Minisforum has unveiled its new EliteMini CR50 mini computer based on AMD’s controversial 4700S desktop platform. This new system is built for productivity, business and daily use scenarios in general.

AMD didn’t specify what areas it was targeting when it launched the AMD 4700S desktop platform, based on Sony’s PS5 Oberon SoC with the flawed GPU, earlier this year. Since these problematic chips used in PlayStation 5 will normally be thrown away, it should not be very costly.

The Minisforum EliteMini CR50 uses AMD’s 4700S SoC, which carries eight Zen 2 cores running up to 4.0GHz, 4MB of L2 cache, and 8MB of L3 cache. The rest of the system includes 16GB of GDDR6 memory, a Radeon RX 550 external graphics card (Lexa GPU, 640 stream processors, 4th Gen GCN architecture, 14LPP), and 256GB or 512GB SSD with SATA interface.

The system’s manufacturer uses three blower-type cooling fans to keep the PC cool: one for the SoC, another for the graphics card, and a third for the components located on the back of the motherboard. This setup is enough to cool the EliteMini CR50, but we don’t know how noisy it is.

Mini PC without Wi-Fi module, one GbE port, eight USB Type-A connections (four USB 2.0, two USB 3.2 Gen 1, two USB 3.2 Gen 2), two display outputs (HDMI, DVI-D) and audio jacks available.

The system measures 205 × 192 × 86 mm and is slightly larger than Apple’s Mac Mini. Minisforum will sell the EliteMini CR50 for $679 without SSD, $729 with 256GB SSD, and $759 with 512GB SSD.

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Michael Lewis


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