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EliteMini HX90 packs a Ryzen 9 5900HX cooled by liquid metal

Minisforum, an OEM known for its mini PCs, is launching its new flagship system, the EliteMini HX90. Equipped with a Ryzen 9 5900HX and supporting up to 64GB of DDR4-3200 memory, the HX90 is a 2-litre PC designed for gamers, despite lacking a dedicated GPU.

Usually seen on laptops, the Ryzen 9 5900HX powering the HX90 is an 8C/16T APU with a base/boost clock speed of 3.3/4.6GHz up to 4.6GHz. The Integrated GPU is a Radeon RX Vega 8 with 8 CUs, capable of reaching 2100 MHz clock speeds. This CPU is cooled with liquid metal and a fan-cooled heatsink, offering superior cooling performance that should come in handy considering the small enclosure.

Supporting up to 64GB DDR4-3200, the HX90 has an M.2 2280 PCIe SSD slot and 2x 2.5-inch drive bays. The Minisforum HX90 with Windows 10 Pro pre-installed, but the system is Windows 11-ready, so you can take advantage of Microsoft's free upgrade program in early 2022. 

Although small, the HX90 has many connectivity options, including Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, and a 2.5G Ethernet port. There's also 2x HDMI ports, 2x DisplayPorts, 2x audio-out jacks, 2x audio-in jacks, 5x USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C port, and a Clear CMOS button.

There are four Minisforum EliteMini HX90 models available for purchase. The barebones model, without an SSD and RAM, goes for $749. For $899, you can get the system with 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The 16GB RAM+512GB SSD model is priced at $929. Lastly, the 32GB RAM+512GB SSD model is available for $1009. If you order any of these models through the Minisforum online store, you can benefit from a $100 discount, reducing their price to $649, $799, $829, and $909, respectively.

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KitGuru says: It's not every day that we see a mini PC using liquid metal to cool the CPU. However, as components demand more power, they also generate more heat, so it wouldn't be far-fetched to see liquid metal become standard in the future.

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