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The Chatreey G2 is a small form-factor desktop computer that looks more like a game console than a PC. It measures 310 x 250 x 55mm (12.2″ x 9.8″ x 2.2″) and features RGB lighting effects on the front of the case.
But unlike most game consoles, the Chatreey G2 is a customizable PC with the beating heart of a gaming laptop. It’s available with Intel Core i7-12700H or Core i9-12900H processor options and features a a discrete NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 GPU. The system can be configured with up to 64GB of RAM and up to three storage drives. The Chatreey G2 is available from AliExpress for $687 and up.
The starting price is for a barebones model with a Core i7-12700H processor and NVIDIA graphics, but no memory, storage, or operating system, so you’ll need to supply your own if you opt for this model.
You can also upgrade to a Core i9-12900H chip for $56 extra, or pay more to configure the system with up to 64GB of RAM, up to 4TB of storage, and Windows 11 software.
Each version of the Chatreey G2 features a 95-watt NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 mobile GPU with 4GB of memory. It’s not exactly NVIDIA’s most powerful graphics solution, but it should be good enough to handle many recent games or other applications that can leverage hardware-accelerated graphics.
Inside the case, there are two SODIMM slots for memory. Each supports up to 32GB of DDR4-3200 RAM. There are two M.2 2280 slots for solid storage. One is a PCIe 4.0 slot, while the other is PCIe 3.0. And there’s also a 2.5 inch bay for a hard drive or SSD.
There are two fans and four heat pipes to help keep the system from overheating and a wireless card with support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0. Ports include:
- 4 x USB 3.0
- 2 x USB 2.0 Type-A (front)
- 1 x USB Type-C
- 2 x HDMI 2.0
- 1 x 2.5 GbE Ethernet (Intel I225-V)
- 1 x mic in
- 1 x audio out
Chatreey doesn’t provide full specs for that USB-C port, but the company says the computer supports up to three displays if you use both HDMI ports and the USB-C port, so it sounds like at the very least, that port supports DisplayPort Alt mode functionality.
How come it’s only HDMI 2.0 and not 2.1…..everything I have seen on Rtx 30 series says they all hdmi 2.1. Is this a typo? Cause as a media centre I would want that 4k 120hz with HDR and hdmi 2.0 won’t cut it for that….
Surely if its an rtx 30 series it should have 30 series hdmi ports? What am I missing here?
The RTX 3050 is garbage Why do they use it? RTX 3060 Ti or RX 6650 at a minimum
I have long believed there is a big market for a product like this, and I’ve often wondered where all the players are in the space, afaik its basically this and like two options from minisforum, for mini pc with discrete GPU. And I can’t help but wonder if part of the reason they don’t take off is because of those three total options, two look so ugly and stupid. This thing is hideous, and for my use case as a living room console killer, its a non-starter.
Even the minisforum neptune, by far the least aesthetically insulting option, is a bit too loud. Can one company please take some design cues from like the HP Z2 G4 mini, some of the Lenovos or god even Apple’s mac minis, and just make a visually quiet mini pc with a game-worthy discrete GPU?
Most of the mini PCs are focused on the idea of being able to attach to the back of a monitor, usually using a VESA mount. This is just a little too big for that, and isn’t shaped for that even if it is small enough.
Another reason mini-pcs with laptop GPUs might not have taken off is because the next step up is building a PC, and you can build one with higher performing desktop versions of parts for as low as $768 (for no RAM or storage). Yeah it’s $100 more but you’ll surely get that $100 worth. And part of the reason these things are the price they are is because they’re very often made using recycled components from last year’s laptops. The rate at which people buy laptops with discrete graphics instead of integrated graphics might affect availability of secondhand laptop GPUs, which can lead to fewer companies trying to build mini pcs with them.
it looks stupid