Geekom Mini PCs: Pushing the bounds of Intel GPUs


Beginning at $279.00

Geekom’s similarities to Intel’s NUK mini-PCs could appear obvious at first look however it’s within the particulars the place prospects save a bit of bit extra with Geekom’s Mini IT11 and Mini Air 11 PCs.

We got the Geekom Mini Air 11 and Mini IT11 as evaluation models and whereas we’re combining experiences for a single evaluation, there’s a gulf of efficiency between Intel’s former Celeron N590095 chip and its extra mainstream eleventh Gen Intel Core i7-1195G7 processor.

There are two very distinct computing kinds Geekom is concentrating on with the Mini Air 11 and the Mini IT11 which would come with an information tasker looking for stationary computing experiences and somebody who requires a bit extra headroom in flexibility of duties, respectively.

GEEKOM MiniAir 11 GEEKOM Mini IT11 Intel NUC11
$279 $799 $849
117 x 112 x 34.2 mm 117 x 112 x 45.6 mm 117 x 112 x 51 mm
500.3 g 564.9 g 564.9 g
Metallic interior body Metallic interior body Plastic Body
eleventh Gen Intel Celeron N5095(4M Cache, as much as 2.90 GHz) eleventh Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1195G7 (4 Cores, 8 Threads, 12M Cache, as much as 5.00 GHz) eleventh Technology Intel Core i7-1165G7
Intel® UHD Graphics 605 Intel Iris Xe Intel Iris Xe Graphics
8G 16G 16G
32G 64G 64G
256GB 512GB 512GB
1T 2T 2T
Home windows 11 Professional Home windows 11 Professional Win 10 Professional
Intel® Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth® v4.0 Intel® Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth® v5.2 Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2
Computerized Voltage adjustment between 100 and 240V AC,
50/60Hz, 45Watts(19V/2.36A), 3Pin,1.5 meters in size
Computerized Voltage adjustment between 100 and 240V AC, 50/60Hz, 3 pin,
65 Watts (19V/3.42A),1.5 meters in size
19V DC Enter
1 x VESA Mount
1 x Energy Adapter
1 x Storage Bag
1 x HDMI Cable
1 x Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter
1 x Consumer Information
1 x Thank You Card
1 x VESA Mount
1 x Energy Adapter
1 x Storage Bag
1 x HDMI Cable
1 x Consumer Information
1 x Thank You Card
2 x USB4 Sort C Ports
1 x Energy Adapter
1 x Consumer Information


Look and Really feel

It is a bit of black field, in each sense of the phrase. Whereas there are turquoise stencils that adorned the highest of the field, the vast majority of the design is a refined black and gray toned field in regards to the dimension of a medium sized exterior exhausting drive at 117 x 112 x 34.2mm.

The development of each Mini 11 and the Mini IT are strong with zero flex or bend to any of the largely metallic supplies or the hard-plastic high.

Preserving with the final theme of multifunctional work horses the Mini 11 and Ari each sport a sequence of I/O that features two USB-A Gen 1 Ports, USB-C information solely slot, headphone jack and energy button on the entrance of the packing containers whereas the rear homes air flow grills, a further USB-C (information solely) port, full dimension HDMI, two USB 3.2 Gen connectors, an Ethernet cable, Mini DisplayPort and DC energy barrel port. On the correct of the field is a single full sized SD card reader as nicely.

Geekom Mini Air - IT11 Ports

As beforehand talked about, the scale of both Mini machine is right for many desktop setups due to its flush high and bottoms in addition to its comparatively pocketable design with its rounded corners that supply a little bit of sleekness whereas adhering to some purposeful elements of the design that enable it to be positioned on its aspect, have objects stacked on high and even VESA mounted to be fully out of the best way.

The very last thing I wish to notice is the accessibility of the machine which homes 4 medium-sized Philips head screws underneath the rubber toes that make solution to the within of the pc and permits the proprietor to improve the SSD and twin channel RAM if desired.


After 5 minutes’ value of setup that features unboxing and plugging within the cables linked to the machine in addition to Bluetooth linked peripherals, the Mini’s had been up and operating.

Regardless of a number of advertising and marketing supplies on the location and within the packaging, neither Mini desktop reference gadgets are made for gaming. Nonetheless, that’s not to dissuade the concept Geekom is not squeezing essentially the most out of Intel’s built-in GPUs.

Geekom - Air 11 Inside

For the eleventh Gen Intel Celeron N5095 powered customers are met with a admirable UHD 605 GPU paired with a 250GB M.2PCIe and 8GB of RAM out of the field. The top results of this pairing for the Mini Air is that prospects are left with a extremely performing data-oriented pc.

The Mini Air is quick and fluid at internet searching, opening and transferring most average-sized information, and light-weight to medium productiveness duties in Workplace 365. Nonetheless, the ceiling of these data-oriented experiences is reasonably low because of the imbedded Intel Celeron processor, so opening up too many situations of Excel or Chrome will start to choke the efficiency of the machine.

The Air is a extra appropriate buy for anybody trying to spruce up an previous workstation or ugly desktop tower that could be over 5 or six years previous.

As for the Mini IT11, that’s the place Geekom’s give attention to worth actually shines. Whereas the Mini IT is a bit pricier than the Air, it affords considerably extra efficiency with its eleventh Gen Intel Core i7 providing. Whereas it made little sense to run efficiency benchmarks on the Mini Air when its struggles had been readily seen, I did run some benchmarks for the extra highly effective IT11 variant.

Geekom - Mini - Side - Hero

Cinebench testing resulted within the Mini 11IT netting the best single core efficiency marks towards a NUC 9 with an i7, Ryzen 3 3399U, Ryzen 5 1600 and an M1 MacBook Air from two years in the past.

Nonetheless multicore testing by Cinebench towards the identical lineup noticed the Mini IT11 are available in close to the underside of the pack with a rating of 5679 towards the MacBook Air’s 6852 rating. The restricted 4 cores eight threads of the chipset rapidly turned a hindrance.

As for gaming, there are fairly a bit extra titles you possibly can play on the Mini IT11 at 1080p settings past mild RPG’s and switch primarily based motion discovered on the Mini Air, resembling Dota 2, League of Legends, Minecraft, GTA V, Hitman 2, Fortnite, Rainbow, Witcher 3, Rocket League and extra.

So, there’s fairly a little bit of gaming available because of the bump in GPU efficiency going from UHD to Iris Xe.

Discovering a pleasant center floor between work and play on the Mini IT11 was a lot simpler than on the Mini Air however one factor neither of the packing containers may obtain is a sustained content material creation workflow. Between bigger file sizes generally freezing and locking up the Home windows Explorer job or simply navigating by layers on a 1080p movie edit, neither the Air or the IT11 had been finest fitted to content material creation.

Sadly, the shortage of horsepower for content material creating on both the Air or IT11 seems to be largely laid on the toes of Intel’s built-in GPUs. Intel is claimed to be introducing Arc CPUs as smaller scale for notebooks at some future date, that might additional tip the scales in favor of Geekom’s worth proposition for its mini desktop computer systems.


As with all buy, purchaser beware. I say this with utmost sincerity, that each the Geekom Air 11 and IT11 are nice mini desktops that supply strong specs for a very good worth, however additionally they exist in a world the place extra energy and adaptability in desktop preparations might be had at comparatively comparable costs.

That being stated, anybody taken with a NUK could wish to rethink the Geekom Air or IT this yr as a result of there’s higher efficiency available and comes with a license of Home windows out of the field. The Geekom can nonetheless be became a Chrome or Linux field with comparatively little effort after the actual fact and thus changing into a bit extra versatile within the course of.

Consumers of the Air ought to concentrate on its limitation up entrance and perceive the Air 11 generally is a nice remolded substitute for an ageing workstation or a fleet buy to switch previous towers in places of work. Due to it extra transportable design, the Air 11 might be extra simply transferred from work to house.

Geekom - Mini - Cables

Nonetheless, what’s not being achieved on these Mini Air11 is creating YouTube movies, a number of layers deep picture or picture enhancing and even intensive gaming.

Now over to the IT11, this machine is the place consideration is warranted for anybody trying to change even their ageing All-in-One or do fairly of little bit of their on-line exercise evenly throughout their cellular machine and computing one.

For those who’re not into notebooks or would simply choose a centralized desktop, media participant by way of Plex Server, IT11 needs to be thought-about. It is as highly effective as most laptops and is available in a couple of hundred bucks cheaper for the equal spec efficiency.

As well as, Geekom is having an anniversary sale on their web site for the month of October beginning on the eighth and lasting by the 31 to have a good time 19 years of nice merchandise.


For the subsequent month, consumers can shave a further $170 of bundled packages that embrace keyboards and mice with their desktop PC and even snag the Anniversary branded equipment that features specifically designed packing containers, mousepads, storage bag, personalised Thank You Card, and mascot figurine for as little as $279.

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