The Geekom AS 6 is a really unique device. On one hand, one may think that it is a mini PC that completely surprised us. While many of our readers may not have heard of Geekom, the design was not that of a small mini PC vendor. Instead, Geekom made an AMD Ryzen 7 6800X-based system that is built around an ASUS mini PC platform. It took some time to figure out the “why” of this unit, but then as we went through it, the concept clicked and a segment of our readers will really like this one. Let us get to it.
Geekom AS 6 Overview
Geekom sent us the unit to review. We had a video recorded for this one, but Alex, our editor gave the feedback that the video was not good enough so we are just going to do a web review. In terms of boxes, the Geekom AS 6 was actually a top-quartile design in terms of packages.
The Geekom AS 6/ AS6 has two variants. This is the AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX edition. There is another Ryzen 7 7735H option which may sound like a generational upgrade, but the 6900HX and 7735H share the same AMD RDNA 2 graphics instead of the RDNA 3 graphics we are seeing on some other mini PCs. From our testing with other systems, these two options are very close in performance which makes sense since the CPU and GPU architecture is the same.
These systems come pre-configured with 32GB of DDR5 memory and a 1TB PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD. Pricing for these systems is $679-$799. That frankly puts them at the upper end of the mini PC pricing spectrum. At the same time, there is a difference that we cannot overlook. While many may not be familiar with the Geekom brand, the company is doing something different. They are using an ASUS unit as a base for the system. While many comment on not knowing many of the popular mini PC brands today, ASUS is an established global brand. Geekom is also using well-known memory and RAM brands to round out the theme.
As you will see in our teardown, the AS 6 has something else that is unique because of the ASUS lineage: it is much more complex inside than many mini PCs we see today that aim for the absolute lowest costs.
With that, let us get to the hardware.
Geekom AS 6 Hardware Overview
The front of the Geekom AS 6 shows us a solid I/O panel. Here we have a combo headset audio jack, a USB4 port with alt DisplayPort 1.4 mode, and two USB 3.2 Gen1 5Gbps ports. That is a very solid front I/O set for a modern mini PC.
The entire system looks a lot like the ASUS ExpertCenter PN53 which is a fairly stylish design.
On the side, we get vents. The chassis is a hard plastic. Not flimsy by any means but also not a heavy metal chassis.
On the other side, we get vents and a Kensington lock port.
On the rear, things start to get really interesting. There is a standard DC power input and 2.5GbE port. 2.5GbE is a must in this segment now. Display outputs are two HDMI 2.1 ports and one DisplayPort 1.4 port. These display outputs are on the portion of the ASUS base system that is configurable which we will show in our internal overview.
The USB Type-C port is another USB4 port with both alt DisplayPort mode and power delivery input. The other three USB Type-A ports are USB 3.2 Gen1 5Gbps ports. It would have been nice to have two 10Gbps Gen2 Type-A ports as well.
On the bottom of the system, we get a vent and compliance/ certification markings. We also get four rubber feet with screws to open the chassis and get inside.
Next, let us get inside the system to see how it is put together.