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Geekom Mini IT8 SFF desktop hands-on

Tiny but competent. The Geekom Mini IT8 is a compact desktop. Despite its tiny footprint, it packs some decent power thanks to its quad-core CPU and Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 iGPU. However, its older chipset limits its capabilities, particularly with regard to gaming.

Mini desktops have grown in popularity over the past few years, and there are now more options in this market than ever before. One of the latest releases is the Geekom Mini IT8. It packs quite a few ports and a competent Intel Core i5-8259U with Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 in its compact case. However, the aging Coffee Lake platform and lackluster driver support cause some issues, particularly with gaming and graphics load.

In this hands-on review, will take a quick look at many aspects of the Geekom Mini IT8, including performance, build quality, and our overall impression. Since this is a shorter hands-on overview, we will not attribute a final rating to the Mini IT8. As a quick note, our review unit was provided by Geekom.

Competitors include other mini PCs like the Beelink SER4, Beelink GK Mini PC Review: Ready-to-Go HTPCBeelink GTI 11, GMK NucBox 2, Intel NUC11TNKi5, and (to some extent) Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK. We will also compare the Chuwi CoreBook X and CoreBook X Pro as they have the same Core i5-8259U and Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 as the Mini IT8.

Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Processor
Intel Core i5-8259U 4 x 2.3 - 3.8 GHz, 48 W PL2 / Short Burst, 28 W PL1 / Sustained, Coffee Lake-U
Graphics adapter
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 - 1024 MB, Core: 1050 MHz, Intel Graphics Driver 30.0.101.1660
Memory
16384 MB 
, Single-channel (1x16 GB), DDR4-3200 / PC4-25600
Mainboard
Intel Cannon Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Storage
Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1, 512 GB 
, PCIe Gen 3 NVMe, M.2 2280, 476 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Cannon Lake-LP - cAVS
Connections
5 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Combo headphone/microphone, Card Reader: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Networking
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-V (10/100/1000MBit/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): 45.5 x 116 x 116 ( = 1.79 x 4.57 x 4.57 in)
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 11 Pro
Additional features
12 Months Warranty
Weight
586 g ( = 20.67 oz / 1.29 pounds), Power Supply: 287 g ( = 10.12 oz / 0.63 pounds)
Price
549 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
05/2022
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
i5-8259U, Iris Plus Graphics 655
586 g45.5 mmx
04/2022
Beelink SER4
R7 4800U, Vega 8 R4000
494 g40 mmx
12/2021
Beelink GTI 11
i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
638 g39 mmx
03/2021
GMK NucBox 2
i5-8259U, Iris Plus Graphics 655
430 g50 mmx
04/2021
Intel NUC11TNKi5
i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
504 g37 mmx
03/2018
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
i7-8809G, Vega M GH
1.3 kg39 mmx
74.8 %
09/2021
Chuwi CoreBook X Pro
i5-8259U, Iris Plus Graphics 655
1.8 kg17.9 mm15.60"1920x1080
79 %
07/2021
Chuwi CoreBook X
i5-8259U, Iris Plus Graphics 655
1.5 kg20.6 mm14.00"2160x1440

Case and Connectivity

The case is mostly made from semi-glossy plastic. Metal vents sit on the sides, and the base plate is hewn from anodized aluminum. The build quality is robust and sturdy. This is to be expected considering the IT8's tiny volume. The machine feels rather heavy in the hand, owing largely to how densely the components are packed inside. Overall, the Mini IT8 leaves a good impression; there are no structural concerns. The black color is largely unassuming, but fingerprints easily show along the top.

Connectivity is fairly good considering the Mini IT8's small size. It features five total USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) USB ports, two of which are Type-C. The Type-C port on the back also supports DisplayPort. This allows users to connect up to 3 displays (in conjunction with the HDMI 2.0b and Mini DisplayPort 1.4 ports). The SD card reader on the side is a nice addition.

Size Comparison

221 mm / 8.7 inch 142 mm / 5.59 inch 39 mm / 1.535 inch 1.3 kg2.94 lbs168 mm / 6.61 inch 120 mm / 4.72 inch 39 mm / 1.535 inch 638 g1.407 lbs125 mm / 4.92 inch 110 mm / 4.33 inch 50 mm / 1.969 inch 430 g0.948 lbs126 mm / 4.96 inch 113 mm / 4.45 inch 40 mm / 1.575 inch 494 g1.089 lbs116 mm / 4.57 inch 116 mm / 4.57 inch 45.5 mm / 1.791 inch 586 g1.292 lbs117 mm / 4.61 inch 112 mm / 4.41 inch 37 mm / 1.457 inch 504 g1.111 lbs

Connectivity

Front: quad mic array, USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, combo audio jack, power button
Front: quad mic array, USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, combo audio jack, power button
Left: half-sized SD card slot (SDXC)
Left: half-sized SD card slot (SDXC)
Rear: DC in, Mini DisplayPort, LAN, 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 (w/ DisplayPort), HDMI 2.0b
Rear: DC in, Mini DisplayPort, LAN, 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 (w/ DisplayPort), HDMI 2.0b
Right: Kensington lock
Right: Kensington lock

Maintenance

Accessing the internals of the Mini IT8 is very easy. Four self-retaining screws hold the bottom plate on. Once these are loosened, users can gently pull the bottom off. Caution is advised: there is a thin ribbon cable connecting the SATA slot on the bottom panel to the motherboard.

Once inside, users have access to the empty 2.5-inch SATA drive bay, the PCIe SSD, and two DDR4 SODIMM slots (one of which is populated out of the box). Further disassembly is required to access the soldered processor for repasting, but it is tricky to get the motherboard out.

The bottom is held on with four Phillips #0 screws, which are self-retaining.
The bottom is held on with four Phillips #0 screws, which are self-retaining.
There is an empty 2.5 SATA bay on the underside of the bottom panel.
There is an empty 2.5 SATA bay on the underside of the bottom panel.
There are two DDR4 SODIMM slots.
There are two DDR4 SODIMM slots.
PCIe SSD swaps are easy.
PCIe SSD swaps are easy.

Performance

The Geekom Mini IT8 is powered by an Intel Core i5-8259U and integrated Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 GPU. Despite being based on the aging Coffee Lake architecture, the quad-core Hyperthreaded chip is still fairly competent, especially for general office work and web browsing. However, since it is a U-series processor, it is limited by its 15 Watt TDP. Compared to other mini desktops, the i5-8259U falls behind in most benchmarks.

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CPU-Z: Mainboard
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CPU-Z: SPD
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CPU-Z: Graphics
CPU-Z: Graphics
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO64
HWiNFO64
 

Processor

The Core i5-8259U offers enough power for general computing and should be adequate for most users. The CPU has four Hyperthreaded cores with a base clock of 2.3 GHz and a single-core Turbo boost up to 3.8 GHz.

While the Geekom Mini IT8's CPU is capable of handling most office tasks, web browsing, and general tasks quite easily, it noticeably lags behind newer chips like the Tiger Lake Core i5-1135G7 present in both the Intel NUC11TNKi5 and Beelink GTI 11. AMD's Ryzen 7 4800U, as demonstrated in the Beelink SER4, is 32% faster in Cinebench R20's single-core tests and more than doubles the 8259U's multi-core score (likely due to the 4800U's 16 threads).

On the plus side, the Geekom Mini IT8 exhibits no throttling. It remains steady throughout our Cinebench R15 multi-core test loop.

Cinebench R15 Multi Loop

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Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T Intel Core i5-8259U: Ø594 (591.39-600.38)
Beelink SER4 AMD Ryzen 7 4800U: Ø1404 (1390.29-1411.03)
Beelink GTI 11 Intel Core i5-1135G7: Ø829 (822.06-915.5)
GMK NucBox 2 Intel Core i5-8259U: Ø612 (608.07-614.94)
Intel NUC11TNKi5 Intel Core i5-1135G7: Ø789 (772.57-794.38)
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK Intel Core i7-8809G: Ø857 (853.53-862.44)
Chuwi CoreBook X Pro Intel Core i5-8259U: Ø629 (624.68-636.38)
Chuwi CoreBook X Intel Core i5-8259U: Ø571 (559.33-575.29)
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 5.3: 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 (Single Core)
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
582 Points ∼100% +58%
Beelink GTR5
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
579 Points ∼99% +57%
Beelink GTI 11
Intel Core i5-1135G7
520 Points ∼89% +41%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
503 Points ∼86% +36%
Beelink SER4
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
488 Points ∼84% +32%
Average of class Desktop
  (156 - 777, n=45, last 2 years)
430 Points ∼74% +17%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
Intel Core i5-10210U
428 Points ∼74% +16%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Core i7-8809G
404 Points ∼69% +9%
Chuwi CoreBook X
Intel Core i5-8259U
386 Points ∼66% +5%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
382 Points ∼66% +4%
Chuwi CoreBook X Pro
Intel Core i5-8259U
381 Points ∼65% +3%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U
  (369 - 386, n=4)
380 Points ∼65% +3%
Beelink SER3
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
377 Points ∼65% +2%
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Intel Core i5-8259U
369 Points ∼63%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Beelink GTR5
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
4596 Points ∼100% +212%
Beelink SER4
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
3248 Points ∼71% +121%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
2657 Points ∼58% +81%
Average of class Desktop
  (304 - 9630, n=45, last 2 years)
2518 Points ∼55% +71%
Beelink GTI 11
Intel Core i5-1135G7
2163 Points ∼47% +47%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Core i7-8809G
2005 Points ∼44% +36%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1974 Points ∼43% +34%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
Intel Core i5-10210U
1820 Points ∼40% +24%
Beelink SER3
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
1514 Points ∼33% +3%
Chuwi CoreBook X Pro
Intel Core i5-8259U
1512 Points ∼33% +3%
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Intel Core i5-8259U
1471 Points ∼32%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U
  (1385 - 1512, n=4)
1450 Points ∼32% -1%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
1432 Points ∼31% -3%
Chuwi CoreBook X
Intel Core i5-8259U
1385 Points ∼30% -6%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Beelink GTR5
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
240 Points ∼100% +64%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
230 Points ∼96% +57%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
201 Points ∼84% +37%
Beelink GTI 11
Intel Core i5-1135G7
200 Points ∼83% +37%
Beelink SER4
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
187 Points ∼78% +28%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Core i7-8809G
178 Points ∼74% +22%
Average of class Desktop
  (63.1 - 292, n=45, last 2 years)
174.7 Points ∼73% +19%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
Intel Core i5-10210U
168 Points ∼70% +15%
Chuwi CoreBook X Pro
Intel Core i5-8259U
153 Points ∼64% +5%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
151 Points ∼63% +3%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U
  (132 - 154, n=5)
147.3 Points ∼61% +1%
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Intel Core i5-8259U
146.3 Points ∼61%
Beelink SER3
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
146 Points ∼61% 0%
Chuwi CoreBook X
Intel Core i5-8259U
132 Points ∼55% -10%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Beelink GTR5
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
1963 (1889.11min - 1963.48max) Points ∼100% +227%
Beelink SER4
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
1411 (1390.29min - 1411.03max) Points ∼72% +135%
Average of class Desktop
  (204 - 3473, n=47, last 2 years)
1067 Points ∼54% +78%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
986 (962.77min - 985.76max) Points ∼50% +64%
Beelink GTI 11
Intel Core i5-1135G7
916 (822.06min - 915.5max) Points ∼47% +53%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Core i7-8809G
864 Points ∼44% +44%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
794 (772.57min - 794.38max) Points ∼40% +32%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
Intel Core i5-10210U
790 Points ∼40% +32%
Beelink SER3
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
680 (670.93min - 679.66max) Points ∼35% +13%
Chuwi CoreBook X Pro
Intel Core i5-8259U
636 (624.68min - 636.38max) Points ∼32% +6%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U
  (575 - 687, n=6)
620 Points ∼32% +3%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
615 (608.07min - 614.94max) Points ∼31% +3%
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Intel Core i5-8259U
600 (591.39min - 600.38max) Points ∼31%
Chuwi CoreBook X
Intel Core i5-8259U
575 (559.33min - 575.29max) Points ∼29% -4%
Blender / v2.79 BMW27 CPU
Average of class Desktop
  (128.3 - 3032, n=44, last 2 years)
898 Seconds * ∼100% -28%
Chuwi CoreBook X
Intel Core i5-8259U
766 Seconds * ∼85% -9%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
755 Seconds * ∼84% -7%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U
  (699 - 769, n=5)
739 Seconds * ∼82% -5%
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Intel Core i5-8259U
704 Seconds * ∼78%
Chuwi CoreBook X Pro
Intel Core i5-8259U
699 Seconds * ∼78% +1%
Beelink SER3
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
672 Seconds * ∼75% +5%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
600 Seconds * ∼67% +15%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
Intel Core i5-10210U
585 Seconds * ∼65% +17%
Beelink GTI 11
Intel Core i5-1135G7
551 Seconds * ∼61% +22%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Core i7-8809G
537 Seconds * ∼60% +24%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
468 Seconds * ∼52% +34%
Beelink SER4
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
340 Seconds * ∼38% +52%
Beelink GTR5
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
262 Seconds * ∼29% +63%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Beelink GTR5
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
5791 MIPS ∼100% +46%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5405 MIPS ∼93% +36%
Beelink GTI 11
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4852 MIPS ∼84% +22%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4738 MIPS ∼82% +19%
Beelink SER4
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
4603 MIPS ∼79% +16%
Average of class Desktop
  (2215 - 6799, n=42, last 2 years)
4420 MIPS ∼76% +11%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
Intel Core i5-10210U
4253 MIPS ∼73% +7%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Core i7-8809G
4101 MIPS ∼71% +3%
Chuwi CoreBook X
Intel Core i5-8259U
4022 MIPS ∼69% +1%
Chuwi CoreBook X Pro
Intel Core i5-8259U
4018 MIPS ∼69% +1%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U
  (3951 - 4022, n=5)
3988 MIPS ∼69% 0%
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Intel Core i5-8259U
3970 MIPS ∼69%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
3951 MIPS ∼68% 0%
Beelink SER3
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
3752 MIPS ∼65% -5%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Beelink GTR5
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
56761 MIPS ∼100% +97%
Beelink SER4
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
40117 MIPS ∼71% +39%
Average of class Desktop
  (5694 - 96960, n=42, last 2 years)
29633 MIPS ∼52% +3%
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Intel Core i5-8259U
28824 MIPS ∼51%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
27203 MIPS ∼48% -6%
Beelink GTI 11
Intel Core i5-1135G7
24655 MIPS ∼43% -14%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
23280 MIPS ∼41% -19%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
Intel Core i5-10210U
21679 MIPS ∼38% -25%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U
  (17799 - 28824, n=5)
21188 MIPS ∼37% -26%
Chuwi CoreBook X Pro
Intel Core i5-8259U
19407 MIPS ∼34% -33%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Core i7-8809G
19347 MIPS ∼34% -33%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
18802 MIPS ∼33% -35%
Chuwi CoreBook X
Intel Core i5-8259U
17799 MIPS ∼31% -38%
Beelink SER3
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
17077 MIPS ∼30% -41%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Beelink GTR5
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
1560 Points ∼100% +64%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1559 Points ∼100% +64%
Beelink GTI 11
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1415 Points ∼91% +49%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
1396 Points ∼89% +47%
Average of class Desktop
  (388 - 1969, n=44, last 2 years)
1216 Points ∼78% +28%
Beelink SER4
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
1192 Points ∼76% +25%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
Intel Core i5-10210U
1099 Points ∼70% +16%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
984 Points ∼63% +3%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U
  (951 - 984, n=2)
968 Points ∼62% +2%
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Intel Core i5-8259U
951 Points ∼61%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Beelink GTR5
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
8147 Points ∼100% +126%
Beelink SER4
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
6375 Points ∼78% +77%
Average of class Desktop
  (1198 - 17698, n=44, last 2 years)
5568 Points ∼68% +54%
Beelink GTI 11
Intel Core i5-1135G7
5059 Points ∼62% +40%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
4975 Points ∼61% +38%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
4593 Points ∼56% +27%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
Intel Core i5-10210U
3939 Points ∼48% +9%
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Intel Core i5-8259U
3607 Points ∼44%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U
  (3359 - 3607, n=2)
3483 Points ∼43% -3%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
3359 Points ∼41% -7%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Beelink GTR5
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
14.8 fps ∼100% +177%
Beelink SER4
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
10.4 fps ∼70% +94%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
8.47 fps ∼57% +58%
Average of class Desktop
  (0.65 - 29, n=42, last 2 years)
7.97 fps ∼54% +49%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Core i7-8809G
7.1 fps ∼48% +33%
Beelink GTI 11
Intel Core i5-1135G7
6.98 fps ∼47% +30%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
6.63 fps ∼45% +24%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
Intel Core i5-10210U
6.28 fps ∼42% +17%
Chuwi CoreBook X Pro
Intel Core i5-8259U
5.42 fps ∼37% +1%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
5.37 fps ∼36% 0%
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Intel Core i5-8259U
5.35 fps ∼36%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U
  (4.72 - 5.42, n=5)
5.13 fps ∼35% -4%
Chuwi CoreBook X
Intel Core i5-8259U
4.81 fps ∼33% -10%
Beelink SER3
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
4.14 fps ∼28% -23%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Beelink SER3
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
86.5 s * ∼100% -20%
Average of class Desktop
  (38.1 - 367, n=42, last 2 years)
79.3 s * ∼92% -10%
Chuwi CoreBook X
Intel Core i5-8259U
76 s * ∼88% -5%
Chuwi CoreBook X Pro
Intel Core i5-8259U
72.7 s * ∼84% -1%
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Intel Core i5-8259U
72.3 s * ∼84%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U
  (63.6 - 76, n=4)
71.2 s * ∼82% +2%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
63.6 s * ∼74% +12%
Beelink SER4
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
62.6 s * ∼72% +13%
Beelink GTI 11
Intel Core i5-1135G7
54.5 s * ∼63% +25%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
51.3 s * ∼59% +29%
Beelink GTR5
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
49.7 s * ∼57% +31%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
42.2 s * ∼49% +42%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Intel Core i5-8259U
0.806 sec * ∼100%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U
0.786 sec * ∼98% +2%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U
  (0.738 - 0.806, n=4)
0.769 sec * ∼95% +5%
Average of class Desktop
  (0.3946 - 1.577, n=41, last 2 years)
0.765 sec * ∼95% +5%
Chuwi CoreBook X
Intel Core i5-8259U
0.746 sec * ∼93% +7%
Chuwi CoreBook X Pro
Intel Core i5-8259U
0.738 sec * ∼92% +8%
Beelink SER3
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
0.723 sec * ∼90% +10%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
Intel Core i5-10210U
0.72 sec * ∼89% +11%
Beelink GTI 11
Intel Core i5-1135G7
0.627 sec * ∼78% +22%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Core i5-1135G7
0.622 sec * ∼77% +23%
Beelink SER4
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
0.576 sec * ∼71% +29%
Intel NUC11PAQi7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.553 sec * ∼69% +31%
Beelink GTR5
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
0.48 sec * ∼60% +40%
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 5.3: 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
600 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
79.6 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
146.3 Points
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System Performance

Overall performance is adequate for general use, but the aging Coffee Lake platform lags behind newer hardware.
Overall performance is adequate for general use, but the aging Coffee Lake platform lags behind newer hardware.

General system performance is adequate for most tasks. While it falls behind devices with newer chipsets, the Geekom Mini IT8 offers enough power for busy web browsing and involved office tasks. However, running multiple CPU-intensive tasks (such as running formulas in several large spreadsheets concurrently) may cause some slowdowns. The Geekom desktop noticeably lags in digital content creation, likely due to its weaker Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 iGPU.

PCMark 10 / Score
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Vega M GH, i7-8809G, Intel Optane 120 GB SSDPEK1W120GA
5301 Points ∼100% +29%
Beelink SER4
Vega 8 R4000, R7 4800U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
5257 Points ∼99% +28%
Beelink GTI 11
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Kingston SA2000M8500G
4952 Points ∼93% +21%
Average of class Desktop
  (1707 - 8897, n=38, last 2 years)
4533 Points ∼86% +11%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Transcend M.2 SSD 430S TS512GMTS430S
4512 Points ∼85% +10%
GMK NucBox 2
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U, Netac S930E8/256GPN
4132 Points ∼78% +1%
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
4099 Points ∼77%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (3284 - 4132, n=5)
3831 Points ∼72% -7%
PCMark 10 / Essentials
Beelink GTI 11
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Kingston SA2000M8500G
9893 Points ∼100% +23%
Beelink SER4
Vega 8 R4000, R7 4800U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
9188 Points ∼93% +14%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Vega M GH, i7-8809G, Intel Optane 120 GB SSDPEK1W120GA
9125 Points ∼92% +13%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Transcend M.2 SSD 430S TS512GMTS430S
9000 Points ∼91% +12%
GMK NucBox 2
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U, Netac S930E8/256GPN
8351 Points ∼84% +4%
Average of class Desktop
  (4754 - 11660, n=37, last 2 years)
8271 Points ∼84% +3%
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
8064 Points ∼82%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (7364 - 8351, n=5)
7883 Points ∼80% -2%
PCMark 10 / Productivity
Beelink SER4
Vega 8 R4000, R7 4800U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
7916 Points ∼100% +33%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Vega M GH, i7-8809G, Intel Optane 120 GB SSDPEK1W120GA
7915 Points ∼100% +33%
Average of class Desktop
  (2948 - 10470, n=37, last 2 years)
6590 Points ∼83% +10%
Beelink GTI 11
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Kingston SA2000M8500G
6400 Points ∼81% +7%
GMK NucBox 2
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U, Netac S930E8/256GPN
6348 Points ∼80% +6%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Transcend M.2 SSD 430S TS512GMTS430S
6190 Points ∼78% +4%
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
5970 Points ∼75%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (4390 - 6400, n=5)
5827 Points ∼74% -2%
PCMark 10 / Digital Content Creation
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Vega M GH, i7-8809G, Intel Optane 120 GB SSDPEK1W120GA
5598 Points ∼100% +44%
Beelink SER4
Vega 8 R4000, R7 4800U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
5422 Points ∼97% +40%
Beelink GTI 11
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Kingston SA2000M8500G
5206 Points ∼93% +34%
Average of class Desktop
  (960 - 15657, n=37, last 2 years)
4743 Points ∼85% +22%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Transcend M.2 SSD 430S TS512GMTS430S
4474 Points ∼80% +15%
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
3884 Points ∼69%
GMK NucBox 2
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U, Netac S930E8/256GPN
3613 Points ∼65% -7%
Average Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (2679 - 3884, n=5)
3348 Points ∼60% -14%
PCMark 10 Score
4099 points
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DPC Latency

The Geekom Mini IT8 appears suitable for rendering real-time audio. Per LatencyMon, there are no noticeable issues with DPC latency. Streaming 4K videos at 60 FPS is perfectly smooth with no dropped frames, as seen in our minute-long YouTube test.

DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Chuwi CoreBook X Pro
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
990 μs * ∼100% -42%
Chuwi CoreBook X
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
903 μs * ∼91% -29%
GMK NucBox 2
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U, Netac S930E8/256GPN
786 μs * ∼79% -13%
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Iris Plus Graphics 655, i5-8259U, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
698 μs * ∼71%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Transcend M.2 SSD 430S TS512GMTS430S
525 μs * ∼53% +25%
Beelink SER4
Vega 8 R4000, R7 4800U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
336 μs * ∼34% +52%
Beelink GTI 11
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Kingston SA2000M8500G
278.2 μs * ∼28% +60%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

The Geekom Mini IT8 ships with a 512 GB Kingston PCIe Gen 3 SSD. This drive is zippy and offers good read and write speeds. It also offers consistency in access times, as measured by our DiskSpd Read loop test. Since the drive is readily replaceable, users can easily swap out this SSD for one they prefer, although the device only supports up to PCIe Gen 3. The Geekom Mini IT8 has an empty bay for a 2.5-inch SATA III drive.

CDM 8.0.4
CDM 8.0.4
AS SSD 2.0.7316
AS SSD 2.0.7316
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
Beelink SER4
Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
Beelink GTI 11
Kingston SA2000M8500G
GMK NucBox 2
Netac S930E8/256GPN
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Transcend M.2 SSD 430S TS512GMTS430S
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Optane 120 GB SSDPEK1W120GA
Average Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
 
Average of class Desktop
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
32%
81%
39%
-34%
35%
30%
18%
Write 4K
114.2
183.3
61%
231.2
102%
178.4
56%
65.9
-42%
133.7
17%
176.8 ?(114.2 - 293, n=4)
55%
137 ?(26 - 304, n=32, last 2 years)
20%
Read 4K
46.92
62.2
33%
66.1
41%
61
30%
24.27
-48%
178.6
281%
47.9 ?(31.3 - 62.1, n=4)
2%
43.6 ?(15 - 80.4, n=32, last 2 years)
-7%
Write Seq
928.6
976
5%
1942
109%
1040
12%
456.4
-51%
608
-35%
942 ?(459 - 1191, n=4)
1%
1160 ?(64.6 - 4094, n=29, last 2 years)
25%
Read Seq
838.3
1629
94%
1739
107%
1919
129%
542
-35%
1428
70%
1424 ?(838 - 1792, n=4)
70%
1381 ?(334 - 4099, n=29, last 2 years)
65%
Write 4K Q32T1
220.3
443.1
101%
495.3
125%
417.7
90%
331.3
50%
323.6
47%
369 ?(220 - 499, n=4)
67%
327 ?(28.8 - 788, n=32, last 2 years)
48%
Read 4K Q32T1
316.2
339
7%
648
105%
325.6
3%
295
-7%
282.3
-11%
508 ?(316 - 719, n=4)
61%
380 ?(17.4 - 1020, n=32, last 2 years)
20%
Write Seq Q32T1
1227.2
979
-20%
2055
67%
1144
-7%
506
-59%
627
-49%
1022 ?(436 - 1227, n=4)
-17%
1178 ?(59 - 5065, n=32, last 2 years)
-4%
Read Seq Q32T1
2510.5
1837
-27%
2235
-11%
2379
-5%
562
-78%
1521
-39%
2460 ?(2222 - 2554, n=4)
-2%
1867 ?(219 - 6884, n=32, last 2 years)
-26%
AS SSD
11%
68%
-65%
-92%
46%
-13%
-21%
Seq Read
1907.57
1653
-13%
2006
5%
2069
8%
527
-72%
1379
-28%
1910 ?(1451 - 2304, n=4)
0%
1493 ?(391 - 5397, n=35, last 2 years)
-22%
Seq Write
1039.43
869
-16%
1904
83%
1203
16%
469
-55%
553
-47%
759 ?(308 - 1145, n=4)
-27%
1104 ?(365 - 4006, n=35, last 2 years)
6%
4K Read
43.19
56.4
31%
60.9
41%
41.66
-4%
20.41
-53%
127.9
196%
38.8 ?(24 - 57.9, n=4)
-10%
36.6 ?(10.7 - 83.9, n=35, last 2 years)
-15%
4K Write
57.24
163.7
186%
203.7
256%
136.9
139%
42.52
-26%
103.5
81%
98.4 ?(57.2 - 152.4, n=4)
72%
105 ?(30.2 - 308, n=35, last 2 years)
83%
4K-64 Read
772.77
321.8
-58%
740
-4%
366.3
-53%
231.4
-70%
1258
63%
574 ?(257 - 773, n=4)
-26%
593 ?(59.4 - 2283, n=35, last 2 years)
-23%
4K-64 Write
385.27
778
102%
1092
183%
340.5
-12%
285.3
-26%
556
44%
580 ?(243 - 984, n=4)
51%
663 ?(56.3 - 2281, n=35, last 2 years)
72%
Access Time Read *
0.131
0.085
35%
0.047
64%
0.064
51%
0.124
5%
0.025
81%
0.0965 ?(0.105 - 0.15, n=4)
26%
0.2123 ?(0.045 - 3.63, n=35, last 2 years)
-62%
Access Time Write *
0.03
0.137
-357%
0.083
-177%
0.347
-1057%
0.269
-797%
0.033
-10%
0.1128 ?(0.029 - 0.353, n=4)
-276%
0.1875 ?(0.012 - 0.623, n=35, last 2 years)
-525%
Score Read
1007
544
-46%
1001
-1%
615
-39%
304
-70%
1524
51%
804 ?(478 - 1007, n=4)
-20%
794 ?(51 - 2777, n=35, last 2 years)
-21%
Score Write
546
1028
88%
1486
172%
598
10%
375
-31%
714
31%
754 ?(387 - 1251, n=4)
38%
895 ?(52 - 2827, n=35, last 2 years)
64%
Score Total
2035
1833
-10%
3013
48%
1497
-26%
839
-59%
3023
49%
1922 ?(1033 - 2722, n=4)
-6%
2085 ?(142 - 6725, n=35, last 2 years)
2%
Copy ISO MB/s
1018.16
2017
98%
1714
68%
1186
16%
490.9
-52%
1125
10%
977 ?(278 - 1636, n=3)
-4%
1274 ?(54.9 - 3802, n=33, last 2 years)
25%
Copy Program MB/s
378.31
274.7
-27%
357
-6%
428.6
13%
415.9
10%
342.4
-9%
341 ?(282 - 378, n=3)
-10%
351 ?(52.3 - 1191, n=33, last 2 years)
-7%
Copy Game MB/s
322.02
756
135%
1040
223%
435.7
35%
352.3
9%
768
138%
340 ?(284 - 414, n=3)
6%
726 ?(27.4 - 2579, n=33, last 2 years)
125%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
22% / 18%
75% / 73%
-13% / -27%
-63% / -71%
41% / 42%
9% / 2%
-2% / -7%

* ... smaller is better

Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 2510.5 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1227.2 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 316.2 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 220.3 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 838.3 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 928.6 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 46.92 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 114.2 MB/s

Disk Throttling: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1: Ø2234 (2060.24-2245.42)
Beelink SER4 Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8: Ø1407 (1225.09-1439.28)
Beelink GTI 11 Kingston SA2000M8500G: Ø1656 (1490.24-1661.99)

GPU Performance

The integrated Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 GPU offers a modest step up from most integrated graphics solutions, but its age is apparent when compared to Intel's newer Iris Xe iGPUs. It also trails AMD's Radeon RX Vega iGPUs, offering roughly half the performance in most benchmarks. While the Geekom Mini IT8 can handle streaming and multi-monitor support, users that have higher graphical demands (such as photo/video editing or 3D modeling) should look elsewhere.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Time Spy
Time Spy
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Ultra
Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Average of class Desktop
  (508 - 69481, n=43, last 2 years)
14644 Points ∼100% +405%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH, Intel Core i7-8809G
14302 Points ∼98% +393%
Dell Inspiron 15 5518-2X3JR
NVIDIA GeForce MX450, Intel Core i5-11300H
8517 Points ∼58% +194%
Lenovo ThinkPad T15p-20TN0006GE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, Intel Core i7-10750H
7420 Points ∼51% +156%
Beelink SER4
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
6036 Points ∼41% +108%
Beelink GTI 11
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
5566 Points ∼38% +92%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
5221 Points ∼36% +80%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, Intel Core i5-8259U
2947 Points ∼20% +2%
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, Intel Core i5-8259U
2900 Points ∼20%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (1365 - 3081, n=7)
2681 Points ∼18% -8%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Average of class Desktop
  (378 - 53110, n=46, last 2 years)
11160 Points ∼100% +463%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH, Intel Core i7-8809G
10248 Points ∼92% +417%
Lenovo ThinkPad T15p-20TN0006GE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, Intel Core i7-10750H
5970 Points ∼53% +201%
Dell Inspiron 15 5518-2X3JR
NVIDIA GeForce MX450, Intel Core i5-11300H
4766 Points ∼43% +140%
Beelink GTI 11
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
4010 Points ∼36% +102%
Beelink SER4
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
3927 Points ∼35% +98%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
3152 Points ∼28% +59%
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, Intel Core i5-8259U
1983 Points ∼18%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, Intel Core i5-8259U
1914 Points ∼17% -3%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (920 - 2260, n=8)
1817 Points ∼16% -8%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH, Intel Core i7-8809G
59162 Points ∼100% +288%
Average of class Desktop
  (2453 - 246319, n=40, last 2 years)
38849 Points ∼66% +155%
Dell Inspiron 15 5518-2X3JR
NVIDIA GeForce MX450, Intel Core i5-11300H
27524 Points ∼47% +80%
Beelink SER4
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
27339 Points ∼46% +79%
Beelink GTI 11
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
25008 Points ∼42% +64%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
19330 Points ∼33% +27%
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, Intel Core i5-8259U
15259 Points ∼26%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, Intel Core i5-8259U
15258 Points ∼26% 0%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (6498 - 16698, n=8)
13736 Points ∼23% -10%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average of class Desktop
  (102 - 21645, n=40, last 2 years)
4921 Points ∼100% +709%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH, Intel Core i7-8809G
2908 Points ∼59% +378%
Dell Inspiron 15 5518-2X3JR
NVIDIA GeForce MX450, Intel Core i5-11300H
1896 Points ∼39% +212%
Lenovo ThinkPad T15p-20TN0006GE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, Intel Core i7-10750H
1871 Points ∼38% +208%
Beelink GTI 11
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
1281 Points ∼26% +111%
Beelink SER4
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
1241 Points ∼25% +104%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1135G7
1031 Points ∼21% +70%
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, Intel Core i5-8259U
608 Points ∼12%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, Intel Core i5-8259U
594 Points ∼12% -2%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (301 - 633, n=9)
563 Points ∼11% -7%
3DMark 11 Performance
3180 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
91026 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
11875 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1851 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
861 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
692 points
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Gaming Performance

The Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 is best suited for casual games. Lighter titles like Rocket League are playable at 60 FPS at FHD (1920x1080) and Low/Medium settings. Turning the graphics slider up drops framerates, but the Mini IT8 still manages above 30 FPS in most competitive titles.

Unfortunately, most modern AAA games are not playable, even at the lowest settings. The iGPU simply doesn't have the power to push those pixels. We also noticed some bizarre graphical glitches in some games (like Shadow of the Tomb Raider), and some games (like DOOM Eternal) failed to start without serious tinkering. We chalked this up to lackluster driver support, which has been known to plague Intel's integrated GPUs for years.

Final Fantasy XV Benchmark - 1280x720 Lite Quality
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Core i7-8809G, AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH
81.8 fps ∼100% +381%
MSI Summit E14 A11SCS
Intel Core i7-1185G7, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
72 fps ∼88% +324%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro 14 OLED Ryzen 9
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS, NVIDIA GeForce MX450
69.3 fps ∼85% +308%
Average of class Desktop
  (4.13 - 232, n=34, last 2 years)
52.5 fps ∼64% +209%
Asus Vivobook 15 K513EQ
Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX350
48.6 fps ∼59% +186%
Beelink SER4
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
37.3 fps ∼46% +119%
Beelink GTI 11
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
36.7 fps ∼45% +116%
Honor MagicBook 16 2022
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
35 fps ∼43% +106%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX434FL-DB77
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
33.7 fps ∼41% +98%
Huawei MateBook D 15 Ryzen 5 5500U
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
29.8 fps ∼36% +75%
Intel NUC11TNKi5
Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
26.8 fps ∼33% +58%
GMK NucBox 2
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
17.3 fps ∼21% +2%
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
17 fps ∼21%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (9.11 - 17.3, n=7)
15.3 fps ∼19% -10%
Rocket League
1280x720 Performance
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (78 - 133.3, n=3)
102.8 fps ∼100% +32%
Average of class Desktop
  (56.2 - 94, n=4, last 2 years)
80.3 fps ∼78% +3%
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
78 fps ∼76%
1920x1080 Performance
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (60 - 92, n=2)
76 fps ∼100% +27%
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
60 fps ∼79%
Average of class Desktop
  (60 - 60, n=3, last 2 years)
60 fps ∼79% 0%
1920x1080 Quality AA:Medium FX
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (40.6 - 59.1, n=3)
48.6 fps ∼100% +6%
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
46 fps ∼95%
Average of class Desktop
  (43 - 46.3, n=4, last 2 years)
44.8 fps ∼92% -3%
1920x1080 High Quality AA:High FX
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Core i7-8809G, AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH
141 (113min - 196max) fps ∼100% +292%
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
36 fps ∼26%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (32.7 - 38.8, n=3)
35.8 fps ∼25% -1%
Average of class Desktop
  (29 - 36, n=4, last 2 years)
31.6 fps ∼22% -12%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
1280x720 Lowest Preset
Average of class Desktop
  (7 - 248, n=13, last 2 years)
120.5 fps ∼100% +534%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Core i7-8809G, AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH
109 (88min - 171max) fps ∼90% +474%
Lenovo ThinkPad T15p-20TN0006GE
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
85.5 (24min - 151max) fps ∼71% +350%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  (19 - 22, n=3)
20.5 fps ∼17% +8%
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
19 fps ∼16%
1920x1080 Medium Preset
Average of class Desktop
  (13 - 265, n=15, last 2 years)
120.9 fps ∼100% +830%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Core i7-8809G, AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH
47 (38min - 90max) fps ∼39% +262%
Lenovo ThinkPad T15p-20TN0006GE
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
37.2 (26min - 67max) fps ∼31% +186%
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
13 fps ∼11%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
 
13 fps ∼11% 0%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:SM
Average of class Desktop
  (8 - 257, n=15, last 2 years)
117.1 fps ∼100% +1364%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Core i7-8809G, AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH
43 (35min - 78max) fps ∼37% +438%
Lenovo ThinkPad T15p-20TN0006GE
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
33.8 (6min - 59max) fps ∼29% +323%
Geekom Mini IT8-GM08i5T
Intel Core i5-8259U, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
8 fps ∼7%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
 
8 fps ∼7% 0%
low med. high ultra
Rocket League (2017) 78 46 36
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 17
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 19 13 8

Emissions

Stress test and temperatures

Under stress, the Geekom Mini IT8 experiences some throttling due to high temperatures on the CPU die. Running Prime95 for an hour sees the CPU briefly boost up to 3.6 GHz before settling back down to a fairly stable 2.7 GHz. However, temperatures on the CPU fluctuate around 85º C after a short spike up to 102º C. After an hour of running Furmark, the iGPU manages a steady 900 MHz while staying rock solid at 70º C.

Running Prime 95 and Furmark concurrently slows the CPU to a crawl, causing it to throttle back to 1.0-1.1 GHz. The iGPU also pulls back slightly to 800 MHz. However, temperatures across the CPU package remain reasonable at 69º C. The CPU hits its rated TDP of 28 Watts during all three tests (although there are some short spikes to 48 and 43 Watts at the start of the Prime95 and Furmark, respectively).

During our stress tests, the case grew warm to the touch but never felt hot. This is likely due to the vented sides and vents on the back providing plenty of airflow through the chassis. So long as these remain unrestricted, external temperatures should not be concerning. There is a single fan that blends in with surrounding noise and largely goes unnoticed. It only ramps up under load, and even then it is hard to hear from a normal sitting distance.

Prime95
Prime95
Furmark
Furmark
Prime95 + Furmark
Prime95 + Furmark

Pros

+ small size
+ decent CPU performance
+ quiet fan
+ lots of USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) ports
+ several display connections that support 4K60
+ 2x DDR4 SODIMM, PCIe Gen 3 M.2 SSD, and 2.5-inch SATA III

Cons

- aging chipset
- lackluster gaming performance
- glossy plastic chassis shows fingerprints
- no Wi-Fi 6
- CPU can run hot under extended stress

Verdict

The Geekom Mini IT8 is a competent mini desktop that packs quite a few ports into its tiny chassis. While it's not the smallest desktop on the market, it has decent computing chops in a tiny case that's easily stowed out of sight.

Highlights include the suite of display connections (up to four 4K60 displays are supported, according to Geekom) and its quiet fan. The Core i5-8259U and Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 make for a good combo for an office machine or media streaming HTPC. The bevy of 10 Gpbs USB ports opens the option for connecting lots of high-speed USB drives for media management.

However, the Coffee Lake CPU is four years old at this point, and it shows. Intel's Tiger Lake and Alder Lake chips offer noticeably better performance, and the Intel Xe Graphics iGPUs in the newer chipsets are miles beyond the now-ancient Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 in terms of gaming and graphics work. Still, for USD $449 (for our reviewed unit), the Geekom Mini IT8 undercuts many of its competitors while offering a very similar experience.

All said, the Geekom Mini IT8 is best suited for those in search of a tiny office desktop that is neither seen nor heard. Users interested in a solid media streaming PC may also want to look at the Geekom Mini IT8.

Price and availability

The Geekom Mini IT8 is available at Amazon starting at USD $379 (Core i5-8259U, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD). Our unit as reviewed (Core i5-8259U, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD) is currently on sale for USD $449. Interested buyers can also purchase the Geekom Mini IT8 directly from Geekom for the same price.

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Sam Medley, 2022-05- 4 (Update: 2022-05- 5)