Minitbox Mini is a low power mini PC based on Compulab Fitlet-i computer powered by AMD A4 Micro-6400T “Mullins” processor and running Linux Mint that was launched in 2015. There’s now an upgraded model – Mintbox Mini Pro – with a more powerful AMD A10 Micro-6700T, more RAM and storage with 8GB DDR3 and a 120 GB SSD, and faster and better networking thanks to 802.11ac WiFI, and dual Gigabit Ethernet.
Mintbox Mini Pro specifications:
- SoC – AMD A10 Micro-6700T 64 bit quad-core processor up to 1.2 GHz / 2.2 GHz (Boost frequency) with Radeon R6 Graphics (4.5W TDP)
- System Memory – 8 GB DDR3L-1333 SDRAM (SODIMM module)
- Storage – 120GB mSATA (SATA 3.0) SSD, and micro-SD slot (SDXC support, rate 25 MB/s)
- Video Output – Dual HDMI 1.4a up to 1920×1200@60Hz; support two independent displays
- Audio I/O
- Output – HDMI, digital S/PDIF 7.1+2 channels output, 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
- Input – Digital S/PDIF input, 3.5mm audio microphone jack
- Codec – Realtek ALC886
- Connectivity – 2x Gigabit Ethernet (Intel I211), 802.11ac Wi-Fi (2.4/5GHz dual band Intel 7260HMW) + Bluetooth 4.0
- Cellular – Support for mobile data communication with on-board 6-pin micro-SIM socket
- USB – 2x USB 3.0 + 4x USB 2.0 including one USB 2.0/eSATA combo port.
- Expansion – miniPCIe (normally used for WLAN); mSATA socket (used by SSD)
- Other I/Os – RS232 mini serial connector
- Power Supply – Unregulated 10 to 15V DC; 12V/3A power supply included
- Power Consumption – 4.5 to 10.5 Watts
- Dimensions – 10.8 cm x 8.3 cm x 2.4 cm
- Weight – 250g
- Temperature Range – Commercial: 0°C to 70°C; Extended: -20°C to 70°C; Industrial: -40°C to 70°C
The mini PC is pre-loaded with Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon 64-bit, but in case you’d change your mind, it also supports Windows 7/8/10, other 32-bit and 64-bit Linux distributions, and unnamed 32-bit and 64-bit Embedded OS.
The device ships with the power supply, an HDMI to DVI adapter, a 3.5mm audio jack to to RCA cable, two WiFi antennas, a mini-serial to DB9-male adapter cable, and the mSATA heatsink.
The company also published a comparison table showing the differences between Mintbox Mini and Mintbox Mini Pro.
|Mintbox Mini||Mintbox Mini Pro|
|Chipset||A4-Micro 6400T||A10-Micro 6700T|
|Graphics||Dual HDMI – Radeon R3||Dual HDMI – Radeon R6|
|Wifi||802.11n dongle||Dual-band 802.11ac mini-PCIe|
You’ll find a more detailed comparison here.
Since AMD Mullins processor are not quite as common as Intel Cherry Trail/Braswell processors, it might be interesting to compare AMD-A10-Micro-6700T to a better known processor, and I’ve done so by pitting it against Intel Celeron N3150 Braswell processor found in mini PCs such as MINIX NGC-1.
Mintbox Mini Pro can be purchased for $395 plus shipping and VAT, and a 5-year warranty on Fit-PC website. You may also be able to find some more info on Mintbox Mini Pro product page.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
5 Replies to “Mintbox Mini Pro Linux mini PC Gets AMD A10 Micro-6700T Processor, 8GB RAM, and 120 GB Storage for $395”
I’m still waiting for a cheap passive cooled x86 PC, that would do hevc 10bit and vp9. Sadly, no such option exist right now and i’m skeptical for the future as well, given how intel killed off their cheap tablet chips.
I think it may take a few years. x86 computer are mostly designed for desktop operating systems like Windows and Linux distributions, and I understand if you want to play 4K videos at their native resolution, you need to set the resolution to 4K too (TBC), and it’s a little too hard to handle for the current GPU in low power SoCs.
In Android and dedicated Linux boxes, it’s a little different, as you can set the resolution to 720p or 1080p while still playing 4K video @ 4K resolution since the framebuffer resolution and video buffer resolution can be separate.
Doing the same in Intel platforms is most likely possible, but AFAIK you’d have to modify the video player program and/or operating system. For example, you can’t just pickup the Ubuntu 16.04 ISO, set the resolution to 1080p, and expect 4K videos to play at 4K resolution.
I dont really need 4k decoding, 1080p HEVC and vp9 is just fine.
Currently, z3735f i have can do 4k, but only with h264, which will eventually be replaced by h265.
Something like Pentium J3710 would work for me, but i think it only supports 8 bit HEVC.
Maybe software decoding of 1080p VP9 and 10-bit HEVC is possible on such platforms.
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