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MinisForum X400 Review – Desktop Processing Power In A Portable Package

MinisForum X400 Review

Hello! The MinisForum X400 is a mini PC that sets itself apart from the competition by making use of a fully-fledged desktop processor, allowing it to handle workloads that mini PCs and laptops would typically be unsuited for.

It comes in two variants: the headliner Ryzen 5 PRO 4650G model, and the more economical variant for those on more of a budget – the Ryzen 3 PRO 4350G model.

The Minisforum X400 is a little larger than your average mini PC, as the inclusion of a desktop processor means that a more robust cooling solution is required, but they’re still far, far smaller than a fully fledged desktop.

Like most mini PCs, the MinisForum X400 features upgradable RAM and storage as well. We sell it with an M.2 NVME SSD, but you can add your own 2.5 inch SATA drive and an additional M.2 22*42mm SATA SSD as well if you so wished.

If you’re interested in the MinisForum X400, take a look at the video below for more information.

[Video] MinisForum X400 Review

Please also feel free to skim through the script below, if you find that easier to do:

0:00 Intro
Hello and welcome to DroiX. In this video we are checking out the Minisforum X400 Mini PC which comes in two CPU configurations. A Ryzen 3 PRO and Ryzen 5 PRO processor. We unbox and demo them, benchmark both models and compare the results to see the performance differences.

0:28 X400 Unboxing
Lets start with the unboxing.
Inside we have the X400 Mini PC which we will show in more detail shortly.
Next up we have the user guide which is in English, German and Chinese.
Under the packaging is the power supply. We will include the correct adapter for your country.
There is a HDMI cable to connect the X400 to your TV or monitor.
There is a replacement fan grill which you can use on the top of the X400 case if needed.
And last but not least is a VESA mount and screws to fit the X400 to your TV or monitor

1:20 X400 Overview
On the front is a headphone port.
There is also a power button.
On the side is a Micro SD card slot.
There are also audio ports for Line In, Microphone In and HP out.
On the back are HDMI and DisplayPorts for dual monitor display.
There are two high speed 1GB-a-second Ethernet ports.
There are four USB 3 ports.
For wireless connectivity there is a 802.11ax Wifi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1
The case measures 7.4 x 7.4 x 6.3 inches and weighs 900 grams.

2:13 Technical Specs
The X400 3 PRO features the AMD Ryzen 3 Pro 4350G processor which has 4 cores and 8 threads. Its base frequency is 3.8Ghz and Turbo frequency is 4.0Ghz.
The X400 5 PRO features the AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 4650G processor which has 6 cores and 12 threads. Its base frequency is 3.7Ghz and Turbo frequency is 4.2Ghz.
Both models feature the AMD Radeon Vega 6 Graphics running at 1900Mhz, supporting DirectX 12 and dual monitors.
There are three RAM and Storage configuration options for both models.
There's 16GB RAM and 256GB or 512GB SSD, or for the best performance there's a massive 32GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 1TB NVMe PCI-E SSD.

3:21 Windows Overview
The X400  mini PC comes preinstalled with Windows 10 Professional and a fully activated Windows license. This will give you all the latest updates to download and install.

As you would expect, day to day tasks such as web browsing are fast and smooth. You have full access to Microsoft Store for installing and updating your software. 

3:47 Benchmarks Overview 
The following benchmarks test the X400  in different ways to provide information on stress tested processor, memory and disk performance, as well as daily tasks such as web browsing, office work and entertainment. The video may be sped up in places as some tests can take several minutes to complete.


4:08 PassMark Benchmark 
PassMark provides an overview of a multitude of tests including processor, graphics, memory and disk performance. It allows us to get a general view of performance at high load.

The X400 3 PRO scores 4698 and the 5 PRO scores 5357, giving a score difference of around 13%. Both models have higher scores compared to similarly priced Intel based Mini PC’s. So you definitely get more performance for your money.

4:46 PCMark Benchmark 
PCMark benchmarks the more day to day usage of a PC. These include tasks such as video conferencing, web browsing, using office documents, graphics editing, video decoding and much more.

The X400 3 PRO scores 5254 and the 5 PRO scores 5778, giving a score difference of around 9.5%. Again both models are scoring higher compared to similar priced Intel mini computers. Your day to day tasks will overall have faster performance.

5:25 3DMark Benchmark 
3DMark benchmarks the graphics performance and as always graphics is not just for games. It is used for page rendering, video decoding and encoding and much more.

The X400 3 PRO scores 1151 and the 5 PRO scores 1420, giving a score difference of around 21%. There is quite a jump in performance here between the two models despite having the same graphics processor. The extra cores and threads in the 5 PRO give it that extra overall boost in performance.


6:03 DiskMark Benchmark
DiskMark benchmarks the performance of the M.2 PCI-e NVME SSD read and write speeds in four different ways. This gives us a more detailed view of how it performs and what the read and write speeds are.

As the X400 uses the same LPDDR4 RAM and NVMe PCI-E SSD there are almost identical speeds for reading and writing with around 2081 and 1719GB a second. 

6:36 WiFi Speedtest 
Both X400 models use WiFi 6 and with this we can be sure of a fast and reliable wireless connection. We run speedtest over WiFi connected to the router on the other side of a large room.

We maxed out or 300MB connection with download and upload speeds of 312 and 317 respectively. Both models performed near identically as we expected.

7:04 Wired LAN File Copy Speed
The 1GB wired ethernet connected to our NAS works just fine with constant full speed data transfer on both devices..

7:14 Gaming Performance
For this test we are using Streets of Rage 4 running at Ultra settings at 1080p. Both models run at 60 frames per second and run very well. The Ryzen graphics processor is great for light gaming and you can play more demanding games than you would with an Intel based mini PC.

7:37 Summary
Time to sum everything up now.

The differences between the 3 and 5 PRO models range between 9.5% and 21% with a price difference of just 14%. The 5 PRO gives that extra burst of overall performance meaning that overall tasks will be that little bit faster. This can include booting windows to loading and using software and working with larger files for example.

As more and more higher end software moves over to take advantage of multicore processing to increase performance, both models will see the benefits. However, the X400 5 PRO’s additional two cores and four threads will see the largest increase, offering the best performance and future proofing.

Whatever model you do decide on, they are both great for your day to day tasks both at home and in the office.

That’ll be all for now! If you’re interested in picking up a MinisForum X400 of your own, check our our listing pages via the links below.

Until next time!

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