Less than two months after launching the MINISFORUM HM50 compact desktop computer with an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U processor, MINISFORUM has introduced a higher-performance model with a Ryzen 7 4800U processor.

The new MINISFORUM Elitemini HM80 is available for purchased from the company’s online store, with list prices starting at $859, but a $100 discount for the first 100 customers.

For the most part, the new computer looks identical to the HM50. It has the same 5.9″ x 5.9″ x 2.2″ chassis, the same selection of ports, and the same memory and storage capabilities (there are 2 SODIMM slots for DDR4 memory, an M.2 2280 slot for PCIe SSD storage, and two 2.5 inch drive bays for hard drives or SSDs).

But the Ryzen 7 4800U processor should bring significantly better performance in many situations:

Ryzen 7 4800URyzen 5 4500U
Cores/Threads8 / 166 / 6
Base / Boost Freq1.8 GHz / 4.2 GHz2.3 GHz / 4 GHz
L2 cache4MB3MB
L3 cache8MB8MB
GPU cores86
GPU freq1.75 GHz1.5 GHz
TDP15W (cTDP 10-25W)15W (cTDP 10-25W)

Both computers should be able to support up to three 4K displays thanks to HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB-C ports, but the Ryzen 7 4800U is probably better suited for light gaming or other GPU-intensive applications, although its worth noting that neither chip is really a graphics powerhouse and since the MINISFORUM Elitemini HM80 lacks a Thunderbolt port, it cannot be used with an external graphics card.

That makes these little computers better suited for digital signage, home theater, or general-purpose computing applications than gaming or workstation-class applications.

The company does indicate that you can enter the BIOS to adjust the dedicated video memory from anywhere between 512MB and 2GB though.

Other features include two Ethernet ports (1 x 2.5 Gbps and 1 x 1 Gbps), two US 3.1 Gen 2 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, mic and headphone jacks jack, and a wireless card with WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 support.

The starting price gets you a model with 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD with Windows 10 Pro pre-installed, but MINISFORUM also sells a 32GB/512GB model for $70 more.

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  1. So is this shipping immediately, or is it another one of those “we’ll charge your card now so we can use the money to manufacture it and you’ll get it in 3-6 months” scams.