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Minisforum EliteMini TH50 Mini PC: i5-11320H/16GB/512GB US$439 (~A$640) Delivered @ Minisforum


Bought this few months ago for my minimalist setup, mounted at the back of monitor. Great little PC for light gaming or emulation with the decent 96EU Iris Xe. Thunderbolt connection available for external GPU if you need more power. Downside is the non-upgradeable RAM, but 16GB is enough for my use case.


Spec from the website:
Intel® Core™ i5-11320H, 4 cores / 8 threads
Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics eligible(Graphics Frequency 1.35 GHz)
LPDDR4 16GB (On Board. Unable to upgrade memory)
M.2 2280 512GB PCIe SSD
2.5 inch SATA HDD Slot×2 (SATA 3.0 6.0Gb/s)
M.2 2230 WIFI Support (Dual-Band Wi-Fi,BlueTooth)
Upgradable Win 11

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  • +2

    Plus a little of bit of cheese grater on top :)


  • +1

    Nice until something goes wrong………International shipping costs must be covered by the customer

  • -8

    its 2022 12th gen has already come out for ages

    sry nah

    • +2

      Not negging but last time I've looked there's no 12th gen mini PC readily available, especially at this price range. You can post here if you find one

  • Minisforum? No.

    • +2

      Care to elaborate? If it's the liquid metal issue, that has been fixed with the latest iteration. Their support is also quite responsive when you have issues, not that I have any so far

      • And those who mention that issue are being stupid. Demo units sent to reviewers ahead of release had that issue. Isn't that kinda the point? Flesh out the issues with some reviewers before final release?

        Some people are so toxic.

  • +1

    Why not get a Mac mini instead ? You can even run windows on my six core model.
    Local support as well.

    • +1

      Not into apple ecosystem but not gonna lie I was waiting for the new Mac mini. Likely will be twice the price though

      • I mean the current mac mini is a great option, and a similar price through the aoc edu store. Still a fair bit faster I think.

        • +1

          Mac Mini M1 with 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD at this price ($774), please do share and post it on OZB. I am positive such deal will get heaps of + votes. I am definitely very interested in an M1, 16GB, 512GB at $774. I am willing to let go of the sub-par USB external storage performance and only 2 displays max limitation at that price.

          Honestly, I am not sure M1 is THAT GREAT in today's standard now. M1 Max and M1 Ultra are awesome, but M1, nowadays, the only bragging right is its low power usage and performance/power ratio. Its max performance isn't that great due to the power envelope.

          • @netsurfer: True, I forget how much apple overcharges for memory and storage — 16/512 is $1500, yowch. If that's a requirement, you're right, not such a great deal.

            Still, the 8/256 at $977 is a similar price, and at least worth a look for the majority of cross-shopppers I would say.

            People make a big deal about ram these days, but in my usual workload of 40+ firefox tabs, a linux vm, vs code, a couple of pdfs and spotify, I use about 4.5gb… 8gb seems ok for this kind of machine imo.

            These general benchmarks suggest there's still a significant performance difference. Around +20% single, +50% multi, +30% gpu ain't nothing.

            • @snep: It's only 1 benchmark for CPU and 1 benchmark for GPU. I am not sure Geekbench 5 is that objective. I have an M1 device and it doesn't impress me performance wise. Mine is a 16GB RAM version by the way. I did get the Black Friday voucher, ShopBack reward, and used discounted Apple card, but still expensive though. No matter how you want to sugarcoat it, we all pay for M1 too much and the USB performance is subpar, the external display handling went backwards. Yes, I know it is still 2 real Thunderbolt ports, instead of 2 split into 4 of them (but that's just an excuse people come up to feel better).

              This one's PCIe gen 4 NVMe SSD performance blows M1's internal SSD performance away if you do a benchmark test.

              The most annoying thing about M1 is that before M1 Pro and M1 Max were released, all those click bait youTube videos kept on saying you don't need more than 16GB and 8GB is enough for most people. Once M1 Pro and M1 Max came out, they all switched to, 16GB is not enough for them, they need 32GB or more memory.

              $977 is a similar price? Honestly, once you factored in a Thunderbolt enclosure, either a dongle or a USB-C monitor, then you will realise it is over $1000 easily. M1 is a smart move from Apple to hook people into Apple's ecosystem though.

              • @netsurfer: To add another data-point, notebookcheck shows a similarly positive comparison in Cinebench r23, although with smaller margins (+5% single and +30% multi). Older cinebench versions are running through Rosetta afaik, so they aren't a relevant comparison.

                Unigine Heaven seems to be the only graphics benchmark they've assessed both devices on, and shows +68% for the M1.

                I am not sure Geekbench 5 is that objective

                Do you have any sources or is this just conjecture?

                $977 is a similar price? Honestly, once you factored in a Thunderbolt enclosure, either a dongle or a USB-C monitor, then you will realise it is over $1000 easily.

                I don't really see your point here. I don't know about you but I'd be happy continuing to use hdmi rather than buying a new usb-c monitor. And if you really need more than 4 usb ports, what's wrong with just a generic type c adapter? I don't think a $20 adapter is particularly relevant to the overall value proposition.

                To be clear, I'm not disputing that this deal was decent value, and I'm hardly a rabid Apple user myself. Haven't bought anything from them in over a decade at this point. I just have a new-found respect for their machines since M1, after seeing the reaction to the launch, benchmarks and real-world use play out, and having a go with friend's devices.

    • Which one exactly? This is 16GB RAM with 512GB SSD. I am not sure if they have done it right and put in a PCIe gen 4 SSD or they've put in a SATA3 SSD. The Thunderbolt 4 so that's with 3 displays which can do at least 4K/60Hz, with 2 of them capable 8K/60Hz. The only bit I am not sure is whether there are 4 USB 3.2 gen 2 ports (or they are gen 1 ports).

      Don't get me wrong, I have Macs, but unless you are in the Mac eco-system, you also need to factor in other additional costs.

  • +1

    Decent deal if you need it now. Otherwise I'd be waiting for amd 6000 series which are apparently ~3 months out for mini pcs. Pretty huge difference difference in terms of cpu/gpu performance. Not sure about alder lake but I'd imagine availability will be similar.

    • Also waiting for that! For my use case it's not a big of improvement though and I was sceptical it will be covid-delayed further. Definitely will look into it for my next laptop

      • Yeah, more delays seem like a possibility… I want my chips now!

  • +1

    I like that the power port is a thunderbolt 4 USB-C port, so you could essentially plug it into a Baseus 65W USB-C QC Car Charger $14.95
    Or a ROMOSS USB C PD Power Bank 50W, 20000mAh. So it can be used in a 12V system or can be used in a variety of locations.

    • +1

      Yes! I'm into this form factor as it tick all the boxes. Versatile and can be used anywhere you like

  • Upgradable Win 11

    Hell no lol.

    • +1

      Comes with windows 10, after a week or so the option appears but you don't have to

  • do you buy it with the Tariff insurance option?Useful?

    • No, I wasn't charged anything additional at delivery

  • do these have realtek or intel NICs?

    • Intel i225-v

      • Nice this would make a crazy pfsense box. Probably less than I paid for mine too 😂

  • +1

    price is now $439USD or around $660 including shipping.

    I watched the youtube video review and the guy seemed very happy with this device.

    So i bought this,..my mum will love it.

    • Holy, the price dropped again? I should have waited! Updating title

  • Ok an update. The minis th50 is fantastic if you need a cheap desktop to surf internet, ms outlook or word etc.

    It’s great size, tech is great and I can’t fault it. Silent running and not hot.

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