GEEKOM AS 6 (Ryzen 9 6900HX) mini PC review – Part 1: unboxing, teardown, and first try

GEEKOM AS 6 is a mini PC based on AMD Ryzen 6000HX CPU with up to 64GB dual-channel DDR5 RAM memory, two PCIe Gen 4×4 M.2 2280 SSD sockets, WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2, and a range of ports, made in collaboration with ASUS (that’s the PN53 model) and which the company advertises as an alternative to the Intel NUC 13 Pro “Arena Canyon”.

GEEKOM sent us a sample of the AS 6 mini PC with an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX octa-core processor with Radeon 680M graphics, 32GB RAM and a 1TB SSD for review, and in the first part of the review, we’ll look at the specifications, check the package content, teardown the system, and give it a first try, before testing it more thoroughly with the pre-installed Windows 11 and Ubuntu 22.04 in the next parts.

GEEKOM AS 6  specifications

Here’s how GEEKOM AS 6 specifications compare the ones of the Intel NUC 13 Pro “Arena Canyon”.

Model
GEEKOM AS 6
Intel NUC 13 Pro "Arena Canyon"
CPU
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX (8 Cores, 16 Threads, 16MB Cache, 3.3 GHz~ 4.9 GHz)
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H (8 Cores, 16 Threads, 16MB Cache, 3.2 GHz~ 4.7 GHz) cTDP:35W
13th Gen Intel Core i7-1360P (12 Cores, 16 Threads, 18 MB Cache, 3.7 GHz ~ 5.0 GHz)
CPUIntegrated AMD Radeon Graphics 680MIntegrated 96EU Intel Iris Xe
MemoryDual-channel DDR5-4800 SODIMM, up to 64GBDual-channel DDR4-3200 SODIMM, up to 64GB
Storage2x M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4x4 SSD, up to 2TB
1x 2.5” 7mm SATA HDD, up to 2TB
1x M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4x4 SSD, up to 2TB
1x 2.5” 7mm SATA HDD, up to 2TB
Display2x HDMI 2.1 ports
1x DisplayPort 1.4
2x Thunderbolt 4/USB4 port
Up to four independent displays
2x HDMI 2.1 ports
2x Thunderbolt 4/USB4 ports
Up to four independent displays
Audio
3.5mm audio jack
Ethernet
2.5GbE LAN
Wireless
Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2
USB5x USB 3.2 Gen1, 2x USB4 Type-C3x USB 3.2 Gen1, 1x USB 2.0 Type-A port, 2x USB4 Type-C
MiscKensington lock slot, padlock ringKensington lock slot
Power Supply20V/7.5A via DC jack19V via DC jack
Dimensions120x120x58 mm 117x112x54 mm
Weight900 grams907 grams
Price$799-899$999-1299.99

Unboxing

Let’s open the package to check out the mini PC and accessories.

unboxing GEEKOM AS 6 PN53 MIni PC

The mini PC comes with a 150W power adapter, an HDMI cable, a VESA mount plate with screws to allow us to attach the computer to the back of the monitor to save more space on the desk, a user manual, a manual specific to the VESA mount, and a Thank you card.

GEEKOM AS 6 Unboxing

Let’s take a closer look at the ports on the mini PC. The front panel features an HDD LED indicator, a 3.5 mm audio jack (Line out/Mic in/Headphone out), a USB4 Type-C port that supports DisplayPort 1.4 up to 8Kp60 resolution, two USB 3.2 Gen1 ports, and a power button.

GEEKOM AS 6 front panel

The rear panel has some ventilation on the top to expel hot air, a Padlock ring to lock the mini PC and prevent its disassembly, two HDMI ports supporting up to 4Kp60 video output, a DisplayPort 1.4 connector that can output up to 5120×2160 @ 60 Hz, a USB4 Type-C that supports DisplayPort 1.4 up to 8Kp60 resolution, three USB 3.2 Gen1 ports, a 2.5GbE RJ45 LAN port, and a DC jack.

GEEKOM AS 6 rear panel

The left side of the machine has plenty of ventilation holes and features a Kensington lock slot to secure the device in place,

Kensington lock ventilation holes

and the other side has nothing but ventilation holes.

ASUS PN53 ventilation holes

GEEKOM AS 6 teardown

Time to have a look at the hardware design with a teardown. The mini PC is made to be opened to change the memory and storage, and we just need to loosen the four screws at the bottom to open the device.

GEEKOM AS 6 teardown

The mini PC is fitted with two 16 GB Crucial CT16G48C4056 DDR5 memory sticks, a 1TB Kingston PCle 4.0 SSD covered with a thermal pad for cooling, and a wireless module as shown on the left in the photo below. The upper part connected through a dual PCIe flat cable comes with another M.2 PCIe SSD socket and a slot for a 2.5-inch SATA drive not over 7.5mm thick. (The SATA drive is not included in the package, and is just shown for reference)

GEEKOM AS 6 dual NVMe SSD, 2.5-inch SATA drive

Mini PC CT16G48C40S5 .M8A1 DDR5 4800 memory

Installing GEEKOM AS 6 with the VESA mount

GEEKOM AS 6 VESA mount Monitor

The mini PC can be installed on the back of a compatible monitor with the included VESA mount.

GEEKOM AS 6 mount back monitor

First try

First boot GEEKOM AS 6 MIni PC

We just connected an RF dongle for a wireless keyboard and mouse, before powering on the device for the first time. We went through the usual Windows 11 Pro wizard selecting the language and configuring  WiFi, before accessing the Windows 11 Pro desktop with an internet connection, and a ready-to-use machine.

Windows 11 Pro AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX

if we go to the System->About, the mini PC shows up as the (ASUS) PN53 mini PC with a 3.30 GHz AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX CPU, 32GB of RAM, and running Windows 11 Pro 64-bit. The Thai version of this review was entirely written on the GEEKOM AS 6 mini PC loading the photos from the DSLR camera, editing photos with GIMP, and writing in Chrome. So far so good with no issues.

We will check the mini PC in more detail in the second part with Windows 11 Pro running benchmarks and testing features, before running and reviewing Ubuntu 22.04 on the device in the third part. We would like to thank GEEKOM for sending the AS 6 mini PC for review with a Ryzen 9 6900HX processor, 32GB RAM, and a 1 TB SSD.  The model reviewed here sells for $749 for shipping, but you can also get the Ryzen 7 6800H with 32 GB RAM and a 1TB SSD for $659.00, or the top-end model combining a Ryzen 9 6900HX with 32GB RAM and a 2TB SSD for $849.00.

This review is a translation of the original article on CNX Software Thailand by Suthinee Kerdkaew.

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