A few weeks ago, we reviewed the Beelink GTR6, a mini PC based on the AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX. When we published that review, many folks immediately suggested we look at the Minisforum UM690. Thanks to our YouTube members, we were able to buy this unit and try the unit out.
Minisforum UM690 Background
As we have been doing with the STH Mini PC series, here is a video for this one:
We always suggest watching it in its own window, tab, or app for the best viewing experience. We also have a few more views of this unit in its included vertical stand in the video.
We purchased this unit via Amazon (Affiliate Link here) and decided to get it configured similarly to the Beelink GTR6 we reviewed. That meant configuring it with 32GB of memory and a 512GB NVMe SSD. It also came with Windows 11 pre-installed.
We will quickly note that while we spent $729 after coupons, the pricing on these mini PCs jumps around. Sometimes it is much higher, sometimes much lower. The Minisforum shop had them for $749.
The one item we would urge our readers to look at is purchasing these barebones. The pricing for that is only $519. One can get 32GB of memory (Amazon Affiliate example), and a 1TB NVMe SSD, and given today’s pricing be at only $659 with a larger SSD.
Before we get to the hardware overview, just so STHers know, we know Project TinyMiniMicro has been on hold for a bit. We are working on four TMM reviews right now, expect those to start coming out in the next few weeks but they are all tested, photographed, and with B-roll done.
Minisforum UM690 Hardware Overview
The front of the unit is interesting. It has a reset button recessed and a power button. There is a headset jack on the front along with two USB-C ports. The first is perhaps the most interesting as a USB4 port. This port is also the highest resolution 8K60 output on the unit. There is also a 10Gbps USB 3.2 Gen2 port next to the USB4 port.
On the back of the unit we get a 19V power input and a 2.5GbE LAN. The four USB ports are all USB 3.2 Gen2.
There are two HDMI display outputs, but those are limited to 4K60. We like that this unit has the USB4 port, where the Beelink GTR6 did not. On the other hand, the display output setup is much more limited on the UM690.
The sides of the unit have vents. All four sides do, with solid top and bottom panels. That means cooling is primarily the top of the chassis.
The bottom has rubber feet, but one major oversight is accessibility. One has to peel off the feet in this unit in order to get inside. That can be destructive to the adhesive on the bottom feet and Minisforum only provides replacement feet for the larger rubber pads. These need to have screw holes accessible and they are a pain in this system.
Next, let us get inside the system to see what is there.