Minisforum shows the new ITX motherboard with Ryzen 9 7945HX & i9-13900HX CPUs
Numerous enthusiasts of compact PCs are undoubtedly acquainted with a brand known as Minisforum. Within the expanse of Computex 2023, one can discern the presence of Minisforum. However, this year’s array of exhibits encompasses not only compact PCs but also a new Mini-ITX motherboard, which is bound to pique the interest of some consumers.
According to a report from Wccftech, Minisforum showcased a Mini-ITX motherboard intended for next-generation compact PCs, featuring AMD’s code-named “Dragon Range” and Intel’s “Raptor Lake-HX” mobile chips. The former boasts up to 16 cores and 32 threads based on the Zen 4 architecture, while the latter peaks at 24 cores and 32 threads (8P+16E).
Distinct from the run-of-the-mill Mini-ITX motherboards, the CPU utilized employs BGA packaging, rendering it non-replaceable by the consumer. A silver lining to this is the more spacious nature due to the absence of a base. While such designs are not a rarity in the market, most are based on standard mobile chips, which yield a certain disparity compared to the desktop platform.
In this instance, Minisforum has opted for high-end mobile chips, maintaining parity with the desktop platform in terms of core/thread configurations, thereby potentially outstripping the performance of the majority of compact PCs. Among the showcased specimens from Minisforum, configurations include the Ryzen 9 7945HX and Core i9-13900HX, both premium choices.
Apart from the divergent CPUs, the two motherboard models bear a striking resemblance in design, each equipped with two SO-DIMM slots, a PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, and dual M.2 slots, along with an 8-pin power connector. Users may also employ a PCIe riser cable, allowing the installation of dual-slot, or even triple-slot, thick graphics cards, freeing up more room for flexibility.