Minisforum expands the Venus minicomputer line with the UM690 model, which is powered by the AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX processor integrating a Radeon 680M GPU. This is also among the first AMD-based commercial devices to feature USB4 connectivity.
Sporting AMD’s currently most powerful mobile processor with 8 cores and 16 threads clocked at a maximum of 4.9 GHz, the UM690 also comes with an improved cooling system combining liquid metal and smart fans for reduced noise levels. The integrated iGPU is based on the RDNA2 architecture and packs 12 CUs running at up to 2.4 GHz. Additionally, there is support for up to 64 GB of DDR5-4800 RAM, along with an M.2 PCIe 4.0 slot for NVMe SSDs and a 2.5-inch bay for SATA III drives.
Thanks to the inclusion of the USB4 port, there is no need for fancy mods that allow desktop GPUs to be connected to the compact minicomputers. With USB4, users can easily connect a powerful external GPU box, or, alternatively, the connector can be used to hook the mini PC up to an 8K @ 60 Hz display.
Other ports include 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 with data transfer mode, 4x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, 2x HDMI video outputs (in addition to USB4 DP mode), an audio combo jack and a 2.5 GbE jack. Size-wise, this model appears to be similar to the UM590, which measures 12.66 x 12.8 x 4.65 cm.
No information on price and availability at the moment.
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