Chinese PC maker TOPTON is selling a tiny desktop computer that measures just 5.9″ x 5.7″ x 2.6″ but which packs support for a lot of horsepower. It’s available with several processor options, but the top of the line model is powered by Intel’s 45 watt, 8-core, 16-thread Core i9-10880H Comet Lake CPU with a 2.3 GHz base frequency and support for turbo boost speeds as high as 5.1 GHz.
The TOPTON mini PC is available from AliExpress for $342 and up. The starting price is for a barebones model with an Intel Core i5 quad-core chip, but you can upgrade to the Core i9 processor for an extra $184 or add memory and storage if you need them.
Under the hood, the system features two M.2 2280 slots with support for NVMe storage, a SATA 3.0 connector for a 2.5 inch hard drive or SSD, two SODIMM slots for up to 64GB of dual channel DDR4-2666 memory, and an M.2 2230 slot for a wireless module.
The company says you can connect up to three 4K displays using three of the laptop’s ports:
- HDMI ([email protected])
- DisplayPort ([email protected])
- USB-C ([email protected])
Other Ports include:
- 4 x USB 3.0
- 2 x USB 2.0
- 2 x Gigabit Ethernet
- 1 x 3.5 mm audio
If you were hoping for a fanless computer, this ain’t it. TOPTON does say that the computer’s copper fan offers “silent” heat dissipation, but I wouldn’t bank on that.
Note that the base price for the computer does not include a wireless card, but you can add an Intel AX200 WiFi 6 & Bluetooth 5.1 card for an extra $20… but you have to jump through some weird hoops.
There’s a link at the bottom of the AliExpress page that takes you to another page where you can add money to your order in $1 increments until you hit the target amount and then you need to leave a note to say which upgrade you want (other options include up to a 2TB hard drive, a mouse and keyboard, or “genuine OEM license sticker.”)
So yeah, that’s a thing.
I really wish this had a Thunderbolt port so at least one had the option to have an eGPU. The ability to upgrade the processor and RAM is nice (unlike the one you posted yesterday) but I guess that’s the balance in price, etc.
Plugging a NUC into an egpu seemed kind of silly to me (it’s like building a desktop but with everything connected with USB cords), so I had to check if it was cheaper somehow.
On the high end, building a PC with a plain old microatx motherboard is cheaper, than plugging this thing into an EGPU. You can get a comparable build for $910, and that doesn’t include the price of the GPU case and it’s power supply.
On the low end, a comparable build is still a bit cheaper than the topton, and that’s still not including the price of the egpu case.
Need a mini pc for travel/work (a laptop would not work for the scenarios I’m speaking of) and would like to bring it home and connect it to an eGPU for work (where a more powerful desktop GPU is more desirable than a laptop one) and play. And of course one can build a micro ATX PC for cheaper. But thanks for stating the obvious
If that’s all you need, you can get nvme to pcie adapter. It’s 20 bucks on Amazon. You’ll lose the hot plugging features of tb3, but it’s not like the pc itself is on batteries. TB3 egpus have an overhead that nvme to pcie does not have, you. The only other thing is that it won’t look elegant .
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