as requested at the time of order, an HDMI cable, a wall-mount bracket, and a user manual in English.
As mentioned in the introduction, the mini PC comes pre-installed with Windows 10 (I have the feeling that’s an unlicensed version), and it appears the company may install Linux on request, although it’s not 100% explicit, as they just say “We will send pre-installed WIN10 if without special requirements“.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.