Geekom AS 6 Power Consumption and Noise
This system came with a nice Delta 150W power supply. That is plenty to power not just the unit itself, but also USB4 devices off of the two ports.
At idle we saw this system use between 7.5W and 10W. Load it would jump to 85W, then throttle down to 70-73W.
That is very good power consumption for a system like this.
Key Lessons Learned
Having done dozens of mini PC reviews, at this point, my best guess is that we will have three sets of readers. First, we will have readers who do not understand why this has Windows 11 Pro because they see this as a perfect server with a SATA boot SSD and then NVMe for fast storage and Linux as an OS. We ran Ubuntu on this and it worked without issue, but those folks will see getting the included Windows 11 Pro license as unnecessary.
We will then have readers who will look at the $679-799 price tag and then look at mini PCs from companies like Minisforum and Beelink and think this is a system with a generation older CPU/GPU IP than the current state-of-the-art and balk at the price tag.
Our team was probably in the second camp until we realized what this was. This system does cost a bit more, but it has things the other units do not. It uses a high-quality Delta power supply with regulatory markings, it has regulatory markings on the system, the RAM and SSD are name-brand, and the system is not produced by some unknown manufacturer, it is produced by ASUS and configured and sold by Geekom. This is a different level of internal design because it is coming from a major global PC OEM.
The third camp of STH readers probably like the idea of an AMD Ryzen mini PC, but do not want to wade into the waters of unknown vendors, especially if these are going to be business desktops mounted with VESA brackets to the backs of monitors and hopefully forgotten about. This third camp is exactly who Geekom is targeting with the AS 6.
The Geekom AS 6 offers something few other new mini PC vendors can, a solid build from a well-known manufacturer. While the AS 6 costs more, there are many STH readers who want something exactly like this, or let us face it, a new Phoenix version of this.
It would have been nice to get a metal chassis instead of a plastic one, and another USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A port or two would have been great, but there is a lot here.
If you are looking for the lowest-cost mini PC or the one with the fastest networking, this is not the right one for you. On the other hand, if you want something that is a bit higher on the known-quality side, then the Geekom AS 6 has a solid approach we wish more companies utilized.
Where to Buy
You can find these units on Amazon. For many, the AMD Ryzen 7 7735H version is going to be the better buy, but here are affiliate links for both: