The MINISFORUM EliteMini HM90 is a 5.9″ x 5.9″ x 2.2″ desktop computer with support for up to an AMD Ryzen 9 4900H processor, 64GB of RAM, and dual storage thanks to an M.2 2280 slot and a 2.5 inch drive bay.
MINISFORUM is now taking pre-orders for the little computer for $479 and up.
The starting price will get you a barebones system with an AMD Ryzen 5 4600H processor and no memory, storage or operating system – you have to supply your own. But you can upgrade to a Ryzen 9 4900H chip for just $20 more during pre-orders.
Retail prices are expected to start at $559 for the Ryzen 5 model and $629 for the Ryzen 9 version after the pre-order promotional pricing ends.
If you don’t want to hassle with adding your own memory and storage, you can also pay extra to get a system configured with up to 32GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB of PCIe 3.0 solid state storage. These models will also come with Windows 10 Pro pre-installed.
The MINISFORUM EliteMini HM90 also features support for up to three displays thanks to HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB 3.0 Type-C ports, all capable of driving 4K displays at 60 Hz. Other ports include:
- 1 x 2.5 Gbps Ethernet
- 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
- 2 x USB 3.1 Type-A
- 4 x USB 3.0 Type-A
- 1 x 3.5mm audio
Other features include support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 and a cooling system that the company says includes a “breathable mesh” design that allows air to be drawn in through the top of the chassis and pushed out through the sides.
MINISFORUM also says it applies liquid metal to the CPU to enhance cooling… a claim that caused a bit of controversy when the company made it for the pricier, higher-performance EliteMini HX90 earlier this year. But while early reviews suggested sloppy application of liquid metal on the HX90, if it could be found at all, MINISFORUM sent out newer units to reviewers which do in fact seem to have liquid metal applied properly… even if it’s not entirely clear how much benefit you’ll get from it in a relatively low-power PC with a laptop-class processor.
The damage to MINISFORUM’s reputation has already been done. Even though it was the result of what seems to be a series of unfortunate amateur (on MINISFORUM’s part) events, it’s going to be a while before a good amount of people stop associating them with a company that shouldn’t touch electronics and have flat out lies (not the usual misleading) in their marketing.
Yeah, I was excited about the HX90 until that mishap, and as intriguing as this unit would be for a nice low-power HTPC or retro gaming rig, I won’t touch the brand now. I’d rather not have a $500 machine blow up in my face because someone at their factory got sloppy with the thermal goo again.
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