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Minisforum Crams Ryzen 7 Into Pop Can-Sized PC

Minisforum has written a letter saying it has released a new Mercury series EM680 mini PC. Minisforum seems to announce or release a new Mini PC almost every week, so this wasn’t surprising. However, the new EM680 stands out for offering strong processing power in his one of the smallest chassis. With a total volume of 250 ml (8.25 fl oz) and a weight of 238 g (0.52 lb), this new palm-sized PC is smaller and lighter than a standard soda can.

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Mini Forum Mercury Series EM680


AMD Ryzen 7 6800U Processor, 8C/16T. (16M Cache, up to 4.7 GHz)


AMD Radeon 680M


LPDDR5 dual channel (onboard, 6400 MHz, 16GB or 32GB)


1 x M.2 2230 PCIe4.0 SSD, 1 x TF card slot

wireless connection

Onboard WIFI support (Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3)

video output

HDMI x 1; USB4 x 2

audio output

HDMI x 1, audio jack x 1

Peripheral interface

USB3.2 Gen2 Type-A port x 3, USB4 port x 2 (Alt PD), TF card slot x 1, HDMI x 1, DMIC x 1, audio jack x 1,
Clear CMOS x 1


65W GaN Type-C power supply adapter (included)


80×80×43mm, 238g


Windows 11 Pro

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It’s worth taking a closer look at the EM680’s processing power. Regular readers will be familiar with the AMD Ryzen 7 6800U which launches in June 2022 and features Zen 3+, RDNA 2 and DDR5 technologies. The top of the U series, this processor was popular in handheld PCs such as Ayaneo, OneXPlayer and GPD announced in 2022. But our first-hand experience with this processor can be pondered in our Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED review. From 1 years ago. In summary, we were happy with the performance, but his slim Asus chassis wasn’t great at dissipating heat. Hopefully Minisforum’s boxy vented case with ‘Cold Wave 2.0’ liquid metal cooling is more than capable if the 6800U stresses both the CPU and GPU cores .

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Put the spotlight back on the Minisforum Mercury Series EM680 Mini PC. It complements a decent 15-28W processor with plenty of ports and doesn’t feel too limited by its very compact form factor. Perhaps the worst thing about this design from a hobbyist’s point of view is the inability to upgrade the RAM. 16 GB or 32 GB onboard LPDDR5-6400 must be selected at time of purchase.

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An M.2 2230 slot for your main storage device is a natural compromise given its size, but these smaller M.2 drives are growing in popularity, and thanks to devices like the Steam Deck and ROG Ally, you’re getting massive capacities. Models will proliferate.

Other product highlights not mentioned so far include support for up to three 4K@60Hz display outputs, flexible power input via either of the two USB 4 Alt PD ports, and a compact 65 W GaN Includes a Type-C power adapter.

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mini forum sell EM680 At least $100 off MSRP at time of writing. It is available now starting at $399 (16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD), with $449 (32/512 GB) and $489 (32/1024 GB) models available.

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