The Minisforum HX90 is a small PC that packs a punch. The system is a bit larger than our TinyMiniMicro series 1L systems, but it also sports an 8 core processor and a fairly large cooling solution along with a solid amount of connectivity. It certainly offers something different and we had many requests to review this one, so that is what we are (finally) doing here.
Minisforum HX90 STH Mini PC Background
With our STH Mini PC series, we have videos as we have done for the Project TinyMiniMicro series. Here is the video for this one:
As always, we suggest opening this in its own YouTube tab, window, or app for a better viewing experience.
The system itself we purchased for $859 – a $50 coupon. As of the morning this is going live it is now a $60 coupon on Amazon making it a $799 configuration.
For that, we got 32GB of DDR4 memory, a 512GB SSD, a AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU, WiFi 6E, 2.5GbE networking, and even Windows 10 Pro that we were able to upgrade to Windows 11 Pro.
Here is an Amazon Affiliate Link to the unit we purchased. Note we do earn a small commission if folks purchase through the link.
Overall this is about the price of a Project TinyMiniMicro node in this generation, but it is more readily available. One trades size and a better warranty/ support for a slightly better built-in feature set.
With that, let us get to our hardware overview.
Minisforum HX90 External Hardware Overview
The system itself is a 195x190x60mm box, making it quite a bit larger than some of the other units we have tested. You can see a few of these near the end of the video where I held this up next to a 1L TMM PC and another Ryzen 9 unit.
On the front of the system we get the reset button, a headphone and microphone jack. We also get two USB 3 ports, one Type-A and one Type-C. One fun feature is that the power button glows blue when the unit is on.
In the rear of the unit we get a Kensington lock port, a 19V DC power input. We also get four display outputs. There are two DisplayPorts and two HDMI ports so one has 4x 4K display options. There is also another headset and microphone set on the rear of the unit.
Networking is provided via an Intel i225-V 2.5GbE NIC which was a nice addition. We also get four USB 3 Type-A ports on the rear of this unit. That means that overall we have a bit more standard connectivity than the TinyMiniMicro series.
On the bottom, we have VESA mounting bracket points, but the system is fairly large and heavy. The four screws in the corner are used to get inside the system.
You may notice “carbon fiber” looking faceplates on this system. They are plastic, but they also look cool.
Next, let us get inside the system as we continue the hardware overview.