My finger is on the trigger of the Minisforum EliteMini H31G. I’ve ordered my monitor, input device, and 4tb ssd, so I think it would be wise to wait for those to arrive and connect them to my X220 just to see how far that gets me. The Minisforum EliteMini H31G uses an older PU from like 2016, which is capable of running modern AAA titles at 1080p60 on medium-low settings, minimal shaders and stuff. That sounds like an experience I wouldn’t enjoy– I don’t have to play the latest games, and if they look like trash, I’ll just not play them. What I like about this pc though is that it seems to me that it would be great for all the new retro projects like SM64 CG, hi-res 3DS, Dark Souls mods, and PS3 emulation. With 16GB DDR4 RAM it comes out to $899. I will be able to just mount it to the backside of my monitor, which could be really fricking tight.
I have 0 interest in playing any of the games sampled here. Perhaps Witcher 3 but I highly doubt I will ever play that, even! In this category of AAA games, I would be interested in playing Sekiro and Elden Ring. This is not be the best device for playing those and it’s looking like I may end up with an Xbox or PS5 down the line…. The efficient gaming PCs just haven’t caught up yet, and it’s a very bad time to be buying GPUs.
I’m also looking at the NUC11PHKi7C. Which, for over $1600, twice the price of the minisforum. It has a newer generation PU, but without someone telling me, I’m not sure how much more I’d be able to do with this thing from a gaming perspective. If this one falls totally short as well, I don’t think I need to pay double the price for it. I don’t think anything short of a top of the line rig is going to suddenly turn me into a PC gamer!
In summary, the minisforum should be good enough for playing stuff like up-res’d 3DS games with HD textures and Dark Souls, which is the only stuff that’s ever made me jealous of PC gamers.
So for the NUC, the only comparison for me is how would it compare to an Xbox. If I could get better performance from an Xbox for playing the Elden Ring, which, of course, isn’t out yet, so there’s no way to know how the PC version will compare to console… So just substitute ER with Sekiro for now. If the NUC also sucks at playing Sekiro compared to an Xbox or PS5 then, there’s no need to shell out twice the cash for one.
Maybe the Minisforum is the smarter choice, since there’s no telling what the future of gaming looks like right now anyway, with the Playstation utterly failing and GPU prices confirmed to continue being stoopid for the next couple years. I could also just keep using my X220, actually….
This video was the most informative. Still, they didn’t say much to inform me.
So yeah in summary, if minisforum plays AAA games poorly, but NUC plays AAA games subpar, an Xbox or PS5 being the standard, I’ll still go with minisforum, haha.
If I could play this, that’d be awesome