what the little giant of the gaming world is capable of with Core i9-12900H

what the little giant of the gaming world is capable of with Core i9-12900H

A few months ago, the ACEMAGIC TANK03 mini PC went on sale with excellent performance for its size. Yes, it is equipped with an Intel Core i9-12900H chip (in the maximum configuration) and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080M graphics. In addition, it also looks very interesting – it is noticeable that the developers have tried. What is this accessory capable of? About it under the executioner.

Briefly about the main thing

The device is slightly larger than the Nintendo GameCube, but of course much more productive. By the way, in addition to the above components, the device supports up to 32 GB of RAM and 1 TB of file space. However, the cost of a gaming computer is also high and amounts to $1,399 for the entry-level model.

Design and features

PC dimensions – 167x167x161 mm. It’s a cube, yes, and a very stylish one at that. It somewhat resembles futuristic devices that are usually shown in science fiction films. The body is not metal, but plastic, painted to match the metal. The weight of the device is 2 kg.

The cooling system of the insides of the case is active, which is not surprising, because this baby heats decently. The video card is mounted using the Mobile PCI Express Module (MXM).

The CPU is placed in the lower part, it is unsoldered on the board. There are two model options: with an Intel Core i9-12900H chip and an Intel Core i7-12700H chip. The second model is cheaper. By the way, the processor can also be overclocked. Yes, according to the developers, the i9 is overclocked to 5 GHz, and the i7 – up to 4.7 GHz.

The RTX 3080M video card is equipped only with the version with the maximum configuration. The model with an i7 processor received NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070M (120 W, 16 Gb) or NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060M (80 W, 12 Gb). Here it is up to the user to choose what to buy. Here is the list of available configurations:

  • Intel Core i9-12900H/RTX 3080/32GB RAM (2 x 16 Gb)/1TB SSD

  • Intel Core i7-12700H/RTX 3070/32GB RAM (2 x 16 Gb)/1TB SSD

  • Intel Core i7-12700H/RTX 3060/32GB RAM (2 x 16 Gb)/1TB SSD

  • Intel Core i7-12700H/RTX 3060/16GB RAM (1 x 16Gb)/1TB SSD

Air for cooling the components is drawn in at the top of the device and then blown out in two places – at the back and on the left.

And here is the list of ports and connectors of the front panel:

There are even more of them on the back:

  • 1 x 3.5 mm audio jack

  • 1 x power jack

  • 2 x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 1×1 (5 Gbit/s)

  • 1 x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 1×1 (5 Gbit/s)

  • 1 x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 2×1 (10 Gbit/s)

  • 2 x HDMI 2.0

  • 1 x 2.5 Gb Ethernet

  • 1 x 2.5 Gb Ethernet

  • 1 x Kensington Lock

  • 1 x 1.4 DisplayPort

And above that is the power button.

In addition, there is a switch for the device’s operating modes on the front panel. Only three positions — from the most productive to quiet mode. It is surrounded by RGB lighting, it all looks good.

Behind the right panel are two slots for M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4 x4 NVMe SSDs. Behind the right NVMe slot is a Wi-Fi M.2 2230 wireless communication module from Cdtech (China Dragon Technology). This Wi-Fi 6 card CDW.C9852BE-00 is based on RTL8852BE-CG, it supports Bluetooth 5.2 (LMP firmware version is shown as LMP 11.2292). In HWiNFO it shows as RealTek Semiconductor RTL8852BE WiFi 6 802.11ax PCIe adapter.

As for the power supply, it is a Huntkey (HKA300190A6-0A7, 19.0 V, 15.79 A, ​​300.0 W).

In the future, the company is going to add a small display to the computer, which will display the temperature, the load level of the processor and video card, and other information.

What about gaming and performance?

Also, everything is on a level. Yes, in such games as GTA V, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Horizon Zero Dawn, COD MWII, the PC showed good results. With the default settings for each of these titles, the FPS is 173, 151, 133, 92, respectively.

Three more games: Armored Core VI, Baldur’s Gate 3, and Hogwarts Legacy ran at 98, 117, and 96 FPS. Somewhat different results in Elden Ring – 60 FPS. According to users who have already tested the PC at work, it shows itself perfectly at 1080p resolution. You can play at 1440p, but then you will have to lower the settings of particularly voracious games.

A little about the shortcomings

They are all about Linux and BIOS compatibility.

In the first case, everything is more or less ok, since there are drivers for most of the device modules under Linux. The gaming mini PC is fully compatible with Ubuntu and Wubuntu. But that’s if you don’t mention the video card, which is not compatible with Linux, because the PC needs a customized version of the driver. Accordingly, there is no point in buying a device to turn it into a Linux gaming station.

Well, the UEFI functionality is extremely limited. You can change some power consumption settings, but you should only do this when you are sure of success.

But it is not possible to work with coolers – in the sense that neither in the BIOS setup nor when installing specialized programs can the speed of rotation of the fans be changed. And without it, the cooling system is noisy at maximum settings, so it is better to play with headphones.

Now about energy consumption. Here are the measurement results:

PC off – 1.8 W;
UEFI (BIOS) – 50.1 W;
Idle – 32.2 W;

CPU Cinebench R23 – 80.1 W (quiet mode), 100.2 W (automatic), 110.6 W (productive).

In the dry residue

The device is not bad, many users may like it. In particular, its size allows you to place the device almost anywhere on the desktop. Cooling is good, and the noise level is not excessively high.

An excellent solution is the operating mode switch located on the front panel. There is no need to change anything in the settings of specialized software – everything changes by simply turning the handle.

So, if you use Windows, there are no problems. If Linux, you will not be able to hope for too high performance.

And about the price. The base model, as mentioned above, costs $1,399. The fastest build with an Intel Core i9-12900H, RTX3080 graphics, 32GB of memory, and a 1TB solid-state drive costs $1,799.

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