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Chinese Mini PC maker ACEMAGIC’s new TANK 03 is the company’s most powerful model to date. It’s also the most unusual looking, with a cube(ish) design that the company says “draws inspiration” from sci-fi spaceships, RGB lighting and a performance dial on the front.

Under the hood, this 167 x 167 x 161mm (6.6″ x 6.6″ x 6.3″) computer has a 45-watt, 12th-gen Intel Core i7 or Core i9 processor and support for up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 mobile GPU. Update: Check out Liliputing’s review of the ACEMAGIC TANK03 for performance notes. The short version is that while the specs are impressive, there are a few potentially deal breaking features that you may want to know about before deciding whether this is the mini PC for you. 

That’s a lot of horsepower for such a compact computer, making the TANK 03 fairly rare in the mini PC space as a system that could make a viable gaming PC or graphics workstation… assuming you’re willing to sacrifice desktop-class components for a more compact design.

But it also means that the computer needs a heavy-duty cooling system, so ACEMAGIC equips the system with separate cooling hardware for the CPU and GPU:

  • CPU cooling: 2 x D8 heat pipes in an O-shaped layout, fan for active cooling, air intake vent on the bottom of the PC and exhaust through two side vents
  • GPU cooling: 5 x D5 heat pipes, large fans, air intake vent on the top of the PC and exhaust vent on the back

That performance dial on the front of the system lets you quickly switch between Silent, automatic, and Performance modes, which will adjust the fan speed (and possibly other settings) in order to prioritize performance or noise levels.

It’s a feature we’ve seen on a handful of other mini PCs from Chinese PC makers in recent years, but the TANK 03 is one of the first that actually makes sense for use as a gaming PC, thanks to discrete graphics.

ACEMAGIC also plans to add something that’s a little less common on future models: a small status display that can show things like temperature, CPU, GPU, and memory usage, and other information. The company’s ACEMAGIC S1 mini PC already has this feature, but that’s a lower-power computer where I suspect most users keeping an eye on those stats will be looking to keep power consumption low. The status display on the TANK 03, meanwhile, could be helpful for making sure the system doesn’t overheat under heavy load.

The status display won’t be available at launch though. ACEMAGIC says it will be available as a “future upgrade,” although it’s unclear if that means you’ll be able to add a display to an existing TANK 03 or if you’ll need to buy a new model to get that display once it’s available.

Here’s a run-down of some key specs for the TANK 03:

TANK 03 with Core i7-12700HTANK 03 with Core i7-12900H
CPUIntel Core i7-12700H
14-cores / 20-threds
Up to 4.7 GHz
24MB cache
45W base power
Intel Core i9-12900H
14-cores / 20-threds
Up to 5 GHz GHz
24MB cache
45W base power
GPUNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060M (80W)
or
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070M (120W)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080M
RAM DDR5-4800
2 x SODIMM slots
Up to 64GB total
Storage1 x M.2 2280 (PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD)
2 x M.2 PCIe x2 NVMe/SATA
Ports1 x Thunderbolt 4
6 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
2 x HDMI 2.0
1 x DisplayPort 1.4
2 x 3.5mm audio (1 front, 1 rear)
2 x 2.5 GbE Ethernet
1 x SD card reader
WirelessWiFi 6 (M.2 2230)
BT 5.2
OSWindows 11 Pro
Other featuresFront ambient lighting
3-level power adjustment dial

Unfortunately the system does not support standard NVIDIA graphics drivers, and instead ships with a custom driver (which is also available for download from the ACEMAGIC website). That could be a problem for gamers, who may be used to getting regular GPU driver updates delivered by NVIDIA, AMD, or Intel to ensure compatibility with the latest games, along with other improvements.

While ACEMAGIC hasn’t announced pricing or availability details yet, the company says there will be four configurations available for purchase at launch:

  • Intel Core i9-12900H/RTX 3080/32GB RAM (2 x 16GB)/1TB SSD
  • Intel Core i7-12700H/RTX 3070/32GB RAM (2 x 16GB)/1TB SSD
  • Intel Core i7-12700H/RTX 3060/32GB RAM (2 x 16GB)/1TB SSD
  • Intel Core i7-12700H/RTX 3060/16GB RAM (1 x 16GB)/1TB SSD

Update: The TANK 03 should be available in November, with the top tier model with list prices starting at list price of $1399, but ACEMAGIC says you can expect deals, including a Super Early Bird promo and an upcoming Cyber Monday deals that could bring prices down by hundreds of dollars.

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  1. The custom Nvidia drivers part of the article is baffling and a BIG disappointment. It is inevitable that, a user will run into issues with less frequent updates, by ace Magic.

  2. I bought one of these but i could not install the nvidia drivers. Then i switched something in bios regarding the Pci slot and i dont get any displaysignal at all. Its booting up etc but no signal.
    How can i CMOS reset this thing?

    1. There’s a graphics driver available for download from this page: https://www.acemagic.com/pages/drivers-downloads

      FYI, Ian Morrison is reviewing this mini PC for Liliputing and discovered that it appears to use a custom driver rather than stock NVIDIA drivers, which could mean slower and/or less frequent updates. We’ll have more details when our review is ready, but I’m going to update this article with that information now.

      1. ok, and how do i reset the Bios?
        Or couls ypu help me blind finding the correct option to reset in the bios?

          1. Ok, i accomplished resetting luckily by f12/entf Left down enter, down enter down enter

          2. Can you please post a picture of the bios menu? Is the f12 after hitting esc from using f2/del to enter bios?

  3. Make it so everything can be upgraded and then a person of reason will pay the amount asked, it has been far to long for these PC makers to have any excuse as to why you cannot still Upgrade the CPU without jumping thru hoops , we are Technologically Suppressed on purpose! Question is Why?

    1. Because they’re using recycled CPUs and GPUs from laptops which are only offered in BGA packages so that heat pipes can fit on top of them in the dimensions that you’ve come to expect.

  4. Nice formfactor but typical cringey Chinese parade float industrial design that looks like it belongs in a little kid’s toybox, or hanging on a Christmas tree that will look like a dust turd in less than a year. Wish there was more sleek, simple Mg-Al design applied to these small PCs like there has been with reasonably priced Chinese laptops…

    1. Sarcasm: Well how are you going to know it’s capable of playing video games if it doesn’t look like a semi-automatic stealth bomber? With a dash of rainbow vomit?
      Although that’s a complaint I’d tend to lodge against contemporary graphics cards rather than mini-pcs.

  5. Hi this is Mr George Tucker I’m interested in the Ace magic tank 3 cube shake mini PC that’s what I understand it’s not out yet could you email me when it gets out I really appreciate it thank you it’s it sounds like it’s an awesome machine is this like the was it the shield the and my phone number is 323-816-7520 thanks thank you

  6. Hang on a second, did you said rtx 30xx series? I would not say anything, but if it was 2 yrs ago, today it seems to be a little outdated.

    1. It reminds me more of the Companion Cube from Portal. Just needs a pink heart on the performance dial so you can maximize the love!