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GMK NucBox 2 Mini PC Review: Reasonably Priced with Good Upgradeability

Intel NUC alternative. The GMK uses the same 8th gen Intel CPU as the 2018 MacBook Pro 13 for less than $500 USD retail. Build quality and performance impressions are solid even if a few features are missing.

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GMK NucBox 2 (left) vs. NucBox K1 (right)
GMK NucBox 2 (left) vs. NucBox K1 (right)

Unlike the super-small GMK NucBox K1 last year, the NucBox 2 is a more traditional mini PC in the same vein as the Intel NUC. The current configuration comes with an Intel Coffee Lake-U Core i5 CPU, Iris Plus Graphics 655 GPU, 8 GB of single-channel RAM, and 256 GB NVMe SSD for around $500 USD (or $440 when on sale).

Competitors in this space are becoming increasingly common with alternatives like the expansive Zotac ZBox series, Beelink SEi10, Chuwi GBox, Lenovo ThinkCentre, or the popular Intel NUC series.

Users can learn more about the NucBox 2 via its official product page here.

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GMK NucBox 2
Processor
Intel Core i5-8259U 4 x 2.3 - 3.8 GHz, 28 W PL2 / Short Burst, 28 W PL1 / Sustained, Coffee Lake-U
Graphics adapter
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, Core: 1050 MHz, Memory: 1200 MHz, DDR4, 27.20.100.9316
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2666, 19-19-19-43, Single-Channel
Mainboard
Intel Cannon Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Soundcard
Intel Cannon Lake-LP - cAVS
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm earphones, Card Reader: MicroSD
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 50 x 125 x 110 ( = 1.97 x 4.92 x 4.33 in)
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Additional features
12 Months Warranty
Weight
430 g ( = 15.17 oz / 0.95 pounds), Power Supply: 291 g ( = 10.26 oz / 0.64 pounds)
Price
500 USD
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
03/2021
GMK NucBox 2
i5-8259U, Iris Plus Graphics 655
430 g50 mmx
02/2021
Intel NUC11PAQi7
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
647 g56 mmx
11/2018
Intel NUC8i7BE
i7-8559U, Iris Plus Graphics 655
683 g51 mmx
09/2020
GMK NucBox K1
Celeron J4125, UHD Graphics 600
130 g42 mmx
12/2020
Beelink SEi10
i3-1005G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
350 g41 mmx
07/2020
Zotac ZBox MI643
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620
550 g28.5 mmx

Case

Overall dimensions are most similar to the older Intel NUC 8 but almost 40 percent lighter. Build quality is excellent all around with no warping on any of its six faces. Expect the glossy plastic surface on top to become dirtier more quickly than the rest of the matte metal chassis.

The unit is much lighter than an Intel NUC since the chassis is thinner and with less metal parts
The unit is much lighter than an Intel NUC since the chassis is thinner and with less metal parts
The proprietary AC adapter is required; users cannot power with USB-C
The proprietary AC adapter is required; users cannot power with USB-C
The glossy top contrasts the matte sides. However, the shiny surface attracts fingerprints and scratches quite easily
The glossy top contrasts the matte sides. However, the shiny surface attracts fingerprints and scratches quite easily
85 mm VESA mounting holes on the bottom of the unit
85 mm VESA mounting holes on the bottom of the unit
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149.5 mm / 5.89 inch 149.5 mm / 5.89 inch 28.5 mm / 1.122 inch 550 g1.213 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 lbs115 mm / 4.53 inch 111 mm / 4.37 inch 51 mm / 2.01 inch 683 g1.506 lbs124 mm / 4.88 inch 113 mm / 4.45 inch 41 mm / 1.614 inch 350 g0.772 lbs62 mm / 2.44 inch 62 mm / 2.44 inch 42 mm / 1.654 inch 130 g0.2866 lbs

Connectivity

Port options are good, but they could have been better. In particular, there is only one USB-C port and it doesn't support DisplayPort, Thunderbolt, or Power Delivery in contrast to the USB-C port on the competing Beelink SEi10. There is also no IR receiver.

Front: Power button, 3.5 mm earphones, USB-C 3.2 Gen. 2, 2x USB-A 3.0
Front: Power button, 3.5 mm earphones, USB-C 3.2 Gen. 2, 2x USB-A 3.0
Right: MicroSD reader
Right: MicroSD reader
Rear: AC adapter port, 2x HDMI 2.0, 2x USB-A 3.0, Gigabit RJ-45
Rear: AC adapter port, 2x HDMI 2.0, 2x USB-A 3.0, Gigabit RJ-45
Left: No ports
Left: No ports

SD Card Reader

Spring-loaded MicroSD card reader is slower than the one on the smaller NuxBox K1. An inserted card sits flush against the edge of the system which makes it somewhat difficult to remove
Spring-loaded MicroSD card reader is slower than the one on the smaller NuxBox K1. An inserted card sits flush against the edge of the system which makes it somewhat difficult to remove
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Intel NUC11PAQi7
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
189.6 MB/s ∼100% +575%
Intel NUC8i7BE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
69 MB/s ∼36% +146%
GMK NucBox K1
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-)
47.1 MB/s ∼25% +68%
Zotac ZBox MI643
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
34.2 MB/s ∼18% +22%
GMK NucBox 2
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
28.1 MB/s ∼15%
Beelink SEi10
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
22.93 MB/s ∼12% -18%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Intel NUC11PAQi7
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
200.9 MB/s ∼100% +864%
Intel NUC8i7BE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
85.02 MB/s ∼42% +308%
GMK NucBox K1
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-)
84.3 MB/s ∼42% +305%
Zotac ZBox MI643
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
38 MB/s ∼19% +82%
Beelink SEi10
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
29.29 MB/s ∼15% +41%
GMK NucBox 2
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
20.84 MB/s ∼10%

Communication

An Intel 7265 comes soldered for Wi-Fi 5 connectivity. Wi-Fi 6 is not available likely to save on costs. Though receive rates are excellent, real-world transmit rates are slower than expected at almost half when connected to our Netgear RAX200 test router.

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Beelink SEi10
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
742 (470min - 902max) MBit/s ∼100% +93%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
553 MBit/s ∼75% +44%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
546 (369min - 618max) MBit/s ∼74% +42%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
385 (299min - 426max) MBit/s ∼52%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Wireless AC-9461
345 (257min - 397max) MBit/s ∼46% -10%
GMK NucBox K1
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
172 (126min - 188max) MBit/s ∼23% -55%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Beelink SEi10
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1212 (1060min - 1309max) MBit/s ∼100% +94%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
862 (809min - 916max) MBit/s ∼71% +38%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
625 (346min - 678max) MBit/s ∼52%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
602 MBit/s ∼50% -4%
GMK NucBox K1
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
441 (403min - 464max) MBit/s ∼36% -29%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Wireless AC-9461
360 (180min - 365max) MBit/s ∼30% -42%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø625 (346-678)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø385 (299-426)

Maintenance

Four Philips screws are hidden underneath the rubber feet for relatively easy servicing. Once inside, users will see 1x M.2 2280, 1x 2.5-inch SATA III bay, and 2x DDR4 SODIMM slots. The cable for the 2.5-inch SATA III drive comes disconnected by default.

No inner metal skeleton reinforcement unlike on the Intel NUC
No inner metal skeleton reinforcement unlike on the Intel NUC
2.5-inch drive sits on the top plate of the chassis
2.5-inch drive sits on the top plate of the chassis

Accessories and Warranty

There are no extras in the box outside of the AC adapter and paperwork meaning users will have to supply their own VESA screws if they wish to mount the PC. Users may have to pay for overseas shipping and handling if claiming warranty.

Performance

Cheap mini PCs like the Chuwi GBox tend to come with Celeron CPUs which are much slower than most Core series options. Meanwhile, pricier mini PCs like the Intel NUC come with the latest top-of-the-line Core i5/i7 CPUs. The NucBox 2 takes a middle-ground approach by utilizing older 8th gen Coffee Lake-U CPUs instead of the newer 11th gen Tiger Lake-U processors.

Our unit ships with a removable 8 GB DDR4 2666 MHz RAM module. Users can upgrade up to 32 GB across both SODIMM slots.

Processor

Raw CPU performance is most similar to the Core i5-8250U while being well above the Celeron J4125 and Core i3-1005G1 as found on the NucBox K1 and Beelink SEi10, respectively. Our Core i5-8259U is a middle-of-the-line processor that's about 15 to 25 percent slower than the Core i7-8559U directly above it. Performance stability is also good with no steep drops in clock rates after multiple loops of CineBench R15 xT.

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GMK NucBox 2 Intel Core i5-8259U; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø612 (608.07-614.94)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5 Intel Core i5-8259U; CPU Multi 64Bit; macOS Software Update: Ø688 (666.16-693.55)
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5 Intel Core i5-8259U; CPU Multi 64Bit; macOS: Ø579 (560-607)
Intel NUC8i7BE Intel Core i7-8559U; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø681 (671.37-798.44)
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB Intel Core i5-8250U; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø484 (468.03-611.66)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
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 R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14ARE05 82A20008GE
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
1240 Points ∼100% +102%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
986 (962.77min - 985.76max) Points ∼80% +60%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
872 Points ∼70% +42%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
798 (671.37min - 798.44max) Points ∼64% +30%
GPD Win 3
Intel Core i5-1135G7
722 (710.19min - 722.13max) Points ∼58% +17%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U
  (608 - 687, n=3)
637 Points ∼51% +4%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
615 (608.07min - 614.94max) Points ∼50%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
613 Points ∼49% 0%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U
524 (518.69min - 524.21max) Points ∼42% -15%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
406.84 (402.55min - 406.84max) Points ∼33% -34%
GMK NucBox K1
Intel Celeron J4125
243 (199.13min - 242.53max) Points ∼20% -60%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120
224 (216.74min - 224.4max) Points ∼18% -64%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel Core m3-6Y30
218 Points ∼18% -65%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
230 Points ∼100% +52%
GPD Win 3
Intel Core i5-1135G7
200 Points ∼87% +32%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
188 Points ∼82% +25%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14ARE05 82A20008GE
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
178 Points ∼77% +18%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U
173 Points ∼75% +15%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
173 Points ∼75% +15%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
158.02 Points ∼69% +5%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U
  (151 - 154, n=2)
153 Points ∼67% +1%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
151 Points ∼66%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
145 Points ∼63% -4%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel Core m3-6Y30
91 Points ∼40% -40%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel Core m3-6Y30
90 Points ∼39% -40%
GMK NucBox K1
Intel Celeron J4125
75.3 Points ∼33% -50%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120
73.2 Points ∼32% -52%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14ARE05 82A20008GE
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
3095 Points ∼100% +116%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
2657 Points ∼86% +86%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2016 Points ∼65% +41%
GPD Win 3
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1842 Points ∼60% +29%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
1691 Points ∼55% +18%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
1432 Points ∼46%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U
 
1432 Points ∼46% 0%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U
1191 Points ∼38% -17%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
848 Points ∼27% -41%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120
490 Points ∼16% -66%
GMK NucBox K1
Intel Celeron J4125
304 Points ∼10% -79%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
582 Points ∼100% +52%
GPD Win 3
Intel Core i5-1135G7
522 Points ∼90% +37%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14ARE05 82A20008GE
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
473 Points ∼81% +24%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
466 Points ∼80% +22%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
449 Points ∼77% +18%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U
413 Points ∼71% +8%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
403 Points ∼69% +5%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
382 Points ∼66%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U
 
382 Points ∼66% 0%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120
166 Points ∼29% -57%
GMK NucBox K1
Intel Celeron J4125
161 Points ∼28% -58%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
GMK NucBox K1
Intel Celeron J4125
2391 Seconds * ∼100% -217%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
1126 Seconds * ∼47% -49%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U
884 Seconds * ∼37% -17%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U
  (755 - 769, n=2)
762 Seconds * ∼32% -1%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
755 Seconds * ∼32%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
747.7 Seconds * ∼31% +1%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
682 Seconds * ∼29% +10%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
650 Seconds * ∼27% +14%
GPD Win 3
Intel Core i5-1135G7
648 Seconds * ∼27% +14%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14ARE05 82A20008GE
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
479 Seconds * ∼20% +37%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
468 Seconds * ∼20% +38%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
6171 MIPS ∼100% +56%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
4826 MIPS ∼78% +22%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5405 MIPS ∼88% +37%
GPD Win 3
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4761 MIPS ∼77% +21%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U
4467 MIPS ∼72% +13%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14ARE05 82A20008GE
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
4362 MIPS ∼71% +10%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4338 MIPS ∼70% +10%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
4041 MIPS ∼65% +2%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U
  (3951 - 3981, n=2)
3966 MIPS ∼64% 0%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
3951 MIPS ∼64%
GMK NucBox K1
Intel Celeron J4125
2361 MIPS ∼38% -40%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120
2279 MIPS ∼37% -42%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14ARE05 82A20008GE
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
33282 MIPS ∼100% +77%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
30570 MIPS ∼92% +63%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
22033 MIPS ∼66% +17%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
27203 MIPS ∼82% +45%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
24101 MIPS ∼72% +28%
GPD Win 3
Intel Core i5-1135G7
21683 MIPS ∼65% +15%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U
  (18802 - 21107, n=2)
19955 MIPS ∼60% +6%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
18802 MIPS ∼56%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U
16799 MIPS ∼50% -11%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
10536 MIPS ∼32% -44%
GMK NucBox K1
Intel Celeron J4125
7494 MIPS ∼23% -60%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120
7184 MIPS ∼22% -62%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1559 Points ∼100% +58%
GPD Win 3
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1417 Points ∼91% +44%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U
1133 Points ∼73% +15%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14ARE05 82A20008GE
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
1121 Points ∼72% +14%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
1118 Points ∼72% +14%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
1108 Points ∼71% +13%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
984 Points ∼63%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U
 
984 Points ∼63% 0%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
723 Points ∼46% -27%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120
439 Points ∼28% -55%
GMK NucBox K1
Intel Celeron J4125
435 Points ∼28% -56%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14ARE05 82A20008GE
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
6243 Points ∼100% +86%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
5091 Points ∼82% +52%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
4975 Points ∼80% +48%
GPD Win 3
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4924 Points ∼79% +47%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U
3975 Points ∼64% +18%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
3660 Points ∼59% +9%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
3359 Points ∼54%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U
 
3359 Points ∼54% 0%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
2153 Points ∼34% -36%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120
1505 Points ∼24% -55%
GMK NucBox K1
Intel Celeron J4125
1394 Points ∼22% -58%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14ARE05 82A20008GE
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
9.18 fps ∼100% +71%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
8.47 fps ∼92% +58%
GPD Win 3
Intel Core i5-1135G7
6.17 fps ∼67% +15%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
5.9 fps ∼64% +10%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
5.523 fps ∼60% +3%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
5.86 fps ∼64% +9%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
5.37 fps ∼58%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U
  (4.72 - 5.37, n=2)
5.05 fps ∼55% -6%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U
4.23 fps ∼46% -21%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
3.48 fps ∼38% -35%
GMK NucBox K1
Intel Celeron J4125
1.46 fps ∼16% -73%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120
1.31 fps ∼14% -76%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120
131 s * ∼100% -106%
GMK NucBox K1
Intel Celeron J4125
124 s * ∼95% -95%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
72.03 s * ∼55% -13%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14ARE05 82A20008GE
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
67.26 s * ∼51% -6%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
63.6 s * ∼49%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U
 
63.6 s * ∼49% -0%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U
57 s * ∼44% +10%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
55.8 s * ∼43% +12%
GPD Win 3
Intel Core i5-1135G7
48.7 s * ∼37% +23%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
42.2 s * ∼32% +34%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120
1.642 sec * ∼100% -109%
GMK NucBox K1
Intel Celeron J4125
1.577 sec * ∼96% -101%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
0.786 sec * ∼48%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U
 
0.786 sec * ∼48% -0%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
0.763 sec * ∼46% +3%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U
0.658 sec * ∼40% +16%
GPD Win 3
Intel Core i5-1135G7
0.637 sec * ∼39% +19%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U
0.6275 sec * ∼38% +20%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14ARE05 82A20008GE
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
0.616 sec * ∼38% +22%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
0.614 sec * ∼37% +22%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.553 sec * ∼34% +30%
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
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
615 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
66.4 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
151 Points
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System Performance

PCMark results are consistently higher than on the 2018 Apple MacBook Pro 13 but still below the Intel NUC 8 with the faster Core i7-8559 CPU
PCMark results are consistently higher than on the 2018 Apple MacBook Pro 13 but still below the Intel NUC 8 with the faster Core i7-8559 CPU
PCMark 10
Score
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
5158 Points ∼59% +25%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i7-8559U
4580 Points ∼52% +11%
Zotac ZBox MI643
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Lexar NM610 1TB
4244 Points ∼48% +3%
GMK NucBox 2
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U, Netac S930E8/256GPN
4132 Points ∼47%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (3284 - 4132, n=2)
3708 Points ∼42% -10%
Beelink SEi10
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 NVMe 4X 200725 D
3420 Points ∼39% -17%
GMK NucBox K1
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4125, HIKVision C100 NGFF SSD 128GB
1831 Points ∼21% -56%
Essentials
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
10258 Points ∼89% +23%
Zotac ZBox MI643
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Lexar NM610 1TB
9510 Points ∼83% +14%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i7-8559U
8994 Points ∼78% +8%
GMK NucBox 2
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U, Netac S930E8/256GPN
8351 Points ∼73%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (7364 - 8351, n=2)
7858 Points ∼68% -6%
Beelink SEi10
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 NVMe 4X 200725 D
7766 Points ∼68% -7%
GMK NucBox K1
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4125, HIKVision C100 NGFF SSD 128GB
4900 Points ∼43% -41%
Productivity
Intel NUC8i7BE
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i7-8559U
7236 Points ∼65% +14%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
7136 Points ∼64% +12%
Zotac ZBox MI643
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Lexar NM610 1TB
6975 Points ∼62% +10%
GMK NucBox 2
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U, Netac S930E8/256GPN
6348 Points ∼57%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (4390 - 6348, n=2)
5369 Points ∼48% -15%
Beelink SEi10
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 NVMe 4X 200725 D
5353 Points ∼48% -16%
GMK NucBox K1
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4125, HIKVision C100 NGFF SSD 128GB
2948 Points ∼26% -54%
Digital Content Creation
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
5087 Points ∼33% +41%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i7-8559U
4007 Points ∼26% +11%
GMK NucBox 2
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U, Netac S930E8/256GPN
3613 Points ∼23%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (2975 - 3613, n=2)
3294 Points ∼21% -9%
Zotac ZBox MI643
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Lexar NM610 1TB
3128 Points ∼20% -13%
Beelink SEi10
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 NVMe 4X 200725 D
2614 Points ∼17% -28%
GMK NucBox K1
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4125, HIKVision C100 NGFF SSD 128GB
1155 Points ∼7% -68%
PCMark 10 Score
4132 points
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DPC Latency

LatencyMon shows no major DPC latency issues when opening multiple browser tabs on our homepage. 4K UHD playback at 60 FPS is also smooth with just two dropped frames during our minute-long YouTube test.

DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
GMK NucBox K1
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4125, HIKVision C100 NGFF SSD 128GB
1716.8 μs * ∼100% -118%
Beelink SEi10
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 NVMe 4X 200725 D
1230.84 μs * ∼72% -57%
GMK NucBox 2
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U, Netac S930E8/256GPN
786.3 μs * ∼46%
Zotac ZBox MI643
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Lexar NM610 1TB
745.2 μs * ∼43% +5%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
567.6 μs * ∼33% +28%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

A 256 GB Netac S930E8 NVMe SSD is included with the option to add a 2.5-inch SATA III drive for additional storage. Transfer rates are quite good for a 256 GB NVMe SSD especially from this lesser-known manufacturer, but our DiskSpd loop test shows it may have trouble maintaining maximum performance levels over long periods.

CDM 8
CDM 8
AS SSD
AS SSD
Single M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 2280 slot. Note the adjacent connector on the board for attaching a secondary 2.5-inch SATA III drive
Single M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 2280 slot. Note the adjacent connector on the board for attaching a secondary 2.5-inch SATA III drive
GMK NucBox 2
Netac S930E8/256GPN
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW
Zotac ZBox MI643
Lexar NM610 1TB
GPD Win 3
BIWIN NS200 1TB CNF82GS1G02-1TB
AS SSD
209%
45%
99%
Seq Read
2069.02
3257.43
57%
1510.54
-27%
1584.78
-23%
Seq Write
1202.64
3937.18
227%
1557.6
30%
1776.38
48%
4K Read
41.66
51.25
23%
43.77
5%
61.62
48%
4K Write
136.89
75.67
-45%
119.51
-13%
208.9
53%
4K-64 Read
366.25
2282.6
523%
839.49
129%
1142.25
212%
4K-64 Write
340.46
2206.27
548%
909.42
167%
1102.76
224%
Access Time Read *
0.064
0.056
12%
0.032
50%
0.03
53%
Access Time Write *
0.347
0.154
56%
0.242
30%
0.074
79%
Score Read
615
2660
333%
1034
68%
1362
121%
Score Write
598
2676
347%
1185
98%
1489
149%
Score Total
1497
6725
349%
2760
84%
3573
139%
Copy ISO MB/s
1185.88
2030.19
71%
1372.99
16%
1741.01
47%
Copy Program MB/s
428.56
882.95
106%
280.44
-35%
543.45
27%
Copy Game MB/s
435.7
1817.3
317%
531.14
22%
1318.3
203%
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
153%
9%
39%
Write 4K
178.4
244.6
37%
214.1
20%
223
25%
Read 4K
60.99
80.39
32%
62.1
2%
66.49
9%
Write Seq
1040
4094
294%
1664
60%
1857
79%
Read Seq
1919
4099
114%
1797
-6%
1737
-9%
Write 4K Q32T1
417.7
715.3
71%
421.8
1%
611.1
46%
Read 4K Q32T1
325.6
783.4
141%
512.2
57%
688.3
111%
Write Seq Q32T1
1144
5065
343%
564.1
-51%
1948
70%
Read Seq Q32T1
2379
6884
189%
2073
-13%
1995
-16%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
181% / 188%
27% / 32%
69% / 77%

* ... smaller is better

Netac S930E8/256GPN
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 2379 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1144 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 325.6 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 417.7 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1919 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1040 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 60.99 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 178.4 MB/s

Disk Throttling: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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GPU Performance

Graphics performance sits in between the older UHD Graphics 620 and newer 10th gen Ice Lake Iris Plus G7 graphics. The latest 11th gen Tiger Lake Iris Xe solution is even faster, but also much more expensive. The extra horsepower over the UHD Graphics 620 is helpful for light editing and 4K output much like on the 2018 MacBook Pro 13. Keep in mind that the Iris Plus Graphics 655 hasn't aged very well when compared to even the Radeon RX Vega series.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Time Spy
Time Spy
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Fire Strike Ultra
Fire Strike Ultra
 
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
GPD Win 3
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7
30894 Points ∼100% +102%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14ARE05 82A20008GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, R7 4700U
25431 Points ∼82% +67%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), R5 4500U
24163 Points ∼78% +58%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
22393 Points ∼72% +47%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX325JA
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
18164 Points ∼59% +19%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, i7-8559U
16698 Points ∼54% +9%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (14343 - 16698, n=4)
15346 Points ∼50% +1%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U
15258 Points ∼49%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U
14343 Points ∼46% -6%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
10077 Points ∼33% -34%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U
10003 Points ∼32% -34%
Beelink SEi10
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1
7448 Points ∼24% -51%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4120
3932 Points ∼13% -74%
GMK NucBox K1
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4125
3366 Points ∼11% -78%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
GPD Win 3
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7
4846 Points ∼100% +153%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
3724 Points ∼77% +95%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14ARE05 82A20008GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, R7 4700U
3579 Points ∼74% +87%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), R5 4500U
3239 Points ∼67% +69%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX325JA
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
2983 Points ∼62% +56%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, i7-8559U
2260 Points ∼47% +18%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U
2070 Points ∼43% +8%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (1914 - 2260, n=4)
2062 Points ∼43% +8%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U
1914 Points ∼39%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
1283 Points ∼26% -33%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U
1216 Points ∼25% -36%
Beelink SEi10
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1
960 Points ∼20% -50%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4120
472 Points ∼10% -75%
GMK NucBox K1
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4125
433 Points ∼9% -77%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
GPD Win 3
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7
1354 Points ∼100% +128%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
1168 Points ∼86% +97%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14ARE05 82A20008GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, R7 4700U
1076 Points ∼79% +81%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), R5 4500U
932 Points ∼69% +57%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX325JA
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
788 Points ∼58% +33%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, i7-8559U
633 Points ∼47% +7%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U
624 Points ∼46% +5%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (594 - 633, n=5)
614 Points ∼45% +3%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U
594 Points ∼44%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
403 Points ∼30% -32%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U
349 Points ∼26% -41%
Beelink SEi10
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1
320 Points ∼24% -46%
GMK NucBox K1
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4125
120 Points ∼9% -80%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4120
120 Points ∼9% -80%
2560x1440 Time Spy Score
GPD Win 3
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7
1506 Points ∼100% +123%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
1316 Points ∼87% +95%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14ARE05 82A20008GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, R7 4700U
1221 Points ∼81% +81%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), R5 4500U
1047 Points ∼70% +55%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX325JA
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
885 Points ∼59% +31%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, i7-8559U
722 Points ∼48% +7%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U
707 Points ∼47% +5%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (676 - 722, n=5)
697 Points ∼46% +3%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U
676 Points ∼45%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
462 Points ∼31% -32%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U
400 Points ∼27% -41%
Beelink SEi10
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1
367 Points ∼24% -46%
GMK NucBox K1
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4125
138 Points ∼9% -80%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4120
137 Points ∼9% -80%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance GPU
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
6027 Points ∼100% +105%
GPD Win 3
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7
5914 Points ∼98% +101%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14ARE05 82A20008GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, R7 4700U
5346 Points ∼89% +81%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), R5 4500U
4713 Points ∼78% +60%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX325JA
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
4152 Points ∼69% +41%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, i7-8559U
3081 Points ∼51% +5%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U
3044 Points ∼51% +3%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (2947 - 3081, n=3)
3024 Points ∼50% +3%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U
2947 Points ∼49%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
1858 Points ∼31% -37%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U
1734 Points ∼29% -41%
Beelink SEi10
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1
1684 Points ∼28% -43%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4120
606 Points ∼10% -79%
GMK NucBox K1
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4125
589 Points ∼10% -80%
1280x720 Performance Combined
GPD Win 3
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7
5707 Points ∼100% +129%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14ARE05 82A20008GE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, R7 4700U
4363 Points ∼76% +75%
HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000), R5 4500U
4297 Points ∼75% +72%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
4111 Points ∼72% +65%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX325JA
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
3639 Points ∼64% +46%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U
2683 Points ∼47% +8%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (2495 - 2683, n=3)
2587 Points ∼45% +4%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, i7-8559U
2583 Points ∼45% +4%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U
2495 Points ∼44%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
1829 Points ∼32% -27%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8250U
1524 Points ∼27% -39%
Beelink SEi10
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1
1252 Points ∼22% -50%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Celeron N4120
610 Points ∼11% -76%
GMK NucBox K1
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4125
546 Points ∼10% -78%
3DMark 11 Performance
3181 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
11622 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1779 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
676 points
Help
Dota 2 Reborn
1280x720 min (0/3) fastest
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
98 (79.8min) fps ∼100%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
95 (80min) fps ∼97% -3%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (84 - 98, n=4)
91.2 fps ∼93% -7%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
87.9 (75.6min) fps ∼90% -10%
GPD Win 3
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
81.4 (47.3min) fps ∼83% -17%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
78.8 (48.8min) fps ∼80% -20%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
73.8 (65.9min) fps ∼75% -25%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
61.2 (55min) fps ∼62% -38%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120, Intel UHD Graphics 600
38.9 (33.4min) fps ∼40% -60%
GMK NucBox K1
Intel Celeron J4125, Intel UHD Graphics 600
32.8 (28.4min) fps ∼33% -67%
1366x768 med (1/3)
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
68 (58.9min) fps ∼100% +3%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
66 (54.7min) fps ∼97%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (63 - 68, n=4)
65.3 fps ∼96% -1%
GPD Win 3
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
64.2 (43.4min) fps ∼94% -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
64 (54.5min) fps ∼94% -3%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
61.8 (46.8min) fps ∼91% -6%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
46 (40.9min) fps ∼68% -30%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
25 (20.7min) fps ∼37% -62%
GMK NucBox K1
Intel Celeron J4125, Intel UHD Graphics 600
16 (12min) fps ∼24% -76%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120, Intel UHD Graphics 600
15.2 (11.2min) fps ∼22% -77%
1920x1080 high (2/3)
GPD Win 3
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
44.3 (31min) fps ∼100% +39%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
37.7 (26.8min) fps ∼85% +18%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
34.7 (31.6min) fps ∼78% +9%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (31.9 - 34.7, n=4)
33.1 fps ∼75% +4%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
32.4 (30min) fps ∼73% +2%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
31.9 (29.3min) fps ∼72%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
21.5 (20min) fps ∼49% -33%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
15.3 (12.4min) fps ∼35% -52%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120, Intel UHD Graphics 600
8 (7min) fps ∼18% -75%
GMK NucBox K1
Intel Celeron J4125, Intel UHD Graphics 600
6.8 (5.7min) fps ∼15% -79%
1920x1080 ultra (3/3) best looking
GPD Win 3
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
44.2 (28.1min) fps ∼100% +60%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
35 (25.8min) fps ∼79% +26%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
30.4 (27.6min) fps ∼69% +10%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (27.7 - 30.4, n=4)
29 fps ∼66% +5%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
28.1 (25.9min) fps ∼64% +1%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
27.7 (25.5min) fps ∼63%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
19.2 (18.1min) fps ∼43% -31%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
14.2 (11.7min) fps ∼32% -49%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120, Intel UHD Graphics 600
7.4 (6.3min) fps ∼17% -73%
GMK NucBox K1
Intel Celeron J4125, Intel UHD Graphics 600
6.1 (5.1min) fps ∼14% -78%
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark
1280x720 Lite Quality
GPD Win 3
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
38.9 fps ∼100% +125%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
30.3 fps ∼78% +75%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
17.3 fps ∼44%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
16.9 fps ∼43% -2%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (14.7 - 17.3, n=3)
16.3 fps ∼42% -6%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2018 Touchbar i5
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
14.7 fps ∼38% -15%
1920x1080 Standard Quality
GPD Win 3
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
21 fps ∼100% +132%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
15.6 fps ∼74% +72%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
9.07 fps ∼43%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
 
9.07 fps ∼43% 0%
1920x1080 High Quality
GPD Win 3
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
16.5 fps ∼100% +173%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
12.7 fps ∼77% +110%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
6.04 fps ∼37%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
 
6.04 fps ∼37% 0%
X-Plane 11.11
1280x720 low (fps_test=1)
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
42.3 fps ∼100% +67%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (25.3 - 42.8, n=3)
33.6 fps ∼79% +33%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
32.6 fps ∼77% +29%
GPD Win 3
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
26.6 fps ∼63% +5%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
25.3 fps ∼60%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
22.3 fps ∼53% -12%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120, Intel UHD Graphics 600
6.92 fps ∼16% -73%
GMK NucBox K1
Intel Celeron J4125, Intel UHD Graphics 600
6.89 fps ∼16% -73%
1920x1080 med (fps_test=2)
GPD Win 3
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
35.6 fps ∼100% +98%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
32.7 fps ∼92% +82%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (18 - 29.5, n=3)
23.6 fps ∼66% +31%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
23.3 fps ∼65% +29%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
18 fps ∼51%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
14.8 fps ∼42% -18%
GMK NucBox K1
Intel Celeron J4125, Intel UHD Graphics 600
4.87 fps ∼14% -73%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120, Intel UHD Graphics 600
4.68 fps ∼13% -74%
1920x1080 high (fps_test=3)
GPD Win 3
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
31.6 fps ∼100% +99%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
28.8 fps ∼91% +81%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (15.9 - 25.1, n=3)
20.3 fps ∼64% +28%
Intel NUC8i7BE
Intel Core i7-8559U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
19.8 fps ∼63% +25%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
15.9 fps ∼50%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
13.2 fps ∼42% -17%
GMK NucBox K1
Intel Celeron J4125, Intel UHD Graphics 600
4.31 fps ∼14% -73%
Chuwi LarkBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4120, Intel UHD Graphics 600
4.26 fps ∼13% -73%
low med. high ultra
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 98 66 31.9 27.7 fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 17.3 9.07 6.04 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 25.3 18 15.9 fps

Emissions

System Noise

A single ~45 mm fan pulls in cool air from the bottom and expels hot air from the rear. It's almost always quiet when idling on desktop, but low loads like browsing or video streaming will quickly induce a steady fan noise of 29.1 dB(A) against a silent background of 25.6 dB(A). Higher loads like 3DMark 06 or games will induce a constant fan noise of 35 dB(A) which is still quieter than most other mini PCs under similar loads and conditions.

We're able to notice slight coil whine from our test unit only when it is powered off or on standby mode.

Fan noise profile (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: 3DMark 06, Green: Prime95 stress)
Fan noise profile (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: 3DMark 06, Green: Prime95 stress)
GMK NucBox 2
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U, Netac S930E8/256GPN
Intel NUC8i7BE
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i7-8559U
Zotac ZBox MI643
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Lexar NM610 1TB
GMK NucBox K1
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4125, HIKVision C100 NGFF SSD 128GB
Noise
-15%
-4%
-17%
off / environment *
25.6
28.7
-12%
26.1
-2%
27.8
-9%
Idle Minimum *
25.7
28.7
-12%
27.5
-7%
27.8
-8%
Idle Average *
25.7
29.3
-14%
27.5
-7%
27.8
-8%
Idle Maximum *
25.7
31.8
-24%
27.5
-7%
27.8
-8%
Load Average *
35.3
39
-10%
28.9
18%
46.8
-33%
Load Maximum *
35.1
41.4
-18%
42
-20%
46.8
-33%
Witcher 3 ultra *
39

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle
25.7 / 25.7 / 25.7 dB(A)
Load
35.3 / 35.1 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: 25.6 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs203937.540.541.72530.331.433.830.83126.625.327.826.64022.522.422.925.65026.524.623.828.56325.123.222.329.98030.227.628.330.910027.925.325.527.212536.736.236.337.216025.919.920.326.22002417.316.423.725024.916.116.92631525.517.616.925.540025.515.215.42650029.31413.429.363029.912.412.229.380025.712.112.325.5100026.411.311.526.4125024.411.111.324.5160023.111.711.623.4200021.211.811.721.2250018.611.911.818.9315018.811.711.818.7400017.911.611.717.3500013.811.511.413.5630014.511.711.512.7800014.31211.612.2100001312.111.612125001512.711.4121600016.911.610.712.5SPL35.225.725.635.1N2.20.80.82.2median 24median 12.1median 11.8median 23.7Delta4.13.23.44.4hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseGMK NucBox 2

Temperature

AC adapter after an hour of heavy use
AC adapter after an hour of heavy use

Ventilation grilles are only long the back edge of the mini PC meaning you can safely position the unit vertically or on its side without impeding the cooling solution. Surfaces are warm at about  27 C on the top surface of the system even when idling on desktop.

System idle (front)
System idle (front)
System idle (rear)
System idle (rear)
Prime95 + FurMark stress (front)
Prime95 + FurMark stress (front)
Prime95 + FurMark stress (back)
Prime95 + FurMark stress (back)

Stress Test

When stressed with Prime95, the CPU would simply stabilize at the 2.3 to 2.5 GHz range with no higher Turbo Boost potential. The CPU is able to reach up to 3.8 GHz but only in single-threaded workloads. Core temperature plateaus at a respectable 73 C when under very high multi-threaded loads. The processor will not throttle unless both of its CPU and integrated GPU are fully stressed.

System idle
System idle
Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C)
System Idle -- 49 --
Prime95 Stress 2.3 - 2.5 -- 72
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 1.1 850 - 1000 73

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Idling on desktop consumes just 6 W to 8 W while higher loads like games can consume about 46 W. Note that the Intel NUC 11 with its newer generation Iris Xe graphics would consume only 31 W to 39 W when running games despite it offering almost 2x the graphics performance of our Iris Plus 655.

Constant consumption when running 3DMark 06
Constant consumption when running 3DMark 06
Prime95 stress initiated at 10s mark. Consumption flatlines at 39.2 W
Prime95 stress initiated at 10s mark. Consumption flatlines at 39.2 W
Prime95 + FurMark initiated at 10s mark. Consumption would spike to 50.6 W momentarily between stabilizing at 41 to 47 W
Prime95 + FurMark initiated at 10s mark. Consumption would spike to 50.6 W momentarily between stabilizing at 41 to 47 W
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.36 / 0.5 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 6.1 / 6.8 / 7.3 Watt
Load midlight 46.3 / 50.7 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.
GMK NucBox 2
i5-8259U, Iris Plus Graphics 655, Netac S930E8/256GPN, , x,
Intel NUC11PAQi7
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 500GB MZ-V8P500BW, , x,
Intel NUC8i7BE
i7-8559U, Iris Plus Graphics 655, , , x,
GMK NucBox K1
Celeron J4125, UHD Graphics 600, HIKVision C100 NGFF SSD 128GB, , 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 MI643
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, Lexar NM610 1TB, , x,
Power Consumption
3%
8%
53%
12%
-17%
Idle Minimum *
6.1
5.6
8%
2.7
56%
3.4
44%
6.3
-3%
7.5
-23%
Idle Average *
6.8
5.6
18%
3.1
54%
3.8
44%
6.6
3%
9.2
-35%
Idle Maximum *
7.3
6
18%
6.3
14%
3.9
47%
6.7
8%
9.6
-32%
Load Average *
46.3
31.4
32%
59.7
-29%
12.5
73%
25.9
44%
34.4
26%
Load Maximum *
50.7
80.5
-59%
78
-54%
22.7
55%
46.7
8%
60.6
-20%
Witcher 3 ultra *
39
47.2

* ... smaller is better

Pros

+ decent CPU and GPU performance for the price
+ 2x SODIMM, 1x M.2 2280, 1x 2.5-inch SATA III
+ relatively quiet fan noise
+ good chassis quality

Cons

- USB-C does not support Thunderbolt, Power Delivery, or DisplayPort
- glossy plastic top attract scratches and fingerprints
- no fingerprint reader or Kensington Lock
- Wi-Fi 5 instead of Wi-Fi 6
- slow MicroSD reader

Verdict

In review: GMK NucBox 2 KB2. Test unit provided by GMK
In review: GMK NucBox 2 KB2. Test unit provided by GMK

The NucBox 2 isn't trying to be the smallest mini PC or even the fastest. Instead, it's a no-frills mid-range offering with a decent Core i5 CPU, Iris Plus GPU for dual 4K60 support, and just enough RAM and storage to get by for HTPC purposes. Fan noise is quieter than the Intel NUC as well especially when running higher loads.

Unlike barebone kits that cost about the same, the NucBox 2 comes with everything you need to get started and with room for easy expansion should the need ever arise.

The reliance on a proprietary AC adapter plug instead of a more standard USB-C solution makes the NucBox 2 less universal. We would love to see more USB-C ports on future models or even an integrated PSU to avoid an external AC adapter altogether. Such a move would really one-up the competition where external adapters can sometimes be just as large as the mini PCs themselves.

Price and availability

The GMK NucBox 2 is available on Amazon for $499 USD. A current sale shaves off $60 for a final price of $439. Alternatively, users can also purchase directly from GMK for the same sale price when applying the coupon code 'Easter60OFF' at the time of writing.

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Allen Ngo, 2021-03-30 (Update: 2021-03-30)