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The MINISFORUM EliteMini HX90G is a compact desktop computer with the specs of a decent gaming laptop. Measuring 205 x 203 x 69mm (8.1″ x 8″ x 2.7″), the computer is smaller than some game consoles, but it should have enough horsepower under the hood to offer 60 fps gaming for many modern titles.
MINISFORUM plans to begin shipping the HX90G to customers in mid-November, but you can pre-order one now for $799 and up.
The computer is powered by a 45-watt AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX processor, which is an 8-core, 16-thread mobile processor with a 45W default TDP and support for speeds up to 4.6 GHz. The HX90G also features an AMD Radeon RX 6600M mobile GPU, which is a 7nm chip with RDNA 2 graphics and 8GB of GDDR6 memory.
The $799 starting price is for a barebones model, which means you’ll need to supply your own memory, storage, and operating system, but you can also pay extra for a model that ships with Windows 11 Pro as well as RAM and an SSD. Pre-order prices range from $909 for a 16GB/512GB configuration to $1079 for a 64GB/512GB model.
All of those prices also represent pre-order discounts. Expect to pay more when the computer is generally available.
The MINISFORUM EliteMini HX90G supports up to four 4K displays thanks to two DisplayPort and two HDMI ports. Other ports include:
- 1 x 2.5 Gbps Ethernet
- 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
- 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
- 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C
- 1 x 3.5mm mic input
- 1 x 3.5mm audio output
Under the hood there are two SODIMM slots for up to 64GB of DDR4-3200 memory, an M.2 2280 PCIe 4.0 x4 slot for NVMe or SATA storage, and an M.2 2230 slot that comes pre-populated with a wireless card featuring WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 support.
There’s also a cooling system that includes liquid metal, 7 heat pipes, and dual fans. And the chassis is made from a combination of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic and resin.
MINISFORUM ships the computer with a 19V power adapter, an HDMI cable, a base that you can use to stand the computer up on its side, and mounting screws.
MINISFORUM teased the EliteMini HX90G earlier this year, but it seems like the computer has gotten a bit of a spec change since then, as it will ship with AMD’s Radeon 6600M GPU rather than the Radeon 6650M graphics that the company had originally planned to use.
The Radeon 6600M uses a little less energy and delivers a little less performance.
This is a great platform with modern IO.
A step down would be an AStock Mini x300, 5700g, 16GB DDR4 3200 and an old PCIe3 SSD. Just built one for $427 16/512
I know it is to rag on Minisforum products , as they make themselves an easy target with their 1,000,000 different SKUs, issues with thermals and poor QC…and this post will be no different. The laptop comparison has been made in the past, and I know this isn’t primarily for US consumers. With that being said, there is absolutely no value here. I googled 5900HX laptop and found a complete system (with RAM, Storage and OS) for $779 USD. Oh, did I mention that it has an RTX 3050? No, not the most powerful mobile GPU, but a dedicated GPU nonetheless. Another pointless product from Minisforum
This one comes with a 6600M GPU, which I believe is on par with the 3060.
Yeah you’re right. It has a dedicated GPU and on the level of a 3060 mobile. I would still prefer a proper laptop from a local seller with a proper warranty, but I could see the value in one of these.
I bought one. I’m not a real gamer but I play D3 with friends and will want to play D4. I have an i7 4770k on an ASUS Z97 based ATX board and R9 390 which run games fine but won’t officially run Windows 11, I want to be on Windows 11. I have a NUC i5 that I love and does run Windows 11 but won’t run D3 (not well anyway). I decided that I want a small system and also that I didn’t want to spend 1.5k or more on a gaming desktop to play 2 games. I wanted something small and powerful….and cheap. This fit the bill. I tried really hard for a NUC because honestly, I prefer Intel. I can’t configure any NUC extremes to beat this price when I need to buy and add a video card @~$200 and I don’t want or need a gaming laptop. I got very close with a 9th gen i7 NUC but to me that would not have made sense since the 5900hx is supposed to be comparable to the Intel 10th gen i9 mobile chip.
If there’s anyone else out there like me, there’s a market for this I think. I can’t wait. I only hope I don’t get bothered by technical and quality issues in the long term.
I’m having a difficult time understanding why 5000 series cpu’s are still selling as “new” when 7000 series was just shown to us. The 5000’s should be rolling out as considerably cheaper due to their age, which will be 2yrs in Nov. I’m aware it’ll be some time before we see 7000’s in machines, but this feels like being sold Intel 10th gens today like it’s some amazing thing. They’re fine, but they’re not new.
I presume most of the Chinese mini PCs are using recycled laptop chips.
What you said… plus Ryzen 6000 mobile chips are still rare and Ryzen 7000 mobile isn’t due out until 2023. They’re kicking the series of with desktop chips (and while the HX90G is a desktop, it’s using mobile chips in order to keep power consumption and heat down).
Thanks Brad, that’s where my confusion was. AMD’s tricky naming scheme strikes again!…or…my lack of attn to detail. Thanks for the follow-up.