It is much smaller than the latest Intel NUCs due to the use of mobile components.
Minisforum has unveiled a new high-end mini-gaming PC that will be part of its Neptune series. The Minisforum NAG6 mini PC features an Intel Core i9-12900H processor and an AMD Radeon RX 6600M graphics card in a 2.7-liter chassis. PC Watch reports that the Hong Kong-based mini PCs maker updated its HX90G with a newer generation AMD Ryzen ‘Rembrandt’ processor at the same showcase event in Japan.
According to the source publication, the Minisforum NAG6 is still in development, so the specifications and design shared may change before its release date. However, the specifications we know at this point make the design an appealing pre-built or barebones mini PC option – as long as the price is reasonable.
The new Minisforum NAG6 resembles the well-known HX90G in some ways. The HX90G is a Neptune series model that was announced in May before going on sale in September. The new NAG6 is also shown standing on a pedestal mount and appears to be nearly the same size (2.7 liters), implying that it is also 8 x 8 x 2.5 inches (without a stand). However, this Intel-powered design has some notable differences, such as a more powerful array of fans (three rather than two) and a larger heatsink. The case appears to be well-ventilated to aid cooling.
Some may draw parallels between the Minisforum NAG6 and the new Intel NUC 13 Extreme ‘Raptor Canyon.’ However, Intel’s compact PC is a much larger (less NUC-like) dual-chamber 13.9-liter design that supports desktop components such as socketed CPUs and discrete GPUs. Minisforum users have similar upgrade options to laptop users, which is reasonable given the 2.7-liter size and laptop components used.
The Minisforum NAG6 includes 32GB RAM, a 512GB SSD, quad video outputs, and 2.5G LAN in addition to the headline Intel Core i9-12900H and AMD Radeon RX 6600M. A power button, a USB-C and USB-A port, as well as audio in and out, are located on the front. Images from the back show that two of the four video outputs are HDMI ports, and the other two are USB-C video outputs using DP-Alt mode. On the back, there are four USB-A ports.
Finally, we have an approximate price for the Minisforum NAG6 configured above in Japan. At the time of writing, the Y158,900 price tag is roughly equivalent to $1,140. The NAG6 is expected to hit the market in February 2023.
The Minisforum HX90G, as previously mentioned, has been upgraded to a newer-generation Ryzen mobile processor. The Ryzen 9 6900HX replaces the Ryzen 9 5900HX in the new HX99G. Please see our coverage of the Ryzen 6000 series mobile processors (APUs) with onboard RDNA 2 graphics to get a sense of what this means for performance. Aside from that, the discrete GPU (RX 6600M) remains the same, but the rear ports have been changed, with the two DP ports swapped out for two USB-C ports that support DP-Alt mode.
According to the Japanese presentation slides, a fully configured Minisforum HX99G will be about $150 more expensive than the HX90G, priced at Y182,980 (approximately $1,300). The new HX99G will be available next month.