MINISFORUM says it’s working on an upcoming small form-factor desktop computer with an AMD B550 chipset, support for up to a Ryzen 5900X processor, and support for discrete graphics.

The company hasn’t announced a price, release date, or even a name for the computer yet, but a few specs are available, as are the first promotional images.

According to MINISFORUM, the computer will measure 166.5 x 158 x 67mm (6.56″ x 6.22″ x 2.64″) and features support for PCIe 4.0 SSDs and liquid metal for enhanced cooling (something the company has used in a few other mini desktops, for better or worse).

MINISFORUM says the computer will support AMD processors including Ryzen 5 5600G and  Ryzen 7 5700G chips with integrated graphics as well as Ryzen 5 5600X and Ryzen 9 5900X chips which do not have their own graphics, which is why the company says this computer will support discrete graphics.

It’s unclear how MINISFORUM plans to pack a discrete GPU into such a compact space – the company says the computer will consume from 120W to 1000W depending on the configuration, and that’s a lot of heat to dissipate for such a compact computer, even with liquid metal applied to the CPU.

One possibility would be to use a laptop GPU, which is designed to fit in tight spaces. But given MINISFORUM’s claim of up to 1,000 watts, I wouldn’t be surprised if the discrete graphics comes in the form of an external GPU dock.

A glance at the back of the computer shows support for three or more displays thanks to a selection of ports that includes:

  • 2 x HDMI
  • 1 x DisplayPort
  • 2 x USB Type-C

There’s also a 2.5 Gbps Ethernet port, four USB 3.x Type-A ports, mic and headphone jacks. There don’t appear to be any ports at all on the front of the computer.

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  1. Can I assume that something of this nature will no doubt be priced something north of $1.2K? I am trying to figure out (other the size) where the value equation is for the device that is discrete in almost all its functions. Do people spend $2k for a ATX/mATX formatted system that they can incrementally update over time, or buy a single function mini that cannot be fixed or changed for its lifetime (~3 years probably before the heat does it in)

  2. Interesting. I like the idea of a B550 chipset in a small form factor build. I love my ASRock A300 but was disappointed that ASRock released the X300 which has virtually no changes in order to re-monetize their STX board. Support for the 5700G never came to the A300 and I ended up building a mATX system with a Ryzen 5950X instead. We’ll see how well Minisforum supports this platform but with AMD moving to a new socket soon, I wonder if it would be wiser for many folks to just wait a bit.