Phytium D2000: Mini PC with Chinese eight-core processor and Radeon GPU

Phytium D2000: Mini PC with Chinese eight-core processor and Radeon GPU

The system called the dry Phytium D2000 ARMv8 Mini PC does not contain a Ryzen processor from AMD or a Core-i CPU from Intel, instead the eponymous D2000 from the Chinese company Phytium is used. Inside there are eight ARM processing cores developed in-house with ARMv8 instructions, which, with clock frequencies of up to 2.6 GHz, are intended for desktop PCs and not for smartphones.

The processor is not only exotic because of its architecture: Phytium has it manufactured in a 14-nanometer process, probably at the Chinese chip contract manufacturer Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC).

In contrast to most ARM systems on chips (SoCs), the Phytium D2000 lacks a graphics unit. The German provider Dragonbox therefore pairs the CPU with AMD’s entry-level graphics card Radeon RX 550 including 2 GB of GDDR5 RAM, with which you can at least play some graphically less demanding titles on the PC.

(Image: Dragonbox)

Basically, some Linux distributions such as Ubuntu Kylin, OpenSUSE or Debian run on the PC. The x86-64 emulator Box86, possibly with the Windows-to-Linux translator Wine, enables games that would otherwise not run on ARM CPUs. A member pointed to Redditthat the first person shooter “Serious Sam 3” runs smoothly on a Phytium D2000 with a Radeon RX 550.

On the connection side, the Phytium D2000 ARMv8 Mini PC is now a thing of the past: six USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, HDMI 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet and two audio ports, nothing more. Together with a price tag of 560 euros, the system is an interesting option, especially for hobbyists and collectors. The scope of delivery includes a 512 GB PCIe M.2 SSD and 16 GB RAM.

Dragonbox imports the mini-PC, provided that enough pre-orders are received by mid-December 2021. The dispatch should then take place before Christmas.


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