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Geekom Mini IT11 SFF desktop PC hands-on: Solid compact Tiger Lake PC

Tiny Tiger Lake. The Geekom Mini IT11 is a solid-built small-form-factor desktop with plenty of ports and enough CPU horsepower for general media work. It struggles with heat management when the iGPU is fully loaded. Ultimately, the Mini IT11 is a soild bang-for-the-buck option.
Image via Geekom.
Image via Geekom.

Geekom's Mini IT11 is the latest in the company's line of mini PCs. Thanks to an Intel 11th Gen Tiger Lake Core i5 or i7 CPU and Intel Iris Xe graphics, the Mini IT11 is well-equipped for home use, moderate media work, and some light gaming. There are some hiccups and inconsistencies, primarily in graphics performance.

This hands-on review will focus on the performance, build quality, and overall usefulness of the Mini IT11. As this review is merely a quick look, we will not assign a final rating. The review unit was provided by Geekom for this review.

The mini desktop market has exploded over the past few years, so the Mini IT11 has plenty of competitors. We will compare Geekom's mini PC to the Minisforum EliteMini B550, Minisforum EliteMini TH50, Minisforum NUCX i7, Beelink U59, and Beelink SEi8

Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T
Processor
Intel Core i7-1195G7 4 x 2.9 - 5 GHz, 28 W PL2 / Short Burst, 28 W PL1 / Sustained, Tiger Lake UP3
Graphics adapter
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs - 1024 MB VRAM, Integrated, Intel Iris Xe Graphics 27.20.100.8729
Memory
16 GB 
, 2x8 GB DDR4-3200 / PC4-25600 (1600 MHz, 15-15-15-35)
Mainboard
Intel Tiger Lake-UP3 PCH-LP
Storage
Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8, 512 GB 
, 475 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Tiger Lake-U/Y PCH-LP - cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
Connections
3 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 20Gbps, 1 HDMI, 3 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Combo audio in/out, Card Reader: SD/SDHC/SDCX reader (half-size)
Networking
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-V (10/100/1000MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 45.6 x 117 x 112 ( = 1.8 x 4.61 x 4.41 in)
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 11 Pro
Additional features
VESA Mount, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
565 g ( = 19.93 oz / 1.25 pounds), Power Supply: 285 g ( = 10.05 oz / 0.63 pounds)
Price
769 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
11/2022
Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T
i7-1195G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
565 g45.6 mmx
09/2022
Beelink U59 N5105
Celeron N5105, UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 24 EU)
320 g42 mmx
05/2022
Minisforum EliteMini B550
R7 5700G, Vega 8
1.1 kg67 mmx
04/2022
Beelink SEi8
i3-8109U, Iris Plus Graphics 655
346 g41 mmx
09/2022
Minisforum NUCX i7
i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
2.4 kg393 mmx
02/2022
Minisforum EliteMini TH50
i5-11320H, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
763 g55.5 mmx

Case and Connectivity

The Mini IT11 is made from aluminum and thick plastic. Like Geekom's other mini PCs, the IT11's build quality is excellent. There is no flex anywhere on the body. The unit has some heft to it, owing to its compact yet dense design. Its chassis is essentially the same as that of the Mini IT8, which speaks to the old adage, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." 

The Mini IT11 features the same VESA mounting system as Geekom's other desktops, so it should fit snugly behind a monitor. It has a relatively small footprint and doesn't take up much desk space (roughly 140 cm², or 21.7 in²). The Mini IT11 is a hair smaller than Beelink's mini desktops and significantly tinier than the Minisforum EliteMini B550 and TH50.

Despite its small size, the Geekom Mini IT11 has a good amount of connectivity. There are five total USB ports (3x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, 2x USB4 Type-C), a Mini DisplayPort, and an HDMI 2.0 port. The USB-A ports all support up to 10 Gbps, while the USB-C ports can hit 20 Gbps, which isn't something commonly seen on small-form-factor desktops. Since the USB-C ports support DisplayPort, it is possible to connect up to four displays to the Mini IT11. Gigabit Ethernet, a headset jack, and a half-sized SD card reader round out the port selection.

Size Comparison

158 mm / 6.22 inch 166 mm / 6.54 inch 67 mm / 2.64 inch 1.1 kg2.45 lbs149.6 mm / 5.89 inch 149.6 mm / 5.89 inch 55.5 mm / 2.19 inch 763 g1.682 lbs126 mm / 4.96 inch 113 mm / 4.45 inch 42 mm / 1.654 inch 498 g1.098 lbs124 mm / 4.88 inch 113 mm / 4.45 inch 42 mm / 1.654 inch 320 g0.705 lbs124 mm / 4.88 inch 113 mm / 4.45 inch 41 mm / 1.614 inch 346 g0.763 lbs117 mm / 4.61 inch 112 mm / 4.41 inch 45.6 mm / 1.795 inch 565 g1.246 lbs210 mm / 8.27 inch 148 mm / 5.83 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 2.9 g0.00639 lbs

Connectivity

Front: USB4 (20 Gbps, DisplayPort) Type-C, USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), combo audio, power button
Front: USB4 (20 Gbps, DisplayPort) Type-C, USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), combo audio, power button
Right: Kensington lock
Right: Kensington lock
Rear: DC in, Mini DisplayPort 1.4, Gigabit Ethernet, 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), USB4 (20 Gbps, DisplayPort) Type-C, HDMI 2.0
Rear: DC in, Mini DisplayPort 1.4, Gigabit Ethernet, 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), USB4 (20 Gbps, DisplayPort) Type-C, HDMI 2.0
Left: SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot (half-length)
Left: SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot (half-length)

Maintenance

Upgrades are easy. Four self-retained screws hold the aluminum bottom panel on. Once these are loosened, the bottom panel can be pulled off, but with caution: there is a ribbon cable attached to the underside. Once inside, users will have access to a 2.5-inch drive bay, the M.2280 NVMe SSD, and two DDR4 RAM slots. Further disassembly is needed to reach the CPU for cleaning or repasting.

Performance

The Mini IT11 is a competent machine. It chews through office work and media streaming. It can even handle some lighter video or audio projects and simple gaming. However, it is limited with regard to heavier graphical work and AAA gaming.

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Processor

The Intel Core i7-1195G7 is a potent yet fairly efficient chip. The quad-core Hyperthreaded CPU is based on Intel's Tiger Lake platform. While Intel's 11th Gen chips are starting to show their age, the 1195G7 is still more than adequate for most consumer needs. The 1195G7 is a single-core beast, besting all of its competitors in Cinebench R20's single-core test. However, it falls behind AMD's silicon in multi-core tests, largely because AMD's Ryzen 5000 series chips have up to twice as many cores. As such, the 1195G7 feels a bit lackluster in multithreaded workloads, but it should be more than adequate for general use. 

In our Cinebench R15 loop test, the Mini IT11 shows stable CPU performance over a long period. However, this test shows that the 11th Gen chip is getting long in the tooth; AMD's core-packed chips offer significantly higher performance.

Cinebench R15 Multi Loop

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Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T Intel Core i7-1195G7: Ø827 (819.47-831.07)
Beelink U59 N5105 Intel Celeron N5105: Ø362 (359.79-368.43)
Minisforum EliteMini B550 AMD Ryzen 7 5700G: Ø1980 (1960.21-1996.81)
Beelink SEi8 Intel Core i3-8109U: Ø320 (317.69-324.13)
Minisforum EliteMini TH50 Intel Core i5-11320H: Ø896 (837.78-960.71)
Beelink SER Pro Ryzen 5 5600H AMD Ryzen 5 5600H: Ø1310 (1286.46-1319.48)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Single Core) | CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Single 64Bit | CPU Multi 64Bit
Blender: v2.79 BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.4: Single-Core | Multi-Core
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T
Intel Core i7-1195G7
617 Points ∼100%
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
585 Points ∼95% -5%
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7
  (498 - 620, n=9)
563 Points ∼91% -9%
Minisforum EliteMini TH50
Intel Core i5-11320H
560 Points ∼91% -9%
Beelink SER Pro Ryzen 5 5600H
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
531 Points ∼86% -14%
Average of class Desktop
  (170 - 853, n=43, last 2 years)
473 Points ∼77% -23%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Core i3-8109U
351 Points ∼57% -43%
Beelink U59 N5105
Intel Celeron N5105
235 Points ∼38% -62%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
4660 Points ∼100% +130%
Average of class Desktop
  (285 - 14891, n=43, last 2 years)
3436 Points ∼74% +70%
Beelink SER Pro Ryzen 5 5600H
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
3074 Points ∼66% +52%
Minisforum EliteMini TH50
Intel Core i5-11320H
2319 Points ∼50% +15%
Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T
Intel Core i7-1195G7
2024 Points ∼43%
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7
  (1212 - 2590, n=9)
1907 Points ∼41% -6%
Beelink U59 N5105
Intel Celeron N5105
826 Points ∼18% -59%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Core i3-8109U
772 Points ∼17% -62%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
243 Points ∼100% +3%
Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T
Intel Core i7-1195G7
236 Points ∼97%
Beelink SER Pro Ryzen 5 5600H
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
221 Points ∼91% -6%
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7
  (198 - 238, n=8)
221 Points ∼91% -6%
Minisforum EliteMini TH50
Intel Core i5-11320H
212 Points ∼87% -10%
Average of class Desktop
  (63.1 - 319, n=43, last 2 years)
191.9 Points ∼79% -19%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Core i3-8109U
124.3 Points ∼51% -47%
Beelink U59 N5105
Intel Celeron N5105
108.1 Points ∼44% -54%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
1980 Points ∼100% +138%
Average of class Desktop
  (128 - 6236, n=44, last 2 years)
1434 Points ∼72% +73%
Beelink SER Pro Ryzen 5 5600H
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
1319 (1286.46min - 1319.48max) Points ∼67% +59%
Minisforum EliteMini TH50
Intel Core i5-11320H
950 Points ∼48% +14%
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7
  (574 - 999, n=9)
853 Points ∼43% +3%
Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T
Intel Core i7-1195G7
831 (819.47min - 831.07max) Points ∼42%
Beelink U59 N5105
Intel Celeron N5105
368 (359.79min - 368.43max) Points ∼19% -56%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Core i3-8109U
324 (317.69min - 324.13max) Points ∼16% -61%
Blender / v2.79 BMW27 CPU
Beelink U59 N5105
Intel Celeron N5105
1573 Seconds * ∼100% -179%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Core i3-8109U
1328 Seconds * ∼84% -135%
Average of class Desktop
  (82 - 3767, n=42, last 2 years)
849 Seconds * ∼54% -51%
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7
  (473 - 1211, n=10)
691 Seconds * ∼44% -23%
Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T
Intel Core i7-1195G7
564 Seconds * ∼36%
Minisforum EliteMini TH50
Intel Core i5-11320H
516 Seconds * ∼33% +9%
Beelink SER Pro Ryzen 5 5600H
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
384 Seconds * ∼24% +32%
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
252.1 Seconds * ∼16% +55%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T
Intel Core i7-1195G7
5890 MIPS ∼100%
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
5809 MIPS ∼99% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7
  (5059 - 5890, n=9)
5409 MIPS ∼92% -8%
Beelink SER Pro Ryzen 5 5600H
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
5400 MIPS ∼92% -8%
Minisforum EliteMini TH50
Intel Core i5-11320H
4945 MIPS ∼84% -16%
Average of class Desktop
  (2237 - 8211, n=41, last 2 years)
4853 MIPS ∼82% -18%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Core i3-8109U
3752 MIPS ∼64% -36%
Beelink U59 N5105
Intel Celeron N5105
3108 MIPS ∼53% -47%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
55046 MIPS ∼100% +126%
Beelink SER Pro Ryzen 5 5600H
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
39897 MIPS ∼72% +64%
Average of class Desktop
  (3974 - 158242, n=41, last 2 years)
39462 MIPS ∼72% +62%
Minisforum EliteMini TH50
Intel Core i5-11320H
26858 MIPS ∼49% +10%
Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T
Intel Core i7-1195G7
24351 MIPS ∼44%
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7
  (17053 - 26183, n=9)
23469 MIPS ∼43% -4%
Beelink U59 N5105
Intel Celeron N5105
11153 MIPS ∼20% -54%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Core i3-8109U
9489 MIPS ∼17% -61%
Geekbench 5.4 / Single-Core
Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T
Intel Core i7-1195G7
1649 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7
  (1519 - 1649, n=7)
1569 Points ∼95% -5%
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
1560 Points ∼95% -5%
Minisforum EliteMini TH50
Intel Core i5-11320H
1453 Points ∼88% -12%
Beelink SER Pro Ryzen 5 5600H
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
1436 Points ∼87% -13%
Average of class Desktop
  (462 - 2241, n=41, last 2 years)
1327 Points ∼80% -20%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Core i3-8109U
888 Points ∼54% -46%
Beelink U59 N5105
Intel Celeron N5105
653 Points ∼40% -60%
Geekbench 5.4 / Multi-Core
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
7818 Points ∼100% +65%
Average of class Desktop
  (844 - 23948, n=41, last 2 years)
7031 Points ∼90% +49%
Beelink SER Pro Ryzen 5 5600H
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
6103 Points ∼78% +29%
Minisforum EliteMini TH50
Intel Core i5-11320H
5657 Points ∼72% +19%
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7
  (4241 - 6349, n=7)
4940 Points ∼63% +4%
Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T
Intel Core i7-1195G7
4734 Points ∼61%
Beelink U59 N5105
Intel Celeron N5105
2080 Points ∼27% -56%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Core i3-8109U
1880 Points ∼24% -60%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
14.8 fps ∼100% +114%
Average of class Desktop
  (0.88 - 44, n=41, last 2 years)
10.8 fps ∼73% +56%
Beelink SER Pro Ryzen 5 5600H
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
10.5 fps ∼71% +52%
Minisforum EliteMini TH50
Intel Core i5-11320H
7.86 fps ∼53% +14%
Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T
Intel Core i7-1195G7
6.92 fps ∼47%
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7
  (4.23 - 8.8, n=9)
6.45 fps ∼44% -7%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Core i3-8109U
2.85 fps ∼19% -59%
Beelink U59 N5105
Intel Celeron N5105
2.01 fps ∼14% -71%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Beelink U59 N5105
Intel Celeron N5105
101 s * ∼100% -20%
Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T
Intel Core i7-1195G7
83.9 s * ∼83%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Core i3-8109U
79 s * ∼78% +6%
Average of class Desktop
  (33.6 - 159, n=41, last 2 years)
70.3 s * ∼70% +16%
Beelink SER Pro Ryzen 5 5600H
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
52.2 s * ∼52% +38%
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
50.7 s * ∼50% +40%
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7
  (39.2 - 83.9, n=9)
49.1 s * ∼49% +41%
Minisforum EliteMini TH50
Intel Core i5-11320H
48.7 s * ∼48% +42%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Beelink U59 N5105
Intel Celeron N5105
1.162 sec * ∼100% -119%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Core i3-8109U
0.861 sec * ∼74% -62%
Average of class Desktop
  (0.3758 - 1.553, n=41, last 2 years)
0.738 sec * ∼64% -39%
Minisforum EliteMini TH50
Intel Core i5-11320H
0.622 sec * ∼54% -17%
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7
  (0.53 - 0.611, n=9)
0.57 sec * ∼49% -8%
Beelink SER Pro Ryzen 5 5600H
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
0.53 sec * ∼46% -0%
Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T
Intel Core i7-1195G7
0.53 sec * ∼46%
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
0.4975 sec * ∼43% +6%

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
831 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
97 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
236 Points
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System Performance

PCMark 10
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Overall system performance is quick and responsive. The Mini IT11 falls behind competitors in PCMark 10's Digital Content Creation benchmark; AMD's integrated Vega GPUs are better options for graphics work. However, the Mini IT11 is nothing to sneeze at; it offers great performance considering its small size and modest price.

PCMark 10 / Score
Minisforum EliteMini B550
Vega 8, R7 5700G, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
6214 Points ∼100% +23%
Beelink SER Pro Ryzen 5 5600H
Vega 7, R5 5600H, Kingston NV1 SNVS/500GCN
5902 Points ∼95% +16%
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (5067 - 5406, n=6)
5180 Points ∼83% +2%
Minisforum EliteMini TH50
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i5-11320H, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
5130 Points ∼83% +1%
Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1195G7, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
5067 Points ∼82%
Average of class Desktop
  (1707 - 10153, n=36, last 2 years)
5043 Points ∼81% 0%
Beelink SEi8
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i3-8109U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
3645 Points ∼59% -28%
Beelink U59 N5105
UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 24 EU), Celeron N5105, Silicon Motion AZW 512G NV428
2670 Points ∼43% -47%
PCMark 10 / Essentials
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (10156 - 10614, n=6)
10411 Points ∼100% +1%
Beelink SER Pro Ryzen 5 5600H
Vega 7, R5 5600H, Kingston NV1 SNVS/500GCN
10351 Points ∼99% 0%
Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1195G7, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
10303 Points ∼99%
Minisforum EliteMini B550
Vega 8, R7 5700G, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
10148 Points ∼97% -2%
Minisforum EliteMini TH50
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i5-11320H, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
9556 Points ∼92% -7%
Average of class Desktop
  (4754 - 12421, n=35, last 2 years)
8601 Points ∼83% -17%
Beelink SEi8
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i3-8109U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
7861 Points ∼76% -24%
Beelink U59 N5105
UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 24 EU), Celeron N5105, Silicon Motion AZW 512G NV428
6340 Points ∼61% -38%
PCMark 10 / Productivity
Minisforum EliteMini B550
Vega 8, R7 5700G, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
9941 Points ∼100% +41%
Beelink SER Pro Ryzen 5 5600H
Vega 7, R5 5600H, Kingston NV1 SNVS/500GCN
9293 Points ∼93% +31%
Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1195G7, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
7070 Points ∼71%
Average of class Desktop
  (2958 - 12564, n=35, last 2 years)
7066 Points ∼71% 0%
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (6637 - 7390, n=6)
6950 Points ∼70% -2%
Minisforum EliteMini TH50
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i5-11320H, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
6832 Points ∼69% -3%
Beelink SEi8
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i3-8109U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
6093 Points ∼61% -14%
Beelink U59 N5105
UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 24 EU), Celeron N5105, Silicon Motion AZW 512G NV428
3758 Points ∼38% -47%
PCMark 10 / Digital Content Creation
Minisforum EliteMini B550
Vega 8, R7 5700G, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
6457 Points ∼100% +33%
Average of class Desktop
  (960 - 18198, n=35, last 2 years)
6000 Points ∼93% +24%
Beelink SER Pro Ryzen 5 5600H
Vega 7, R5 5600H, Kingston NV1 SNVS/500GCN
5801 Points ∼90% +20%
Minisforum EliteMini TH50
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i5-11320H, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
5615 Points ∼87% +16%
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (4737 - 5941, n=6)
5228 Points ∼81% +8%
Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1195G7, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
4848 Points ∼75%
Beelink SEi8
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i3-8109U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
2746 Points ∼43% -43%
Beelink U59 N5105
UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 24 EU), Celeron N5105, Silicon Motion AZW 512G NV428
2170 Points ∼34% -55%
PCMark 10 Score
5067 points
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DPC Latency

One area where the Mini IT11 shines is its low DPC latency. This makes the mini PC well-suited for real-time audio work, which is something that can't be said for competitors. 

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DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Beelink SEi8
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i3-8109U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
3231 μs * ∼100% -497%
Minisforum EliteMini B550
Vega 8, R7 5700G, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
1867 μs * ∼58% -245%
Beelink U59 N5105
UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 24 EU), Celeron N5105, Silicon Motion AZW 512G NV428
1753.5 μs * ∼54% -224%
Beelink SER Pro Ryzen 5 5600H
Vega 7, R5 5600H, Kingston NV1 SNVS/500GCN
562 μs * ∼17% -4%
Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1195G7, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
541.1 μs * ∼17%
Minisforum EliteMini TH50
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i5-11320H, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
349.5 μs * ∼11% +35%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

The included Intel 660p NVMe SSD is fairly quick. Most apps open instantly, and load times in games are reasonably fast. Read and write speeds are in line with similarly-priced competitors. Users can easily install another NVMe SSD if they would like.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark 6.0.1
CrystalDiskMark 6.0.1
Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T
Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
Beelink U59 N5105
Silicon Motion AZW 512G NV428
Minisforum EliteMini B550
Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
Beelink SEi8
Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
Minisforum EliteMini TH50
Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
Beelink SER Pro Ryzen 5 5600H
Kingston NV1 SNVS/500GCN
Average Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
 
Average of class Desktop
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-63%
33%
-25%
48%
2%
-10%
8%
Write 4K
216.5
86.45
-60%
161.5
-25%
146
-33%
293.1
35%
117.8
-46%
136 ?(64 - 217, n=35)
-37%
133.4 ?(15.4 - 304, n=30, last 2 years)
-38%
Read 4K
65.73
25.9
-61%
51.29
-22%
58.49
-11%
62.1
-6%
50.6
-23%
55.2 ?(39.7 - 77.1, n=35)
-16%
42.9 ?(12.8 - 75.1, n=30, last 2 years)
-35%
Write 4K Q32T1
573.6
165.1
-71%
437
-24%
376.3
-34%
499.4
-13%
270.8
-53%
381 ?(184.6 - 574, n=35)
-34%
340 ?(15.3 - 788, n=30, last 2 years)
-41%
Read 4K Q32T1
338.9
146.6
-57%
602.1
78%
339.5
0%
719
112%
353.6
4%
334 ?(212 - 462, n=35)
-1%
390 ?(28 - 1020, n=30, last 2 years)
15%
Write Seq Q32T1
958.2
359.5
-62%
1210
26%
777.7
-19%
1216
27%
1764
84%
987 ?(778 - 1659, n=35)
3%
1324 ?(90 - 6107, n=30, last 2 years)
38%
Read Seq Q32T1
1653.5
528.3
-68%
2554.3
54%
805.9
-51%
2554
54%
2440
48%
1744 ?(806 - 2936, n=35)
5%
1912 ?(224 - 7080, n=30, last 2 years)
16%
Write 4K Q8T8
832.5
1045.2
26%
1092
31%
810 ?(748 - 849, n=3)
-3%
811 ?(14.9 - 2054, n=15, last 2 years)
-3%
Read 4K Q8T8
340.2
857.4
152%
841
147%
344 ?(340 - 346, n=3)
1%
710 ?(26.3 - 1929, n=15, last 2 years)
109%
AS SSD
-78%
47%
-34%
-5%
-16%
Seq Read
1356.17
503.32
-63%
2303.9
70%
700.68
-48%
1423 ?(701 - 2432, n=36)
5%
1667 ?(265 - 5664, n=33, last 2 years)
23%
Seq Write
854.29
443.45
-48%
1145
34%
640.31
-25%
828 ?(374 - 1229, n=36)
-3%
1163 ?(117 - 4006, n=33, last 2 years)
36%
4K Read
61.08
18.93
-69%
57.87
-5%
55.28
-9%
51.3 ?(40.1 - 75.7, n=36)
-16%
39.3 ?(10.7 - 83.9, n=33, last 2 years)
-36%
4K Write
191.79
72.63
-62%
152.35
-21%
128.45
-33%
128.9 ?(87 - 242, n=36)
-33%
116.5 ?(13.5 - 308, n=33, last 2 years)
-39%
4K-64 Read
325.14
146.3
-55%
711.88
119%
323.95
0%
326 ?(320 - 442, n=36)
0%
576 ?(25.7 - 2154, n=33, last 2 years)
77%
4K-64 Write
532.6
181.26
-66%
984.11
85%
494.85
-7%
721 ?(94.1 - 1219, n=36)
35%
824 ?(13.7 - 5085, n=33, last 2 years)
55%
Access Time Read *
0.091
0.085
7%
0.105
-15%
0.102
-12%
0.09003 ?(0.048 - 0.24, n=36)
1%
0.221 ?(0.035 - 3.63, n=33, last 2 years)
-143%
Access Time Write *
0.045
0.188
-318%
0.029
36%
0.136
-202%
0.07378 ?(0.033 - 0.144, n=36)
-64%
0.1662 ?(0.012 - 0.942, n=33, last 2 years)
-269%
Score Read
522
216
-59%
1000
92%
449
-14%
519 ?(449 - 760, n=36)
-1%
798 ?(65 - 2777, n=33, last 2 years)
53%
Score Write
810
298
-63%
1251
54%
687
-15%
932 ?(285 - 1584, n=36)
15%
1074 ?(39 - 5665, n=33, last 2 years)
33%
Score Total
1598
628
-61%
2722
70%
1386
-13%
1708 ?(1077 - 2702, n=36)
7%
2209 ?(136 - 8263, n=33, last 2 years)
38%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-71% / -73%
40% / 41%
-30% / -31%
48% / 48%
2% / 2%
-8% / -7%
-4% / -6%

* ... smaller is better

Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 1653.5 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 958.2 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 338.9 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 573.6 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 65.73 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 216.5 MB/s
CDM 6 Write 4K Q8T8: 832.5 MB/s
CDM 6 Read 4K Q8T8: 340.2 MB/s

GPU Performance

The Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 features 96 Execution Units (EUs) and is a big boost over the older Intel HD Graphics iGPUs. The Xe Graphics iGPU trades blows with AMD's integrated Vega 7 and Vega 8 graphics cards in 3DMark. At higher resolutions, however, AMD's GPUs pull slightly ahead. The Mini IT11 competes well against Nvidia's MX350 and MX450 dedicated GPUs, though the dedicated VRAM of the MX-series cards helps with higher resolutions and more demanding tests. Still, the Mini IT11 should be suitable for light modeling work and video projects. 

Time Spy
Time Spy
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Ultra
Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Average of class Desktop
  (378 - 65879, n=48, last 2 years)
18155 Points ∼100% +299%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15ARH7
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 5 6600H
14157 Points ∼78% +211%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (2286 - 5955, n=153)
4826 Points ∼27% +6%
Minisforum EliteMini TH50
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i5-11320H
4730 Points ∼26% +4%
MSI Modern 14 B11SB-085
NVIDIA GeForce MX450, Intel Core i7-1165G7
4689 Points ∼26% +3%
Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1195G7
4551 Points ∼25%
Asus Vivobook 15 K513EQ
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i7-1165G7
4496 Points ∼25% -1%
Beelink SER Pro Ryzen 5 5600H
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
4037 Points ∼22% -11%
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
3379 Points ∼19% -26%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, Intel Core i3-8109U
1715 Points ∼9% -62%
Beelink U59 N5105
Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 24 EU), Intel Celeron N5105
1106 Points ∼6% -76%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15ARH7
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 5 6600H
83568 Points ∼100% +203%
Average of class Desktop
  (2453 - 246319, n=42, last 2 years)
62576 Points ∼75% +127%
Beelink SER Pro Ryzen 5 5600H
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
31437 Points ∼38% +14%
Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1195G7
27609 Points ∼33%
MSI Modern 14 B11SB-085
NVIDIA GeForce MX450, Intel Core i7-1165G7
27570 Points ∼33% 0%
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
26183 Points ∼31% -5%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (13162 - 38040, n=132)
25969 Points ∼31% -6%
Asus Vivobook 15 K513EQ
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i7-1165G7
24343 Points ∼29% -12%
Minisforum EliteMini TH50
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i5-11320H
23589 Points ∼28% -15%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, Intel Core i3-8109U
13022 Points ∼16% -53%
Beelink U59 N5105
Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 24 EU), Intel Celeron N5105
8388 Points ∼10% -70%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average of class Desktop
  (102 - 36101, n=44, last 2 years)
8600 Points ∼100% +688%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15ARH7
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 5 6600H
5295 Points ∼62% +385%
MSI Modern 14 B11SB-085
NVIDIA GeForce MX450, Intel Core i7-1165G7
1968 Points ∼23% +80%
Minisforum EliteMini TH50
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i5-11320H
1592 Points ∼19% +46%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (707 - 1871, n=151)
1472 Points ∼17% +35%
Asus Vivobook 15 K513EQ
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, Intel Core i7-1165G7
1333 Points ∼16% +22%
Beelink SER Pro Ryzen 5 5600H
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
1247 Points ∼15% +14%
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000), AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
1150 Points ∼13% +5%
Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1195G7
1091 Points ∼13%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, Intel Core i3-8109U
569 Points ∼7% -48%
Beelink U59 N5105
Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 24 EU), Intel Celeron N5105
312 Points ∼4% -71%
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
97098 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
18295 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
4052 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
1967 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
1230 points
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Gaming Performance

While the Intel Iris Xe iGPU is fairly good for media consumption, it is quite lackluster in games. It can hit 30 FPS or more in some older titles at low resolutions (e.g., 1366x768) and low settings. Full HD is largely out of reach in newer titles. Some games still have issues during gameplay, and some will flat-out refuse to run. This is due to a mix of reasons, one of which is Intel's lacking driver support. Still, the Mini IT11 is a good option for a home theater PC and can handle older games and lighter Indie titles. It falls short of its Ryzen 5000-based competitors, however. 

Dota 2 Reborn
1280x720 min (0/3) fastest
Average of class Desktop
  (24.3 - 303, n=45, last 2 years)
144.7 fps ∼100% +66%
Beelink SER Pro Ryzen 5 5600H
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
137.5 (109.5min) fps ∼95% +58%
Asus Vivobook 15 K513EQ
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
126 (109.8min) fps ∼87% +45%
Minisforum EliteMini TH50
Intel Core i5-11320H, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
125.3 (113.2min) fps ∼87% +44%
MSI Modern 14 B11SB-085
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
125 (8.6min) fps ∼86% +44%
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
124.2 (110.5min) fps ∼86% +43%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15ARH7
AMD Ryzen 5 6600H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
117.2 (104.9min) fps ∼81% +35%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (36 - 148, n=151)
97.3 fps ∼67% +12%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Core i3-8109U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
94.4 (75.6min) fps ∼65% +8%
Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T
Intel Core i7-1195G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
87.1 (56.9min) fps ∼60%
Beelink U59 N5105
Intel Celeron N5105, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 24 EU)
73.8 (65.8min) fps ∼51% -15%
1366x768 med (1/3)
Asus Vivobook 15 K513EQ
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
119 (102.7min) fps ∼100% +20%
Average of class Desktop
  (10.9 - 274, n=45, last 2 years)
117.3 fps ∼99% +18%
MSI Modern 14 B11SB-085
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
109 (94.2min) fps ∼92% +10%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15ARH7
AMD Ryzen 5 6600H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
106.4 (95.7min) fps ∼89% +7%
Beelink SER Pro Ryzen 5 5600H
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
103.1 (78.3min) fps ∼87% +4%
Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T
Intel Core i7-1195G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
99.4 (81.1min) fps ∼84%
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
94.2 (80.1min) fps ∼79% -5%
Minisforum EliteMini TH50
Intel Core i5-11320H, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
90 (68min) fps ∼76% -9%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (31.6 - 108.5, n=151)
74.4 fps ∼63% -25%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Core i3-8109U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
34.6 (29.8min) fps ∼29% -65%
Beelink U59 N5105
Intel Celeron N5105, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 24 EU)
24.1 (17.1min) fps ∼20% -76%
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark
1280x720 Lite Quality
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15ARH7
AMD Ryzen 5 6600H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
116.4 fps ∼100% +285%
Average of class Desktop
  (3.45 - 237, n=44, last 2 years)
91.7 fps ∼79% +204%
MSI Modern 14 B11SB-085
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
56.2 fps ∼48% +86%
Asus Vivobook 15 K513EQ
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
48.6 fps ∼42% +61%
Minisforum EliteMini TH50
Intel Core i5-11320H, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
43.2 fps ∼37% +43%
Beelink SER Pro Ryzen 5 5600H
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
41.1 fps ∼35% +36%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (14.9 - 56.5, n=124)
38.5 fps ∼33% +27%
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
37 fps ∼32% +23%
Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T
Intel Core i7-1195G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
30.2 fps ∼26%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Core i3-8109U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
16.6 fps ∼14% -45%
Beelink U59 N5105
Intel Celeron N5105, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 24 EU)
13.7 fps ∼12% -55%
1920x1080 Standard Quality
Average of class Desktop
  (1.66 - 237, n=39, last 2 years)
85.4 fps ∼100% +338%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15ARH7
AMD Ryzen 5 6600H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
73.6 fps ∼86% +277%
MSI Modern 14 B11SB-085
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
25.5 fps ∼30% +31%
Minisforum EliteMini TH50
Intel Core i5-11320H, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
23.2 fps ∼27% +19%
Asus Vivobook 15 K513EQ
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
23 fps ∼27% +18%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (11.2 - 28, n=120)
21.4 fps ∼25% +10%
Beelink SER Pro Ryzen 5 5600H
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
20.3 fps ∼24% +4%
Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T
Intel Core i7-1195G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
19.5 fps ∼23%
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
18.6 fps ∼22% -5%
Beelink SEi8
Intel Core i3-8109U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
8.8 fps ∼10% -55%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
1280x720 Lowest Preset
Average of class Desktop
  (7 - 332, n=15, last 2 years)
165.3 fps ∼100% +231%
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
54.1 fps ∼33% +8%
Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T
Intel Core i7-1195G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
50 fps ∼30%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (29 - 63, n=17)
45.3 fps ∼27% -9%
1920x1080 Medium Preset
Average of class Desktop
  (13 - 319, n=17, last 2 years)
166.6 fps ∼100% +437%
Geekom Mini IT11-GM11i7T
Intel Core i7-1195G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
31 fps ∼19%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (11 - 31, n=17)
20.8 fps ∼12% -33%
Minisforum EliteMini B550
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
20.1 fps ∼12% -35%
low med. high ultra4K
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 87.1 99.4 57.1 51.1 18.5
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 30.2 19.5
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 50 31 17

System Noise

The Mini IT11 has a single fan to cool the CPU. The fan is evenly tuned and is virtually quiet during most tasks. When stressed, it will ramp up but remains at a low whisper that is drowned out by normal ambient noise. There is no noticeable coil whine.

Temperature and stress

The quiet fan has one main drawback: heat management. Under CPU stress (via Prime95), the Mini IT11 handles heat reasonably well: the CPU caps out at 86º C with an average of 81º C. It can maintain a boost clock of 3.1 GHz with short spikes up to 4.3 GHz. Graphical stress proves to be a bit of an Achilles heel. During our hour-long FurMark stress test, the Intel Iris Xe Graphics iGPU boosts briefly 1500 MHz before ramping down to ~1100 MHz after a few minutes. This is because the CPU package hits 99º C and must throttle back. The Mini IT11 throttles rather aggressively, though. The GPU bounces between 1000-1100 MHz through the remainder of the test, with CPU temperatures remaining around 80º C. CPU clocks stay around 3.0 GHz. 

Prime95
Prime95
FurMark
FurMark

Pros

+ compact size
+ adequate CPU performance
+ quiet operation
+ great port selection
+ easy maintenance

Cons

- lackluster GPU performance
- spotty gaming performance
- high heat under GPU stress
- aging CPU architecture

Verdict

In review: Geekom Mini IT11. Review unit provided by Geekom. Use offer code SLMUGHNK for 5% off at Amazon, plus a $50 Amazon coupon.
In review: Geekom Mini IT11. Review unit provided by Geekom. Use offer code SLMUGHNK for 5% off at Amazon, plus a $50 Amazon coupon.

The Mini IT11 is a solid upgrade to the Mini IT8. The jump from the obsolete Coffee Lake architecture to the newer (yet still somewhat old) Tiger Lake platform is a welcome change. The biggest improvement is in graphical prowess; the Intel Iris Xe Graphics are noticeably better than the Intel Iris 655 Graphics of the Mini IT8's i5-8259U. However, the performance increase is more of a hop than a jump; the Intel iGPU still comes up short in gaming, despite Intel's best efforts to market Xe Graphics as "gaming capable." 

As a gaming PC, then, the Mini IT11 falls flat. As a home desktop computer, though, it excels in many areas. Its rich connectivity, solid performance, and easy upgradeability are clear winners. That all these features are packed into a tiny footprint is icing on the cake. 

There are some downsides. For one, the Mini IT11 cannot manage heat well under graphical stress. This may be because of a less aggressive fan profile, but it results in aggressive throttling. Still, the Mini IT11 is well-suited for Indie games or lighter titles like Minecraft. It can also chew through office tasks and some lighter graphical or audio work without much issue.

At US$769, the Mini IT11 is a bit of a hard sell. For roughly $150 cheaper, the Beelink SER5 offers more cores and slightly better graphics performance thanks to its AMD Ryzen 5 5600U. However, Geekom routinely has sales that make the Mini IT11 much more competitive.

Disclaimer: The author of this review received the Mini 11T from Geekom free of charge for the purpose of testing.

Price and availability

From now through the end of the year, Geekom is offering 5% off plus an on-page Amazon coupon for both the Core i7-1195G7 model ($50 coupon), which is our review unit, and the Core i5-1155G7 model ($40 coupon). That brings the prices to $567.49 for the i7-1195G7 version and $434.99 for the i5-1155G7 version. Use coupon code SLMUGHNK for 5% off the Core i7-1195G7 model and coupon code AZQ4PEJM for 5% off the Core i5-1155G7 version. Don't forget to select the on-page coupon as well. You can snag these savings at Amazon.

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