Small workstations with high performance CPUs are quite common these days. But compact workstations with discrete graphics processors capable of running the latest games are hard to find, to say the least. Nevertheless, Minisforum’s new HX90G packs an eight-core AMD Ryzen 9 processor and AMD’s discrete Radeon RX 6600M GPU into his 20.5 x 20.3 x 6.93cm chassis, which only rivals a Mac Mini.
mini forum Neptune Series HX90G Based on a soldered-down AMD’s Ryzen 5900HX processor (8C/16T, 20MB L2+L3 cache, 3.30 GHz – 4.60 GHz) and a Radeon RX 6600M graphics processing unit (1792 stream processors, up to 7.80 FP32 TFLOPS). The CPU and GPU are cooled using two independent cooling systems with their own fans to keep performance consistent. In addition, the machine can be fitted with up to 64GB of DDR4 memory using two SO-DIMM modules, and two M. It has 2 slots. See the table below for detailed specifications.
In terms of connectivity, the Minisforum HX90G has all the features you’d expect from a modern compact PC: 2.5Gb, 4 display outputs (2 DisplayPort, 2 HDMI), 1 USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C connector. , four USB 3.2 Type-A connectors (USB 3.2 Gen2 x 3, Gen1 x 1), and audio jacks. As for Wi-Fi, it can be added using the M.2-2230 slot.
From a general-purpose performance standpoint, the Minisforum HX90G is a capable PC. AMD’s Ryzen 9 5900HX and 8 Zen 3 cores with simultaneous multithreading provide plenty of power for almost any task you’d expect from a slightly larger PC. Better than Apple’s Mac Mini. Meanwhile, with up to 64GB of memory and two M.2-2280 slots, you’ll have plenty of storage space.
When it comes to games, not everything is so simple. AMD’s Radeon RX 6600M 8GB is based on the Navi 23 GPU with 1792 SP and delivers up to 7.80 FP32 TFLOPS of compute performance with proper cooling. This is on par with the desktop Radeon RX 6600 (7.30 – 8.90 FP32 TFLOPS), with less ray tracing performance, but probably good enough for 1080p gaming (based on Tom’s Hardware benchmarks, the best available today in the graphics card). Unfortunately, the Elitemini HX90G’s graphics processor isn’t user-replaceable, so owners will have to stick with mediocre GPUs and 1080p gaming for years.
The Minisforum Elitemini HX90G will be available in mid-November starting at $799 (discounted from the default price of $939) without shipping barebones versions powered by AMD’s Ryzen 9 5900HX and Radeon RX 6600M, but memory, storage , and Windows are not included. With 64GB of memory and a 512GB SSD, the machine costs $1,079 (down from the default price of $1,269) without shipping.