ZOTAC MAGNUS EC52070D and EK51070 Added to Catalog

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.

New AMD Ryzen Mini PCs on the Market

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)

Best Home Theater PC (HTPC) 2019

To our Best Mini PC page we’ve added another category: best HTPC. At the moment we believe the first place in the category belongs to Intel NUC Kit NUC8i5BEH. Some may think that it’s too powerful for a top recommended HTPC device, but we believe there are factors that justify it. Read more here

DIY Gaming Mini PCs With AMD Ryzen APU

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

ZOTAC ZBOX With NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU Announced

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)

Mini PCs with Intel Core i9-8950HK CPUs

EGLOBAL started shipping mini PCs with high-end Intel Core i9-8950HK CPUs. Even though the manufacturer claims these are gaming computers, they only contain integrated Intel GPU. The Intel Core i9-8950HK represents the top of the line, but users with tighter budgets can opt to get one of the variants sporting Core i5-8300H / i7-8750H / Xeon E-2176M CPUs. All models may be equipped with up to 32 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM and up to 1 TB of NVMe SSD storage, plus there is room for a 2.5-inch HDD as well. (NotebookCheck.net)

New ZOTAC’s Mini PCs at CES

At this year’s CES ZOTAC was there with their lineup of new ZBOX mini PCs. From Liliputing: »Zotac’s 2019 lineup of mini PCs includes a half-sized desktop gaming PC, a pocket-sized PC with an Intel Amber Lake processor, and an updated version of the company’s fanless desktop. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The company also has new mini workstations and gaming desktops, tiny computers with Intel Gemini Lake processors and dual-display support, and an unusual mini desktop designed for a very specific purpose: game streaming.« (via Liliputing)

Mini PCs from ASUS at CES

ASUS was present at this year’s CES and they were showing off a few new mini PC solutions. The models available for display were PN30, PN61, PB60G, and PB50. The latter model is particularly interesting, because it is one of the few mini PCs on the market that contain AMD Ryzen processor. More about the models’ specs at Liliputing

ZOTAC’s MEK Mini at CES

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) which was held from 8th to 11th January 2019, there were a few companies showing their new mini PC solutions. One of them was ZOTAC with their new MEK gaming mini PC. From AnandTech: »The MEK Mini was previewed back at Computex, but is set to hit the market at the end of Q1. Inside it will have a custom motherboard, an Intel 8th Generation processor, Zotac’s RTX 2070 mini graphics card, and the system will be equipped with Wi-Fi and dual network ports (Intel and Killer).« (via AnandTech)

ASUS Announces Mini PC ProArt PA90

ASUS has announced a workstation mini PC aimed at professionals. The new system is based on Intel Z390 chipset and is equipped with Intel® Core™ i9-9900K/i7-9700K and a liquid cooler for quiet operation. Graphics options are either NVIDIA Quadro P4000 or P2000. There are 4 SO-DIMM, 2 M.2 and 1 SATA III slots available. More specs in the press release from ASUS.