Minisforum EliteMini HX90 in Review: Compact high-performance mini-PC with AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX –

January 27, 2022 by No Comments

The Minisforum EliteMini HX90 is a small PC for demanding tasks. The installed AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX is a cutting-edge, fast processor that is best suited for multi-thread applications. Nevertheless, the SoC suffers due to the outdated iGPU. The Vega architecture is noticeably outdated and unfortunately cannot keep up with the 5000 generation chips paired with a dedicated graphics card. The higher chip clock ensures better 3D performance compared to the AMD Ryzen 9 4900H but only by a few percentage points that do not separate the two rivals much.

That being said, the Minisforum EliteMini HX90 is perfectly suited as a work device. Here, the 8-core CPU can unlock its full potential without losing performance because the cooling of the small PC is sophisticated and suitable for everyday use. The many external ports are well placed and more than sufficient for the normal user. Up to four displays can be used on the device at the same time. That is almost a unique selling point for compact PCs, since there is often only one HDMI and one DisplayPort and with a bit of luck, a USB-C port with DisplayPort support. The only major limitation continues to be the lack of Thunderbolt 4, which would have made it possible to connect a high-performance external graphics card to turn the compact PC into a real gaming PC.

The Minisforum EliteMini HX90 is a very powerful mini PC for everyday use. However, only selected games can be enjoyed without any problems with the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX.

So, who will find this mini PC interesting? As a pure unrestricted gaming PC, the Minisforum EliteMini HX90 lacks the necessary 3D horsepower. Only some games can be rendered smoothly even at medium presets. If you limit yourself to these selected games, you won’t make a mistake with the Minisforum EliteMini HX90. Furthermore, the compact PC is also suitable as a streaming client although it is clearly underpowered in this respect. However, the SoC’s performance can be changed in the BIOS so this aspect can be possibly explored if interested.

You have no choice but to like the color scheme from a purely visual point of view because there aren’t any other color combinations offered. The market is simply too small for that. The Minisforum EliteMini HX90 doesn’t look that bad in reality, though. Overall, we cannot discover any negative points of criticism in the looks and workmanship. The omission of piano lacquer, which some competitors use, prevents visibility of any micro scratches.

Alternatives in this compact class, considering the performance on offer, are very scarce. Zotac has an equal opponent with its ZBOX Magnus with a dedicated graphics card. However, the price of this barebone model is at least €1,450. Another Chinese manufacturer, Morefine, also has a mini PC on the same basis as the Minisforum EliteMini HX90 called the S500+. The Morefine S500+ can be currently bought for US$779. A detailed review of this model will follow shortly.

The Minisforum EliteMini HX90 is available in its own online shop starting from US$649 as a barebones version. Our test sample retails for US$909 at the time of testing.



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