Minisforum BD770i motherboard with Ryzen 7 7745HX CPU costs $399

Published: Sep 30th 2023, 14:40 GMT   Comments

MINISFORUM launches BD770i mobile on desktop platform

The company has just announced a new Mini-ITX powered by AMD’s Zen4 Dragon Range CPUs.

Combining the strengths of both worlds, the Dragon Range platform features the power-efficient Zen4 architecture along with the dual-chiplet design known from the Raphael series. Initially recognized for empowering top-tier gaming laptops, it is now making its debut on desktops.

This marks an important moment for Minisforum who unveiled their first commercially available Mobile on Desktop (MoDT) platform, driven by the capable Ryzen 7 7745HX CPU, boasting 8 cores and 16 threads. Although the company currently showcases this model on its website, indications strongly hint at an impending 16-core variant known as Ryzen 9 7945HX.

BD770I Ryzen performance, Source: Minisforum

The system is bundled with an integrated cooling solution, leaving only memory, storage, and a power supply as additional requirements. Designed to seamlessly fit into any Mini-ITX compatible motherboard, the company also provides a list of supported cases, ensuring compatibility across the board.

The standout feature of this platform lies in its support for PCIe Gen5x16 GPU and 2x Gen5x4 storage — making it the first Mini-ITX board capable of unleashing the full potential of these devices without any limitations, unlike its Intel counterparts with their 16-lane constraints. However, it’s important to note that AMD and NVIDIA have yet to release Gen5 graphics cards, but the platform’s future-proofing is worth noting.

BD770I Mini-ITX, Source: Minisforum

Such a platform may offer the flexibility of using PCIe Gen5 adapters for expanding storage options, potentially transforming this compact machine into a capable storage server. Additionally, the Dragon Range processors are equipped with an integrated RDNA2 GPU, and this board includes all essential display connectors—HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB Type-C—supporting resolutions up to 8K, as claimed by Minisforum. There is no need for a discrete GPU at all.

BD770I Mini-ITX, Source: Minisforum

In terms of pricing, the Dragon Range platform is attractively priced at $399, encompassing a CPU, motherboard, and cooling solution. Users only need to complement it with SODIMM DDR5 memory modules and storage. However, it’s worth noting that the current price is labeled as an ‘early bird sales’ offer and may not remain at this level for an extended duration.

VideoCardz.comMINISFORUM Motherboard BD770i
ProcessorAMD Ryzen™ 7 7745HX, 8 Cores/16 Threads
(32M Cache, up to 5.1 GHz)
GPUAMD Radeon™ 610M
MemoryDDR5 Dual channel (SODIMM Slots×2, up to 5200 MT/s, Max 64GB)
Storage2×M.2 2280 PCIe5.0 SSD Slots
Expansion SlotPCIe 5.0 X16 connector ×1
Wireless ConnectivityM.2 2230 Key E Slot
Video OutputHDMI2.0 ×1;DisplayPort1.4 ×1;USB-C ×1
Audio OutputHDMI2.0 ×1;DisplayPort1.4 ×1;USB-C ×1;Line Out ×1
EthernetRJ45 2.5G Ethernet Port×1
USB PortsUSB3.2 Gen2 Type-C Port ×1(Alt DP)
USB3.2 Gen1 Type-A Port ×2
USB2.0 Type-A Port ×2
I/O Ports4-pin CPU Fan header ×1
4-pin System Fan header ×2
4-pin SSD Fan header ×1
USB 3.2 Gen 1 header ×1
Front Panel Audio header ×1
System Panel header ×1
Form FactorMini-ITX Form Factor(170x170x1.6mm)
MSRP$499 → $399

Source: Minisforum

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