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Beelink GK Mini PC Review: Ready-to-Go HTPC

Basic streaming needs. At just $229 USD, the Beelink system is almost 1/4 the price of the latest Intel NUC with 11th gen Core CPUs. It's obviously slower and with fewer features, but most home users might not even mind.

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Like GMK, Beelink offers a variety of inexpensive mini PCs in contrast to the often pricier ones from Zotac or Intel. Its options often come fully configured with RAM and storage to be more plug-and-play and appropriate for users who just want something cheap for browsing, streaming, and other undemanding tasks with minimal multitasking.

Beelink offers 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of SSD storage for $229 USD or users can double the storage for just $20 more. More information can be found on its product page here.

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Beelink GK Mini
Processor
Intel Celeron J4125 4 x 2 - 2.7 GHz, Gemini Lake Refresh
Graphics adapter
Intel UHD Graphics 600, DDR4, 26.20.100.6813
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2400, Single-Channel
Storage
Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB
Soundcard
Intel Gemini Lake SoC - High Definition Audio Controller
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5)
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 43 x 115 x 102 ( = 1.69 x 4.53 x 4.02 in)
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Additional features
12 Months Warranty
Weight
269 g ( = 9.49 oz / 0.59 pounds), Power Supply: 110 g ( = 3.88 oz / 0.24 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

potential competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
05/2021
Beelink GK Mini
Celeron J4125, UHD Graphics 600
269 g43 mmx
04/2021
Intel NUC11TNKi5
i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
504 g37 mmx
03/2021
GMK NucBox 2
i5-8259U, Iris Plus Graphics 655
430 g50 mmx
12/2020
Beelink SEi10
i3-1005G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
350 g41 mmx
09/2018
Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano
i5-8550U, UHD Graphics 620
1.1 kg68 mmx
02/2021
Intel NUC11PAQi7
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
647 g56 mmx

Case

The first thing users will notice when picking up the GK Mini is how incredibly lightweight it is. Dimensions aren't all that different from the Intel NUC11TNKi5 and yet the Beelink system is almost half the weight. Its more limited set of features, thinner chassis materials, and slower overall performance contribute to the significantly lower weight.

Over two times lighter than some Intel NUC11 models
Over two times lighter than some Intel NUC11 models
Rubberized padding on the corners to prevent sliding when on a table
Rubberized padding on the corners to prevent sliding when on a table
Glossy top will collect dust and fingerprints almost immediately
Glossy top will collect dust and fingerprints almost immediately
Matte metal sides contrast the glossy plastic top. Surfaces are firm with no flexing on all sides
Matte metal sides contrast the glossy plastic top. Surfaces are firm with no flexing on all sides
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204 mm / 8.03 inch 129 mm / 5.08 inch 68 mm / 2.68 inch 1.1 kg2.52 lbs125 mm / 4.92 inch 110 mm / 4.33 inch 50 mm / 1.969 inch 430 g0.948 lbs117 mm / 4.61 inch 112 mm / 4.41 inch 56 mm / 2.2 inch 647 g1.426 lbs124 mm / 4.88 inch 113 mm / 4.45 inch 41 mm / 1.614 inch 350 g0.772 lbs115 mm / 4.53 inch 102 mm / 4.02 inch 43 mm / 1.693 inch 269 g0.593 lbs117 mm / 4.61 inch 112 mm / 4.41 inch 37 mm / 1.457 inch 504 g1.111 lbs

Connectivity

Port options include four USB-A 3.0 ports and two HDMI. Outputting at native 4K 60 Hz is supported. There are unfortunately no USB-C ports or an IR receiver, either.

Note that all ports are upside-down when compared to most other NUCs and laptops.

Communication

The Intel 3165 module provides 1x1 Wi-Fi 5 speeds. We would have preferred an Intel 9560 at the very least, but the 3165 is sufficient for 1080p streaming. For 4K, we recommend using the RJ-45 port for higher bandwidth.

Soldered WLAN module
Soldered WLAN module
Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1626 (1386min - 1677max) MBit/s ∼100% +845%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
742 (470min - 902max) MBit/s ∼46% +331%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
546 (369min - 618max) MBit/s ∼34% +217%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
385 (299min - 426max) MBit/s ∼24% +124%
Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
218 MBit/s ∼13% +27%
Beelink GK Mini
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
172 (111min - 230max) MBit/s ∼11%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1524 (1442min - 1571max) MBit/s ∼100% +340%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1212 (1060min - 1309max) MBit/s ∼80% +250%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
862 (809min - 916max) MBit/s ∼57% +149%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
625 (346min - 678max) MBit/s ∼41% +81%
Beelink GK Mini
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
346 (325min - 352max) MBit/s ∼23%
Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
301 MBit/s ∼20% -13%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø345 (325-352)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø191 (111-230)

Maintenance

The bottom panel requires only a Philips screwdriver to remove. Users can install up to two storage drives (M.2 2280 SATA III + 2.5-inch SATA III) and just one RAM module meaning the system is limited to single-channel RAM.

Accessories and Warranty

The packaging includes a removable VESA bracket that attaches to the bottom of the unit. A standard one-year limited warranty applies, but claiming said warranty may be difficult due to overseas shipping.

Performance

 

Processor

CPU performance is roughly 30 percent and 60 percent slower than the Core i3-1005G1 in multi-threaded and single-threaded loads, respectively. Even so, it's still significantly faster than the Atom x7-E3950 or Celeron N4000 series.

The same Celeron J4125 CPU can also be found on the GMK NucBox K1.

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Beelink GK Mini Intel Celeron J4125; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø268 (263.32-271.42)
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509 Intel Celeron N4120; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø219 (216.74-224.4)
Asus Vivobook 15 F512DA-SH31 AMD Ryzen 3 3200U; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø320 (315.1-328.15)
GMK NucBox K1 Intel Celeron J4125; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø238 (199.13-242.53)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R23: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.3: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
2657 Points ∼100% +336%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1974 Points ∼74% +224%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
1432 Points ∼54% +135%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
1432 Points ∼54% +135%
Fujitsu Lifebook U939 i5
Intel Core i5-8265U
1127 Points ∼42% +85%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5502
Intel Core i3-1115G4
961 Points ∼36% +58%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Core i3-10110U
928 Points ∼35% +52%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
848 Points ∼32% +39%
Asus Vivobook 15 F512DA-SH31
AMD Ryzen 3 3200U
727 Points ∼27% +19%
Beelink GK Mini
Intel Celeron J4125
610 Points ∼23%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120
490 Points ∼18% -20%
Average Intel Celeron J4125
  (304 - 610, n=2)
457 Points ∼17% -25%
LincPlus P1
Intel Celeron N4000
273 Points ∼10% -55%
Chuwi LapBook Plus
Intel Atom x7-E3950
272 Points ∼10% -55%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
582 Points ∼100% +234%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5502
Intel Core i3-1115G4
504 Points ∼87% +190%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
503 Points ∼86% +189%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
427 Points ∼73% +145%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Core i3-10110U
405 Points ∼70% +133%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
403 Points ∼69% +132%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
382 Points ∼66% +120%
Fujitsu Lifebook U939 i5
Intel Core i5-8265U
374 Points ∼64% +115%
Asus Vivobook 15 F512DA-SH31
AMD Ryzen 3 3200U
311 Points ∼53% +79%
Beelink GK Mini
Intel Celeron J4125
174 Points ∼30%
Average Intel Celeron J4125
  (161 - 174, n=2)
168 Points ∼29% -3%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120
166 Points ∼29% -5%
LincPlus P1
Intel Celeron N4000
160 Points ∼27% -8%
Chuwi LapBook Plus
Intel Atom x7-E3950
93 Points ∼16% -47%
Cinebench R23 / CPU (Multi Core)
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
6862 Points ∼100% +339%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
5098 (4930.91min - 5098.17max) Points ∼74% +226%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
3728 (3687.99min - 3727.55max) Points ∼54% +139%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Core i3-10110U
2374 Points ∼35% +52%
Beelink GK Mini
Intel Celeron J4125
1563 (1557.19min - 1562.55max) Points ∼23%
Average Intel Celeron J4125
 
1563 Points ∼23% 0%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120
1253 Points ∼18% -20%
Cinebench R23 / CPU (Single Core)
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1369 Points ∼100% +207%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Core i3-10110U
1034 Points ∼76% +132%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
973 Points ∼71% +118%
Beelink GK Mini
Intel Celeron J4125
446 Points ∼33%
Average Intel Celeron J4125
 
446 Points ∼33% 0%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
986 (962.77min - 985.76max) Points ∼100% +264%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
794 (772.57min - 794.38max) Points ∼81% +193%
Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano
Intel Core i7-8550U
702 Points ∼71% +159%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
615 (608.07min - 614.94max) Points ∼62% +127%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
580 Points ∼59% +114%
Fujitsu Lifebook U939 i5
Intel Core i5-8265U
509 (485.37min - 509.34max) Points ∼52% +88%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
406.84 (402.55min - 406.84max) Points ∼41% +50%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5502
Intel Core i3-1115G4
384.71 (375.47min - 384.71max) Points ∼39% +42%
Asus Vivobook 15 F512DA-SH31
AMD Ryzen 3 3200U
334 (317.34min - 333.73max) Points ∼34% +23%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Core i3-10110U
314 Points ∼32% +16%
Beelink GK Mini
Intel Celeron J4125
271 (263.32min - 271.42max) Points ∼27%
Average Intel Celeron J4125
  (243 - 271, n=2)
257 Points ∼26% -5%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120
224 (216.74min - 224.4max) Points ∼23% -17%
Chuwi LapBook Plus
Intel Atom x7-E3950
125 Points ∼13% -54%
LincPlus P1
Intel Celeron N4000
121 (118.17min - 121.14max) Points ∼12% -55%
Trekstor Yourbook C11B
Intel Celeron N3350
85 Points ∼9% -69%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
230 Points ∼100% +191%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
201 Points ∼87% +154%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5502
Intel Core i3-1115G4
193.55 Points ∼84% +145%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
165 Points ∼72% +109%
Fujitsu Lifebook U939 i5
Intel Core i5-8265U
159 Points ∼69% +101%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
158.02 Points ∼69% +100%
Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano
Intel Core i7-8550U
156 Points ∼68% +97%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
151 Points ∼66% +91%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Core i3-10110U
129 Points ∼56% +63%
Asus Vivobook 15 F512DA-SH31
AMD Ryzen 3 3200U
126 Points ∼55% +59%
Beelink GK Mini
Intel Celeron J4125
79.1 Points ∼34%
Average Intel Celeron J4125
  (75.3 - 79.1, n=2)
77.2 Points ∼34% -2%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120
73.2 Points ∼32% -7%
LincPlus P1
Intel Celeron N4000
70.9 Points ∼31% -10%
Trekstor Yourbook C11B
Intel Celeron N3350
46 Points ∼20% -42%
Chuwi LapBook Plus
Intel Atom x7-E3950
41 Points ∼18% -48%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
LincPlus P1
Intel Celeron N4000
4736 Seconds * ∼100% -115%
Chuwi LapBook Plus
Intel Atom x7-E3950
4564 Seconds * ∼96% -108%
Average Intel Celeron J4125
  (2198 - 2391, n=2)
2295 Seconds * ∼48% -4%
Beelink GK Mini
Intel Celeron J4125
2198 Seconds * ∼46%
Asus Vivobook 15 F512DA-SH31
AMD Ryzen 3 3200U
1439 Seconds * ∼30% +35%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5502
Intel Core i3-1115G4
1188 Seconds * ∼25% +46%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Core i3-10110U
1174.3 Seconds * ∼25% +47%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
1126 Seconds * ∼24% +49%
Fujitsu Lifebook U939 i5
Intel Core i5-8265U
925 Seconds * ∼20% +58%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
907 Seconds * ∼19% +59%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
755 Seconds * ∼16% +66%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
600 Seconds * ∼13% +73%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
468 Seconds * ∼10% +79%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5405 MIPS ∼100% +121%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4738 MIPS ∼88% +94%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5502
Intel Core i3-1115G4
4621 MIPS ∼85% +89%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
4041 MIPS ∼75% +65%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Core i3-10110U
4038 MIPS ∼75% +65%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
4014 MIPS ∼74% +64%
Fujitsu Lifebook U939 i5
Intel Core i5-8265U
4000 MIPS ∼74% +64%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
3951 MIPS ∼73% +62%
Asus Vivobook 15 F512DA-SH31
AMD Ryzen 3 3200U
3406 MIPS ∼63% +39%
Beelink GK Mini
Intel Celeron J4125
2444 MIPS ∼45%
Average Intel Celeron J4125
  (2361 - 2444, n=2)
2403 MIPS ∼44% -2%
LincPlus P1
Intel Celeron N4000
2298 MIPS ∼43% -6%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120
2279 MIPS ∼42% -7%
Chuwi LapBook Plus
Intel Atom x7-E3950
1454 MIPS ∼27% -41%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
27203 MIPS ∼100% +224%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
23280 MIPS ∼86% +177%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
18802 MIPS ∼69% +124%
Fujitsu Lifebook U939 i5
Intel Core i5-8265U
15309 MIPS ∼56% +82%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
15043 MIPS ∼55% +79%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5502
Intel Core i3-1115G4
11122 MIPS ∼41% +32%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Core i3-10110U
10725 MIPS ∼39% +28%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
10536 MIPS ∼39% +25%
Asus Vivobook 15 F512DA-SH31
AMD Ryzen 3 3200U
8984 MIPS ∼33% +7%
Beelink GK Mini
Intel Celeron J4125
8399 MIPS ∼31%
Average Intel Celeron J4125
  (7494 - 8399, n=2)
7947 MIPS ∼29% -5%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120
7184 MIPS ∼26% -14%
Chuwi LapBook Plus
Intel Atom x7-E3950
4569 MIPS ∼17% -46%
LincPlus P1
Intel Celeron N4000
4114 MIPS ∼15% -51%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1559 Points ∼100% +235%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1396 Points ∼90% +200%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5502
Intel Core i3-1115G4
1337 Points ∼86% +187%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
1118 Points ∼72% +140%
Fujitsu Lifebook U939 i5
Intel Core i5-8265U
1047 Points ∼67% +125%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
1027 Points ∼66% +120%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
984 Points ∼63% +111%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Core i3-10110U
957 Points ∼61% +105%
Asus Vivobook 15 F512DA-SH31
AMD Ryzen 3 3200U
813 Points ∼52% +74%
Beelink GK Mini
Intel Celeron J4125
466 Points ∼30%
Average Intel Celeron J4125
  (435 - 466, n=2)
451 Points ∼29% -3%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120
439 Points ∼28% -6%
LincPlus P1
Intel Celeron N4000
436 Points ∼28% -6%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
4975 Points ∼100% +229%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4593 Points ∼92% +204%
Fujitsu Lifebook U939 i5
Intel Core i5-8265U
3568 Points ∼72% +136%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
3359 Points ∼68% +122%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
3330 Points ∼67% +120%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5502
Intel Core i3-1115G4
2427 Points ∼49% +61%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
2153 Points ∼43% +42%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Core i3-10110U
2034 Points ∼41% +35%
Asus Vivobook 15 F512DA-SH31
AMD Ryzen 3 3200U
1604 Points ∼32% +6%
Beelink GK Mini
Intel Celeron J4125
1512 Points ∼30%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120
1505 Points ∼30% 0%
Average Intel Celeron J4125
  (1394 - 1512, n=2)
1453 Points ∼29% -4%
LincPlus P1
Intel Celeron N4000
797 Points ∼16% -47%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
8.47 fps ∼100% +426%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
6.63 fps ∼78% +312%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
5.37 fps ∼63% +234%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
4.37 fps ∼52% +171%
Fujitsu Lifebook U939 i5
Intel Core i5-8265U
4 fps ∼47% +148%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
3.48 fps ∼41% +116%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5502
Intel Core i3-1115G4
3.25 fps ∼38% +102%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Core i3-10110U
3.12 fps ∼37% +94%
Asus Vivobook 15 F512DA-SH31
AMD Ryzen 3 3200U
2.03 fps ∼24% +26%
Beelink GK Mini
Intel Celeron J4125
1.61 fps ∼19%
Average Intel Celeron J4125
  (1.46 - 1.61, n=2)
1.535 fps ∼18% -5%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120
1.31 fps ∼15% -19%
Chuwi LapBook Plus
Intel Atom x7-E3950
0.98 fps ∼12% -39%
LincPlus P1
Intel Celeron N4000
0.79 fps ∼9% -51%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
LincPlus P1
Intel Celeron N4000
156 s * ∼100% -24%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120
131 s * ∼84% -4%
Beelink GK Mini
Intel Celeron J4125
126 s * ∼81%
Average Intel Celeron J4125
  (124 - 126, n=2)
125 s * ∼80% +1%
Asus Vivobook 15 F512DA-SH31
AMD Ryzen 3 3200U
95.6 s * ∼61% +24%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
63.6 s * ∼41% +50%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5502
Intel Core i3-1115G4
62.8 s * ∼40% +50%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
62.2 s * ∼40% +51%
Fujitsu Lifebook U939 i5
Intel Core i5-8265U
60.7 s * ∼39% +52%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
55.8 s * ∼36% +56%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
51.3 s * ∼33% +59%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
42.2 s * ∼27% +67%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Core i3-10110U
28.13 s * ∼18% +78%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
LincPlus P1
Intel Celeron N4000
1.652 sec * ∼100% -6%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120
1.642 sec * ∼99% -6%
Average Intel Celeron J4125
  (1.553 - 1.577, n=2)
1.565 sec * ∼95% -1%
Beelink GK Mini
Intel Celeron J4125
1.553 sec * ∼94%
Asus Vivobook 15 F512DA-SH31
AMD Ryzen 3 3200U
0.846 sec * ∼51% +46%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
0.786 sec * ∼48% +49%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
0.763 sec * ∼46% +51%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel Core i3-10110U
0.76 sec * ∼46% +51%
Fujitsu Lifebook U939 i5
Intel Core i5-8265U
0.73 sec * ∼44% +53%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
0.686 sec * ∼42% +56%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5502
Intel Core i3-1115G4
0.655 sec * ∼40% +58%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
0.622 sec * ∼38% +60%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.553 sec * ∼33% +64%
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R23: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.3: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
271 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
19.9 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
79.1 Points
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System Performance

PCMark 10 results are most similar to the GMK NucBox K1 which comes with the same CPU as our GK Mini
PCMark 10 results are most similar to the GMK NucBox K1 which comes with the same CPU as our GK Mini
PCMark 10
Score
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
5158 Points ∼59% +172%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Transcend M.2 SSD 430S TS512GMTS430S
4512 Points ∼51% +138%
GMK NucBox 2
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U, Netac S930E8/256GPN
4132 Points ∼47% +118%
Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U, OCZ Vertex OCZSSD2-1VTX120G
3837 Points ∼44% +102%
Beelink SEi10
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 NVMe 4X 200725 D
3420 Points ∼39% +80%
Beelink GK Mini
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4125, Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB
1898 Points ∼22%
Average Intel Celeron J4125, Intel UHD Graphics 600
  (1831 - 1898, n=2)
1865 Points ∼21% -2%
Essentials
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
10258 Points ∼89% +105%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Transcend M.2 SSD 430S TS512GMTS430S
9000 Points ∼78% +80%
GMK NucBox 2
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U, Netac S930E8/256GPN
8351 Points ∼73% +67%
Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U, OCZ Vertex OCZSSD2-1VTX120G
8051 Points ∼70% +61%
Beelink SEi10
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 NVMe 4X 200725 D
7766 Points ∼68% +56%
Beelink GK Mini
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4125, Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB
4993 Points ∼43%
Average Intel Celeron J4125, Intel UHD Graphics 600
  (4900 - 4993, n=2)
4947 Points ∼43% -1%
Productivity
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
7136 Points ∼64% +134%
Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U, OCZ Vertex OCZSSD2-1VTX120G
6481 Points ∼58% +112%
GMK NucBox 2
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U, Netac S930E8/256GPN
6348 Points ∼57% +108%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Transcend M.2 SSD 430S TS512GMTS430S
6190 Points ∼55% +103%
Beelink SEi10
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 NVMe 4X 200725 D
5353 Points ∼48% +76%
Beelink GK Mini
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4125, Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB
3050 Points ∼27%
Average Intel Celeron J4125, Intel UHD Graphics 600
  (2948 - 3050, n=2)
2999 Points ∼27% -2%
Digital Content Creation
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
5087 Points ∼33% +318%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Transcend M.2 SSD 430S TS512GMTS430S
4474 Points ∼29% +268%
GMK NucBox 2
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U, Netac S930E8/256GPN
3613 Points ∼23% +197%
Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U, OCZ Vertex OCZSSD2-1VTX120G
2939 Points ∼19% +142%
Beelink SEi10
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 NVMe 4X 200725 D
2614 Points ∼17% +115%
Beelink GK Mini
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4125, Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB
1216 Points ∼8%
Average Intel Celeron J4125, Intel UHD Graphics 600
  (1155 - 1216, n=2)
1186 Points ∼8% -2%
PCMark 8
Home Score Accelerated v2
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
3954 Points ∼63%
Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U, OCZ Vertex OCZSSD2-1VTX120G
3594 Points ∼57%
Beelink SEi10
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 NVMe 4X 200725 D
2900 Points ∼46%
Average Intel Celeron J4125, Intel UHD Graphics 600
 
1928 Points ∼31%
Work Score Accelerated v2
Average Intel Celeron J4125, Intel UHD Graphics 600
 
3099 Points ∼44%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
3074 Points ∼43%
Beelink SEi10
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 NVMe 4X 200725 D
2575 Points ∼36%
PCMark 10 Score
1898 points
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DPC Latency

LatencyMon reveals DPC latency issues when opening multiple browser tabs on our homepage. 4K 60 FPS playback is smooth but not perfect with 7 dropped frames during a minute-long video test.

DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Beelink GK Mini
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4125, Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB
1317.7 μs * ∼100%
Beelink SEi10
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 NVMe 4X 200725 D
1230.84 μs * ∼93% +7%
GMK NucBox 2
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U, Netac S930E8/256GPN
786.3 μs * ∼60% +40%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
567.6 μs * ∼43% +57%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Transcend M.2 SSD 430S TS512GMTS430S
524.6 μs * ∼40% +60%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

The system ships with a generic 256 GB SATA III M.2 2280 SSD with a Silicon Motion SM2258XT controller. Though transfer rates don't come close to most NVMe SSDs, overall performance is balanced considering the low-power CPU.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CDM 8
CDM 8
M.2 slot supports SATA III only
M.2 slot supports SATA III only
Secondary 2.5-inch SATA III bay sits underneath the top cover
Secondary 2.5-inch SATA III bay sits underneath the top cover
Beelink GK Mini
Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Transcend M.2 SSD 430S TS512GMTS430S
GMK NucBox 2
Netac S930E8/256GPN
Beelink SEi10
Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 NVMe 4X 200725 D
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
AS SSD
40%
152%
63%
617%
Seq Read
445.55
527.12
18%
2069.02
364%
1110.96
149%
3257.43
631%
Seq Write
440.55
469.01
6%
1202.64
173%
323.54
-27%
3937.18
794%
4K Read
12.69
20.41
61%
41.66
228%
33.1
161%
51.25
304%
4K Write
51.81
42.52
-18%
136.89
164%
66.16
28%
75.67
46%
4K-64 Read
134.34
231.35
72%
366.25
173%
357.28
166%
2282.6
1599%
4K-64 Write
249.16
285.3
15%
340.46
37%
154.8
-38%
2206.27
785%
Access Time Read *
3.629
0.124
97%
0.064
98%
0.066
98%
0.056
98%
Access Time Write *
0.253
0.269
-6%
0.347
-37%
0.616
-143%
0.154
39%
Score Read
192
304
58%
615
220%
501
161%
2660
1285%
Score Write
345
375
9%
598
73%
253
-27%
2676
676%
Score Total
638
839
32%
1497
135%
983
54%
6725
954%
Copy ISO MB/s
269.29
490.93
82%
1185.88
340%
1159.86
331%
2030.19
654%
Copy Program MB/s
173.91
415.91
139%
428.56
146%
121.07
-30%
882.95
408%
Copy Game MB/s
394.55
352.32
-11%
435.7
10%
364.42
-8%
1817.3
361%
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
41%
210%
208%
675%
Write 4K
73.41
65.89
-10%
178.4
143%
203
177%
244.6
233%
Read 4K
27.42
24.27
-11%
60.99
122%
63.23
131%
80.39
193%
Write Seq
416.8
456.4
10%
1040
150%
1114
167%
4094
882%
Read Seq
427.7
542.1
27%
1919
349%
1765
313%
4099
858%
Write 4K Q32T1
119.5
331.3
177%
417.7
250%
423.9
255%
715.3
499%
Read 4K Q32T1
137.7
295
114%
325.6
136%
389.2
183%
783.4
469%
Write Seq Q32T1
498.2
506.1
2%
1144
130%
1104
122%
5065
917%
Read Seq Q32T1
475.3
562.2
18%
2379
401%
1990
319%
6884
1348%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
41% / 40%
181% / 173%
136% / 116%
646% / 638%

* ... smaller is better

Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 475.3 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 498.2 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 137.7 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 119.5 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 427.7 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 416.8 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 27.42 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 73.41 MB/s

Disk Throttling: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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: Ø472 (432.2-473.43)

GPU Performance

Graphics performance is significantly slower than the already slow UHD Graphics 620. Fortunately, it is sufficient for 4K video streaming.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Time Spy
Time Spy
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
3724 Points ∼100% +718%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7
3152 Points ∼85% +593%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5, R3 4300U
2438 Points ∼65% +436%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5502
Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, i3-1115G4
2250 Points ∼60% +395%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U
1914 Points ∼51% +321%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (557 - 1444, n=206)
1154 Points ∼31% +154%
Asus Vivobook 15 F512DA-SH31
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3, R3 3200U
1065 Points ∼29% +134%
Beelink SEi10
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1
960 Points ∼26% +111%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i3-10110U
952 Points ∼26% +109%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4120
472 Points ∼13% +4%
Beelink GK Mini
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4125
455 Points ∼12%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 600
  (315 - 486, n=15)
418 Points ∼11% -8%
LincPlus P1
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4000
386 Points ∼10% -15%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
1168 Points ∼100% +842%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7
1031 Points ∼88% +731%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5, R3 4300U
733 Points ∼63% +491%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5502
Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, i3-1115G4
723 Points ∼62% +483%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U
594 Points ∼51% +379%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (299 - 443, n=81)
379 Points ∼32% +206%
Beelink SEi10
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1
320 Points ∼27% +158%
Asus Vivobook 15 F512DA-SH31
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3, R3 3200U
300 Points ∼26% +142%
Chuwi LapBook Plus
Intel HD Graphics 505, x7-E3950
142 Points ∼12% +15%
Beelink GK Mini
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4125
124 Points ∼11%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4120
120 Points ∼10% -3%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 600
  (85 - 124, n=10)
109 Points ∼9% -12%
2560x1440 Time Spy Score
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
1316 Points ∼100% +820%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7
1161 Points ∼88% +712%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5, R3 4300U
825 Points ∼63% +477%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5502
Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, i3-1115G4
804 Points ∼61% +462%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U
676 Points ∼51% +373%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (343 - 512, n=83)
435 Points ∼33% +204%
Beelink SEi10
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1
367 Points ∼28% +157%
Asus Vivobook 15 F512DA-SH31
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3, R3 3200U
340 Points ∼26% +138%
Chuwi LapBook Plus
Intel HD Graphics 505, x7-E3950
161 Points ∼12% +13%
Beelink GK Mini
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4125
143 Points ∼11%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4120
137 Points ∼10% -4%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 600
  (97 - 143, n=10)
125 Points ∼9% -13%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance GPU
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
6027 Points ∼100% +883%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7
5221 Points ∼87% +752%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5, R3 4300U
3535 Points ∼59% +477%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5502
Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, i3-1115G4
3510 Points ∼58% +473%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U
2947 Points ∼49% +381%
Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U
1769 Points ∼29% +189%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1144 - 2006, n=237)
1743 Points ∼29% +184%
Fujitsu Lifebook U939 i5
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U
1731 Points ∼29% +182%
Beelink SEi10
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1
1684 Points ∼28% +175%
Asus Vivobook 15 F512DA-SH31
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3, R3 3200U
1678 Points ∼28% +174%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i3-10110U
1549 Points ∼26% +153%
Chuwi LapBook Plus
Intel HD Graphics 505, x7-E3950
765 Points ∼13% +25%
Beelink GK Mini
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4125
613 Points ∼10%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4120
606 Points ∼10% -1%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 600
  (410 - 638, n=21)
546 Points ∼9% -11%
1280x720 Performance Combined
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
4111 Points ∼100% +585%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7
3579 Points ∼87% +497%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5, R3 4300U
3288 Points ∼80% +448%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U
2495 Points ∼61% +316%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5502
Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, i3-1115G4
2377 Points ∼58% +296%
Fujitsu Lifebook U939 i5
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U
1651 Points ∼40% +175%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (959 - 2142, n=237)
1573 Points ∼38% +162%
Asus Vivobook 15 F512DA-SH31
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3, R3 3200U
1447 Points ∼35% +141%
Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U
1410 Points ∼34% +135%
Dell Latitude 15 3510 NK2MC
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i3-10110U
1315 Points ∼32% +119%
Beelink SEi10
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1
1252 Points ∼30% +109%
Chuwi LapBook Plus
Intel HD Graphics 505, x7-E3950
754 Points ∼18% +26%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4120
610 Points ∼15% +2%
Beelink GK Mini
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4125
600 Points ∼15%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 600
  (362 - 791, n=21)
537 Points ∼13% -10%
3DMark 11 Performance
694 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
3389 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
423 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
143 points
Help
low med. high ultra
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 41.3 18.4 8.8 8 fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 5.33 2.34 1.63 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 8.89 5.8 5.39 fps

Emissions

System Noise

The internal fan seems to be always active even when idling on desktop with no running applications. RPM doesn't appear to change when running higher loads either, at least in our experience. The constant RPM is preferable over constant pulsing, but it's too bad that the unit is never truly silent. For living rooms and HTPC setups, the unit will be far away enough that the fan won't be an issue.

For something truly silent, the fanless Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano or Chuwi GBox can be decent 1080p streaming alternatives.

Beelink GK Mini
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4125, Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Transcend M.2 SSD 430S TS512GMTS430S
GMK NucBox 2
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U, Netac S930E8/256GPN
Beelink SEi10
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 NVMe 4X 200725 D
Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U, OCZ Vertex OCZSSD2-1VTX120G
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
Noise
-3%
16%
-4%
9%
off / environment *
24.6
24.8
-1%
25.6
-4%
27.5
-12%
25.6
-4%
Idle Minimum *
36.9
35.6
4%
25.7
30%
30.9
16%
25.6
31%
Idle Average *
36.9
35.6
4%
25.7
30%
33.5
9%
25.6
31%
Idle Maximum *
36.9
35.6
4%
25.7
30%
33.5
9%
25.6
31%
Load Average *
37
36.2
2%
35.3
5%
38.5
-4%
33.6
9%
Load Maximum *
37
47.6
-29%
35.1
5%
51.6
-39%
54.5
-47%
Witcher 3 ultra *
38
33.6

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle
36.9 / 36.9 / 36.9 dB(A)
Load
37 / 37 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Earthworks M23R, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 24.6 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2042.642.640.92533.834.534.63127.63028.84024.525.324.45027.224.926.76324.423.2358031.230.930.610028.12524.612531.530.931.616022.420.421.32002517.123.325040.115.939.131523.415.524.140019.914.820.850024.913.422.863021.513.322.280022.311.923.4100023.710.824.2125023.510.824160026.111.426200028.511.329250027.111.427.5315021.511.622400018.111.418.8500016.111.316.7630013.311.513.5800012.511.712.81000016.611.616.81250014.511.515.11600011.510.811.9SPL36.924.637N2.60.62.6median 22.4median 11.6median 22.8Delta4.12.73.2hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseBeelink GK Mini

Temperature

AC adapter after an hour of heavy processing stress
AC adapter after an hour of heavy processing stress

Surface temperatures are generally cool even when under heavy loads. The top of the unit remains under 30 C when running Prime95. The hot spot is along the rear vent of the unit where heat escapes.

System idle (front)
System idle (front)
System idle (back)
System idle (back)
Prime95 stress (front)
Prime95 stress (front)
Prime95 stress (back)
Prime95 stress (back)

Stress Test

Running Prime95 causes the CPU to jump to 2.6 GHz for about 15 seconds before falling and stabilizing at 2.4 GHz. Core temperature would plateau at just 72 C.

System idle
System idle
Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C)
System Idle -- -- 39
Prime95 Stress 2.4 -- 72

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The system is very power efficient due to the low-power CPU. Idling on desktop consumes just 3 W to 4 W while higher loads like games consume just 14 W. We're able to record a maximum of just 17.8 W from the small (~6.5 x 4.3 x 3 cm) AC adapter when the CPU is fully stressed.

Power consumption when running 3DMark 06
Power consumption when running 3DMark 06
Prime95 initiated at 10s mark. Consumption would spike to 17.8 W for about 15 seconds before falling and stabilizing at 15.5 W
Prime95 initiated at 10s mark. Consumption would spike to 17.8 W for about 15 seconds before falling and stabilizing at 15.5 W
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.12 / 0.25 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.2 / 3.3 / 3.7 Watt
Load midlight 13.6 / 17.8 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Beelink GK Mini
Celeron J4125, UHD Graphics 600, Silicon Motion SM2258XT 256GB, , x,
Intel NUC11TNKi5
i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs, Transcend M.2 SSD 430S TS512GMTS430S, , x,
GMK NucBox 2
i5-8259U, Iris Plus Graphics 655, Netac S930E8/256GPN, , x,
Beelink SEi10
i3-1005G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 NVMe 4X 200725 D, , x,
Zotac ZBOX-CI660 Nano
i5-8550U, UHD Graphics 620, OCZ Vertex OCZSSD2-1VTX120G, , x,
Intel NUC11PAQi7
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW, , x,
Power Consumption
-259%
-144%
-106%
-231%
-138%
Idle Minimum *
3.2
11.5
-259%
6.1
-91%
6.3
-97%
9.7
-203%
5.6
-75%
Idle Average *
3.3
12.4
-276%
6.8
-106%
6.6
-100%
9.8
-197%
5.6
-70%
Idle Maximum *
3.7
12.9
-249%
7.3
-97%
6.7
-81%
11.8
-219%
6
-62%
Load Average *
13.6
40.7
-199%
46.3
-240%
25.9
-90%
51.6
-279%
31.4
-131%
Load Maximum *
17.8
73.5
-313%
50.7
-185%
46.7
-162%
63.2
-255%
80.5
-352%
Witcher 3 ultra *
43.9
39

* ... smaller is better

Pros

+ support for up to two SATA III drives (M.2 2280 + 2.5-inch)
+ relatively cool running temperatures
+ 4k60 external monitor support
+ very lightweight
+ power efficient
+ inexpensive

Cons

- claiming warranty or service may be difficult
- single-channel RAM only
- no Wi-Fi 6 or no USB-C
- no NVMe SSD support
- fan is always active

Verdict

In review: Beelink GK Mini. Test unit provided by Beelink
In review: Beelink GK Mini. Test unit provided by Beelink

The strongest attributes of the Beelink are its ease-of-use, cool running temperatures, and inexpensive asking price that will attract basic 1080p HTPC users. It's a good fit for users who have no need for the latest Core ix processors, Wi-Fi 6, NVMe storage options, or anything over 8 GB of RAM. You'll definitely want to add a secondary 2.5-inch SATA III drive to expand storage down the line.

An inexpensive mini PC great for basic 1080p streaming. It begins to struggle once 4K and light multitasking are introduced. 

A notable drawback of the GK Mini is its lack of USB-C which could have added DisplayPort and Power Delivery for more versatility. 4K video streaming is decent until you start running other background tasks simultaneously such as web browsing. More demanding HTPC users should invest in something more powerful.

Price and availability

As of this writing, the Beelink GK Mini is on sale at Amazon for just $199 USD.

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