CompuLab has just announced fit-PC4, a miniature fanless PC based on AMD GX-420CA G-Series SoC with four “Jaguar” cores clocked 2.0GHz,and Radeon HD 8400E graphics, and supporting up to 16 GB RAM, and storage via SATA, mSATA or a micro SD card. This if for the Pro version, but there’s also a Value version powered by A4-1250 APU.
- SoC / APU
- fit-PC4 Pro – AMD GX-420CA quad core processor @ 2.0 GHz with AMD Radeon HD 8400E Quad-core (25W TDP)
- fit-PC4 Value – AMD A4-1250 dual core APU @ 1.0 GHz with amd Radeon HD 8210 (8W TDP)
- System Memory – Up to 16 GB DDR3/DDR3L/DDR3U (2 SODIMM)
- Storage – Internal 2.5” HDD/SSD + mSATA + micro-SD
- Display – 2x HDMI 1.4a up to 1920 x 1200 + CEC support
- Audio – S/PDIF 7.1 input/output + stereo line-out / MIC in
- 2x Gbit Ethernet (Intel i211 Ethernet controllers)
- Wireless in fit-PC4 Pro – WLAN 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz dual band Intel 7260HMW) + Bluetooth 4.0
- Wireless in fit-PC4 Value – WLAN 802.11 b/g/n + Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
- Cellular – mini-PCIe for cellular modem + on-board uSIM socket
- USB – 2x USB3 + 6x USB2
- Expansion – Full-size miniPCIe with mSATA + half-size miniPCIe + CompuLab FACE Module interface
- Enclosure – Passively cooled die-cast aluminum
- Dimensions – fit-PC4 Pro – 16cm x 19cm x 3.7cm, fit-PC4 Value: 16cm x 16cm x 2.5cm
There are five models for fit-PC4:
- fit-PC4 Value barebone – A4-1250, no hard drive, no RAM.
- fit-PC4 Pro barebone – GX-420CA, no hard drive, no RAM.
- fit-PC4 Pro Linux – GX-450CA, 4GB (2x 2GB) RAM, 320GB 2.5″ internal hard drive, and Linux Mint 64-bit pre-installed
- fit-PC4 Pro Windows – GX-450CA, 4GB (2x 2GB) RAM, 320GB 2.5″ internal hard drive, and Windows 7 professional pre-installed
- fit-PC4 Pro SSD – GX-450CA, 8GB (2x 4GB) RAM, 120 GB internal mSATA SSD, and Windows 7 professional pre-installed
fit-PC4 Value will be available until 2016, and fit-PC4 Pro until 2020. You can find a detailed side-by-side comparison on fit-pc website.
I first got interested in AMD G-Series APU, then SoC because they integrated the CPU, GPU and then chipset in one chip just like ARM, but Intel has since done the same with their recent Bay-Trail processors for tablets, mobiles, and desktops, and I haven’t really found any compelling products based on AMD G-Series SoC. The 25W TDP for the model used in fit-PC4 is now relatively high too, at least compared to the competition.
fit-PC4 is available now starting at $299 for the Value-Barebone model and $380 for the Pro-Barebone model. More details should eventually surface on fit-PC4 page.
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.