The latest solution from the compact PC manufacturer, the Minisforum NUCG5 arrives refreshed inside and out for both commercial and consumer desktop use cases.
The global sale of desktop computers continues to decline compared to laptops, but among them there is a segment that continues to rise, that of the mini-PC for which every week we have a new release. And it is that its advantages are interesting.
The manufacturer has chosen the carbon fiber for the chassis of this version. The use of this premium material is not usual and offers a plus in lightness, resistance and aesthetics.
Its dimensions maintain the reduced form factor of this type of solution, 109 x 110 x 61 mm, and it has ports both on the front and on the back where two external antennas for wireless connections stand out. It has VESA support for installation on walls or behind monitors.
It has also been renovated inside with the twelfth generation Intel processors, specifically with a Core i5-1240P with 12 cores and 16 threads, working frequencies of 4.4 GHz and 12 Mbytes of cache. Its integrated graphics is an Intel Iris Xe capable of displaying content on up to three simultaneous screens.
It includes two SO-DIMM slots to install up to 64 Gbytes of DDR4-3200 MHz memory and for storage, it offers a PCIe SSD and a 2.5-inch bay for expansion based on solid state drives or hard drives that you still have.
Its connectivity is of a high level. It supports Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 and has a good number of ports starting with two Thunderbolt 4, as well as USB 3.2 and 2.0, dual HDMI output, Ethernet LAN and a 3.5mm audio jack.
The Minisforum NUCG5 pre-installs Windows 11 Pro and will be available next month in various configurations. With 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD, its price is $579. We do not know if the manufacturer will market barebones versions that are of interest to users who want to use their own memories and storage solutions or change the operating system using a GNU/Linux distribution that is also supported.