With some Chinese PC hardware brands starting to appear in stores like Newegg, we are going to see more and more strange and sometimes wonderfully interesting innovations. To be clear, we’m not so sure this is one of them, but it’s just a little wild.
Spot by Tom’s Hardware, this desktop motherboard made by Chinese manufacturer Maxsun has an Intel i7-11800H, otherwise known as Intel’s Tiger Lake mobile chip, first released earlier this year. It is soldered directly to the motherboard. Even if it comes with a small heatsink, you still need to use your own CPU cooler to stick upstairs.
Maxsun’s MS-Milestone i7-11800H Plus motherboard can support up to 64 GB DDR4 through the two included spots and has Intel’s Xe graphics with 32 execution units for those who want to go with integrated graphics. All in all, it actually looks like it could be a nice little low-power machine, even though it’s one that’s cross-border impossible to upgrade.
This table sells for around $ 450 and it seems like value to me. We have not seen any laptops with this chip under $ 1,000 USD and you can get far worse for the money on a regular desktop configuration.
But the potentially exciting thing is that this is only the beginning. As we begin to see more market bleeding from China, there are definitely some interesting and sometimes even affordable new opportunities. When we are in the middle of chip shortages, where everyone is looking for new hardware, products like these find a new niche.
That does not mean we recommend going out and buying one of these yet, but we would very much like to have our fingers in one to see how it works. Especially considering the impressive numbers we’ve seen these mobile CPUs pull. It would be nice if Maxsun could avoid soldering the CPU on the motherboard in the future.
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