Apart from the new high-end Neptune mini PCs with discrete mobile-grade GPU, MINISFORUM is also introducing the Venus series featuring AMD’s “Barcelo” Ryzen APUs that come as a slight upgrade over original Ryzen 5000U models. These refreshed Ryzen 5 5625U still feature the old Vega 7 iGPUs that can now boost to 1.8 GHz plus six Zen 3 CPU cores with 12 threads that can reach 4.3 GHz frequencies.
The Venus UMF560 small PC from MINISFORUM is equipped with an AMD “Barcelo” Ryzen 5 5625U APU. Active cooling is included in the new Venus series, which explains the tchicker profile. (Photo courtesy of MINISFORUM) Active cooling is included in the new Venus series, which explains the tchicker profile. (Photo courtesy of MINISFORUM.) The Ryzen 5 5625U APU with Radeon Vega 7 iGPU powers the new Venus UMF560 tiny PCs. These are updated versions of the original Ryzen 5000U models, with significantly faster clock speeds. MINISFORUM’s Venus systems are perfect for HTPC use thanks to four 4K ports.
Barebones with no RAM and storage start at US$359, but users can either add their own SO-DIMMs with NVMe SSDs and HDDs or opt for solutions supplied by MINISFORUM. In the latter case, a system with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB storage costs $439, while a configuration with 32 GB of RAM and 512 GB storage costs US$569. As always, these are promotional prices offered for initial backers.
The new Venus mini PCs support two DDR4 SO-DIMM slots for a maximum of 64 GB and also include an M.2 2280 slot for an NVMe SSD plus a 2.5-inch bay for SATA HDDs / SSDs. Motherboard port selection includes 3x USB-C (2x with DP support), 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, 2x USB 2.0, 2x HDMI video outputs, 1x GbE jack and an audio combo jack. The USB-C port on the back that offers DP support also has power delivery enabled so it can connect to the external 65 W power supply. MINISFORUM also provides a desk stand and the 5 x 5 x 1.8 inches case can be easily mounted to a monitor or wall.