AWESOME AMD Ryzen 5 3550H Mini PC – Minis Forum DeskMini DMAF5 Review
Now they did see in this mini PC out to me in exchange for my review here, it's a lone unit, so it's not actually mine, I'm not being paid for this review at all. So why is this one so special? Well, it's, not, unfortunately, the 4000 series Rison chips. No not yet. I will try to review those in the channel later on if I can get hold of them, of course, but this one has the Rison 5. Se 3550. Ok, so that's a quad core maximum turbo is 3.7 gigahertz. It can run up to 32 gigabytes of ddr4 ram, so it's gon na be priced. This particular model here at '9 u.s. dollars that's the early bird price on indiegogo to get the 8 gigabyte model with 256 gigabytes of SATA 3 storage. So it does come with Intel's wireless AC it's, actually, the ax, the ax 200, so it's Wi Fi 6 card and it can run for sorry. 3 4k displays at 60 Hertz and it does have dual down on here. So it's got a lot of the things that have people have been asking for, and it's got a lot of power as well. So this review will be my typical treatment. I'Ll go in depth, so we'll take a look at it. I'Ll do a lot of different tests and let you know my opinion after using this thing now for a few days and what I think of the minis forum, the deme f5.
So here we have our box contents. Now I wanted to show you quickly. The specs here for those of you watching on say a TV and you can't see the specs in the description. These are them right here, so hit pause. If you want to read all of this I'll be going through the ports on this anyway. Soon, when we take a look at the build of this particular mini PC, the key thing is here: it does support three it displays out, and all of them can be run at 4k, 60 Hertz and two gigabit and lan ports on us, which you do not Often see so the power supply – this is 65 watts right here and it's, a good small size, DisplayPort, cable we've got an HDMI, cable and an EU one here, so the plug will be depending on what region, your of course ordering for. So if you buy this from save it for the US, then you get us style plug there as well, that now they do happen to include a little QuickStart guide, we'll just to guide their audience and it's, basically just outlines all of those ports. The features what you can do with it and if you're the first I think, 1500 customers they will be, including this too, that was in the box, a mini little cootie keyboard right here. This one operates wirelessly via a USB receiver and ok. The build quality is all right with this.
It does support its own internal batteries. You don't have to worry about supplying a battery and they do have a micro, USB cable for that so I've measured it and it is 51 millimeters in height. This is smaller than the last mini PC, an AMD power one as well that I looked at and a hundred and twenty centimeters as the length and the width of this particular one, so it's a good size and it does fit it a lot. As you see now pressing down on the lid on the top here, this is really good. The first time I've actually seen this. It just comes off like that as a click install lid, and it gives us the access to our internals for upgrades, easy upgrades. So right here, we've got our nvme SSD, with a very nice heatsink on it, nice and large to keep that SSD cool below it is an ax 200. So this is a Wi Fi 6 card from Intel, so Gigabit wireless speeds surpassing their land ports on there, of course – and we do have this a set of three connector which is already plugged in so when you put the 2.5 inch drives well just on the Other side of the lid right here that makes it very simple for upgrades so Ram that they have already used just one: stick of DF for 8 gigabytes and it's kingston ram, so a proper brand there. They haven't gone with some unknown brand, which is good to see so in the future.
If you wanted more performance, of course, especially for the integrated graphics, it really would actually prefer to be run in dual channel. So you'd add another 8 to giving you then a perfect, really 16 gigabytes, but they do sell a 16 gigabyte configuration too as well. So when i first review this i'll review it with just the 8 gigabytes in single channel, but then later on, i will do some more tests and dual channel to show you the difference in performance. We are going to get running in dual channel configuration so really great that they've done this with the lid. It does mean. The lid, of course, is plastic, and the frame around the outside this is at least metal. So our power button has a status LED within it. We'Ve got a 3.5 millimeter jack with headphone support, so it supports microphones as well, and then we do have a reset here for the bias. So if you miss that one of the buyers settings and it just didn't boat, then that's what you need to do is and so tap in there well paperclip actually is better and you can reset that bias to SuperSpeed, as they call them USB 3.1. Here, okay and then we do have a USB 3.1 gen2 display out that says: 4k 60 Hertz, which is very good to see 10 gigabits per second data. With that one and a microphone so many mini pcs. I say in my reviews: it's a lacking of microphone which is great to have in the mini PC itself, of course, for Windows Cortana support the hot air.
Is they invented out their back right here, we've got a Kensington lock slot. Now you don't normally see this on many pcs, but this is a good addition. If you wanted to use this a as a point of sale machine, you wanted to keep it a little bit more secure. Then 2 USB 3.1 ports we've got HDMI to DisplayPort, so both of these do support 4k, 60 out to Gigabit LAN ports there and then our DC in there to power this mini PC. Finally, on the underside, which is made of plastic, we have four solid rubber feet which do give it enough room to allow air to get into this main event. Here sits the main intake for our fresh cool air and there's, a fan just below this that I can see, but the two mounting points there for a visa bracket. If you were going to be mounting this on to the back of say a monitor or TV, so I removed the four screws on the bottom and just to take a look here at our cooler now. This color looks very similar to what we have on gaming laptops. I mean this is basically a laptop system on a chip. This one here with the Vega 8 graphics, of course, and you've got a transfer pipe here. Copper transfer heat pipe is visible here and here and it looks like they're using quite a nice bit of copper to all underneath this and as you'll see later on in this video, the thermals are good.
First up, I will show you the options we do have with our buyers here. So this one is almost completely unlocked. I mean if it was completely unlocked, would have access to RAM settings. Now there are some interesting settings under power management configuration for those of you that want to run this as a server or on a switch or something like that. Then it can detect the state, so we've got last state or just power on when it loses power. Very handy to have this option, and so many manufacturers don't actually include this and it's good to see it as with this particular model, and in fact, the last two or three AMD's I have looked at as well, do have it so what else is interesting under Here, well all sorts of different settings. You could get yourself into trouble with some of them. Cpu configuration not a lot that we watch actually want to be adjusting or changing right there, and there is just a few other things and here so under AMD CBS graphic configuration is probably the most interesting one here that we can allocate to gigabytes to that integrated Gpu to vega 8 graphics, just helping it to be a little bit more smoother, especially in gaming. If you're going to install another 8 2 gigabytes of ram, i would definitely recommend you change this to 2 gigabytes so there, but i'm gon na start out with the tests with just the single stick of 8 gigabytes of ddr4, so let's jump into a Windows right Here you can see our drive they're listed as a Kensington, just like L Ram.
I will show you this that I do have to course go through windows, 10 setup. No one has been in here before and gone through this, and these are the setup languages that we do have. So these are the language packs that it does come with. So it did take me some time, of course, to get all my applications and store the benchmarks, and I have done all those sort of tests. So what about the drive? So when you first test it out the speeds of course, they did run trim on up before I checked it. This kingston drive is set of three and you don't. Actually, we don't have support for nvme with this particular mini pc, which i think is. I mean it's, not a good decision here. This really should have nvme support. I thought their slot did because you can install an nvme drive, but it just will not actually be detected by the bios, because we are lacking the hard way. There'S, no controller in there. For nvme, so there's no way it's ever gon na work, which is which is disappointing, it's sad, so you can see these drive speeds for a set of three drive there. No super quick, I mean the sequential reads and writes a little bit low here. As you can see now it does come with Windows 10 Pro the vision is 1909 okay, and that is good to see there use Windows 10. Pro a lot of people will be asking for that and and of course, is included in the price and it's a digital license.
The key would be a part of that bias to there. So let's have a look now and just a couple of benchmarks. Now I just wanted to point out that all the benchmarks I have run with the system. Basically, it is idle first nothing's running in the background. No windows 10 update, nothing like that has been going on and I'm on the latest drivers here. So this you can see is their raid on software, which is a version. Twenty point five point, one that I installed here and the software is actually working well, this time I had to crashing on the other AMD mini pcs. I was looking at but it's not happening anymore, which is good, so let's point out there's some differences here between being just the default configuration, which is the eight gigabytes of RAM so Cinebench r15 and that scores pretty good. This is good, considering again a single channel 700 CB, and this is now ringing – dual channel 16 gigabytes, basically, no difference, alright, so it's. Only when you're looking at the vega 8 performance does it really benefit from having dual channel and that's, maybe why they decided to go with just the 8 gigabyte stick here and in city bench are 20, so this is with 16 gigabytes. I added that extra 8 gigabytes to run it dual channel maximum Ram bandwidth and there's, just the out of the box 8 again, not much of a difference at all there.
So if you're not gon na, be gaming, it's not really worth it there. So there is a few other benchmarks that I did run of course, so first up is Geekbench here for vision for it's still later own vision for the old vision just to gauge with other mini PC. So this is actually a low score single core. I thought this would be a bit bitter. I don't know why it tends to be so low multi core score is that is actually good, considering how smaller says it's still packing quite a bit of power, and then, with that 16 gigabytes of RAM again not much of a difference. A bit of a difference here, though, with the Geekbench 5.1 okay, so this is, with the stock configuration single channel now we're looking at dual channel, so more memory bandwidth there, and that does show boosting our scores now on to synthetic gaming benchmarks here. So this is testing the GPU look at this graphics score, so that is it's kind of low that's, not that's, not really great, all right, it's, not but chill channel, integrated, graphics, vague, eight with the eight cores and the dedicated two gigabytes of RAM. This was run worth II. Sixteen gigabytes, of course, here so double as well, and it doesn't double but it's getting up there very good, then and night raid score his that was fire strike night right here is recommended for integrated graphics, and this is another big boost.
So it's gone from seven a half thousand to over 12000 here on our graphics core, the CPU score that didn't actually benefit at all, in fact that time around it was marginally lower there. So i highly recommend adding another stick of eight gigabytes to give it 16. In total, if you intend to be well gaming like titles there, it's gon na help, it's gon na boost the performance, and it even might make things a little bit smoother as well, and anything that uses the GPU. That is so let's have a look at video. Playback I've got a demanding file here that I like to test downs, 140 meters per second 4k HEV c10 bit it's a little slow at the beginning, dance do a bit of a stutter and once it settle down, it's very smooth and even skipping ahead takes a Second and smooth, so that is great – that is actually smoother playback, then in towels and degraded graphics, and here is the Sony's swordsmith. So it says 60 frames per second 4k, and this one has flawless very, very good performance here again the Intel they will actually the Intel integrated, graphics choke a little bit of that one have a few stutters, but it is. It is not happening here at all. So any other files, anything you throw it at Cody. Is he even better with the performance so as a media playback device super smooth, really good for any video format that you throw at it so vp9 a TVC, demanding files really smooth, and what about our general performance just for your kind of general computing, so spreadsheets? Fine, it feels very quick, ok, there's, no problems here with that and your spreadsheets and document files too, as well I'm.
Looking out here, good, you do edits, there's no lag, and you have many pages with that. No problems, Chrome. You can run a lot of different tabs. You can also play back 4k YouTube with no issues whatsoever there it's very smooth, so these kind of things it is really overkill for this very light kind of computing tasks with the 8 threads here in the maximum turbo are 3.7 gigahertz. So here we are looking and video editing now, so this is 4k with Adobe Premiere Pro latest version and ok I've got some old files in here, but they're still my Sony 4k ones that I always use in tests. So the timeline is running reasonably quick here. It'S sometimes a little bit laggy and I haven't got a lot of footage right in here at the moment. So if you have different filters and effects and things going on, it will be a little bit slow so again, highly recommend that you do have 16 gigabytes. You do install another 8 for this, so you see it's a little bit slower at time. So you want to keep this playback resolution on, I would say 14 or 12 resolute. You don't want that to be the full 4k, because it's just a little bit too leggy here. So what I'm gon na do now is do my export tests, and this is gon na – be one minute of footage, I'm gon na time and see how long it is so in the last AMD mini PC that one had the 2500 you it took 1 minute.
Basically, one minute to encode one minute of the YouTube preset so heads here to media and get the set up and I'll time it. Ok, so everything in the background, I'm just gon na completely closed off. Everything was closed off to make this fair test compared to everything else. So I've got one minute of footage and it is differently there to YouTube's 4k preset so I'm gon na hit now to start the timer and then, as soon as I can export there. We go – and you see at the start here, that the raid on 8 is gon na, be doing all that heavy lifting 100 under load there and the CPU look both of them being worked quite hard, and this is just so quick, so quick here. Okay, opening that clock up and I'm gon na hit pause once this hits 100 and it disappears – and it looks like this is gon na – be definitely under one minute. It stuck on 99. There we go so under a minute now, and this is probably because of that 35 watt power limit that they have set with this one and the higher clocks it's definitely helping out here so 55 seconds, and you can probably say there. That is about 54. Now, when I was looking at the whiskey lake, you, for example, the core i7, the 85 65 – you that has quite a high turbo 4.6 gigahertz, and it did it in about one minute and 18 seconds.
So you can just see that how good it is. Now the Vega, H, graphics and, of course, with the CPU cores here, it's so much quicker. So if you're doing a lot of video exporting, then this machine is definitely good at that it's. Just the editing side of things, the timeline is just a little bit slow at times, it's. The only thing that does irritate me, so I would still stick to your basic kind of edits. You don't get too complicated in your timeline, or it will really start to bog down and that's when you need something with a little bit more power and a dedicated external GPU, so I'm, seeing a really good frame rate here with grand theft auto now this is Hd, okay, so just 720p. I think it's probably best for this particular title. If you want to have that smooth frame rate over 60 frames to per second pretty much most of the time again remember – I am in dual channel here, so this is definitely aiding a graphics performance. If you're running just a single chip that you get with the 8 gigabyte version – and it will not be as good as that – I mean it just dip, then, for a second below 60 frames per second I'm, going to test it out now. On 1080p resolution, with the low sittings again now at 1080p, it just looks so much sharper and better, of course, but the frame rate is suffering a little.
However it's actually doing pretty good. This is close to 60 frames per second, and this is really impressive. I get down to 48, just then really quite impressive for integrated graphics. Here, the vague eight is doing really well. Notice has double the frame rate, at least compared to say, Intel's integrated graphics. It still feels a little bit choppy, however, so for me personally, I would still be running in 720p, just to make sure it's 60 frames per second and over all the time because running at 48. Here it can just feel a little bit choppy as you can see, so here we go with counter strike now this is 1080p and I've got to set to the lower settings and that's just to keep that frame right now, so very good here, at the start, Normally, it dips down quite a bit and it's about 60. Here, ok, we'll shoot in the ball here. This is decent and decent performance again from the Vega, 8 graphics, it's gon na charge in here and probably be killed straight away. Ok, I can signal right there at the end. Aha, what a fluke he'd shot that frame rates out, yeah, looking so good, so the frame rate with this one is in the lower kind of 40s here which isn't great. So I think 720p is probably better for this one too as well. You can see the occasional just framed it then down to 35. So, yes, I would run this at 720p, but still this is actually I mean, look now 55 frames per second.
This is impressive performance from integrated graphics and our very quick test tip of Linux Mint. So this is from the USB port. Now they're, only two USB ports in the rear are the ones that allow you to boot. Ok, the front two USB put, I can't boot from it's just the rear, and that happens with lots of tech that I review. I don't know what it says, but the other thing to point out here with Linux, Mint. Ok, it runs very quick. It runs fine, but we don't have the ax 200 Wireless drivers, so you're gon na have to hunt around and find a new a distro. That does actually include these drivers within it, but you could just connect up and fire the LAN port and you know, get the drivers for that. So it's already too much of an issue. Linux is gon na run great on this particular machine and there's hardware, and it will be very quick faster than Windows. Now let's have a look at the thermals 83 degrees is the maximum it gets up to now. I still think this is perfectly fine. Why do I think it's perfectly fine? Well, this actually has a lot higher the turbo. Then the other AMD many pieces. I reviewed it also pulls 35 watts, as you can see, and it's still acceptable. There is no thermal throttling here, so that is good. However, the fan noise – it is the louder of the ones I have reviewed, I believe once under load, so I'm, just gon na stress it out now to get that fan up to the 3000 rpm.
So you can hear exactly how it sounds now. You may hear a bit of background noise, that is another fan that's, actually my tower pc and unfortunately I can't not use it, because I need to screen capture with that particular machine I'm. Gon na run it now and I'm. Just gon na hold the mic up and get it close to it. Just to give you a sample of what kind of noise we expect from this under full load. That is, I have measured this and this about three inches two inches away from there. So many PC does the top of it, not where the actual fan Vince out the back I'm, getting around 50 to 49 disavows under full load. So all up this many PC, I think it's got a lot of power. Okay, when you look at say Geekbench, four and five scores: you'd go wow I'm, not really compared to the Intel's, but then, on the other hand, when you look at that integrated GPU performance from the Vega eight graphics, it is definitely very good, especially if you configure It with dual channel Ram gaining then all that memory bandwidth and getting just the full benefit out of it. So encoding 4k video with the youtube 4k preset and an astounding 55 seconds of one minute of footage, and now the actual footage timer is brilliant. That is, I think, that's the fastest time I've actually seen in there in mine I've, been reviewing some of the in towns that do have eight cores and 16 threads, so there's impressive performance and away it games.
Okay, it's, not for gaming, really it's, not a gaming! Beast but you can do a bit of light gaming on the side, so light titles, like I showed you counter, strike even GTA 5, very playable frame rates as long as you lower the resolution and just lower settings. Of course, League of Legends and all those other titles will work. Just fine now are your normal kind of computing, like light computing. What this has really aimed at fine, very good performance there, and overall I mean it just offers so much now test at all other ports. They do power external hard drives up to two terabytes. The front two ports, however, do not boot from the bias. So if you need to boot to a USB pendrive got to use the red 2 on there and of course we got all the 4k displays three of them in total up to 60 Hertz 4k. That is great. That is good and the two gigabit lens on there and in options and the bias countless options there. Now one thing I didn't mention – and I will now as the fan can be controlled. Okay, the fan profile by a default is why lift it on? I don't change this okay, my reviews. I leave everything as it is, so you could tweak it a little bit to improve the fan noise. That is probably one of the cons here. The fan noise – yes ik and know – wouldn't call it irritating, but you definitely hear it.
It gets up to about 50 decibels, it cycles on and off, but it goes away when you're not doing anything demanding which is good it's, not like one of those constant whooshing. Annoying fans, when you just in Internet, Explorer or Chrome, for example, and you're thinking well I'm, not actually doing anything strenuous. Why the hell is the fan going all the time not with this, but that's one of the cons, but for me it's. I think a bit of an area on their part that why didn't they give it in vme support, it would have been really good. Okay, I don't know why I don't know why they haven't done it, so they went with just set up. Sata Drive SATA, 3, of course, and for cost possibly did we lose the PCIe lanes to the extra display? Well, no, I think they still could have run all that on there. I think it must be cost still. There, I think, is a bit of an area. They would have really liked to have seen it means if you wanted to run an external GPU with us. Well, we don't have funderbolt 3, but we do have the time to see. Ok, you just be 3.1, but we could have gone in via me to an external GPU and we can't, unfortunately, because it's just said it's free, so that's really just the big thing there it's just two cons in an otherwise fantastic mini PC here.
So thank you.