With the summer ending, we’ve been working on the site to make it more useful to our users. On one hand, we’ve been working on the design to make the content easier to read and more pleasant to the eye, while on the other hand we’ve improved the performance of the mini PC catalog and added popular mini PCs to it:
New Minix NEO G41V-4 mini PC has been on display at IFA show in Berlin and is expected to be available in November. The PC is equipped with 6-watt, 1.1 GHz Intel Celeron N4100 which is capable of 4K video playback at 60Hz.
Other features include 4GB of DDR4-2400 RAM (soldered the motherboard and not upgradeable), 64GB of eMMC 5.1 storage, and an M.2 2280 SATA III slot for an optional SSD. There’s even an access door for the SSD slot on the bottom of the case, so you don’t have to completely disassembled the computer to upgrade the storage.
The NEO G41V-4 supports 802.11ac WiFI, Bluetooth 4.2, and has Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 2.0a, VGA, DisplayPort, audio, and microSD card ports, as well as two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports. (Liliputing)
The mini PC catalog has grown considerably since the site was launched and browsing it started to become slow. We took some time to work on that and the optimizations have been rolled out today. Response times are now from third to a quarter less of what they used to be, and browsing the catalog is now much more pleasant and useful.
There’s still room for improvement, but right now we’ll focus more on redesign and improving our content since we believe that should be our priorities to make the site even more useful. Stay tuned!
OptiPlex 7070 is a bit uncommon solution, but it may be useful for those who want to declutter their desk even more. It is a modular mini PC that fits into a monitor stand, which supports a wide range of monitors. Shipping September 24. CPU supported are all 8th generation core, from the Core i3-8145U to the Core i7-8445U. The PC supports SATA and M.2 drives. (PCWorld)
The system is based on Intel Celeron N3350 which is suitable only for basic tasks. There are other fanless PCs available in the market, that are capable of higher performance.
It’s not a particularly high-performance computer. The Chaco Canyon NUC is powered by a 6 watt Intel Celeron N3350 quad-core “Apollo Lake” processor and features 4GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage — both of which are soldered to the motherboard.
But the system should run silently thanks to the lack of moving parts. And if you need more (or faster) storage, there’s an M.2 2280 slot with support for PCIe x4 NVMe or SATA solid state drives.
Other features include a Gigabit Ethernet port, 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, two HDMI ports (1.4 and 2.0), and a headphone jack. There’s also a header for an optional RS-232 port. (Liliputing)
We’ve updated our searchable catalog and list of best gaming mini PCs 2019 with the new mini PC models from Zotac’s gaming line, the MAGNUS EC52070D and EK51070. Both models are high end devices, with model EC52070D being one of the best high-end devices currently on the market. It’s equipped with Geforce RTX 2070, based on Nvidia’s latest Turing GPU architecture, supporting real-time ray tracing and AI.
Recently there’s been some exciting news about AMD Ryzen processors finally finding their way into mini PCs. While Intel has been doing great progress on improving their integrated GPUs, it’s AMD that currently manufactures more affordable CPUs with better integrated GPU.
The first announced model is Asrock DeskMini A300, which is a very inexpensive barebone PC.
The DeskMini A300 costs a very reasonable $150 and for that investment you get a custom case that measures 155mm wide, 155mm deep and 80mm tall. It’s capable of housing two 2.5” storage devices and up to a 46mm tall CPU cooler. Inside you’ll find Asrock’s A300M-STX motherboard which measures just 140 x 147mm. […] Front I/O includes a USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C port along with a Type-A and around the back there’s an additional two USB ports, a 3.1 Gen1 Type-A and a 2.0 Type-A. There’s a basic Realtek audio and Gigabit network solution, three M.2 ports, two for an SSDs and a third for a Wi-Fi module and then two laptop-style memory DIMMs supporting up to DDR4-2933 with Ryzen APUs. (TechSpot)
The second model is HP ProDesk 405 G4, which is equipped with AMD Ryzen Pro CPU.
Measuring 177×175×34 mm and weighing 1.26 kilograms, HP’s ProDesk 405 G4 is among the most compact desktop computers based on AMD’s Ryzen available today. The machine can pack AMD’s quad-core Ryzen 5 Pro 2400 GE processor with Radeon Vega 11 graphics that can be paired with up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory, an M.2 PCIe/NVMe SSD and a 2.5-inch HDD. […] Connectivity-wise, the ProDesk 405 G4 provides an 802.11ac + Bluetooth controller (from Intel or Realtek), a gigabit ethernet port, six USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, a DisplayPort 1.2 with MST, and optional connectors (including USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, HDMI 2.0, D-Sub, Serial, etc.) based on the specific sub-model. (AnandTech)
There’s also been an announcement of a fanless low power, low performance solution. Vnopn K1 houses AMD A6-1450, a processor from 2013.
The K1 measures 15.7 x 10.7 x 2.5 cm but packs a quad-core processor that can clock up to 1.4 GHz and up to 8 GB RAM. The machine comes with up to a 256 GB SSD too and cools itself passively thanks to its 8 W TDP processor, so it runs silently. You can connect the K1 to an external monitor via its VGA or HDMI ports, but Vnopn has also included two USB 3.0 Type-A and four USB 2.0 Type-A ports for connecting peripherals like external storage and other devices. (NotebookCheck.net)
At PCGamesN.com they wrote a very interesting article how to build a DIY gaming mini PC. The article features 3 different do-it-yourself mini PC builds. The base model is a device without a discrete GPU, however it contains AMD Ryzen 5 2400G APU, which is capable of decent gaming. The mid-range device has Nvidia 1060 GTX 6GB, while the top performing (and also the biggest) device includes Nvidia RTX 2080. More at PCGamesN.com
Magnus EC52070D is a new gaming mini PC from ZOTAC. It contains the newest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU and a hexa-core Intel Core i5-8400T. There are two RAM slots available for up to 32 GB of memory, a 2.5-inch drive bay and a M.2 drive slot. (NotebookCheck.net)