Minisforum Elitemini B550 - Full B550 AM4 65W Socket, APU + x16 eGPU Docking Station - $319

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These STH reviews of Tiny PCs hasn't coaxed me to go mini. Nope, uh uh. Not until I go off the grid or something, at which keeping 240 TB online would be a bit difficult. Even still, I never liked Embedded CPUs ...

However, Windell just posted a review of this thing - right when I was considering an inexpensive B550 build for the kiddo that needs something more than his Raspberry Pi 3B and Minecraft. But, I wanted something I could max out in the future.


I went ahead and bought a barebones as I already had a 35W CPU, and could scrounge up some SODIMMs. So, I am joining the Mini PC / Tiny PC world.

COUPONS: As I was browsing their site, i noticed they have a Rewards section. Need to sign up on that, first, before purchasing it would seem.


^- MODS: I decided to keep the tracking info for Level1tech in that link (the utm) because I would have never seen this, before the Pre-sale was up. Let me know if need to be removed.
 
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Pretty neat with the dock and carry case included. Those are nice bonuses above the usual USFF or NUC setup.
 
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Am I blind or where is the "x16 eGPU Docking Station"? And how would the docking station be connected to the box?
 
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That's pretty cool! Sadly, I just got done doing updates for everyone in the house. And I mean literally, like yesterday for the last kid.
 
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I bought three of these for my home lab. One thing a Linus Tech Tips video mentioned got me *extremely* interested. They were successful in running an Nvidia 1050 Ti on the external PCI-e dock without external power.

Instead of a GPU, why not a fast network adapter? I'm planning to use the built-in 2.5gbe adapter for now, but plugging in a ConnectX-N (for some value of N) adapter later into a fast switch. Maybe 25gb, maybe 40gb. No kill like overkill! VSAN and such should work great that way.
 

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Holy smokes these are really cool! If only there was a way to fit a small PCIE card within the case, these would definitely be enticing vs the Tinys for my use case (10gbe useful, discrete graphics not).
 
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I bought three of these for my home lab. One thing a Linus Tech Tips video mentioned got me *extremely* interested. They were successful in running an Nvidia 1050 Ti on the external PCI-e dock without external power.

Instead of a GPU, why not a fast network adapter? I'm planning to use the built-in 2.5gbe adapter for now, but plugging in a ConnectX-N (for some value of N) adapter later into a fast switch. Maybe 25gb, maybe 40gb. No kill like overkill! VSAN and such should work great that way.
Yes, you should be able to run any GPU of 75W or lower, or don't draw more than 75W as that's the max power for PCIe slots.

As for using it for something else...

I used my Razor Core X eGPU to charge my laptop - and host a Mellanox dual-port 40 GbE QSFP+ card to my laptop.

Yeah overkill. But eGPU sucks over TB3 for laptops, especially in Linux. Got far more mileage just using it as an external ePCIe slot on my laptop.