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Newsmay AC8 Mini PC in review: A silent office PC with the Pentium N6005

Stable office PC. We took a closer look at the Newsmay AC8 based on Jasper Lake, so as to reveal what you can expect from the compact, fanless Mini PC. The Newsmay AC8 cuts a fine figure as a small office PC, we can tell you that much in advance.
Newsmay AC8 (source: Newsmay Technology)
Newsmay AC8 (source: Newsmay Technology)
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Newsmay Technology is a Chinese system manufacturer that specializes in small office PCs. We were already able to take a look at their extremely small Mini PC, the Newsmay AC6-M. The Newsmay AC8 isn't quite as small, but the Mini PC is still quite compact at 127 x 127 millimeters. Fortunately, the computing powerhouse, which is only about 5 centimeters high, is cooled passively.

With the Intel Pentium Silver N6005, the small office PC offers a native quad-core SoC, which is definitely capable of handling everyday office tasks. Thanks to the Jasper-Lake series, the SoC is manufactured in a 10 nm process, and it manages a TDP of up to 10 watts. Alternatively, the Newsmay AC8 can also be ordered with even more frugal 6-watt SoCs. When it comes to the RAM, the barebone PC can be equipped with up to 32 GB. In terms of mass storage, you'll have to settle for an M.2-2280 SDD.

Newsmay Technology equipped the AC8 with 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD for this review. The price for the Newsmay AC8 in its barebone version based on the Intel Pentium Silver N6005 is $140 when 300 units are purchased. We used the preinstalled Windows 11 Professional as the operating system.

Newsmay AC8 N6005
Processor
Intel Pentium Silver N6005 4 x 2 - 3.3 GHz, 10 W PL2 / Short Burst, 10 W PL1 / Sustained, Jasper Lake
Graphics adapter
Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU), Core: 850 MHz, 27.20.100.8681 DCH
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR4-3200 (2x SODIMM DDR4 slots, max 32 GB)
Storage
Lexar 128GB SSD, 128 GB 
, 80 GB free
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 1x mic in, 1x line out, Card Reader: microSD
Networking
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (10/100/1000MBit/s), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5)
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 48 x 127 x 127 ( = 1.89 x 5 x 5 in)
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 11 Pro
Additional features
fanless
Weight
534 g ( = 18.84 oz / 1.18 pounds), Power Supply: 139 g ( = 4.9 oz / 0.31 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case and connectivity

At 127 x 127 millimeters, the Mini PC doesn't take up much space on a desk. The all-black case is made of plastic and is very sturdy. The soft-touch surfaces feel very high quality. However, a bitter aftertaste remains because the surfaces literally attract dust particles. The rough texture also makes them difficult to remove.

Newsmay has given the AC8 a passive cooling unit. There are many vents at the sides and top for the waste heat to escape from the case. There's a small maintenance hatch at the bottom. The installed components can be quickly accessed behind it, and they can be replaced or upgraded if necessary. The WLAN module can also be changed, since this is an M.2 module. Furthermore, two SO-DIMM modules and an M.2 SSD are also located here. Unfortunately, it's not possible to install a second mass storage drive in the device.

The Newsmay AC8 offers many options for the connection of external devices. The ports are located at the front and back. We count a total of six USB-A ports, four of which offer USB 3.0 speeds. Furthermore, there's also a microSD card reader, but its performance isn't very good. In our opinion, it should have also used the USB 3.0 interface. A highlight is the analog VGA output, which is hardly ever found nowadays. Nevertheless, there are still many devices in the industrial field that use this interface nowadays. But there's place for modern technology too, since both an HDMI and a DisplayPort connection are included, allowing up to three monitors to be connected to the Newsmay AC8. 

CPU performance of the AC8 in detail

Newsmay Technology provided us with the version of the AC8 that is based on the Intel Pentium Silver N6005. The 10-watt frugal SoC has base clock speeds of 2 GHz and reaches up to 3.3 GHz in Turbo mode. The total of four native processing cores offers a solid performance that is sufficient for simple office tasks. The 4 GB of RAM is a bit limited in our opinion, something that can be occasionally noticed when working. The AC8 can be equipped with a maximum of 32 GB.

Our review shows that the performance of our test sample is better than that of the AC6-M, which is also from Newsmay Technology. The Beelink GK Mini and the GMK NucBox K1 are also equipped with a somewhat weaker SoC, so they can't keep up with the Newsmay AC8. However, our test sample doesn't stand a chance against the Intel NUC10 based on the Intel Core i5-10210U.

For further comparisons and benchmarks, please refer to our CPU Benchmarks article.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
HWiNFO
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
428 Points ∼100% +61%
Newsmay AC8 N6005, Intel Pentium Silver N6005
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU)
266 Points ∼62%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 5500
200 Points ∼47% -25%
Beelink GK Mini, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
174 Points ∼41% -35%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
171 Points ∼40% -36%
GMK NucBox K1, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
161 Points ∼38% -39%
CPU (Multi Core)
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
1820 Points ∼100% +153%
Newsmay AC8 N6005, Intel Pentium Silver N6005
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU)
720 Points ∼40%
Beelink GK Mini, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
610 Points ∼34% -15%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
556 Points ∼31% -23%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 5500
491 Points ∼27% -32%
GMK NucBox K1, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
304 Points ∼17% -58%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
168 Points ∼100% +37%
Newsmay AC8 N6005, Intel Pentium Silver N6005
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU)
123 Points ∼73%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800 MHz, Intel Iris Graphics 540
117 Points ∼70% -5%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 6000
108 Points ∼64% -12%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 5500
84 Points ∼50% -32%
Beelink GK Mini, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
79.1 Points ∼47% -36%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
77 Points ∼46% -37%
GMK NucBox K1, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
75.3 Points ∼45% -39%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
790 Points ∼100% +148%
Newsmay AC8 N6005, Intel Pentium Silver N6005
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU)
319 Points ∼40%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800 MHz, Intel Iris Graphics 540
298 Points ∼38% -7%
Beelink GK Mini, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
271 (263.32min - 271.42max) Points ∼34% -15%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 6000
261 Points ∼33% -18%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
248 Points ∼31% -22%
GMK NucBox K1, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
243 (199.13min - 242.53max) Points ∼31% -24%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 5500
220 Points ∼28% -31%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 5500
211 (209.9min - 211.39max) Points ∼27% -34%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
1.91 Points ∼100% +30%
Newsmay AC8 N6005, Intel Pentium Silver N6005
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU)
1.47 Points ∼77%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800 MHz, Intel Iris Graphics 540
1.33 Points ∼70% -10%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 6000
1.28 Points ∼67% -13%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
0.92 Points ∼48% -37%
GMK NucBox K1, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
0.84 Points ∼44% -43%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
8.66 Points ∼100% +109%
Newsmay AC8 N6005, Intel Pentium Silver N6005
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU)
4.14 Points ∼48%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800 MHz, Intel Iris Graphics 540
3.26 Points ∼38% -21%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
3.09 Points ∼36% -25%
GMK NucBox K1, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
3.06 Points ∼35% -26%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 6000
2.86 Points ∼33% -31%
Blender - v2.79 BMW27 CPU
GMK NucBox K1, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
2391 Seconds * ∼100% -32%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
2379 Seconds * ∼99% -32%
Beelink GK Mini, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
2198 Seconds * ∼92% -22%
Newsmay AC8 N6005, Intel Pentium Silver N6005
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU)
1805 Seconds * ∼75%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
585 Seconds * ∼24% +68%
wPrime 2.10
1024m
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 5500
732 s * ∼100% -19%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 6000
620 s * ∼85% -1%
Newsmay AC8 N6005, Intel Pentium Silver N6005
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU)
615 s * ∼84%
GMK NucBox K1, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
603 s * ∼82% +2%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
566 s * ∼77% +8%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800 MHz, Intel Iris Graphics 540
558 s * ∼76% +9%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
217.8 s * ∼30% +65%
32m
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 5500
23.1 s * ∼100% -35%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 6000
19.5 s * ∼84% -14%
GMK NucBox K1, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
19.42 s * ∼84% -14%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800 MHz, Intel Iris Graphics 540
18 s * ∼78% -5%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
17.37 s * ∼75% -2%
Newsmay AC8 N6005, Intel Pentium Silver N6005
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU)
17.09 s * ∼74%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
6.78 s * ∼29% +60%
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0
Pass 2
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
49.35 (49.1min - 51.6max) fps ∼100% +128%
Newsmay AC8 N6005, Intel Pentium Silver N6005
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU)
21.6 (21.5min - 22.1max) fps ∼44%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800 MHz, Intel Iris Graphics 540
19.3 fps ∼39% -11%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
16.75 (16.7min - 16.9max) fps ∼34% -22%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 6000
16.46 fps ∼33% -24%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 5500
13.75 fps ∼28% -36%
GMK NucBox K1, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
11.31 fps ∼23% -48%
Pass 1
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
184.5 (184min - 186max) fps ∼100% +81%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800 MHz, Intel Iris Graphics 540
105 fps ∼57% +3%
Newsmay AC8 N6005, Intel Pentium Silver N6005
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU)
102 (100min - 118max) fps ∼55%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 6000
88.5 fps ∼48% -13%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
78.9 (77.1min - 81.7max) fps ∼43% -23%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 5500
74 fps ∼40% -27%
GMK NucBox K1, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
52.6 fps ∼29% -48%
TrueCrypt
Serpent Mean 100MB
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
0.48 GB/s ∼100% +109%
Newsmay AC8 N6005, Intel Pentium Silver N6005
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU)
0.23 GB/s ∼48%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
0.182 GB/s ∼38% -21%
GMK NucBox K1, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
0.178 GB/s ∼37% -23%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800 MHz, Intel Iris Graphics 540
0.166 GB/s ∼35% -28%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 6000
0.142 GB/s ∼30% -38%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 5500
0.133 GB/s ∼28% -42%
Twofish Mean 100MB
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
0.79 GB/s ∼100% +96%
Newsmay AC8 N6005, Intel Pentium Silver N6005
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU)
0.403 GB/s ∼51%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800 MHz, Intel Iris Graphics 540
0.283 GB/s ∼36% -30%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
0.266 GB/s ∼34% -34%
GMK NucBox K1, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
0.262 GB/s ∼33% -35%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 6000
0.245 GB/s ∼31% -39%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 5500
0.199 GB/s ∼25% -51%
AES Mean 100MB
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
4.7 GB/s ∼100% +81%
Newsmay AC8 N6005, Intel Pentium Silver N6005
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU)
2.6 GB/s ∼55%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
1.9 GB/s ∼40% -27%
GMK NucBox K1, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
1.8 GB/s ∼38% -31%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800 MHz, Intel Iris Graphics 540
1.7 GB/s ∼36% -35%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 6000
1.5 GB/s ∼32% -42%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 5500
1.3 GB/s ∼28% -50%
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
13949 Points ∼100% +158%
Beelink GK Mini, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
5761 Points ∼41% +7%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
5468 Points ∼39% +1%
Newsmay AC8 N6005, Intel Pentium Silver N6005
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU)
5399 Points ∼39%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 5500
5066 Points ∼36% -6%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
3680 Points ∼100% +44%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 5500
2613 Points ∼71% +2%
Newsmay AC8 N6005, Intel Pentium Silver N6005
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU)
2555 Points ∼69%
Beelink GK Mini, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
1997 Points ∼54% -22%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
1922 Points ∼52% -25%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
6.28 fps ∼100% +281%
Newsmay AC8 N6005, Intel Pentium Silver N6005
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU)
1.65 fps ∼26%
Beelink GK Mini, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
1.61 fps ∼26% -2%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
1.48 fps ∼24% -10%
GMK NucBox K1, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
1.46 fps ∼23% -12%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 5500
0 fps ∼0% -100%

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Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R20
Cinebench R20
Cinebench R23
Cinebench R23

Cinebench R15 Multi loop

The load test, which is simulated with the Cinebench R15 multi loop here, shows that the passive cooling system has its hands full with keeping the Intel Pentium Silver N6005 cool. In the end, the Newsmay AC8 is on the same level as the Beelink GK Mini with an average of 273 points.

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Newsmay AC8 N6005 Intel Pentium Silver N6005, Intel Pentium Silver N6005: Ø273 (225.33-307.03)
GMK NucBox K1 Intel Celeron J4125, Intel Celeron J4125: Ø238 (199.13-242.53)
Beelink GK Mini Intel Celeron J4125, Intel Celeron J4125: Ø268 (263.32-271.42)
AC6-M Mini-PC Intel Celeron J4125, Intel Celeron J4125: Ø247 (245.01-250.05)

System performance

In the PCMark 10 synthetic benchmark, the Newsmay AC8 delivers a better performance than the Newsmay AC6-M due to the faster SoC. However, its performance clearly lags behind the widespread Core i5 models. The Newsmay AC8 also has problems when playing 4K content. In this regard, we had to struggle with significantly elevated latencies right from the start. When playing the 4K test video, the average iGPU load was around 50%. The many dropped frames accumulated during playback. This suggests that the 4 GB of RAM is simply too little. When opening several browser tabs, the system takes some seconds to respond from time to time, which makes it difficult to work smoothly. Unfortunately, the SSD is unable to compensate for this. Moreover, if you want to expand storage with a microSD memory card, you should know that the transfer rates of about 17 MB/s aren't exactly fast. We tested this with our UHS-II Angelbird AV Pro V60 microSD card.

Maximum latency when opening multiple browser tabs and when playing 4K video content.
Maximum latency when opening multiple browser tabs and when playing 4K video content.
Maximum latency after 10 seconds of Prime95
Maximum latency after 10 seconds of Prime95
Drivers ranked by longest execution time
Drivers ranked by longest execution time
PCMark 10
Score
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (3448 - 4742, n=33)
4046 Points ∼100% +59%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
4019 Points ∼99% +58%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (2247 - 4192, n=36)
3744 Points ∼93% +47%
Newsmay AC8 N6005, Intel Pentium Silver N6005
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU)
2548 Points ∼63%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 5500
2391 Points ∼59% -6%
Beelink GK Mini, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
1898 Points ∼47% -26%
GMK NucBox K1, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
1831 Points ∼45% -28%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
1806 Points ∼45% -29%
Productivity
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (5980 - 7332, n=33)
6717 Points ∼100% +74%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620
6494 Points ∼97% +69%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (2941 - 6755, n=36)
6114 Points ∼91% +59%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 5500
4084 Points ∼61% +6%
Newsmay AC8 N6005, Intel Pentium Silver N6005
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU)
3854 Points ∼57%
Beelink GK Mini, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
3050 Points ∼45% -21%
GMK NucBox K1, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
2948 Points ∼44% -24%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
2928 Points ∼44% -24%
SD Card Reader
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (16.1 - 184, n=27)
69.6 MB/s ∼100% +309%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (26.7 - 82.4, n=25)
63.7 MB/s ∼92% +274%
GMK NucBox K1, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
47.1 MB/s ∼68% +177%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
18.46 MB/s ∼27% +8%
Newsmay AC8 N6005, Intel Pentium Silver N6005
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU)
17.02 MB/s ∼24%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
GMK NucBox K1, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
84.3 MB/s ∼100% +376%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (23.5 - 192.6, n=27)
79 MB/s ∼94% +346%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (27.1 - 88.6, n=23)
73.3 MB/s ∼87% +314%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
21.03 MB/s ∼25% +19%
Newsmay AC8 N6005, Intel Pentium Silver N6005
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU)
17.7 MB/s ∼21%
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
3767 μs * ∼100% -43%
Newsmay AC8 N6005, Intel Pentium Silver N6005
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU)
2635 μs * ∼70%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (466 - 5702, n=17)
1904 μs * ∼51% +28%
GMK NucBox K1, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
1717 μs * ∼46% +35%
Beelink GK Mini, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
1318 μs * ∼35% +50%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (561 - 915, n=3)
748 μs * ∼20% +72%

* ... smaller is better

Storage

CrystalDiskInfo
CrystalDiskInfo

Since the Newsmay AC8 is offered as a barebone version, the mass storage configuration is up to the buyer. However, Newsmay Technology equipped the device with a 128 GB SSD for our review. This allows the system to run without any problems, and a few programs can still be run alongside the operating system. The built-in SSD is an M.2-2280 model from Lexar, which only offers SATA speeds. This is also confirmed by the sequential write and read rates. Unfortunately, the Newsmay AC8 can only be equipped with one mass storage unit. Considering the design, accommodating two SSDs should actually be no problem. We didn't observe any temperature problems in our model.

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

Graphics card

The Newsmay AC8's integrated graphics unit is the familiar Intel UHD Graphics 600. However, with 32 EUs and a chip clock speed of up to 850 MHz, it can't even begin to keep up with the latest Intel Iris Xe iGPUs. The Intel UHD Graphics 600 is not meant to be used for more than just office applications.

You can find more benchmarks of the Intel UHD Graphics 600 here.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (3480 - 6120, n=55)
5198 Points ∼100% +227%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800 MHz, Intel Iris Graphics 540
2322 Points ∼45% +46%
Newsmay AC8 N6005, Intel Pentium Silver N6005
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU)
1589 Points ∼31%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 6000
1458 Points ∼28% -8%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 5500
1175 Points ∼23% -26%
Beelink GK Mini, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
613 Points ∼12% -61%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
602 Points ∼12% -62%
GMK NucBox K1, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
589 Points ∼11% -63%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 600
  (410 - 638, n=24)
548 Points ∼11% -66%
3DMark
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (25199 - 95710, n=12)
75557 Points ∼100% +252%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 6000
61979 Points ∼82% +189%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
25631 Points ∼34% +19%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 600
  (14412 - 28818, n=8)
23141 Points ∼31% +8%
Newsmay AC8 N6005, Intel Pentium Silver N6005
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU)
21465 Points ∼28%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (27687 - 74754, n=9)
53627 Points ∼100% +160%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 5500
40670 Points ∼76% +97%
Newsmay AC8 N6005, Intel Pentium Silver N6005
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU)
20602 Points ∼38%
GMK NucBox K1, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
14600 Points ∼27% -29%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
14360 Points ∼27% -30%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 600
  (8644 - 16594, n=10)
13650 Points ∼25% -34%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (1990 - 4847, n=57)
3610 Points ∼100% +310%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800 MHz, Intel Iris Graphics 540
1479 Points ∼41% +68%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 6000
1033 Points ∼29% +17%
Newsmay AC8 N6005, Intel Pentium Silver N6005
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 32 EU)
881 Points ∼24%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100 MHz, Intel HD Graphics 5500
770 Points ∼21% -13%
Beelink GK Mini, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
455 Points ∼13% -48%
AC6-M Mini-PC, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
446 Points ∼12% -49%
GMK NucBox K1, Intel Celeron J4125
2000 MHz, Intel UHD Graphics 600
433 Points ∼12% -51%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 600
  (315 - 486, n=18)
419 Points ∼12% -52%
3DMark 05 Standard
8291 points
3DMark 06 Standard Score
5416 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
5185 points
3DMark 11 Performance
1652 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
22209 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
4821 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
797 points
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Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 54 22.4 12.8 11.5
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 10.7 4.96 0.84
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 15.2 11.4 10.5

Emissions

Temperature

Based on the first load tests, it was already clear to us that the Newsmay AC8 quickly reaches the thermal limits of the Intel Pentium Silver N6005 with its passive cooling system. Accordingly, we registered a maximum temperature of 91 °C (~196 °F) in the stress test. However, there's still a small margin to the official maximum of 105 °C (~221 °F) specified by Intel. Nevertheless, there's still a bit of thermal throttling, something that we also saw in the Cinebench R15 multi loop. Newsmay seems to have defined the limit at 90 °C (~196 °F) here.

The case heated up noticeably under load, and it should be placed in a well-ventilated place to allow the waste heat to properly dissipate.

Stress test: FurMark + Prime95
Stress test: FurMark + Prime95

Noise emissions

The Newsmay AC8 doesn't produce any noise due to its lack of fans. Consequently, the Mini PC operates silently at all times. We didn't notice any other interfering noises in idle usage or under load, either.

Energy consumption

Users who are careful about their energy bills can safely go for the Newsmay AC8. The small Mini PC is very frugal, and it doesn't even exceed the 20-watt mark under load. The compact power supply doesn't reach its capacity limit, because it can deliver up to 30 watts.

Power Consumption
Idle 1min (external Monitor)
Newsmay AC8 N6005
8.21 (7.75min, 7.76P1 - 11.1max) Watt * ∼100%
Cinebench R15 Multi Efficiency (external Monitor)
GMK NucBox K1
19.8 Points per Watt ∼100% +12%
Newsmay AC8 N6005
17.7 Points per Watt ∼89%
Intel NUC5i3RYK
12.6 Points per Watt ∼64% -29%
1280x720 Prime95 28.10 and Furmark 1.25
AC6-M Mini-PC
19.4 (19min, 19.1P1 - 20max) Watt * ∼100% -2%
Newsmay AC8 N6005
19.1 (17min, 18.4P1 - 24.4max) Watt * ∼98%
Prime95 V28,10 Stress (external Monitor)
Intel NUC10i5FNK (Idle: 15.7 W)
58.5 (56min - 69max) Watt * ∼100% -210%
Intel NUC5i3RYK (Idle: 7.8 W)
24.1 (23.3min - 26max) Watt * ∼41% -28%
Newsmay AC8 N6005
18.9 (17.5min, 18.2P1 - 27.9max) Watt * ∼32%
AC6-M Mini-PC
17.4 (15.8min, 16.8P1 - 18max) Watt * ∼30% +8%
GMK NucBox K1
14.3 Watt * ∼24% +24%
Cinebench R15 Multi (external Monitor)
Newsmay AC8 N6005
18 (9.62min, 14.9P1 - 27.1max) Watt * ∼100%
Intel NUC5i3RYK (Idle: 7.8 W)
17.4 (15.9min - 19.9max) Watt * ∼97% +3%
GMK NucBox K1
12.3 Watt * ∼68% +32%
1280x720 FurMark 1.19 GPU Stress Test (external Monitor)
Intel NUC10i5FNK (Idle: 15.7 W)
37.8 (35min - 63max) Watt * ∼100% -101%
Intel NUC5i3RYK
28.3 (27.1min - 36.8max) Watt * ∼75% -51%
Newsmay AC8 N6005
18.8 (17min, 17.8P1 - 28.3max) Watt * ∼50%
1920x1080 The Witcher 3 ultra (external Monitor)
Intel NUC5i3RYK (2.7 fps, Idle: 7.8 W)
26.5 (24.5min - 28.1max) Watt * ∼100%

* ... smaller is better

Pros

+ compact build
+ simple design
+ all necessary ports available
+ inexpensive
+ energy efficient
+ silent operation

Cons

- cooling unit reaches its limit under load
- only one storage drive can be installed
- slow SD card reader

Verdict - Compact and silent office PC

Newsmay AC8, provided by Newsmay Technology
Newsmay AC8, provided by Newsmay Technology

The Newsmay AC8 is a compact and silent Mini PC. Based on the Intel Pentium Silver N6005, it delivers a solid performance, which is sufficient for simple office tasks or browsing the Internet. In our opinion, the very limited RAM of 4 GB turned out to be the weak point. This prevented a better subjective performance overall. We repeatedly experienced short delays, which were caused by an excessive utilization of the RAM. However, this situation shouldn't influence the overall rating too much, since Newsmay sells the AC8 as a barebone system without RAM and SSD. Therefore, buyers will be spoiled for choice when deciding what to build into the system.

Users who want to purchase the Newsmay AC8 should definitely consider choosing the Pentium variant. The alternative configurations offer more frugal SoCs, but also less performance as a result. A small office system, however, needs no less performance to be able to work well.

The Newsmay AC8 offers a good port configuration, and it's easy to fit on a desk thanks to its compact dimensions.

The connectivity of the AC8 is good, and all the necessary external interfaces are present. There's also a card reader, but it only supports the microSD format. We would have liked to see at least USB 3.0 speeds here, though.

The small office PC is very inexpensive for about $140 (before taxes). Nevertheless, this offer is rather directed at B2B customers, as this price refers to a purchase quantity of 300 units. Here you can go directly to the shop.

The biggest drawback of the Newsmay AC8 is the cooling unit, which has a hard time cooling the SoC effectively under load. However, the fact that the cooling unit is completely silent is a plus that we would like to emphasize here once again.

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Newsmay AC8 Mini PC in review: A silent office PC with the Pentium N6005
Sebastian Bade, 2022-02- 4 (Update: 2022-06- 2)