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REVIEW: MINIX NEO J50C-4 Max with Intel Pentium Silver J5005 and 8 GB of RAM



REVIEW: MINIX NEO J50C-4 Max with Intel Pentium Silver J5005 and 8 GB of RAM

MINIX NEO J50C-4 Max It is a brand new mini PC Minix of which today we present its analysis or review, an enlarged version of this same small computer that we already saw a few months ago.

A mini PC that integrates the interesting processor Intel Pentium Silver J5005, which this time is accompanied by a module of 8 GB RAM and a disk 240GB M.2. The system Windows 10 ProWith the hardware that it includes we can use it for office automation, multimedia, browsing or using desktop apps without problems. Let’s see how this device behaves in our review.

  • MINIX NEO J50C-4 Max can be purchased soon at Amazon.co.uk or Aliexpress.com by € 299.99.

MINIPC DETAILS

MINIX NEO J50C-4 Max
Processor: Intel Pentium Silver J5005 Quad Core 1.5-2.8GHz / GPU Intel HD Graphics 605 / 10W TDP / 14 nm
System: Windows 10 Pro 64bit
Memory: 1x SODIMM 8 GB DDR4 2400MHz (installed) / 2x SODIMM DDR4 16GB max.
Storage: 240GB 1x M.2 2280 SATA 3 / 64GB eMMC 5.1 (onboard)
Network: Wifi ac + BT 4.2 (Intel 3168) / Gigabit Ethernet
Ports: USB 3.1 Type-C (video) / 3x USB 3.0 / HDMI 2.0 / miniDP / Jack audio + SPDIF / Kensington lock
Contents: DC 12V 3A Adapter / HDMI Cable / SPDIF Adapter / VESA Support / English Manual
Materials and measures: Plastic / Front Led / 130 x 130 x 30 mm / 400 gr.

Unboxing

The new MINIX NEO J50C-4 Max It comes in a cardboard box with the classic design of the MINIX brand. Inside we find the main computer, HDMI cable, 12V 3A charger, SPDIF jack adapter and VESA socket.

Description

This mini PC MINIX NEO J50C-4 Max keeps its design simple with the MINIX logo on the top. On the front we have a status ledOn one side we have the power button, three USB 3.0 ports and in the back we have the rest of the connectors. At the top of the motherboard we have the fan, the bios stack, jumpers to connect a COM or debug port and to flash the MCU firmware. Along with the mini PC we have a support SPROUT Standard that fits perfectly with the computer case without the need for hardware.

SYSTEM AND PERFORMANCE

Environment and user experience

We launch the MINIX NEO J50C-4 Max pressing the button on the side of the box and as the specifications indicate we have Windows 10 Pro 64bit correctly activated and the device list has all its drivers installed correctly. The environment moves properly thanks to 8 GB RAM, it is possible to load a large number of navigation tabs without loss of performance, but if we are going to make intensive use it is advisable to install another SODIMM module and reach 16 GB. A perfectly valid computer for office automation, multimedia and medium level editing programs.

Network, storage, RAM and ports

In the section of network adapters in the mini PC MINIX NEO J50C-4 Max we have a wireless adapter Wifi ac + BT 4.2 (Intel 3168) onboard and port Gigabit Ethernet. We passed speed tests of the storage of the mSATA disk installed by default and we observe that it behaves normally. We also tested the 4GB of RAM LPDDR4 2400MHz that comes standard in configuration Single channel and if we mount a second SODIMM it will be Dual Channel.

Processor, performance and thermals

On the mini PC MINIX NEO J50C-4 Max we have a processor installed Intel Pentium Silver J5005 with four cores and four threads of execution that moves between 1.5 and 2.6 GHz and a GPU Intel HD Graphics 605 up to 800 MHz with 18 EU. This chip has a maximum consumption of 10W TDP, the results are correct within the Apollo Lake family and as we see it is at the level of more modern models with similar consumption. A mini PC that works perfectly for browsing, multimedia playback with KODI, use of office automation at the user level and even with design applications at a good level.

As we see in the performance tests of the MINIX NEO J50C-4 Max this falls short of an AMD Athlon 200GE, a processor for the entry-level and light use. In the graphic aspect, the performance is much lower than any AMD Vega GPU and until we have the new Intel Xe GPUs, the competition will not exist in this aspect.

Regarding the thermal section the system stays at a very good temperature in normal desktop use and the fan system is not annoying, the 14nm they are efficient but they are already out of date. If we start playing demanding titles, we do have an increase in temperature but we do not reach worrying highs.

Games

We performed our gaming performance tests in the MINIX NEO J50C-4 Max we have some results are in the line of this type of products and the GPU Intel HD Graphics 605 it is perfectly valid for simple games such as those we can find on Android phones but downloading them from the Microsoft Store. At the level of emulators at most we stick to some simple Wii titles and we can also play light 3D games like LOL or similar.

Performance test in Leage of Legends, with graphic settings in high quality with 1080p resolution, as we see it is perfectly playable. More demanding titles like Fortnite are not recommended for this integrated GPU. It is better to focus on other games or if we are interested in this aspect go directly to a mini PC with AMD APU with Vega GPU.

VIDEO AND AUDIO TEST

Playback test

Regarding the video playback the mini PC MINIX NEO J50C-4 Max has an integrated GPU Intel HD Graphics 605 which has a VPU with hardware support for the codec HEVC and to VP9 basic. In this processor it has support for 10bit color but does not have HDR support native by default and reduces colors to SD level. This mini PC is perfectly valid as a multimedia system to use KODI, IPTV or to use it with PLEX.

Video and audio test results

Formats Outcome
h.264 / 1080i / 8bit Correct
h.264 / 1080p / 4K / 8bit Correct
h.264 / 1080p / 10bit (anime) Correct (SW)
h.265 / 1080p / 8bit Correct
h.265 / 1080p / 10bit (anime) Correct
h.265 / 4K @ 24fps / 8bit Correct
h.265 / 4K @ 24 / 60fps / 10bit HDR Correct
VP9 P1 / 4K @ 24fps / 8bit Correct
VP9 P2 / 4K @ 24 / 60fps / 10bit HDR Correct
VP9 P2 / 8K @ 60fps / 10bit HDR Frame jump
AV1 / 4K @ 24fps / 10bit Frame hopping (SW)
Max. Bitrate 100 Mbps = 12.5 MB / s
Audio Formats Outcome
Dolby 5.1 / Plus = OK || True HD / Atmos = Core
DTS 5.1 / MA = OK || HR / X = Core

Streaming services

We check the performance on the MINIX NEO J50C-4 Max of the most popular streaming services such as YouTube, Netflix, HBO, Movistar +, Disney +, Amazon Prime Video and beIN Connect with their native apps or using the most compatible browser. You can consult our guides where we explain in detail all the most popular streaming services, how to configure them and what requirements are necessary to view content in FullHD or 4K quality.

Streaming Results

Streaming service Quality / Audio
Youtube 4K (2160p) / 5.1
Netflix FullHD (1080p) / 5.1 / Netflix Guide
HBO FullHD (1080p) / Stereo / HBO Guide
Disney + FullHD (1080p) / 5.1 / Disney Guide +
Amazon Prime Video FullHD (1080p) / 5.1 / Prime Video Guide
Movistar + SD (480p) / Stereo / Guide Movistar +
DAZN HD (720p) / Stereo / DAZN Guide
IPTV FullHD (1080i) / Stereo / IPTV Guide

Assessment

Opinion

How can we see the mini PC MINIX NEO J50C-4 Max 64GB it is identical to its previous version but this time with 8GB RAM and SSD installed from 240 GB. It is a computer intended for home use or commercial uses such as digital signage Thanks to triple video output, we also have several options for remote start and system recovery with automatic start. It should be noted that this model has a VESA support and Kensington lock that allows us to use it in public spaces or in industrial environments in a comfortable way.

The small MINIX NEO J50C-4 Max we can also integrate a disk M.2 that allows us to increase the internal storage and also the speed of the system. It must be noted that we can also expand the RAM memory up to 16GB thanks to its two DDR4 SODIMM slots. Overall an interesting mini PC for those looking for the functions it offers.

As we see the MINIX NEO J50C-4 Max it’s a computer perfect for desktop, digital signage and industrial use. A product with quality finishes and components.

Purchase options

  • MINIX NEO J50C-4 Max can be purchased soon atAmazon.co.uk or Aliexpress.com by € 299.99.