We review a miniature PC with Intel Tiger Lake and Iris Xe graphics

The company minisforum recently released a new miniature PC, which at a modest size provides good performance. Of particular interest in this system is the Tiger Lake processor with Iris Xe graphics. For more information, see the Selectel overview.
Inside the PC — fast RAM DDR4-3200 with reduced power consumption, the PCIe 4.0 bus, as well as the Thunderbolt 4.0 interface. It is noteworthy that minisforum was the first company to install a new Thunderbolt in the computer. In general, it turned out to be an interesting device.
You should not expect crazy performance from this miniature PC, but it is quite able to cope with most everyday tasks. Inside him:
Processor: Quad-core Intel Core i5 1135G7 with a maximum clock speed of 4.2 GHz.
Video: Intel Iris Xe Graphics 1.3 GHz.
RAM: LPDDR4 12 GB, 3200 MHz.
Memory: M. 2 512 GB SSD, there is a SATA interface for connecting a hard disk.
Wireless connection: Support M. 2 2230 Wi-Fi (Dual-channel Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth).
Connectors: HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort (8K@60Hz), USB-C (Thunderbolt 4), 3.5-inch audio jack, Gigabit Ethernet, 2 USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0.
Power Supply: 19V.
OS: Windows 10 Home.
An important point: there seems to be a lot of RAM, still 12 GB, not 4 or 8. But the memory is soldered on the board, there are no additional slots, so you will not be able to upgrade the system. In general, 12 GB is enough for most users. Still, this is not a gaming PC, and it is not 100% suitable for working with very heavy video files. Although in one of the photos, the video editor is open. But development, where there is no serious load, office work and many other areas of application are quite suitable — with all this, the miniature minisforum TL50 will definitely cope.
The system demonstrates good performance, because in addition to 12 GB of RAM, there is also a solid-state drive, and a fairly large volume.
Otherwise, the device can be called quite standard, with its M.2 slots for installing a wireless communication module, video outputs and USB ports.
By the way, if you want to buy the system right now, then most likely you will not succeed: at the time of writing, the minicomputer is released only in the land of the rising sun. Accordingly, it is available only to residents of Japan. A kind of crowdfunding was launched, which in fact is just a competent marketing company with the possibility of pre-ordering.
according to rumors, the brand will soon release a more powerful system with DDR4 3733 MHz, PCIe NVMe from Kingston and the transition to Wi-Fi 6.

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