Mini-PC’s for home and office use are gaining popularity and have some advantages over classic PCs:
- Its compact size allows you to place it even on a small table or simply hide it behind the monitor, and also take it with you at any time.
- Power consumption is several times lower. A large desktop computer can easily pass over 300W, while a mini-pc consumes a maximum of 30W, and some models even less.
- This is a turnkey solution. You do not need, as in the case of a PC, to choose components and study how compatible they are, to assemble a PC and install Windows. Here the story is like with a smartphone – you buy a completely finished device. If you wish, you can, of course, choose the Barebone version (that is, without memory and storage) and install your own (this will save you money), but if you choose a complete set with memory, then you don’t even have to install the system, everything will be ready and workable from the box … Enabled and use.
Previously, the world of mini-PC’s was solely dominated by Intel, but a couple of years ago there was a shift and the market was flooded with compact motherboards supporting processors from AMD. As a result, Mini pc’s with Ryzen Ryzen processors began to appear, which are good not only for their processing power, but also for graphics, which allows you to play not too demanding games.
The Chatreey S1 is a mini-computer. The nettop is interesting in a way, with its modest dimensions, there is a full-fledged desktop processor Ryzen R3 2200G, Ryzen R3 3200G or Ryzen R5 3400G inside. And if you do not need a lot of processing power, you can choose the Athlon 200GE. 2 slots DDR4 RAM up to 32 GB, support for SSD NVME drives + the ability to install an additional HDD.
Moreover, this computer is unique in that it allows you to replace the processor with another one yourself. That is, for example, you can take an Athlon 200GE and eventually change it to Ryzen R5 3400G. At the end of 2019. I had a version with Ryzen 3 2200G, which I was pleased with. There are complaints that it produces an increased noise level under severe loads.
In fact, Chatreey AN1 is a conventional name, because this mini-computer is sold under different names in entirely different stores and you need to look where it is cheaper at the moment (prices are constantly changing).
This is a very good nettop, which I also had the opportunity to evaluate personally. It is very quiet and cold, as the processor, you can choose Ryzen 3 2200U, Ryzen 5 2500U, Ryzen 7 2700U and the most powerful Ryzen 5 3550H with Radeon ™ Vega 8 graphics.
The computer has two slots for DDR4 RAM, M2 for SSD with support NVME drives, plus the ability to connect an additional SSD. A WiFi + BT modem with WiFi5 support is already installed, and if you take it with memory, then the computer will come with the Windows 10 operating system installed. Last year I had a top version of a computer-based on Ryzen 5 3550H, and I was very pleased with the computer. It is ideal for home and office tasks, multimedia, and you can even play a little. For example, GTA 5 at standard graphics settings and FullHD resolution produces 35 – 40 fps.
The Beelink GTR is based on the Ryzen 5 3550H with Vega 8 graphics and is essentially very similar to the previous model with similar configurations. Nevertheless, there are differences. The manufacturer is seriously confused with cooling, so the computer does not drop frequencies even under high load.
In addition, a modern WiFi + Bluetooth module with WiFi 6 support was installed on the computer. It also has an interesting design and a fingerprint scanner for user identification. Beelink GTR is sold in 3 configurations: the first option is a barebone, that is, you install the memory yourself. The second option: 8 GB of RAM + 256 GB SSD disk as system + 1TB disk as storage. The third option: 16 GB of RAM + 512 GB SSD disk as system + 1TB disk as storage. When you buy a computer with memory, Windows 10 is installed for free.
MINIS FORUM DMAF5
Another computer based on the Ryzen 5 3550H, which is an excellent processor for home and office tasks: photo processing and editing, watching HDR videos and Youtube in 4K, a browser, office applications, and accounting – all this is within his talent. The DMAF5 model has several memory configurations: 8 \ 128, 8 \ 256, 16 \ 256 and 16 \ 512. All of them have support for WiFi 6 802.11 ax. The computer can display images simultaneously on 3 screens (HDMI, DP and USB-C with support for DP mode), and a monitor mount can be found in the kit.
MINIS FORUM UM700
If the previous model does not seem powerful enough for you, then the UM700, which runs on the Ryzen 7 3750H, is probably for you. This processor has a higher maximum frequency – 2.3 GHz in multi-core mode and 4 GHz in TURBO mode (one core), due to which it has an increase in processing power of up to 10%.
It also features the more powerful Radeon ™ RX Vega 10 graphics, which will come in handy if you like to play. The rest of the set is the same: up to 32GB of RAM, SSD as a system drive + 2.5 “HDD for everything else, WiFi6 and BT 5.1 are also present.
MINIS FORUM X300
The most powerful mini-computer at MINIS FORUM is based on the Ryzen R5 3400GE. It is a quad core processor with 8 threads. Its base clock frequency is 3.3 GHz, and its maximum is 4 GHz. Radeon ™ Vega 11 graphics. 2 M2 SSD slots: one PCI-E and one SATA. Memory 16 \ 256 or 16 \ 512, you can additionally install a 2.5 “HDD (laptop). WiFi modem with support for WiFi 6 is already installed, as is the operating system Windows 10 Pro.
Ryzen 7 4800H Gaming PC
New for 2021 is a shareware gaming computer based on the Ryzen 7 4800H. If the previous models had the Zen + architecture, then here we already have Zen2. 8 cores, 16 threads, 2.9 GHz base frequency and up to 4.2 GHz maximum.
Beast! The Ryzen 7 4800H is more than twice as fast as the Ryzen 7 3750H in today’s selection, and this is confirmed by many tests on the net. The store offers configurations with RAM from 8 GB to 32 GB and NVME SSD storage up to 2 TB. Built-in graphics allow you to play even modern games, albeit only at low graphics settings.
For example, Red Dead Redemption 2 in HD resolution produces an average of 31 fps, but GTAV at FullHD and with average graphics settings briskly runs 50 – 60 fps.
Of course, there are similar computers from well-known brands, for example, ASUS released the PN50 model, where you can choose Ryzen 3 4300U, Ryzen 5 4500U and Ryzen 7 4700U. These are powerful, low-heat processors designed for notebook computers. Together with an excellent cooling system, this means that the computer will not overheat and will work at maximum frequencies.
Of course, the most interesting is the top-end 4700U processor equipped with the new Radeon ™ Vega 7 graphics, which has 7 cores and runs at 1600 MHz. This insert is 22% more powerful than the discrete MX250, which is mostly installed in laptops, for example, the Zenbook from the same Asus. Other characteristics include Wi-Fi 6 + BT 5.0, simultaneously connecting up to 4 displays, RAM with a frequency of 3200 MHz, and Windows 10 on board. Its a bit pricey thou.