Minisforum’s EliteMini CR50 mini PC kit has some of the power of a PlayStation 5, though its GPU is not quite punching at the same level.
Computer-maker Minisforum has produced a tiny desktop gaming PC that features a processor linked to the PlayStation 5. Sony’s flagship console – known for its fast computing power – can handle complex graphical tasks such as ray tracing and 120 FPS gameplay without a stutter. However, to house all that power, the PlayStation 5 had to increase in bulk over previous generation PlayStations. The PS5 weighs almost 10 pounds. By comparison, the PS4 Pro came in at 7.7 pounds.
Gaming PCs have always competed with consoles, but as with the PS5, the larger the build, the more space for high-end graphics cards and thermal management. Nonetheless, some gamers prefer lower-profile PCs because they take up less room while also offering a more novel form factor. As Nintendo Switch owners might attest, going for smaller hardware can often mean trade-offs in raw power.
Minisforum is trying to meet gamers somewhere in the middle with its EliteMini CR50 PC. At roughly 8 inches long, 7.5 inches wide, and a touch over 3 inches tall, the EliteMini CR50 is certainly much more diminutive than the liquid-cooled tower machines that have long symbolized the PC gaming industry. However, Minisforum is still able to squeeze AMD’s 4700S processor into its tiny housing – a chip that is based on Sony’s PlayStation 5 system-on-a-chip.
Not Quite A PS5 Inside
While the 4700S is at the very heart of the EliteMini CR50, it’s important to note there are some differences with the PS5 SoC. The PS5 makes use of AMD’s RDNA 2 GPU to handle its graphics, while the 4700S employs the lower-cost Radeon RX 550 GPU (also from AMD). How much that impacts gameplay will vary from title to title, but GPUs – while very important – are not the only part of the story when considering performance, especially when comparing PC and console games. Well optimized games will always make the most of available hardware.
EliteMini CR50 also features USB 3.2 and USB 2.0 ports, along with a gigabit Ethernet port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It has HDMI and DVI for display options, though it does not support DisplayPort. The EliteMini CR50 is available with 16GB RAM and no storage for $679. Adding 256GB SSD pushes it up to $729, while a 512GB SSD increases the cost of the machine to $759. By comparison, a disc-free digital version of the PS5 retails for $399 – though the console has been notoriously difficult to buy since launching in November 2020. Of course, the PS5 also takes up significantly more space than the little EliteMini CR50 desktop gaming PC.
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