Minisforum Venus Series NPB5 Mini-PC (Intel i5-13500H) Review

Source: Tech Power Up added 19th Sep 2023

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A big thank you to Minisforum for providing the review sample.

Minisforum, founded in 2018, has rapidly expanded into a global player in the Mini-PC space. They provide a vast number of innovative small form factor systems to fit nearly any and all needs, be it ultra-low power systems or high-performance options that can fit in the palm of your hand. Considering how far they have come in such a short period, it will be interesting to see where they go from here.

Today, I will be taking a look at the Minisforum NPB5 Mini-PC. The review sample comes with 16 GB of DDR5 4800 MHz SO-DIMM memory in dual-channel, a 512 GB SSD, and Windows 11 Pro pre-installed. It also features an Intel Core i5-13500H with 4P + 8E cores and Iris Xe Graphics. As the first Minisforum system to come in for review, I am quite excited to see what it is capable of, but before that, let’s take a closer look at what the unit has to offer before it gets punished with numerous benchmarks.

Model: Minisforum NPB5
Processor: Intel Core i5-13500H (4P + 8E = 12 Cores / 16 Threads)

Clock Speed P-Cores: 2.6 GHz (Base) 4.7 GHz (Boost)

Clock Speed E-Cores: 1.9 GHz (Base) 3.5 GHz (Boost)
Integrated Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EU
Memory: 2x 8 GB Kingston Fury Impact DDR5 4800 MHz

2x 262-pin DDR5 SO-DIMM slots (As listed: 32 GB Max / 4800 MHz)
Storage: M.2 NVMe Kingston 0M8PGP4512Q-A0 512 GB

1x M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4 x4 (2 TB Max)

1x 2.5-inch SATA 3.0
Optical Drive: None
Audio: Intel Raptor Point-P HDMI Audio

Realtek ALC 269
Connectivity: 1x Headphone & Microphone combo jack (front)

2x HDMI 4K @ 60 Hz (back)

2x 2.5 GbE LAN (back)

1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C (front)

2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A (front)

2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A (back)

2x USB4 (Supports DisplayPort 4K @ 60 Hz (back)
Communications: MediaTek RZ608 Wi-Fi 6E 2×2

Bluetooth 5.2

2x Intel I225-V 2.5 GbE
Cooling: Active cooling (heatsink/fan)
Operating System: OS tested: Windows 11 Pro

OS included: Yes
Warranty: 2 years
MSRP: $619.00 (as tested)

$459.99 (Sale price at time of review)
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