Vnopn K1 Fanless AMD Mini PC Sells for $134 and Up

There are plenty of sub-$200 Intel powered fanless mini PCs, but if you’re looking for AMD models it’s more of a struggle. Vnopn K1 is one of the rare low cost fanless AMD mini PCs, and the good news is that it’s sold for just $133.68 on Aliexpress plus a few extra dollars for shipping.

There are few tricks to achieve this low price. First that’s a barebone model, and if you want memory, storage, and WiFi, the cost climbs to $168.67 with 2GB RAM, and a 32GB SSD. The 8W AMD A6-1450 quad core processor APU found in the mini PC is rather old as well since it was launched in 2013, or almost 6 years ago.

Vnopn K1 AMD Mini PCVnopn K1 specifications:

  • APU – AMD A6-1450 quad core “Jaguar” processor @ 1.0 / 1.4 GHz (Turbo) with 2MB L2 cache, Radeon HD 8250 GPU; 8W TDP
  • System Memory -2GB, 4GB, or 8GB via SO-DIMM slot(s)
  • Storage – Optional  16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB SSD
  • Video Output – HDMI and VGA ports
  • Audio – 3.5mm speaker and microphone jacks, digital audio via HDMI
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, optional WiFi/Bluetooth module
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports, 4x USB 2.0 ports
  • Misc – Power button and LED, Kensington Lock
  • Power Supply – 12V/3A or 12V/5A
  • Dimensions – 157 x 107 x 25 mm

AMD A6-1450 mini PCThe mini PC supports Windows 7/8/10 or Linux, and ships with a power adapter, a power cord, a VESA mount, a user manual, and a warranty card allegedly valid for 3 years.

Usually, AMD processors with integrated graphics roughly match equivalent Intel processors when it comes to CPU speed, but provide much better graphics performance. PassMark CPU benchmark gives an idea about the latter, and AMD A6-1450 is right between Atom x5-Z8350 Cherry Trail processor and a more recent Pentium N4200 Gemini Lake processor.

AMD A6-1450 Benchmark
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It’s harder to find 3D graphics benchmark to compare AMD A6-1450 / Radeon HD 8250 to Intel HD graphics used in Cherry Trail / Apollo Lake processors. However, Liliputing found a comparison against Intel UHD 600 graphics found in more recent and slightly more expensive 6W Gemini Lake processors (e.g. Celeron N4100). AMD A6-1450 vs Celeron N4100 GPU BenchmarksThe Radeon HD 8250 GPU can’t quite keep up with Intel UHD 600 in G3D mark rating. We do have 3DMark benchmarks for Intel Celeron N4100 (Fire Strike : 335 points) and Pentium N4200 (Fire Strike: 267 points) mini PCs, so AMD A6-1450 graphics performance may be just slightly lower than the one for the Intel HD Graphics 505 found in the Pentium N4200 Apollo Lake processor.

Looking at Vnopn website, the company appears to mostly focus on providing thin clients, and Vnopn K1 is also sold on Newegg for $140.99 with 2GB RAM, a 16GB SSD, and a WiFI module as a thin client with support for PCoIP/Citrix Protocol.

Via AndroidPC.es

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Does it have any expansion slots or ports? I.e. SATA, M.2? Mini pcie? As you didn’t mention anything, except that it can take some kind of SSD and WLAN card…

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I was looking for something with an AMD processor but this is too old stuff.

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Liliputing reviewed this mini PC on March 15th, 2019 and the most significant observation was

“it’s powered by a 28nm chip that was released six years ago.”

Unlike “vintage” wines, vintage CPUs do not improve with age.

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> Unlike “vintage” wines, vintage CPUs do not improve with age.

Actually with most CPUs the software stack improves over time as compiler optimizations and drivers are written and improved. And when you take into account how new CPUs are always overpriced the first few months, how motherboard launch with a ton of bugs and unknown caveats regarding peripheral hardware and how nowadays CPUs barely get an extra 5% performance boost every year, it turns out it’s typically wise to buy one to two years old CPUs unless you have a desperate need for speed.

Not to say any of this applies to this 6yr/ol’ dust ball. But still, for some application it just might.

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If you’re looking for small system, but have a bigger budget, Asrock makes the STX-format Deskmini A300
https://www.asrock.com/nettop/AMD/DeskMini%20A300%20Series/index.asp

I have the original Intel version (110W) that I’m using for a NAS (since it can handle 2×2.5″ HDD’s). IIRC, the DeskMini can handle up to 65W TDP, so you can build a pretty high performance system if you’re OK with a fan.

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this is kinda pointless for anything really, it would be much better if it used Stoney Ridge; more powerful cores and support for latest codecs. Something like E2-9000E would just do the trick.

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It is aimed at video walls, kiosks, signage and electronic white board.