Ace Magician Intel i5 12th-Gen Mini PC review

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REVIEW – I am in full swing with mini PCs and am on a quest to replace all of my older computers with capable mini PCs. I am using 3 mini PCs for my podcast and a few others for my Plex Server, etc. For my design and vision, I want/need to have multiple mini PCs. Enter the Ace Magician Intel i5 12th-Gen Mini PC.

What is it?

The Ace Magician Intel i5 12th-Gen Mini PC features a CPU with 8 Cores, 12 Threads,  and up to 4.4GHz. Specs include 16GB DDR4 RAM, a  512GB SSD, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, and the capability to use 3 screens at 4K@60.

Price: $359.00 | Where to buy: Amazon

What’s in the box?

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    • 1 x Ace Magician Intel i5 12th-Gen Mini PC
    • 1 x AC Power Cable
    • 1 x HDMI Cable
    • 1 x User Manual

    Hardware specs

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    Design and features

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  • The Ace Magician Intel i5 12th-Gen Mini PC measures approximately 7.2 inches high, in height, 5.9 inches deep, and 1.9 inches wide. The case is made of plastic with a ribbed look on each side and one of the sides sports a branding badge. On the front, there are two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a 3.5 mm jack, and a USB Type-C port. The USB-C port is capable of being used for a display. On the back, there are two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, two HDMI 2.0 ports, one RJ45 Ethernet port, and an AC power port. There is also a Kensington Lock. The power on/off button is on the top of the case.

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    Setup

    The mini PC is set up much like any Windows PC. You simply have to follow the prompts during the quick and easy process.

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    Performance

    The Ace Magician Intel i5 12th-Gen Mini PC performs well for most applications and runs all of the software that I use very smoothly. It easily handles applications like Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, Lightroom, and Audition, and it even handles large “RAW” files easily. I also use the Microsoft Office suite daily with no issues. As I have previously stated when reviewing other PCs, I am not a gamer so I am not able to provide any information regarding how it handles games. The following screenshots show the results and confirmation of some of the specs using the CPUID application:

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    Next, I ran a benchmark test using Novabench. This is the free version of the application. More details are available if the paid version is used:
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    Lastly, I tested the benchmark ranking using Cinebench:
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    Overall, this mini PC is a nice addition to my effort to revamp my studio/office to use all mini PCs. It performs all of the tasks that I need it for very well and the small footprint allows it to easily fit onto my very crowded desktop.

    What I like

    • The compact, portable, and sleek design
    • It is relatively powerful and runs quietly
    • The multi-display connectivity
    • Good system performance for everyday tasks
    • Good cooling

    What I’d change

      • Wi-Fi 5 is outdated
      • Bluetooth 4.2 is outdated

    Final thoughts

    The Ace Magician Intel i5 12th-Gen Mini PC is a really capable mini PC that is capable of running daily use productivity software as well as audio, photo, and video editing software. I am not a gamer, but I do believe that the device will do a good job with most games. This is another nice mini PC from Ace Magician.

    Price: $359.00
    Where to buy: Amazon
    Source: The sample of this product was provided by Ace Magician.

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  2. Julian, you may already know, but the WiFi card can be replaced with a newer one with faster speed. It’s a short NVME card probably 2230 size with antenna connections.

  3. Wow, nice. I opted for a Neosway 5105 for about $200 and actually for running PlayOn and Video Download Helper (my most intense CPU applications) it actually did fairly well. 60% to 70% of CPU and 30% of GPU running at a constant 2.8 Turbo. I tried the N200 version and for some reason, it failed. Smashed 100% and stayed there and usually failed to complete the task. The i-5 would have been ideal and not much more than the 11 gen Pentium.

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