ASUS Announces ExpertCenter PN64-E1 Mini PC with 13th Gen Intel Core Mobile Processor and Thunderbolt 4

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ASUS has announced the ExpertCenter PN64-E1, a mini PC powered by up to a 13th Gen Intel Core processor with up to DDR5-4800 memory and Intel Iris Xe Graphics. While the mini PC does not appear to be listed on ASUS’ website yet, a press release can confirm that owners should find two PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots, five USB ports, two Thunderbolt 4 ports with DisplayPort 1.4 support, two HDMI, a configurable port for flexibility, as well as a chassis that provides quick access to the storage and memory modules for easy upgrades. ASUS also noted that the 13th Gen Intel Core mobile processor that powers the PN64-E1 delivers up to 9% faster performance compared to the previous generation.

ASUS ExpertCenter PN64-E1 Mini PC Features

  • Powered by a 13th Gen Intel Core mobile processor with Intel Iris Xe Graphics and dual-channel DDR5 RAM
  • Extensive connectivity with Thunderbolt 4, two HDMI and seven USB ports; and featuring PCIe Gen 4 M.2 slots and a 2.5″ SATA drive bay
  • Meets stringent U.S. MIL-STD-810H durability standards and tested to ensure long-term dependability and reliability
  • Supports up to four 4K displays or a single 8K UHD display at up to 60 Hz

From an ASUS press release:

Compared to the previous generation, the 13th Gen Intel Core processor that powers the PN64-E1 delivers up to 9% faster performance to enable smooth and efficient processing of intensive business applications. DDR5 memory offers considerably faster data speeds over DDR4, ensuring efficient productivity.

Thunderbolt 4 support

Thunderbolt 4 brings Thunderbolt connectivity to USB-C at speeds of up to 40 Gbps, along with DisplayPort 1.4 support. It’s even compatible with USB4 to create one compact port that does it all — delivering the fastest, most versatile connection to any dock, display, or data storage device. In addition, the rear Thunderbolt port supports Power Delivery input, allowing the PN64-E1 to draw power from a Power Delivery-compatible monitor.

8K or quad 4K display support

The PN64-E1 can support a single 8K display at 60 Hz, or up to four 4K monitors at 60 Hz[i] via a combination of two HDMI ports, Thunderbolt 4, and the configurable port if its HDMI option has been chosen. If HDMI 2.1 is chosen for the configurable port, it can separately support up to 8K or 4K at 60 Hz. Quad-display support is ideal for multi-display setups in stores, restaurants, hotels or video walls in public spaces; and it’s ideal for extending office workspace setups.

Next-gen DDR5 RAM

The 13th Gen Intel Core processor that powers the PN64-E1 is supported by next-gen DDR5 4800 MHz memory that’s 1.5X faster and 8% more energy-efficient than DDR4 3200 MHz RAM, providing users with exceptional performance for daily computing.

Robust cooling features

A new thermal module with a special heatpipe allows for better heat dissipation, while an aluminum heatsink enables more efficient conductivity to allow the compact PN64-E1 to deliver desktop-grade performance.

Exclusive smart fan control technology enables users to tailor fan modes to suit their requirements via a user-friendly interface. Quiet mode delivers low operational noise and Performance mode is able to support sustained intensive data processing loads.

USB Power Delivery support

The rear Thunderbolt port supports Power Delivery input and output, so users can provide power to the PN64-E1 via a Power Delivery-compatible monitor, simplifying workspaces by eliminating a power cable. Alternatively, this port can deliver power to other devices, such as a mobile phone.

Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation

Integrated AI-powered noise-cancelation technology includes both input and output noise cancelation for crystal-clear communication. It’s ideal for users in educational, office or small office/home office settings.

Eco-certified mini PC

We strive to make a positive impact on the planet through all that we do. The exterior housing of the PN64-E1 features post-consumer recycled plastic, and its green packaging is sourced from responsible FSC-certified forests. The PN64-E1 is also ENERGY STAR certified.

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