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Why do you want to upgrade the mini PC?
This question is legitimate. But questioning at what time makes a difference. Obviously, the moment you buy a mini PC, it’s your decision that has been defined by the configuration you really want, and it doesn’t require immediate upgrading. However with the passage of time, the system would fall short of memory and storage, outdated hardware and low processing. From there you need to either upgrade the system or fully replace the PC with a new or latest mini computer.
Mostly, people who already have a regular PC at home or office, or have a laptop, usually prefer to stick with that outdated mini PC and decide to upgrade the components only which are required. This is because, in the presence of other computing devices, the role of a mini desktop is comparatively less.
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Examples of upgradable SFF PCs
Let’s get you a few popular mini PCs in the market as an example that are upgradable according to their form factor.
- Intel NUC 13 Pro: It is a tiny little computer that is used for multiple purposes besides gaming and graphic-intensive tasks. It can host a home media center, and business operations and help you make presentations and assignments. Speaking of the upgrading, this type of mini PC comes with dual memory slots that accommodate up to 64GB of memory and also has M.2 NVMe dual slots for up to 2TB storage. Though the processor and graphics card are sharing the socket and are soldered, both of these parts are not upgradable.
- Zotac Magnus One: This mini computer has more than two variants in the market each of them comes with a dedicated graphics card. Due to this, they are more likely to use it for gaming and editing where powerful graphics are required. Zotac Magnus One is an expansive small desktop but for upgradability, they are super considerable. It allows you to expand the RAM to up to 64GB and storage to up to 2TB. The best part is that the system also allows you to fit in any latest GPU, though the CPU is not replaceable.
- Skytech Chronos Mini: This compact PC is known as a mini gaming PC, always been there whenever we talk about compact gaming desktops. It is highly versatile with a number of jobs it can do for you. Creating a room for expanding and generating more value to the system that would keep you in the race for long. Every part of the system is upgradable including the CPU, you can get any compatible processor for the B450M motherboard which is housing already in the system. The good part is, unlike SSF PCs with low profile GPU, this mini PC has a welcoming nature to any latest graphics card as well.
- Asus ExpertCenter PN65: This is the most recent model pop out from the Asus Mini PCs headquarters. Being the latest one, it still doesn’t allow you to expand the system other than the memory, storage, and Wifi card, which means you have to rely on the CPU and GPU the model is already having for your entire life if you stick with it.
These are a few examples of a mini PC that is upgradable, there are many others you can choose from according to your preferences.
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Aren’t laptops better than mini PCs in terms of upgrading them?
Laptops could be better versions in terms of portability but nor are they good for space saving neither are the best ones regarding upgrading the system compared to a mini PC. Laptops are so little authorized for upgrading, where CPU and GPU are already soldered (not upgradable), memory and storage can expand but if they too are soldered then there is zero chance of any changes in the system.
On the other hand, mini PCs are able to hold more memory sticks and storage drives. They often let the user replace the graphics card and Wifi card, and a few brands also offer CPU replacement. In short, a mini PC has the upper hand on a laptop in the upgrade section.
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How do I upgrade my Mini PC?
Here we have the main question sorted out. The upgrade of any SFF PC depends on the model, brand and build of the PC. It’s a very simple procedure if you have a manual for that PC on your desk. All information should be given in that manual, including how to open the case and what parts are upgradable. Without wasting any time, you must read the manual thoroughly, and keep the upgrade method confusion free.
Keep in mind, the manual of that PC is the key to the upgrading door. In case you have lost it, you would be saved only in case you have a PC from any famous brand, like, Dell, Asus, Apple, etc. because these brands have upgrading procedures demonstrated on their websites or also have many videos defining the whole process as well. They even offer technical assistance which promptly responds to any complaint or helps their customers unknotting complex problems arising in the system.
For precautionary measure, the only thing you might require is an anti-static wrist strap and of course a screwdriver as a tool to open that tiny little computer.
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