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MSI Cubi 5 10M with Core i3-10110U and 27-inch monitor MD271 in review

NUC alternative? MSI Cubi 5 10M is a compact office PC without many frills. Together with the Cubi 5 10M, we also took a closer look at the MSI Modern MD271 monitor and the MSI Modern LED Lux Lightbar.
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MSI provided us with an office setup for this review, consisting of the Cubi 5 10M, the 27-inch MSI Modern MD271 monitor and a Light Bar

The Cubi 5 10M is a mini-PC based on Comet Lake and somewhat resembles the Intel NUC in shape and size. The SoC in our test device is the Intel Core i3-10110U, a dual-core processor with a total of 4 threads. The installed working memory is a 4 GB SO-DIMM module and can be replaced or expanded if necessary. A total of two SO-DIMM modules can be used. The 256 GB SSD offers NVMe support and thus provides fast read and write rates. Everything is installed in the small case with 124 x 54 x 124 (WxHxD) millimeters (~4.9 x 2.1 x 4.9 inches). This means that the Cubi 5 M10 is only slightly larger in direct comparison with the Intel NUC 10 Performance Kit. If the installed M.2 SSD is too small for you, you can swap it or install another 2.5-inch drive in the device. All necessary screws and cables are included. The Cubi 5 M10 Mini-PC in our test configuration is available for just under 540 Euros (~$638). However, we would like to emphasize that this is not a barebone system, which means that there are no additional costs for RAM, mass storage and operating system.

The MSI Cubi 5 M10 is available in six different configurations. You can find a list here https://de.msi.com/Business-Productivity-PC/Cubi-5-10M/Specification . However, you should be careful since the alternative options are so-called barebone systems. These come without working memory and mass storage. The operating system also has to be purchased additionally, which pushes the price up.

Case & Equipment

The case features a lot of plastic and metal on the inside for stability. The black case is brightened up with a few accents. Fortunately, piano lacquer surfaces are not used. These quickly get scratched over time and make fingerprints visible very quickly. The case is very robust and offers a maintenance hatch on the underside. You can then quickly access the installed components inside. The device can also be attached directly to a monitor, as long as it has a Vesa mount. An optional button can be attached to switch the device on without any problems.

The Cubi 5 10M offers enough options for external devices. A total of five USB-A ports are more than sufficient. Nevertheless, there is also a TypeC port on the front. External screens can be connected via DisplayPort or HDMI.

MSI Cubi 5 10M
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MSI Cubi 5 10M
MSI Cubi 5 10M (accessories)
MSI Cubi 5 10M (Source: MSI)
MSI Cubi 5 10M (power supply)
MSI Modern LED Lux Lightbar
MSI Modern LED Lux Lightbar
MSI Modern LED Lux Lightbar
MSI Modern LED Lux Lightbar
MSI Modern LED Lux Lightbar
MSI Modern LED Lux Lightbar
MSI Modern MD271QPDE
MSI Modern MD271QPDE
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MSI Modern MD271QPDE with MSI Cubi 5 10M and MSI Modern LED Lux Lightbar
MSI Modern MD271QPDE with MSI Cubi 5 10M and MSI Modern LED Lux Lightbar
MSI Modern MD271QPDE (Source: MSI)
MSI Modern MD271QPDE (Source: MSI)
MSI Modern MD271QPDE (Source: MSI)

Performance - Not much room for improvement

The MSI Cubi 5 10M is equipped with the Intel Core i3-10110U which is quite sufficient for simple office applications. The computing power is sufficient for everyday office work and occasional Internet surfing. However, the installed 4 GB DDR4 RAM could quickly reach its limits if you frequently use many browser tabs at the same time. An upgrade to 8 GB is recommended here, which is quickly done with a second module. Most users should be able to cope with the 256 GB SSD. Thanks to NVMe support, the SSD offers fast data transfer rates and the system is quickly ready to boot.

Processor

The Intel Core i3-10110U offers two native cores and a total of four threads. The SoC belongs to Intel's Comet Lake series and has a base clock of 2.1 GHz. Depending on the load, the SoC can boost up to 4.1 GHz in Turbo for a short time. As a dual-core processor, the Intel Core i3-10110U only offers a comparatively low performance, which is also reflected in the benchmarks. The gap to the somewhat larger Intel Core i5-10210U is enormous, especially in the multi-core benchmarks. Nevertheless, the performance of the Intel Core i3-10110U in the MSI Cubi 5 10M is about on par with our average rates.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Intel NUC10i7FNH, Intel Core i7-10710U
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
194 Points ∼100% +20%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
168 Points ∼87% +4%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
162 Points ∼84%
Average Intel Core i3-10110U
  (129 - 172, n=5)
159 Points ∼82% -2%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800, Intel Iris Graphics 540
117 Points ∼60% -28%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
108 Points ∼56% -33%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
84 Points ∼43% -48%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000, Intel UHD Graphics 600
77 Points ∼40% -52%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Intel NUC10i7FNH, Intel Core i7-10710U
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
1067 Points ∼100% +238%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
790 Points ∼74% +150%
Average Intel Core i3-10110U
  (314 - 405, n=5)
352 Points ∼33% +11%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
316 Points ∼30%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800, Intel Iris Graphics 540
298 Points ∼28% -6%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
261 Points ∼24% -17%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000, Intel UHD Graphics 600
248 Points ∼23% -22%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
220 Points ∼21% -30%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
211 (209.9min - 211.39max) Points ∼20% -33%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Intel NUC10i7FNH, Intel Core i7-10710U
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
2.19 Points ∼100% +17%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
1.91 Points ∼87% +2%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
1.87 Points ∼85%
Average Intel Core i3-10110U
 
1.87 Points ∼85% 0%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800, Intel Iris Graphics 540
1.33 Points ∼61% -29%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
1.28 Points ∼58% -32%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000, Intel UHD Graphics 600
0.92 Points ∼42% -51%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Intel NUC10i7FNH, Intel Core i7-10710U
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
10.89 Points ∼100% +203%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
8.66 Points ∼80% +141%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
3.59 Points ∼33%
Average Intel Core i3-10110U
 
3.59 Points ∼33% 0%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800, Intel Iris Graphics 540
3.26 Points ∼30% -9%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000, Intel UHD Graphics 600
3.09 Points ∼28% -14%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
2.86 Points ∼26% -20%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Intel NUC10i7FNH, Intel Core i7-10710U
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
480 Points ∼100% +20%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
428 Points ∼89% +7%
Average Intel Core i3-10110U
  (400 - 405, n=3)
402 Points ∼84% 0%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
401 Points ∼84%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
200 Points ∼42% -50%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000, Intel UHD Graphics 600
171 Points ∼36% -57%
CPU (Multi Core)
Intel NUC10i7FNH, Intel Core i7-10710U
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
2303 Points ∼100% +210%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
1820 Points ∼79% +145%
Average Intel Core i3-10110U
  (743 - 928, n=3)
808 Points ∼35% +9%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
743 Points ∼32%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000, Intel UHD Graphics 600
556 Points ∼24% -25%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
491 Points ∼21% -34%
Blender 2.79 - BMW27 CPU
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000, Intel UHD Graphics 600
2379 Seconds * ∼100%
Average Intel Core i3-10110U
  (1174 - 1385, n=2)
1280 Seconds * ∼54%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
585 Seconds * ∼25%
Intel NUC10i7FNH, Intel Core i7-10710U
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
468.3 Seconds * ∼20%
wPrime 2.10
1024m
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
732 s * ∼100% -35%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
620 s * ∼85% -14%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000, Intel UHD Graphics 600
566 s * ∼77% -4%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800, Intel Iris Graphics 540
558 s * ∼76% -3%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
543 s * ∼74%
Average Intel Core i3-10110U
  (523 - 543, n=2)
533 s * ∼73% +2%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
217.8 s * ∼30% +60%
Intel NUC10i7FNH, Intel Core i7-10710U
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
177.4 s * ∼24% +67%
32m
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
23.1 s * ∼100% -31%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
19.5 s * ∼84% -11%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800, Intel Iris Graphics 540
18 s * ∼78% -2%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
17.62 s * ∼76%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000, Intel UHD Graphics 600
17.37 s * ∼75% +1%
Average Intel Core i3-10110U
  (13.9 - 17.6, n=2)
15.8 s * ∼68% +10%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
6.78 s * ∼29% +62%
Intel NUC10i7FNH, Intel Core i7-10710U
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
5.103 s * ∼22% +71%
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0
Pass 2
Intel NUC10i7FNH, Intel Core i7-10710U
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
60.5 (60.4min - 73.5max) fps ∼100% +194%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
49.35 (49.1min - 51.6max) fps ∼82% +140%
Average Intel Core i3-10110U
  (20.6 - 20.7, n=2)
20.6 fps ∼34% 0%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
20.55 (20.4min - 20.7max) fps ∼34%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800, Intel Iris Graphics 540
19.3 fps ∼32% -6%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000, Intel UHD Graphics 600
16.75 (16.7min - 16.9max) fps ∼28% -18%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
16.46 fps ∼27% -20%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
13.75 fps ∼23% -33%
Pass 1
Intel NUC10i7FNH, Intel Core i7-10710U
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
206 (204min - 208max) fps ∼100% +93%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
184.5 (184min - 186max) fps ∼90% +73%
Average Intel Core i3-10110U
  (106.5 - 113.6, n=2)
110.1 fps ∼53% +3%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
106.5 (106min - 109max) fps ∼52%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800, Intel Iris Graphics 540
105 fps ∼51% -1%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
88.5 fps ∼43% -17%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000, Intel UHD Graphics 600
78.9 (77.1min - 81.7max) fps ∼38% -26%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
74 fps ∼36% -31%
TrueCrypt
Serpent Mean 100MB
Intel NUC10i7FNH, Intel Core i7-10710U
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
0.57 GB/s ∼100% +171%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
0.48 GB/s ∼84% +129%
Average Intel Core i3-10110U
  (0.21 - 0.23, n=2)
0.22 GB/s ∼39% +5%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
0.21 GB/s ∼37%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000, Intel UHD Graphics 600
0.182 GB/s ∼32% -13%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800, Intel Iris Graphics 540
0.166 GB/s ∼29% -21%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
0.142 GB/s ∼25% -32%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
0.133 GB/s ∼23% -37%
Twofish Mean 100MB
Intel NUC10i7FNH, Intel Core i7-10710U
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
1 GB/s ∼100% +189%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
0.79 GB/s ∼79% +128%
Average Intel Core i3-10110U
  (0.346 - 0.394, n=2)
0.37 GB/s ∼37% +7%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
0.346 GB/s ∼35%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800, Intel Iris Graphics 540
0.283 GB/s ∼28% -18%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000, Intel UHD Graphics 600
0.266 GB/s ∼27% -23%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
0.245 GB/s ∼25% -29%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
0.199 GB/s ∼20% -42%
AES Mean 100MB
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
4.7 GB/s ∼100% +147%
Intel NUC10i7FNH, Intel Core i7-10710U
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
4.6 GB/s ∼98% +142%
Average Intel Core i3-10110U
  (1.9 - 2.2, n=2)
2.05 GB/s ∼44% +8%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000, Intel UHD Graphics 600
1.9 GB/s ∼40% 0%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
1.9 GB/s ∼40%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800, Intel Iris Graphics 540
1.7 GB/s ∼36% -11%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
1.5 GB/s ∼32% -21%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
1.3 GB/s ∼28% -32%
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Intel NUC10i7FNH, Intel Core i7-10710U
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
22969 Points ∼100%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
13949 Points ∼61%
Average Intel Core i3-10110U
 
8289 Points ∼36%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000, Intel UHD Graphics 600
5468 Points ∼24%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
5066 Points ∼22%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Intel NUC10i7FNH, Intel Core i7-10710U
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
5271 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i3-10110U
 
4455 Points ∼85%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
3680 Points ∼70%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
2613 Points ∼50%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000, Intel UHD Graphics 600
1922 Points ∼36%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
Intel NUC10i7FNH, Intel Core i7-10710U
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
7.95 fps ∼100%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
6.28 fps ∼79%
Average Intel Core i3-10110U
  (2.72 - 3.12, n=2)
2.92 fps ∼37%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000, Intel UHD Graphics 600
1.48 fps ∼19%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
0 fps ∼0%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R20
Cinebench R20

Cinebench R15 multi-loop

During the load test with the Cinebench R15 multi-loop, the Cubi 5 10M can keep the Intel Core i3-10110U in check quite well. The cooling system is not overloaded even after sustained load.

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MSI Cubi 5 10M Intel Core i3-10110U, Intel Core i3-10110U: Ø315 (308.88-317.27)
Intel NUC10i5FNK Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel Core i5-10210U: Ø755 (749.68-790.62)
Intel NUC10i7FNH Intel Core i7-10710U, Intel Core i7-10710U: Ø946 (834.01-1067.02)

System performance

The synthetic benchmarks of the System Performance clearly show the disadvantage of the dual-core CPU. The i3-10110U can no longer keep up with the native 4-cores and has to rank behind them with a clear gap. The gap to the average performance in our database is also striking. We suspect the reason for this to be the tight working memory. The MSI Cubi 5 10M does surprisingly well in the measured latencies under load and during playback of 4K video material. We had assumed significantly higher latencies here. The Cubi 5 10M clearly wins the comparison with the Intel NUCs. However, playing high-resolution video material demands a lot of performance from the mini-PC. The SoC should be given a few seconds to buffer. After that, smooth playback is possible.

Maximum latency when opening multiple browser tabs and playing 4K video.
Maximum latency when opening multiple browser tabs and playing 4K video.
Drivers ranked by longest execution time
Drivers ranked by longest execution time
Maximum latency after ten seconds of Prime95
Maximum latency after ten seconds of Prime95
PCMark 10
Score
Intel NUC10i7FNH, Intel Core i7-10710U
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
4418 Points ∼100% +49%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
4019 Points ∼91% +36%
Average Intel Core i3-10110U
  (2958 - 3542, n=3)
3287 Points ∼74% +11%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
2958 Points ∼67%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
2391 Points ∼54% -19%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000, Intel UHD Graphics 600
1806 Points ∼41% -39%
Productivity
Intel NUC10i7FNH, Intel Core i7-10710U
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
6876 Points ∼100% +27%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
6494 Points ∼94% +20%
Average Intel Core i3-10110U
  (5397 - 6758, n=3)
6046 Points ∼88% +12%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
5397 Points ∼78%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
4084 Points ∼59% -24%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000, Intel UHD Graphics 600
2928 Points ∼43% -46%
Essentials
Intel NUC10i7FNH, Intel Core i7-10710U
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
9013 Points ∼100% +45%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
8235 Points ∼91% +33%
Average Intel Core i3-10110U
  (6210 - 7583, n=3)
6998 Points ∼78% +13%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
6210 Points ∼69%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
5419 Points ∼60% -13%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000, Intel UHD Graphics 600
4693 Points ∼52% -24%
Digital Content Creation
Intel NUC10i7FNH, Intel Core i7-10710U
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
3777 Points ∼100% +80%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
3296 Points ∼87% +57%
Average Intel Core i3-10110U
  (2097 - 2390, n=3)
2274 Points ∼60% +8%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
2097 Points ∼56%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
1677 Points ∼44% -20%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000, Intel UHD Graphics 600
1165 Points ∼31% -44%
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000, Intel UHD Graphics 600
3767 μs * ∼100% -138%
Average Intel Core i3-10110U
  (1581 - 5347, n=3)
3169 μs * ∼84% -100%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
1581 μs * ∼42%

* ... smaller is better

Mass storage

CrystalDiskInfo
CrystalDiskInfo

Our test system is equipped with a 256 GB SSD. This also contains the operating system, which means the user has almost 220 GB available. The SSD used is a fast NVMe SSD in M.2-2280 format from Western Digital. In the test, the SSD impressed with very good read rates, although the write rates could have been a bit better. The bottom line is that the performance is more than sufficient for a simple office PC. A second data medium in 2.5-inch format can still be stored in the case. All necessary connection cables are included in the scope of delivery.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark 3
CrystalDiskMark 3
CrystalDiskMark 5
CrystalDiskMark 5
CrystalDiskMark 6
CrystalDiskMark 6

Graphics card

The Intel UHD Graphics 620 is well known. However, the Intel Core i3-10110U only offers 23 of the 24 EUs, which can also be seen in the performance. Furthermore, our test sample only works with one RAM module, which means additional performance is lost. A second RAM module can still provide a small performance boost. Nevertheless, no miracles should be expected. However, the MSI Cube 5 10M is not suitable for gaming. Only very simple casual games can be expected from the office slave.

More benchmarks for the Intel UHD Graphics 620 can be found here.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800, Intel Iris Graphics 540
2322 Points ∼100% +76%
Intel NUC10i7FNH, Intel Core i7-10710U
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
1983 Points ∼85% +51%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
1853 Points ∼80% +41%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1144 - 2006, n=241)
1742 Points ∼75% +32%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
1458 Points ∼63% +11%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
1316 Points ∼57%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
1175 Points ∼51% -11%
3DMark
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics
Intel NUC10i7FNH, Intel Core i7-10710U
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
79747 Points ∼100% +94%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (13790 - 102010, n=65)
68085 Points ∼85% +66%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
61979 Points ∼78% +51%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
58199 Points ∼73% +42%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
41037 Points ∼51%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
Intel NUC10i7FNH, Intel Core i7-10710U
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
48446 Points ∼100% +83%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (26409 - 59483, n=70)
43034 Points ∼89% +63%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
40670 Points ∼84% +54%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
40532 Points ∼84% +53%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
26409 Points ∼55%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800, Intel Iris Graphics 540
1479 Points ∼100% +92%
Intel NUC10i7FNH, Intel Core i7-10710U
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
1418 Points ∼96% +84%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
1202 Points ∼81% +56%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (557 - 1444, n=210)
1154 Points ∼78% +49%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
1033 Points ∼70% +34%
MSI Cubi 5 10M, Intel Core i3-10110U
2100, Intel UHD Graphics 620
772 Points ∼52%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
770 Points ∼52% 0%
3DMark 11 Performance
1395 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
39769 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5358 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
725 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
342 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
708 points
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Emissions & Energy

Temperature

First of all, we can state that the Cubi 5 10M does not have any temperature problems with the installed hardware. The case only heats up slightly under load. The SoC does not get very hot with a maximum of 68 °C (154.4 °F) in the stress test with Prime95 and FurMark. The power limit rather applies here, which slows down the SoC a bit. The base clock of 1.1 GHz cannot be maintained when the CPU and iGPU are loaded simultaneously. As is known, this is 2.1 GHz in the Core i3-10110U. The stress test did not have a sustainable impact on the performance. The result of the 3DMark11 benchmark is on the same level compared to the cold start. We could already determine this in the Cinebench R15 multi-loop. Here, too, the CPU performance remained almost the same in all 50 runs.

Stress test: FurMark+Prime95
Stress test: FurMark+Prime95
3DMark 11 after stress test
3DMark 11 after stress test
Heat generation top side (load)
Heat generation top side (load)
Heat generation power supply (load)
Heat generation power supply (load)

Noise emissions

An office PC should be quiet above all else. The MSI Cubi 5 M10 can do exactly that. When idling, we measured 30.91 dB(A), which is only marginally more than in complete silence in the room (30.5 dB(A)). However, the significantly higher noise load is noticeable when we run Prime95 alone as a stress test. Here, the SoC can use all of its power, which means that the cooling unit also has to work harder due to the increased heat development. If both applications Prime95 and FurMark are run at the same time, the SoC can no longer use the full performance because the CPU and iGPU have to share the TDP of 15 watts. With 32 dB(A), the Cubi 5 10M is then significantly quieter, although the maximum 35 dB(A) was not perceived as annoying either. The fan is gently regulated up and down and does not produce any high-frequency noise.

Noise emissions (idling)
Noise emissions (idling)
Noise emissions (stress test: Prime95)
Noise emissions (stress test: Prime95)
Noise emissions (stress test: FurMark+Prime95)
Noise emissions (stress test: FurMark+Prime95)

Energy consumption

The small Cubi 5 10 M can score in terms of energy consumption due to its frugal components. The meter only shows us 8 watts in idle. Nevertheless, it can be up to 46 watts on average under full load. The power supply had to provide a maximum of 66 watts. Thus, it is still sufficiently dimensioned with 65 watts.

Energy consumption switched off
Energy consumption switched off
Energy consumption in idle mode
Energy consumption in idle mode
Energy consumption Cinebench R15 Multi
Energy consumption Cinebench R15 Multi
Energy consumption during the stress test (Prime95)
Energy consumption during the stress test (Prime95)
Energy consumption during the stress test (FurMark)
Energy consumption during the stress test (FurMark)
Energy consumption in the stress test (FurMark and Prime95)
Energy consumption in the stress test (FurMark and Prime95)
Power Consumption
Cinebench R15 Multi Efficiency (external Monitor)
MSI Cubi 5 10M
12.9 Points per Watt ∼100%
1280x720 Prime95 28.10 and Furmark 1.25
MSI Cubi 5 10M
25.3 (24.8min, 25P1 - 26.3max) Watt * ∼100%
AC6-M Mini-PC
19.4 (19min, 19.1P1 - 20max) Watt * ∼77% +23%
Prime95 V28,10 Stress (external Monitor)
Intel NUC10i7FNH (Idle: 8.4 W)
60 (52min - 86max) Watt * ∼100% -28%
Intel NUC10i5FNK (Idle: 15.7 W)
58.5 (56min - 69max) Watt * ∼98% -25%
MSI Cubi 5 10M (Idle: 8 W)
46.72 (40min - 66max) Watt * ∼78%
AC6-M Mini-PC
17.4 (15.8min, 16.8P1 - 18max) Watt * ∼29% +63%
Cinebench R15 Multi (external Monitor)
MSI Cubi 5 10M (Idle: 8 W)
24.5 (9.03min, 19.9P1 - 25max) Watt * ∼100%
1280x720 FurMark 1.19 GPU Stress Test (external Monitor)
Intel NUC10i7FNH (Idle: 8.4 W)
46.6 (45min - 68max) Watt * ∼100% -85%
Intel NUC10i5FNK (Idle: 15.7 W)
37.8 (35min - 63max) Watt * ∼81% -50%
MSI Cubi 5 10M (Idle: 8 W)
25.17 (25min - 26max) Watt * ∼54%

* ... smaller is better

Monitor - MD271 Series for Content Creator

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure
clearly visible clouding
clearly visible clouding

Besides the MSI Cubi 5 10M, MSI also provided us with the new MD271 monitor. This is aimed at content creators and offers a WQHD resolution and a matte IPS panel in addition to the modern design. The measured brightness is 325 cd/m². That is more than what the manufacturer states in the spec sheet (250 cd/m²). The black value of the MD271 is typical for an IPS panel. In combination with the brightness, this results in a contrast ratio of 1,161:1. The illumination of 86% is still good, although a value of over 90% should be aimed for. After all, we are talking about a monitor that is directly aimed at content creators, who often place a lot of value on quality. Nevertheless, the 86% is not annoying in everyday use, which means that there is no visible shadowing. However, the issue of halos, also known as clouding, is already an issue with the MD271. In dark scenes, there are more visibly brighter areas at the lower edge of the screen. The measured response times are good, so that one or two games can be played on the display without problems. However, we would not recommend it as a pure gaming monitor due to the maximum 75 Hz. You should rather look for a good monitor with at least 144 Hz. We couldn't measure any PWM in the brightness control, which is definitely positive. Thus, there are fewer signs of fatigue.

296
cd/m²
307
cd/m²
287
cd/m²
283
cd/m²
325
cd/m²
280
cd/m²
278
cd/m²
296
cd/m²
289
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 325 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 293.4 cd/m² Minimum: 29 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Contrast: 1161:1 (Black: 0.28 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.87 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.4, calibrated: 2.36
ΔE Greyscale 9.68 | 0.64-98 Ø5.6
94.95% sRGB (Argyll 1.6.3 3D)
69.51% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 1.6.3 3D)
69.5% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
95% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
72.1% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.25
MSI Cubi 5 10M
2560x1440, 27.00
Display
Display P3 Coverage
72.1
sRGB Coverage
95
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
69.5
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
20 ?(9, 11)
Response Time Black / White *
14 ?(7, 7)
PWM Frequency
Screen
Brightness middle
325
Brightness
293
Brightness Distribution
86
Black Level *
0.28
Contrast
1161
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
6.87
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
12.26
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
2.36
Greyscale dE 2000 *
9.68
Gamma
2.25 98%
CCT
8329 78%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
69.51
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
94.95
Total Average (Program / Settings)

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
14 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7 ms rise
↘ 7 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 22 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
20 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 9 ms rise
↘ 11 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.692 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 20 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (37 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21941 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

MSI Modern MD271 vs. sRGB (94.95%)
MSI Modern MD271 vs. sRGB (94.95%)
MSI Modern MD271 vs. AdobeRGB (69.51%)
MSI Modern MD271 vs. AdobeRGB (69.51%)

In the state of delivery, clearly increased Delta-E-2000 color deviations compared to the sRGB color space can be seen. A calibration should definitely be performed here if the display's actual purpose is pursued. After the manual calibration, the Delta-E-2000 color deviations could be clearly improved. However, the colors remain above the target value of 3 even after our calibration. In addition, the slight blue cast could be minimized a bit. In terms of the measured color space coverage, the MSI Modern MD271 does quite well with 95% in the sRGB and almost 70% in the Adobe RGB color space. Thus, nothing stands in the way of semi-professional image or video editing.

CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: Color saturation
CalMAN: Color saturation
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: Color saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: Color saturation (calibrated)

MSI Modern LED Lux Lightbar as an accessory

MSI Modern LED Lux Lightbar
MSI Modern LED Lux Lightbar

With the MSI Modern LED Lux Lightbar, the manufacturer offers a suitable extension for the workstation to optimally illuminate the keyboard area. Until the end of September, MSI offers the possibility to receive the Modern LED Lux Lightbar with the purchase of a selected MSI product. Here you can find out more details.

MSI has also provided us with this Lightbar. The product looks and feels very well made. The Lightbar can optionally be installed on many different monitors. For this purpose, the Lightbar is placed on top of the monitor and fixed to the monitor by means of a spring-loaded counterpart. The power is supplied via USB. You can either use a conventional power supply with USB-A port or directly the monitor, if it has USB ports. A corresponding connection cable (USB-A to USB-C) is included.

We can say that the Modern LED Lux Lightbar convinced with a pleasant light in the test. The workplace is well illuminated and good work is possible even in complete darkness. In terms of light color, there is the option to choose between warm white or cool white. It is also possible to combine the two. In our opinion, the latter offers the best option. Likewise, the brightness of the Modern LED Lux Lightbar can be continuously adjusted. Intensity and  light color can be selected via the touch-sensitive surface on the front.

Pros

+ sturdy housing
+ very space saving
+ low power consumption
+ many connection possibilities
+ low heat development
+ external power-on button
+ immediately ready for use - RAM, SSD and Win 10 Pro included in delivery

Cons

- only 2 cores and 4 threads
- low working memory (4 GB)
- only WiFi 5

Conclusion - small office PC, solid monitor and useful lightbar

MSI Cubi 5 M10, provided by MSI Germany
MSI Cubi 5 M10, provided by MSI Germany
MSI Modern MD271 27-inch monitor, provided by MSI Germany
MSI Modern MD271 27-inch monitor, provided by MSI Germany
MSI Modern LED Lux Lightbar, provided by MSI Germany
MSI Modern LED Lux Lightbar, provided by MSI Germany

The MSI Cubi 5 10M is a small office PC, but nothing more. The Intel Core i3-10110U is sufficient as an SoC for everyday office work and web browsing. You can live with the working memory, even though the installed 4 GB should really be the minimum for today's work PCs. The option of 8 GB is not expensive and can be done in no time. The system scores better in terms of mass storage. Here, the NVMe SSD could convince with a solid performance. Considering the installed components, a SATA SSD would have done as well. The price difference would probably not be significant. So why not install the better product? Thanks MSI!

The MSI Cubi 5 M10 is a compact office PC. If you can live with the weaknesses, you'll get a full-fledged PC without hidden additional costs.

Visually, the device is quite inconspicuous and cuts a good figure on the desk. Nevertheless, one could consider developing a somewhat flatter version of the Cubi 5 10M. Intel has been doing this with their NUC series for a few years now. A sophisticated design should still make it possible to accommodate two mass storage devices. It doesn't necessarily have to be a 2.5-inch drive. The Cubi 5 10M's performance is where you would expect it to be according to the technical specifications. The external start button serves as a useful feature if you install the Cubi 5 M10 directly to the monitor's VESA mount.

The MSI Cubi 5 10M is currently available for just under 560 Euros (~$661) on Amazon.

The MSI Modern MD271 27-inch monitor is visually modern and offers good equipment. The measured brightness was above the manufacturer's specifications, which definitely deserves praise. Nevertheless, the Delta E-2000 color deviations are much too high in the state of delivery. You won't get around a calibration here if the monitor is to be used for content creation as advertised. The MSI Modern LED Lux Lightbar is a very useful feature. It provides a pleasant illumination of the workspace around the keyboard. And those who buy a selected MSI product until the end of September can secure it. Further information about the promotion can be found here.

Price and availability

The MSI Cubi 5 10M is currently available at Amazon for €630 (~$744).

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