Thursday, August 5th 2021

Minisforum Announces EliteMini HX90 Ryzen 9 5900HX Mini PC

Minisforum today announced the EliteMini HX90 mini PC featuring a liquid metal cooled AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX processor and integrated AMD Radeon Graphics. The AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX is an overclockable 8 core, 16 thread Zen 3 mobile processor with a base clock of 3.3 GHz and a boost clock of 4.6 GHz. The processor also includes integrated Radeon RX Vega 8 graphics running at 2.1 GHz which offers respectable integrated performance. This processor is cooled with a single cooling fan paired with a liquid metal thermal compound which Minisforum claims allows for 30 dB sound levels under full load. The EliteMini HX90 is constructed with carbon fiber materials and measures 195 x 190 x 60 mm with an integrated VESA mounting bracket while weighing in at 1.22 kg.

The HX90 includes two onboard DDR4 SO-DIMM memory slots which can support up to 64 GB of DDR4 3200 MHz memory. The PC also includes impressive storage options for a unit of its size with dual 2.5" drive bays and a full-size M.2 2280 slot. Minisforum has equipped the device with an Intel AX200 network card for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 in addition to a 2.5 GbE Ethernet port, x5 USB 3.0 Gen 1, x1 USB-C, x2 HDMI, x2 DisplayPort, and four 3.5 mm audio connectors. This is all powered from an external 19 V 6.3 A DC power supply which supplies 119.7 W.
Pricing & Availability

The EliteMini HX90 mini PC is now available for pre-sale direct from Minisforum with shipments expected to start in mid-September. Minisforum is also offering a limited time 100 USD discount on all models.
  • Barebones - 749 USD (649 USD during promotion)
  • 16 GB RAM + 256 GB Storage - 899 USD (799 USD during promotion)
  • 16 GB RAM + 512 GB Storage - 929 USD (829 USD during promotion)
  • 32 GB RAM + 512 GB Storage - 1009 USD (909 USD during promotion)
Source: Minisforum
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6 Comments on Minisforum Announces EliteMini HX90 Ryzen 9 5900HX Mini PC

#2
Rithsom
For gaming, the Ryzen 9 seems like a huge waste when the GPU is Vega 8. Even 3000-series Ryzen mobile processors were heavily held back by Vega 8.

Hopefully one day AMD will make an APU with a fast iGPU. Something with performance equal to or faster than an RX 580, now that would be interesting...
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Tom Yum
RithsomFor gaming, the Ryzen 9 seems like a huge waste when the GPU is Vega 8. Even 3000-series Ryzen mobile processors were heavily held back by Vega 8.

Hopefully one day AMD will make an APU with a fast iGPU. Something with performance equal to or faster than an RX 580, now that would be interesting...
That just ain't happening unless AMD use exotic on-die or on-package memory solutions like HBM2 or use of quad channel memory and then everyone would whinge at the price. There is only so much performance you can get when you have to share a max of ~50GB/s memory bandwidth with a 8 core CPU. The RX580 has dedicated 256GB/s of memory bandwidth it shares with nothing, so we aren't getting there even on DDR5.

Vega is not limiting AMD APU performance, memory bandwidth is.
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Rithsom
Tom YumThat just ain't happening unless AMD use exotic on-die or on-package memory solutions like HBM2 or use of quad channel memory and then everyone would whinge at the price. There is only so much performance you can get when you have to share a max of ~50GB/s memory bandwidth with a 8 core CPU. The RX580 has dedicated 256GB/s of memory bandwidth it shares with nothing, so we aren't getting there even on DDR5.

Vega is not limiting AMD APU performance, memory bandwidth is.
It would have been nice to see vastly increased memory bandwidth with DDR5, but I guess it wasn't meant to be.

It really is a shame, especially when you consider that an integrated console GPU from four years ago offered RX 580 performance (Xbox One X SoC).
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Totally
Intel is going to have them beat on the NUC front for quite some time. I even feel that even Intel realize what quaint little gem they have on their hands with the NUC extreme.
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