Shrink Ray Wielder
- Apr 2, 2020
Have you ever heard something about the AMD FireFlight APU? Probably not, because this is a custom AMD APU made for a Chinese Game Console called the SUBOR Z+ which was supposed to compete with the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X on the Chinese market. Well, the SUBOR Z+ was a quite ambitious piece of tech but never really made it to the shelves. The most obvious reason might be that with a selling price of CNY 5000,- (about USD 750,-) people could just buy a Console from MS/Sony or build a normal PC.
Now what is interesting about this Console in 2020? First of all you can currently find some remaining stock of the Z+ for CNY 2000,- (ca. USD 300,-) on TaoBao and JD.com, but most importantly: Unlike the XBOX or PlayStation which also come with custom AMD APUs you can run a normal Windows installation on this SoC and turn the SUBOR Z+ into a quite powerful SFF PC which can beat a GTX1650 + Ryzen 2400 build. Considering that the Z+ SoC was developed in 2017 and is based on an earlier Ryzen / GCN 5.0 architecture, just imagine what kind of APUs AMD could bring to consumers these days if they wanted to...
But see for yourself:
SUBOR Z+ APU
GIGABYTE GTX1650 OC
OK, but now let's start with the build log. First I will look into the Software (OS/Driver installation) and in the second part I am going to show you the Hardware and trying to build a nice custom case around that custom APU motherboard.