Minisforum has once more demonstrated its high-performance Mini-ITX PC and motherboard range, which will feature AMD’s Ryzen 9 7945HX3D central processing unit (CPU). We are aware that Minisforum is developing a brand new Mini-ITX personal computer, and that it will include motherboards that are powered by processors from both AMD’s Dragon Range and Intel’s Raptor Lake. These chips will come in various iterations having a BGA design. This implies that the CPU specification of Mini-ITX boards will not be able to be improved, but the remainder of the board will be able to be upgraded. When we were first shown the Mini-ITX motherboards at Computex 2023, we learned about the AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX and Intel Core i9-13900HX variations.
However, it appears that Minisforum already has a more powerful choice in the works for each camp. During a recent presentation, Minisforum once again demonstrated their Mini-ITX motherboards, which are rumored to be able to accommodate processors with as much as 16 cores, such as the Intel Core i9-13980HX and the AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D. The motherboards will handle TDPs of up to 100W, and that ought to be sufficient to satisfy the fundamental power needs of both chips. The Ryzen 9 7945HX3D, which offers the 16-core 3D V-Cache option for laptops, was recently revealed to be AMD’s newest and most powerful mobile gaming central processing unit (CPU).
This chip should be an incredible powerhouse in terms of efficiency and gameplay while having a TDP of 100W. Renders of the Mini ITX PC show a massive heatsink array and an active-cooling solution over the motherboard, although the cooling solution that is depicted on the motherboards has not been finalized even though it is shown there. The chip is not set in the same way as its 120W and 170W+ desktop cousins, but it should still be excellent in gaming and multi-threaded workloads. It is important to remember that 3D V-cache chips perform exceptionally well despite low TDPs.
A riser cable can be seen connecting to the PCIe Gen5 slot, and this cable connects to the main slot that is found on the exterior of the chassis. This is another visible detail. Because the dGPU is attached outside of the chassis, it will have plenty of airflow; but, it also has the potential to become a dust magnet, and the possible damage that can be caused by placing a GPU outside of the chassis should be taken into consideration. Since the GPU displayed was an RTX 4090, this indicates that virtually any card can connect with the Mini ITX chassis so long as the necessary amount of power is supplied.
Since full desktop-grade chips can’t necessarily be brought into such platforms due to the limited size and power/thermal constraints, bringing these mobile chips to the Mini ITX PC platform was the whole point of doing so. However, since mobility 16-core chips are designed around aggressive power targets, they make for a very compelling option for such builds and systems. This was the reasoning behind bringing these mobile chips to the Mini ITX PC platform. Although there is no information about the cost or availability of these Mini ITX PCs at the moment, we should have more information by the time the year comes to a close.