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

Compact gaming PC? Minisforum's portfolio includes the EliteMini HX90, a fast mini desktop PC based on the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX. This compact computing powerhouse is advertised with a good gaming performance. We took a closer look at the bottom line and explain the pros and cons in this review.
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Minisforum is a Chinese system builder that specializes in ultra-compact mini PCs. We recently had the chance to take a look at the Minisforum EliteMini HM90 and were positively impressed. Now the manufacturer has sent us the EliteMini HX90, the current flagship of its portfolio. The EliteMini HX90 is aimed at a different target group and should also appeal to gamers. We will find out if this is true when we take a closer look at the gaming performance. Nevertheless, other users should not feel completely left out because the installed AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX offers excellent performance that is also very well received in everyday use.

With the high working speed, it is really fun to work with the EliteMini HX90. In terms of equipment, the mini-PC can be purchased both as a barebone and also pre-configured with RAM and SSD. The barebone system (without SSD and RAM) is currently priced at US$649 while the configuration with 32 GB RAM and a 512 GB SSD will cost $909 US dollars. Shipping is directly from China and free of charge. According to the store, taxes are also included. There are no alternative CPU options for the EliteMini HX90.

Our review sample is equipped with 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD. The device also comes with Windows 10 Professional, unless it is the barebone version. Everything is installed in a 195 x 190 x 60 mm compact case, which makes the Minisforum EliteMini HX90 slightly bigger than the MinisForum EliteMini HM90. Intel's NUC 10 is much more compact in terms of dimensions.

The Minisforum EliteMini HX90 is shipped in a sturdy box with all accessories to get the system up and running quickly. The relatively large power supply is similar to that of the EliteMini HM90, but it does not have a USB-C connector. Furthermore, a mounting plate for attaching the device to a display (Vesa mount) is included. There is also a suitable stand for placing the device upright. Internally, the device can be equipped with two additional 2.5-inch storage devices.

Minisforum EliteMini HX90
Processor
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX 8 x 3.3 - 4.6 GHz, 54 W PL2 / Short Burst, 54 W PL1 / Sustained, Cezanne H (Zen 3)
Memory
16 GB 
, DDR4-3200 Dual-Channel 2 von 2 belegt
Mainboard
AMD Promontory/Bixby FCH
Storage
Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB, 512 GB 
, 420 GB free
Soundcard
AMD Raven/Renoir/VanGogh/Cezanne - Audio Processor - HD Audio Controller
Connections
6 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5mm Audio Jack
Networking
Intel Ethernet Controller I225-V (10/100/1000/2500MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 60 x 195 x 190 ( = 2.36 x 7.68 x 7.48 in)
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Released
08/05/2021
Price
659 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case & Equipment

External interfaces (source: Minisforum)
External interfaces (source: Minisforum)

The casing is exclusively made of plastic and partly has a carbon look. The surfaces provide good haptic feedback and convey a high-quality impression, which also comes across visually. Nevertheless, you have no option but to like the design and the color accents because there are no alternatives. There are generous ventilation slots on the sides from which the air can be led out of the case. Air is sucked in on the upper side if no stand is used for which the manufacturer has created a honeycomb pattern. We welcome the omission of any piano lacquer surfaces as they can appear very used within a short time.

The inside can be accessed easily by removing the four bottom screws. The base plate can then be removed with a bit of skill. If you want to replace or expand the working memory, for example, you have to remove the entire board including the cooling unit. This is fixed with another screw.

Further disassembly is not advisable, as the manufacturer also points out in a warning note. The CPU cooler should not be removed because it could possibly damage the SoC. Furthermore, the manufacturer uses liquid metal for quick heat dissipation.

In terms of external connections, the EliteMini HX90 offers many options for connecting additional devices. A total of five USB-A ports are more than sufficient and all offer USB-3 speed. Furthermore, there is also a Type-C port on the front. External displays can be connected via DisplayPort or HDMI. Up to four monitors can be used at the same time. Unfortunately, there is no Thunderbolt interface.

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Performance - Very good all-rounder

As mentioned in the beginning, the Minisforum EliteMini HX90 is exclusively available with the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, which has now found its way into compact desktop systems from laptops. The advantages of the low power consumption and the resulting easy cooling are obvious. Thus, extremely compact PCs with decent levels of performance can be set up.

The AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX is a SoC with an integrated AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 graphics unit. In our case, Minisforum equipped our test sample with 16 GB DDR4 RAM. Two SO-DIMM modules are used, which allow dual-channel operation. A 512 GB model is used for the SSD, which is sufficient for the time being. Thanks to the pre-installed operating system, the Minisforum EliteMini HX90 can be used right away after a few minutes of setup and personalization.

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Processor

The installed AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX belongs to the Cezanne series and is based on the Zen 3 architecture. The SoC offers 8 physical processing cores with a total of 16 threads (thanks to SMT), which particularly benefits multi-thread applications. The EliteMini HX90 can clearly outperform the recently tested Minisforum EliteMini HM90 based on the AMD Ryzen 9 4900H. The difference between Zen 2 and Zen 3 becomes quite apparent here.

In the CPU benchmarks, the Ryzen 9 5900HX can largely prevail against the competition. For comparison, we have also included current desktop processors from AMD and Intel here in order to better classify the performance of the Mini Forum EliteMini HX90. It becomes clear that about the same performance as an Intel Core i5-11600K can be expected. However, the significantly lower power consumption of the Ryzen 9 5900HX should be mentioned at this point. We performed all tests with a maximum of 54 W. There are six different modes (10, 15, 25, 35, 45, and 54 W) in the BIOS with which the SoC can be operated.

Compared to the AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, the Ryzen 9 5900HX shows only a slight performance difference. Both processors are almost identical. Nevertheless, the AM4-based processor can use up to 87 W for a short time, which makes the performance advantage clear.

For further comparisons and benchmarks, we refer you to our CPU comparison chart.

Performance Rating - Percent
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
82.9 pt ∼83%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
81.7 pt ∼82%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
77.7 pt ∼78%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K
75.5 pt ∼76%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
67.7 pt ∼68%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
66.9 pt ∼67%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700 -2!
65.4 pt ∼65%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
62.9 pt ∼63%
Average Intel Core i5-10400F -5!
55.1 pt ∼55%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H -2!
54.4 pt ∼54%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
601 Points ∼100% +3%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K (576 - 595, n=2)
586 Points ∼98% +1%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
583 Points ∼97% 0%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
582 Points ∼97%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
505 Points ∼84% -13%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
504 Points ∼84% -13%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (431 - 504, n=43)
473 Points ∼79% -19%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
464 Points ∼77% -20%
Average Intel Core i5-10400F
438 Points ∼73% -25%
CPU (Multi Core)
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
5371 Points ∼100% +4%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
5185 Points ∼97%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
4585 Points ∼85% -12%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
4567 Points ∼85% -12%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K (4254 - 4349, n=2)
4302 Points ∼80% -17%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
3443 Points ∼64% -34%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
3357 Points ∼63% -35%
Average Intel Core i5-10400F
3201 Points ∼60% -38%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (1749 - 3325, n=43)
2848 Points ∼53% -45%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
254 Points ∼100% +5%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
242 Points ∼95% 0%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
242 Points ∼95%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K (234 - 242, n=2)
238 Points ∼94% -2%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
215 Points ∼85% -11%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
205 Points ∼81% -15%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (184 - 213, n=45)
196.7 Points ∼77% -19%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
196 Points ∼77% -19%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
194 Points ∼76% -20%
Average Intel Core i5-10400F
180 Points ∼71% -26%
CPU Multi 64Bit
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
2234 Points ∼100% 0%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
2224 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
1968 Points ∼88% -12%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
1967 Points ∼88% -12%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K (1738 - 1750, n=2)
1744 Points ∼78% -22%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
1607 Points ∼72% -28%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
1455 Points ∼65% -35%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
1452 Points ∼65% -35%
Average Intel Core i5-10400F
1332 Points ∼60% -40%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (804 - 1418, n=50)
1263 Points ∼57% -43%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
2.95 Points ∼100% +3%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K
2.87 Points ∼97% 0%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
2.86 Points ∼97%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
2.84 Points ∼96% -1%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
2.4 Points ∼81% -16%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
2.26 Points ∼77% -21%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
2.24 Points ∼76% -22%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (2.17 - 2.22, n=2)
2.2 Points ∼75% -23%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
2.19 Points ∼74% -23%
Average Intel Core i5-10400F
2.03 Points ∼69% -29%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
25.6 Points ∼100%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
24.37 Points ∼95% -5%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
23.03 Points ∼90% -10%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
21.8 Points ∼85% -15%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K
19.3 Points ∼75% -25%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
18.04 Points ∼70% -30%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
16.7 Points ∼65% -35%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
15.8 Points ∼62% -38%
Average Intel Core i5-10400F
14.4 Points ∼56% -44%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (13.7 - 14.1, n=2)
13.9 Points ∼54% -46%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
Average Intel Core i5-11600K
12957 Points ∼100% +7%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
12563 Points ∼97% +3%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
12152 Points ∼94%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
11351 Points ∼88% -7%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
10359 Points ∼80% -15%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
10173 Points ∼79% -16%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
9898 Points ∼76% -19%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
9594 Points ∼74% -21%
Average Intel Core i5-10400F
8849 Points ∼68% -27%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
73115 Points ∼100%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
71162 Points ∼97% -3%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
69545 Points ∼95% -5%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
65380 Points ∼89% -11%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K
64663 Points ∼88% -12%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
55742 Points ∼76% -24%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
52577 Points ∼72% -28%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
51816 Points ∼71% -29%
Average Intel Core i5-10400F
47901 Points ∼66% -34%
Blender - v2.79 BMW27 CPU
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (322 - 587, n=43)
389 Seconds * ∼100% -70%
Average Intel Core i5-10400F
332 Seconds * ∼85% -45%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
317.4 Seconds * ∼82% -38%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
315.4 Seconds * ∼81% -38%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
302 Seconds * ∼78% -32%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K (265 - 270, n=2)
267 Seconds * ∼69% -16%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
260 Seconds * ∼67% -13%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
247.3 Seconds * ∼64% -8%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
229.3 Seconds * ∼59%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
213.6 Seconds * ∼55% +7%
wPrime 2.10
32m
Average Intel Core i5-10400F
6.25 s * ∼100% -89%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
5.56 s * ∼89% -68%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
5.067 s * ∼81% -53%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K
4.92 s * ∼79% -49%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
4.65 s * ∼74% -41%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
3.89 s * ∼62% -18%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
3.788 s * ∼61% -15%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3.308 s * ∼53%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
3.257 s * ∼52% +2%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3.194 s * ∼51% +3%
1024m
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
142.7 s * ∼100% -56%
Average Intel Core i5-10400F
134.7 s * ∼94% -47%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
120.2 s * ∼84% -31%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
119.5 s * ∼84% -30%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
113.9 s * ∼80% -24%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
113.2 s * ∼79% -24%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K
107.6 s * ∼75% -17%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
91.6 s * ∼64%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
90.5 s * ∼63% +1%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
82.9 s * ∼58% +9%
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0
Pass 1
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
320 fps ∼100% +18%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K (279 - 299, n=2)
289 fps ∼90% +6%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
284 (283min - 285max) fps ∼89% +5%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
271.5 (259min - 276max) fps ∼85%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
252 fps ∼79% -7%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
237.5 (236min - 239max) fps ∼74% -13%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
236 (235min - 257max) fps ∼74% -13%
Average Intel Core i5-10400F
229 fps ∼72% -16%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (221 - 222, n=2)
221 fps ∼69% -19%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
215 (213min - 217max) fps ∼67% -21%
Pass 2
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
130 (130min - 130max) fps ∼100% +2%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
128 (122min - 128max) fps ∼98%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
117 fps ∼90% -9%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
111 (111min - 112max) fps ∼85% -13%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K (100.5 - 101, n=2)
100.8 fps ∼78% -21%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
92.8 (89.1min - 100max) fps ∼71% -27%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
88.2 fps ∼68% -31%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
84.8 (84.6min - 105max) fps ∼65% -34%
Average Intel Core i5-10400F
81.2 fps ∼62% -37%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (77.4 - 79.2, n=2)
78.3 fps ∼60% -39%
WinRAR - Result
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
13282 KB/s ∼100% +209%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
8401 KB/s ∼63% +96%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K
7850 KB/s ∼59% +83%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
7266 KB/s ∼55% +69%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
6555 KB/s ∼49% +53%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
6536 KB/s ∼49% +52%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (6265 - 6309, n=2)
6287 KB/s ∼47% +46%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
4297 KB/s ∼32% 0%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
4297 KB/s ∼32%
TrueCrypt
AES Mean 100MB
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
13.4 GB/s ∼100% +81%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
10.7 GB/s ∼80% +45%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
10.3 GB/s ∼77% +39%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
10.1 GB/s ∼75% +36%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K
9.7 GB/s ∼72% +31%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
8 GB/s ∼60% +8%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (7.6 - 7.6, n=2)
7.6 GB/s ∼57% +3%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
7.4 GB/s ∼55% 0%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
7.4 GB/s ∼55%
Twofish Mean 100MB
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
2 GB/s ∼100% 0%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
2 GB/s ∼100%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
1.8 GB/s ∼90% -10%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
1.7 GB/s ∼85% -15%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
1.7 GB/s ∼85% -15%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
1.5 GB/s ∼75% -25%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K
1.5 GB/s ∼75% -25%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
1.4 GB/s ∼70% -30%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (1.3 - 1.3, n=2)
1.3 GB/s ∼65% -35%
Serpent Mean 100MB
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
1.2 GB/s ∼100% 0%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
1.2 GB/s ∼100%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
1.1 GB/s ∼92% -8%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
1 GB/s ∼83% -17%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
1 GB/s ∼83% -17%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
0.938 GB/s ∼78% -22%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K
0.9 GB/s ∼75% -25%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
0.82 GB/s ∼68% -32%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (0.767 - 0.78, n=2)
0.774 GB/s ∼65% -35%
Geekbench 5.4
Multi-Core
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
9544 Points ∼100% +21%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
8980 Points ∼94% +14%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K (8336 - 8523, n=2)
8430 Points ∼88% +7%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
8173 Points ∼86% +4%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
7875 Points ∼83%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
7568 Points ∼79% -4%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
7248 Points ∼76% -8%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
7224 Points ∼76% -8%
Average Intel Core i5-10400F (6358 - 6372, n=2)
6365 Points ∼67% -19%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (4443 - 6674, n=43)
6135 Points ∼64% -22%
Single-Core
Average Intel Core i5-11600K (1694 - 1752, n=2)
1723 Points ∼100% +12%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
1657 Points ∼96% +7%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
1598 Points ∼93% +4%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
1542 Points ∼89%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
1378 Points ∼80% -11%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
1299 Points ∼75% -16%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
1286 Points ∼75% -17%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (1114 - 1333, n=43)
1263 Points ∼73% -18%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
1233 Points ∼72% -20%
Average Intel Core i5-10400F (1217 - 1223, n=2)
1220 Points ∼71% -21%
Geekbench 5.0
5.0 Multi-Core
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
9563 Points ∼100% +22%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
8926 Points ∼93% +14%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K
8542 Points ∼89% +9%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
8196 Points ∼86% +4%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
7859 Points ∼82%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
7624 Points ∼80% -3%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
7540 Points ∼79% -4%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
7237 Points ∼76% -8%
Average Intel Core i5-10400F
6349 Points ∼66% -19%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (5710 - 6632, n=8)
6283 Points ∼66% -20%
5.0 Single-Core
Average Intel Core i5-11600K
1731 Points ∼100% +16%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
1587 Points ∼92% +6%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
1525 Points ∼88% +2%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
1498 Points ∼87%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
1355 Points ∼78% -10%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
1304 Points ∼75% -13%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
1281 Points ∼74% -14%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (1215 - 1325, n=8)
1258 Points ∼73% -16%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
1237 Points ∼71% -17%
Average Intel Core i5-10400F
1217 Points ∼70% -19%
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average Intel Core i5-11600K
7438 Points ∼100% +17%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6953 Points ∼93% +9%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
6743 Points ∼91% +6%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
6365 Points ∼86%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
5969 Points ∼80% -6%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
5821 Points ∼78% -9%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
5726 Points ∼77% -10%
Average Intel Core i5-10400F
5587 Points ∼75% -12%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (5321 - 5832, n=8)
5572 Points ∼75% -12%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
5287 Points ∼71% -17%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
36970 Points ∼100% +14%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
35617 Points ∼96% +10%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K
33266 Points ∼90% +3%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
32434 Points ∼88%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
32174 Points ∼87% -1%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
29385 Points ∼79% -9%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
28402 Points ∼77% -12%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
28391 Points ∼77% -12%
Average Intel Core i5-10400F
25403 Points ∼69% -22%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (22859 - 25637, n=8)
24682 Points ∼67% -24%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance Physics
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
19649 Points ∼100% +41%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
18372 Points ∼94% +32%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
16422 Points ∼84% +18%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K (15381 - 17381, n=2)
16381 Points ∼83% +18%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
15961 Points ∼81% +14%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
15497 Points ∼79% +11%
Average Intel Core i5-10400F
14539 Points ∼74% +4%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
13940 Points ∼71%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (8587 - 14993, n=48)
12991 Points ∼66% -7%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
12199 Points ∼62% -12%
7-Zip 18.03
7z b 4
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
64358 MIPS ∼100% +12%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
57435 MIPS ∼89%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
56607 MIPS ∼88% -1%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
48976 MIPS ∼76% -15%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K (44620 - 45322, n=2)
44971 MIPS ∼70% -22%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
44081 MIPS ∼68% -23%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
43007 MIPS ∼67% -25%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
40379 MIPS ∼63% -30%
Average Intel Core i5-10400F
36731 MIPS ∼57% -36%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (26040 - 37345, n=43)
33946 MIPS ∼53% -41%
7z b 4 -mmt1
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
6594 MIPS ∼100% +15%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K (5987 - 6136, n=2)
6062 MIPS ∼92% +6%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
5818 MIPS ∼88% +1%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
5739 MIPS ∼87%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
5642 MIPS ∼86% -2%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
5293 MIPS ∼80% -8%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
5289 MIPS ∼80% -8%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (4504 - 5470, n=43)
5114 MIPS ∼78% -11%
Average Intel Core i5-10400F
5064 MIPS ∼77% -12%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
4727 MIPS ∼72% -18%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
16.8 fps ∼100% +6%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
15.9 fps ∼95%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
15.7 fps ∼93% -1%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K (14 - 14.7, n=2)
14.4 fps ∼86% -9%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
12.9 fps ∼77% -19%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
12.2 fps ∼73% -23%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
11.6 fps ∼69% -27%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
11.4 fps ∼68% -28%
Average Intel Core i5-10400F
11.2 fps ∼67% -30%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (5.54 - 11.6, n=43)
9.61 fps ∼57% -40%
R Benchmark 2.5 - Overall mean
Average Intel Core i5-10400F
0.618 sec * ∼100% -24%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (0.578 - 0.708, n=42)
0.611 sec * ∼99% -23%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
0.593 sec * ∼96% -19%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
0.588 sec * ∼95% -18%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
0.572 sec * ∼93% -15%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
0.541 sec * ∼88% -9%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K (0.506 - 0.528, n=2)
0.517 sec * ∼84% -4%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
0.4965 sec * ∼80%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
0.4896 sec * ∼79% +1%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
0.4778 sec * ∼77% +4%
LibreOffice - 20 Documents To PDF
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
66 s * ∼100% -34%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
59.5 s * ∼90% -21%
Average Intel Core i5-10400F
57.1 s * ∼87% -16%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (43.1 - 99.2, n=43)
53.3 s * ∼81% -8%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
49.8 s * ∼75% -1%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
49.3 s * ∼75%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
46.1 s * ∼70% +6%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
45.23 s * ∼69% +8%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
45.1 s * ∼68% +9%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K (39.7 - 43.8, n=2)
41.8 s * ∼63% +15%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
295 Points ∼100% +6%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
286 Points ∼97% +3%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
278 Points ∼94%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K (263 - 280, n=2)
272 Points ∼92% -2%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
244 Points ∼83% -12%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
239 Points ∼81% -14%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
233 Points ∼79% -16%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
227 Points ∼77% -18%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (202 - 239, n=39)
225 Points ∼76% -19%
Average Intel Core i5-10400F
215 Points ∼73% -23%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average Intel Core i5-10400F
849 ms * ∼100% -41%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (764 - 840, n=43)
783 ms * ∼92% -30%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
767 ms * ∼90% -28%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
760 ms * ∼90% -26%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
754 ms * ∼89% -25%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
752 ms * ∼89% -25%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
601 ms * ∼71%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K (587 - 608, n=2)
598 ms * ∼70% -0%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
587 ms * ∼69% +2%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
578 ms * ∼68% +4%
3DMark
3840x2160 Fire Strike Ultra Physics
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
27096 Points ∼100% +18%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
26038 Points ∼96% +13%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K
23190 Points ∼86% +1%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
22976 Points ∼85%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
21864 Points ∼81% -5%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
21542 Points ∼80% -6%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
19942 Points ∼74% -13%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
18986 Points ∼70% -17%
Average Intel Core i5-10400F
18082 Points ∼67% -21%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (16535 - 18978, n=29)
17806 Points ∼66% -23%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Physics
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
27300 Points ∼100% +13%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
25990 Points ∼95% +8%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
24096 Points ∼88%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K (21677 - 22631, n=2)
22154 Points ∼81% -8%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
21706 Points ∼80% -10%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
20613 Points ∼76% -14%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
20080 Points ∼74% -17%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
20040 Points ∼73% -17%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (11653 - 18769, n=46)
17163 Points ∼63% -29%
2560x1440 Time Spy CPU
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
9743 Points ∼100% +40%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
9417 Points ∼97% +35%
Average AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
8911 Points ∼91% +28%
Average Intel Core i5-11600K (8286 - 9482, n=2)
8884 Points ∼91% +28%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
8580 Points ∼88% +23%
Average Intel Core i5-10600K
8290 Points ∼85% +19%
Average Intel Core i5-10400F
7548 Points ∼77% +9%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
6955 Points ∼71%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H (4911 - 7543, n=47)
6649 Points ∼68% -4%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
6523 Points ∼67% -6%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R20
Cinebench R20
Cinebench R23
Cinebench R23

Cinebench R15 Multi loop

In the first load test, which we simulate with the Cinebench R15 Multi loop, the Minisforum EliteMini HX90 has no trouble keeping its AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX cool for an impressive level of performance. We note an average of 2,121 points. That is not a significant performance loss compared to the best value (2,197 points). Overall, however, almost all contenders deliver good results in this test.

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Minisforum EliteMini HX90 AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX: Ø2121 (2086.27-2197.32)
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070) Intel Core i9-9980HK, Intel Core i9-9980HK: Ø1463 (1410.79-1593.44)
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G: Ø2227 (2208.24-2244.79)
Minisforum HM90 AMD Ryzen 9 4900H, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H: Ø1880 (1846.13-1987.28)
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C) Intel Core i7-10700, Intel Core i7-10700: Ø1338 (1184.66-1454.54)

System performance

In synthetic benchmarks, the Minisforum EliteMini HX90 offers a very high working speed for pure office work and productivity. As was the case with the Minisforum EliteMini HM90, the ElteMini HX90 lacks a dedicated graphics card, which is why the gap between the Intel Ghost Canyon NUC and the Zotac Magnus One becomes significantly larger. The measured latencies under load and during playback of 4K video are good and there are no dropouts. The iGPU is utilized to about 30% during playback. Nevertheless, the latencies increase slightly after Prime95 is started.

Maximum latency when opening multiple browser tabs and playing 4K video.
Maximum latency when opening multiple browser tabs and playing 4K video.
Maximum latency after ten seconds of Prime95
Maximum latency after ten seconds of Prime95
PCMark 10
Score
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
2400 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
6939 Points ∼100% +7%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
6507 Points ∼94%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
2900 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
6499 Points ∼94% 0%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
6444 Points ∼93% -1%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
5565 Points ∼80% -14%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
2958 Points ∼43% -55%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
1806 Points ∼26% -72%
Productivity
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
10196 Points ∼100%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
9332 Points ∼92% -8%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
2400 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
8581 Points ∼84% -16%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
8277 Points ∼81% -19%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
2900 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
7447 Points ∼73% -27%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
5397 Points ∼53% -47%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
2928 Points ∼29% -71%
Essentials
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
2400 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
10797 Points ∼100% +5%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
10321 Points ∼96%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
10226 Points ∼95% -1%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
2900 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
9846 Points ∼91% -5%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
9026 Points ∼84% -13%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
6210 Points ∼58% -40%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
4693 Points ∼43% -55%
Digital Content Creation
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
2900 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
10161 Points ∼100% +43%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
2400 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
9785 Points ∼96% +38%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
7610 Points ∼75% +7%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
7105 Points ∼70%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
6262 Points ∼62% -12%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
2097 Points ∼21% -70%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
1165 Points ∼11% -84%
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
3767 μs * ∼100% -241%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
1581 μs * ∼42% -43%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
1106 μs * ∼29% -0%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
1106 μs * ∼29%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
829 μs * ∼22% +25%
SPECviewperf 12
1900x1060 Solidworks (sw-03)
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
2900 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
82.3 fps ∼100% +33%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
71.1 fps ∼86% +15%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
61.8 fps ∼75%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
2400 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
59.2 fps ∼72% -4%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
49.3 fps ∼60% -20%
1900x1060 Siemens NX (snx-02)
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
22.2 fps ∼100% +10%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
20.1 fps ∼91%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
16.4 fps ∼74% -18%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
2900 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
12 fps ∼54% -40%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
2400 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
9.08 fps ∼41% -55%
1900x1060 Showcase (showcase-01)
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
2900 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
165 fps ∼100% +1046%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
2400 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
118.5 fps ∼72% +723%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
22 fps ∼13% +53%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
14.4 fps ∼9%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
13.3 fps ∼8% -8%
1900x1060 Medical (medical-01)
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
2900 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
49 fps ∼100% +302%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
2400 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
40.14 fps ∼82% +229%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
15.3 fps ∼31% +25%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
12.2 fps ∼25%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
11.7 fps ∼24% -4%
1900x1060 Maya (maya-04)
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
2900 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
200 fps ∼100% +545%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
2400 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
171 fps ∼86% +452%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
43.5 fps ∼22% +40%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
31 fps ∼16%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
26.6 fps ∼13% -14%
1900x1060 Energy (energy-01)
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
2900 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
13.1 fps ∼100% +2419%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
2400 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
11.49 fps ∼88% +2110%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
2.68 fps ∼20% +415%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
0.52 fps ∼4%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
0.5 fps ∼4% -4%
1900x1060 Creo (creo-01)
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
2900 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
61.5 fps ∼100% +71%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
2400 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
52.2 fps ∼85% +45%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
42.4 fps ∼69% +18%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
35.9 fps ∼58%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
29.9 fps ∼49% -17%
1900x1060 Catia (catia-04)
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
2900 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
117 fps ∼100% +210%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
2400 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
78.3 fps ∼67% +108%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
48 fps ∼41% +27%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
37.7 fps ∼32%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
32.7 fps ∼28% -13%
1900x1060 3ds Max (3dsmax-05)
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
2900 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
213 fps ∼100% +387%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
2400 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
180.8 fps ∼85% +314%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
53 fps ∼25% +21%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
43.7 fps ∼21%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
37.4 fps ∼18% -14%
SPECviewperf 13
Solidworks (sw-04)
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
2900 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
114 fps ∼100% +64%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
2400 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
85.4 fps ∼75% +23%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
79.4 fps ∼70% +14%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
69.6 fps ∼61%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
57.4 fps ∼50% -18%
Siemens NX (snx-03)
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
39.9 fps ∼100% +10%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
36.3 fps ∼91%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
29.6 fps ∼74% -18%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
2900 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
21.9 fps ∼55% -40%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
2400 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
16.33 fps ∼41% -55%
Showcase (showcase-02)
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
2900 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
165 fps ∼100% +1070%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
2400 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
118.5 fps ∼72% +740%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
22 fps ∼13% +56%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
14.1 fps ∼9%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
13.5 fps ∼8% -4%
Medical (medical-02)
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
2900 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
78.3 fps ∼100% +308%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
2400 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
56.4 fps ∼72% +194%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
21.7 fps ∼28% +13%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
19.2 fps ∼25%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
16.4 fps ∼21% -15%
Maya (maya-05)
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
2900 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
367 fps ∼100% +843%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
2400 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
281 fps ∼77% +622%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
58.5 fps ∼16% +50%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
38.9 fps ∼11%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
35.1 fps ∼10% -10%
Energy (energy-02)
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
2900 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
28.2 fps ∼100% +3105%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
2400 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
21.83 fps ∼77% +2381%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
7.57 fps ∼27% +760%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
0.88 fps ∼3%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
0.82 fps ∼3% -7%
Creo (creo-02)
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
2900 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
241 fps ∼100% +437%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
2400 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
183.8 fps ∼76% +309%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
59.3 fps ∼25% +32%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
44.9 fps ∼19%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
37.7 fps ∼16% -16%
Catia (catia-05)
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
2900 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
171 fps ∼100% +228%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
2400 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
113.7 fps ∼66% +118%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
69.1 fps ∼40% +32%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
52.2 fps ∼31%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
46.4 fps ∼27% -11%
3ds Max (3dsmax-06)
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
2900 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
213 fps ∼100% +397%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
2400 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
178.6 fps ∼84% +316%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
52.9 fps ∼25% +23%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
42.9 fps ∼20%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
37.8 fps ∼18% -12%
ComputeMark v2.1
1024x600 Normal, Score
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
4166 Points ∼100% +19%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
3499 Points ∼84% 0%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
3499 Points ∼84%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
631 Points ∼15% -82%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
337 Points ∼8% -90%
1024x600 Normal, Fluid 3DTex
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
340 Points ∼100% +45%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
235 Points ∼69% 0%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
235 Points ∼69%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
54 Points ∼16% -77%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
44 Points ∼13% -81%
1024x600 Normal, Fluid 2DTexArr
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
337 Points ∼100% +46%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
231 Points ∼69% 0%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
231 Points ∼69%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
63 Points ∼19% -73%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
42 Points ∼12% -82%
1024x600 Normal, Mandel Vector
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
1255 Points ∼100% +18%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
1066 Points ∼85% 0%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
1066 Points ∼85%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
147 Points ∼12% -86%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
79 Points ∼6% -93%
1024x600 Normal, Mandel Scalar
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
1084 Points ∼100% +12%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
964 Points ∼89% 0%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
964 Points ∼89%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
137 Points ∼13% -86%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
54 Points ∼5% -94%
1024x600 Normal, QJuliaRayTrace
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
1149 Points ∼100% +15%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
1002 Points ∼87% 0%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
1002 Points ∼87%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
230 Points ∼20% -77%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
118 Points ∼10% -88%
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit
Room GPUs-only
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
772 Samples/s ∼100% +71%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
451 Samples/s ∼58% 0%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
451 Samples/s ∼58%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
109 Samples/s ∼14% -76%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
76 Samples/s ∼10% -83%
Sala GPUs-only
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
1575 Samples/s ∼100% +68%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
939 Samples/s ∼60% 0%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
939 Samples/s ∼60%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
266 Samples/s ∼17% -72%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
129 Samples/s ∼8% -86%

* ... smaller is better

Mass storage

512 GB Kingston SSD
512 GB Kingston SSD

Minisforum sent us the top model of the EliteMini HX90 with a 512 GB SSD. The SSD comes from Kingston and uses the NVMe protocol for fast data transfers. The SSD was able to deliver good rates in the test, although we expected a slightly better sequential write rate. However, that is complaining on a high level, because the 900 MB/s transfer is more than sufficient for everyday use. The 4K read rate, which is a good 54 MB/s matters more. The system benefits from this when loading many small files especially during system startup, which only takes a few moments.

If the provided SSD is not enough, you can replace it with a larger model or optionally install up to two 2.5-inch storage devices. The appropriate mounting brackets as well as the connection cables are included. However, the maximum height of 7 mm should be noted.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CrystalDiskInfo
CrystalDiskInfo

Graphics card

EliteMini HX90 vs. Games (Source: Minisforum)
EliteMini HX90 vs. Games (Source: Minisforum)

The integrated graphics unit of the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX is the AMD Radeon RX Vega 8. We could already get a good impression of the performance in the EliteMini HM90. However, AMD has improved the iGPU's performance in the 5000 series and has increased the chip clock to 2,100 MHz. This results in a slight performance advantage over the previous generation RX Vega 8.

Compared to Intel's Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EU, the performance gap now shrinks a bit and AMD is no longer quite as far behind. Still, the performance of AMD's Radeon RX Vega 8 is noticeably slow if you want to play current games. Playing old and current games is possible in low resolutions. However, the frame rates often drop significantly at native 1080p resolution, so gaming is no fun. If the system is only to be used for certain games, we recommend taking a look at our table of tested games because it becomes clear here that the system can definitely be used for CS:GO or Rocket League. More game tests with this system will follow in the near future, so the table will be expanded constantly.

Minisforum promotes the EliteMini HX90 as a gaming mini PC. As can be seen in the table below, various games are also shown with playable frame rates. This, however, depends on the resolutions and presets used and thus, Minisforum's claims cannot be completely taken at face value.

Those who want to buy the Minisforum EliteMini HX90 should know what performance the AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 offers and what can be expected. We cannot give an unqualified gaming recommendation due to the low iGPU performance. Perhaps, this will be different if we get to a see a configuration with the AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX. However, this is only a speculation at the moment.

More benchmarks of the AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 can be found here.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
2900 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
40950 Points ∼100% +549%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
2400 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
28828 Points ∼70% +357%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
7591 Points ∼19% +20%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
6306 Points ∼15%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (2867 - 7202, n=141)
6302 Points ∼15% 0%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
5567 Points ∼14% -12%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800 MHz, Intel Iris Graphics 540
2322 Points ∼6% -63%
Intel NUC10i7FNH, Intel Core i7-10710U
1100 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
1983 Points ∼5% -69%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
1853 Points ∼5% -71%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 6000
1458 Points ∼4% -77%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
1316 Points ∼3% -79%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 5500
1175 Points ∼3% -81%
3DMark
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
2400 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
441161 Points ∼100% +158%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
2900 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
286573 Points ∼65% +67%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
187444 Points ∼42% +10%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
171104 Points ∼39%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
100414 Points ∼23% -41%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (35195 - 154040, n=28)
85415 Points ∼19% -50%
Intel NUC10i7FNH, Intel Core i7-10710U
1100 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
79747 Points ∼18% -53%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 6000
61979 Points ∼14% -64%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
58199 Points ∼13% -66%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
41037 Points ∼9% -76%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
2400 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
376770 Points ∼100% +269%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
2900 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
284001 Points ∼75% +178%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
147236 Points ∼39% +44%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
102227 Points ∼27%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
84227 Points ∼22% -18%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (35612 - 110032, n=17)
64096 Points ∼17% -37%
Intel NUC10i7FNH, Intel Core i7-10710U
1100 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
48446 Points ∼13% -53%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 5500
40670 Points ∼11% -60%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
40532 Points ∼11% -60%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
26409 Points ∼7% -74%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C), Intel Core i7-10700
2900 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
30090 Points ∼100% +697%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070), Intel Core i9-9980HK
2400 MHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
20775 Points ∼69% +450%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3800 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
5041 Points ∼17% +34%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (2286 - 5955, n=152)
4821 Points ∼16% +28%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
3775 Points ∼13%
Minisforum HM90, AMD Ryzen 9 4900H
3300 MHz, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
3414 Points ∼11% -10%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800 MHz, Intel Iris Graphics 540
1479 Points ∼5% -61%
Intel NUC10i7FNH, Intel Core i7-10710U
1100 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
1418 Points ∼5% -62%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
1202 Points ∼4% -68%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 6000
1033 Points ∼3% -73%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
772 Points ∼3% -80%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 5500
770 Points ∼3% -80%
3DMark 05 Standard
41727 points
3DMark 06 Standard Score
25886 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
21716 points
3DMark 11 Performance
6462 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
140539 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
25447 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
3479 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
1573 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
1422 points
Help
low med. high ultraQHD4K
Counter-Strike: GO (2012) 212 135 78.8 47.5 21.3
GTA V (2015) 116 104 27.9 12 8.55 8.77
The Witcher 3 (2015) 72.2 44.5 21.9 14.4
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 127 96.3 53.7 49.9 14.3
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 46.3 33.5 19.7 16.3
Rocket League (2017) 56.2 46.3 31.3 22.3 12.6
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 37 19.2 13.6 9.67 5.22
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 53.1 41.1 37 20.8
Far Cry 5 (2018) 48 21 20 19 12 6
Strange Brigade (2018) 87.7 33.5 28.4 23.9 15.8 8.2
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 52 20.3 18.7 16.3 10.4 5
Far Cry New Dawn (2019) 44 22 21 19 13 6
Metro Exodus (2019) 39.2 16.4 12.8 10.8 8.24 4.87
Borderlands 3 (2019) 60.1 23.1 14.4 11.3 7.28 3.52
F1 2020 (2020) 94.7 33.4 24.3 16.7 8.53
F1 2021 (2021) 98.3 42.5 31.9 22 16.3 8.35
Alan Wake Remastered (2021) 39.1 30.1
Far Cry 6 (2021) 45.1 21.1 17.2
Riders Republic (2021) 41 21 15 14 9 4
Forza Horizon 5 (2021) 43 33 28 15 11 7
Farming Simulator 22 (2021) 131 51.1 33.2 29.5 21.3 11.8
God of War (2022) 13.7 11.2 7.92
Rainbow Six Extraction (2022) 29 28 27 19 11 5
Dying Light 2 (2022) 18.5 15.4 11.4 6.73
GRID Legends (2022) 63.3 43.2 35.1 24.7 17.6 9.7
Elden Ring (2022) 30.7 30.6 30.5 27 19.2 10.9
Cyberpunk 2077 1.5 (2022) 21.2 16 11.2 8.9 4.8
Elex 2 (2022) 17.8 15.4 13.6 11.6 7.55

Emissions & Energy

Temperature

Minisforum uses a radial fan for the EliteMini HX90. This sucks in fresh air from the top and blows it out of the case laterally through the vents. This concept seems to be working very well because there were no problems that indicated overheating of the SoC during the Cinebench R15 Multi loop test. Furthermore, liquid metal is used ex-factory to achieve the best possible heat dissipation. Consequently, disassembling the CPU cooler is also strongly discouraged. It is also glued, so damage to the SoC while removing the cooler cannot be ruled out.

Under full load, we measured the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX reaching a maximum of 70 °C although the iGPU was cooler at 65 °C. However, we would like to emphasize the increased TDP of 54 W, which we used for all tests. Thus, there is no reason to panic about the temperatures. It is not surprising that the 3D performance does not drop even after the stress test. The result of the 3DMark11 benchmark is almost identical compared to the cold start and only fluctuates by a few points in the range of the measurement tolerances.

Stress test: Prime95 solo
Stress test: Prime95 solo
Stress test: FurMark solo
Stress test: FurMark solo
Stress test: FurMark+Prime95
Stress test: FurMark+Prime95
3DMark 11 after stress test
3DMark 11 after stress test
Heat development during the stress test
Heat development during the stress test
Heat development during the stress test
Heat development during the stress test
Heat development during stress test (PSU)
Heat development during stress test (PSU)
 

Noise emissions

A quiet PC is always good and if performance doesn't drop at the same time, it's even better. The Minisforum EliteMini HX90 checks both points. We measured just 31.6 dB(A) in idle, and it is only slightly more under full load at 33.4 dB(A).

Additionally, the fan noise is pleasant too with no annoying, high-frequency fan whirring. The fan speed quickly adapts to the conditions, so the already low noise level drops again after a short load. However, fan speeds can still be adjusted to the user's needs in the BIOS. We were satisfied with the default settings so we did not make any changes here.

Noise emissions (ambient)
Noise emissions (ambient)
Noise emissions (idling)
Noise emissions (idling)
Noise emissions (stress test: FurMark+Prime95)
Noise emissions (stress test: FurMark+Prime95)

Noise Level

Idle
/ 31.6 / dB(A)
Load
/ 33.4 dB(A)
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30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Earthworks M23R, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.8 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.92530.93129.94030.75031.56327.380261002512526.416023.520025.52502431521.940021.650022.663021.780024.9100023.7125023.5160022.2200020.1250018.7315019.1400018.9500019.1630019.5800019.91000020.21250020.61600021.1SPL33.4N1.9median 21.7Delta1.9hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseMinisforum EliteMini HX90

Energy consumption

The Minisforum EliteMini HX90 is comparatively more energy-hungry among the other mini PCs that we have listed here. However, this should not be judged too negatively because the performance is on a high level. There is some criticism in terms of 3D performance due to the iGPU, but it pays off positively in terms of energy consumption. The energy consumption for 3D applications is much higher in two of its rivals with a dedicated graphics unit.

The power consumption is still relatively frugal with an average of 87 W measured in the stress test. Furthermore, Minisforum has the idle energy flow well under control with our test device showing only 6.3 W without load. The relatively large 120 W power supply easily copes with the power requirements. Thus, there is still some buffer should the Minisforum EliteMini HX90 be equipped with two separate 2.5-inch drives.

Energy consumption switched off
Energy consumption switched off
Energy consumption in idle mode
Energy consumption in idle mode
Energy consumption during the stress test (Prime95)
Energy consumption during the stress test (Prime95)
Energy consumption during the stress test (FurMark)
Energy consumption during the stress test (FurMark)
Energy consumption in the stress test (FurMark and Prime95)
Energy consumption in the stress test (FurMark and Prime95)
Energy consumption during gaming (The Witcher 3 Ultra Preset)
Energy consumption during gaming (The Witcher 3 Ultra Preset)
Power Consumption
1280x720 FurMark 1.19 GPU Stress Test (external Monitor)
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C) (Idle: 37.6 W)
326.2 (316min - 333max) Watt * ∼100% -480%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070) (Idle: 33.1 W)
251.9 (242min - 270max) Watt * ∼77% -348%
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
93.9 (48.3min, 91.6P1 - 112max) Watt * ∼29% -67%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90 (Idle: 6.3 W)
56.2 (52.1min, 53.3P1 - 79.8max) Watt * ∼17%
Minisforum HM90 (Idle: 9.8 W)
47.47 (44min - 78max) Watt * ∼15% +16%
Intel NUC10i7FNH (Idle: 8.4 W)
46.6 (45min - 68max) Watt * ∼14% +17%
Intel NUC10i5FNK (Idle: 15.7 W)
37.8 (35min - 63max) Watt * ∼12% +33%
MSI Cubi 5 10M (Idle: 8 W)
25.17 (25min - 26max) Watt * ∼8% +55%
Prime95 V28,10 Stress (external Monitor)
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
125 (50.4min, 112P1 - 145max) Watt * ∼100% -44%
Zotac Magnus One (ECM73070C) (Idle: 37.6 W)
116.3 (110min - 238max) Watt * ∼93% -34%
Intel Ghost Canyon NUC (RTX 2070) (Idle: 33.1 W)
109.4 (107min - 151max) Watt * ∼88% -26%
Minisforum EliteMini HX90 (Idle: 6.3 W)
86.9 (77.4min, 79.5P1 - 109max) Watt * ∼70%
Minisforum HM90 (Idle: 9.8 W)
73.2 (71min - 76max) Watt * ∼59% +16%
Intel NUC10i7FNH (Idle: 8.4 W)
60 (52min - 86max) Watt * ∼48% +31%
Intel NUC10i5FNK (Idle: 15.7 W)
58.5 (56min - 69max) Watt * ∼47% +33%
MSI Cubi 5 10M (Idle: 8 W)
46.72 (40min - 66max) Watt * ∼37% +46%
AC6-M Mini-PC
17.4 (15.8min, 16.8P1 - 18max) Watt * ∼14% +80%

* ... smaller is better

Pros

+ very good system performance
+ 8 cores and 16 threads
+ stable case
+ compact dimensions
+ quiet at all times
+ many USB interfaces
+ up to four displays can be used simultaneously
+ up to three mass storage devices possible

Cons

- no SD card reader
- 3D performance too low for modern games

Verdict - Great performance with wasted potential

Minisforum EliteMini HX90 in review, provided by Minisforum
Minisforum EliteMini HX90 in review, provided by Minisforum

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 that would surely be an overkill. Users have an option to lower the SoC's performance via BIOS settings which could indeed prove helpful for this particular way of using the mini-PC.

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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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Minisforum EliteMini HX90 in Review: Compact high-performance mini-PC with AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
Sebastian Bade, 2022-01-26 (Update: 2022-02-16)