The Minisforum NPB7 is a system we have gotten a few requests to review. As a result, we purchased one from Amazon and put the system through its paces. While many of the mini PCs we review are AMD-based, this one offers a 13th Gen Intel Core processor with both P-cores and E-cores making it very different. Let us get to it.
Minisforum NPB7 Overview
As we have been doing with the STH Mini PC series, we have a video review of this unit that you can find here:
As always, we suggest watching it in a dedicated tab, browser, or app for the best viewing experience.
The system itself we purchased for $650 after discounts. That included an Intel Core i7-13700H processor, 32GB of RAM, a 1TB NVMe SSD, and Microsoft Windows 11 Pro.
Something we were somewhere between surprised and shocked at was the difference between this and the Minisforum UM790 Pro we reviewed.
With that, let us get to the hardware overview.
Minisforum NPB7 External Hardware Overview
The front of the system we get two USB 3 Type-A ports and a 10Gbps USB 3 Type-C port. If you want USB4, that is on the rear of the system. There are standard buttons like a recessed reset button, power button, and a combo headset jack as well.
There is a small hole on the left front. This seems to be for the microphone. While that may be a checkbox feature, it effectively just picks up fan noise and then a bit of everything else.
Comparing this quickly to the Minisforum UM790 pro, we can see some major differences. The USB ports are completely different. Even the order of the ports/ buttons is different.
One may also be able to tell that the Intel version is notably taller than the AMD version.
On the side, we get a vent.
On the other side, we get two vents. At this point, that bottom vent is a clue that something is very different.
Moving to the rear of the system, we get almost a Noah’s Ark of I/O. There are pairs of USB 3 Type-A ports, HDMI ports, 2.5GbE ports, and even USB4 ports.
The bottom fan should give additional context into how different this system is from the UM790 Pro. Here are the two systems side-by-side. If you did not know both were from Minisforum, you might easily assume that they are from completely different manufacturers.
The top is also slightly different.
Here is the bottom with vents.
Next, let us get inside the system, and we are going to start by removing this bottom side, which requires removing the rubber feet.