Minisforum announces palm-size DeskMini DMAF5 mini PC with Ryzen 5 3550H APU
The anti-NUC movement initiated back in 2019 by AMD is starting to get more traction this year, as more and more integrators are looking to release Ryzen-based mini PCs. Earlier this month we learned that Asus will soon be the first to release Ryzen 4000 mini PCs, but other smaller integrators are now chiming in, as well. Take for example the newly announced DeskMini DMAF5 from Minisforum, which is powered by a 2019 Ryzen 5 3550H APU with Vega 8 iGPU. While we would have liked this to feature the newer Ryzen 4000 processors, the 2019 APU is still a decent solution, especially considering the palm-size design of the DeskMini model.
We are not yet sure if Minisforum is going to provide complete systems or just barebones models. We will have to wait for the launch of the Indiegogo campaign to learn more details regarding this aspect. In any case, the included motherboard provides support for up to 32 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM, an M.2 2280 slot for PCIe NVMe SSDs and a 2.5-inch SATA bay, plus it even features a Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5 module preinstalled in an M.2 2230 slot.
There is a custom active cooling system that includes a large fan for low speed and low noise (<30 dB) operation even at 100% CPU usage. Users can further upgrade the included 35 W APU to a superior model that has more than 45 W TDP, as per the information provided on the Minisforum site.
The exact specs for the port selection are not clearly stated on the site, but we can clearly see from the provided pictures that the mini PC comes with 4x USB-A connectors and a USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 port that can also be used as display output along with the included HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 outs. Additionally, there are 2x GbE jacks and a headphone jack.
Minisforum will reveal pricing and availability info for the DeskMini DMAF5 with the imminent launch of its Indiegogo campaign.