Review of the GEEKOM Mini IT8, a powerful and scalable mini PC [2022]

Mini PCs are a great choice for many reasons. First of all, they take up much less space on a desk or in a home, making them ideal for smaller spaces. Plus, they also consume less power than traditional desktop computers, making them more environmentally friendly. And contrary to popular belief, mini PCs can be just as powerful as their larger counterparts. Moreover, the mini PC GEEKOM Mini IT8 that I present to you today is the proof! It is a mini PC that is both compact and powerful ! To learn more about this little competition machine, I invite you to read my full test below.

Summary
  1. Packaging of the GEEKOM Mini IT8 mini PC
  2. Introducing the GEEKOM Mini IT8
  3. Summary of its technical characteristics
  4. A scalable PC
  5. Startup and operation
  6. Benchmarks
  7. Is GEEKOM Mini IT8 PC Worth Buying?

Packaging of the GEEKOM Mini IT8 mini PC

The GEEKOM Mini IT8 mini PC comes in a nice little cardboard box in a rather cool blue color with the brand logo on the front and top. Inside, we obviously find the GEEKOM Mini IT8 mini PC, but also a small thank you card, a carrying bag, the charger, an HDMI cable, a VESA support and its screws, not to mention the user manual. .

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  • 【Ultra High Efficiency and Small, Lightweight】 GEEKOM Mini IT8 mini PC comes with Intel Core i5-8259U processor, preinstalled with Windows 11 Pro, and supports Windows 11
  • 【Powerful Capacity and Flexible Storage Expansion】With 8GB of dual-channel DDR4 memory, it supports expansion to 32GB. You can expand storage with…

Introducing the GEEKOM Mini IT8

The GEEKOM Mini IT8 is a small NUC-type desktop computer made of an aluminum frame which is a real guarantee of quality and which offers excellent heat dissipation . With dimensions of 117 × 112 × 45.6 mm for a weight of 576 grams, this mini PC is both compact and light to be easily transportable. In addition, thanks to its VESA support provided in the packaging, it is also ideal for attaching behind a PC screen or a television.

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In terms of technical characteristics, the GEEKOM Mini IT8 is equipped with an Intel Core i5-8259U processor clocked at 2.3 GHz (3.8 GHz in turbo mode), an integrated Intel Iris Plus 655 graphics chip , from 8 to 16 GB RAM (DDR4-3200) and 256 to 512 GB of SSD (depending on the model chosen). Suffice to say that for office tasks, Internet browsing or video playback in 4K, this mini PC will perform them without any problem.

On the other hand, for gaming, you will find yourself limited by its integrated graphics chip which is clearly not made for this use. This does not mean that you will not be able to play with this mini PC however, you will have to be satisfied with titles less demanding in graphic resources such as Fortnite, CS:GO, Valorant or even Minecraft. Otherwise, you can turn to a cloud gaming service and there you will have no problem running the games. You just need your Internet connection to be high enough (a minimum of 15 Mb/s).

In terms of connectivity, the GEEKOM Mini IT8 mini PC is also very well supplied. On the front panel, there is a USB Type-C port, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 port and a 3.5 mm jack port. But that’s not all !

Front panel of the GEEKOM Mini IT8 mini PC

On the left side of the device, there is a micro SD port and on the right side, we are entitled to a Kensington security slot which can accommodate a lock.

Then, behind this mini PC, you have a Mini DisplayPort, a Gigabit Ethernet port (1000 Mbps), 2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, a USB Type-C port (data + display) as well as an HDMI port.

Rear side of the GEEKOM Mini IT8 mini PC

Finally, it should be noted that this GEEKOM Mini IT8 mini PC comes with Windows 11 Pro preinstalled and activated . It is therefore directly ready to use , and that’s pretty cool. Moreover, it is also compatible with Linux distributions like Ubuntu, and alternative operating systems like Android x86, and FydeOS (fork of ChromeOS). The choice is yours

Summary of its technical characteristics

Operating systemWindows 11 Professional
ProcessorIntel Coffee Lake i5 8259U (6MB Cache, up to 3.8GHz)
GPUIntel Iris Plus Graphics 655 (300 – 1200 MHz (Boost), supports 4K at 60 Hz)
Memory (RAM)8 or 16 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM (expandable up to 32 GB)
Storage256GB/512GB (Kingston M.2 PCIe 2280 SSD) expandable up to 1TB + one free 2.5″ (7mm) SATA port for up to 2TB HDD
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.2 et Wi-Fi 2,4 GHz/5 GHz
Video outputHDMI 2.0 ([email protected]), DisplayPort ([email protected])
Audio outputHDMI, DisplayPort, prise audio 3.5 mm
Ethernet10/100/1000 Mbps LAN
CertificatesCE, FCC, CB, Energy Star 8.0, RoHS
AC adapterAutomatic voltage adjustment between 100 and 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz, 65 Watts (19 V/3.42 A), 90 Watts (19 V/4.74 A)
VESA mountingIncluded
SecurityVerrou Kensington
Interface3 USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, 2 USB-C ports, 1 HDMI port, 1 Mini DisplayPort port, 1 Gigabit Ethernet port, 1 SD card reader
Infrared/Microphone functionSupport RC6 computer remote control and with built-in microphone
Dimensions117 × 112 × 45.6 mm
Weight576 grams
  • 【Ultra High Efficiency and Small, Lightweight】 GEEKOM Mini IT8 mini PC comes with Intel Core i5-8259U processor, preinstalled with Windows 11 Pro, and supports Windows 11
  • 【Powerful Capacity and Flexible Storage Expansion】With 8GB of dual-channel DDR4 memory, it supports expansion to 32GB. You can expand storage with…
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A scalable PC

As you can see, the GEEKOM Mini IT8 mini PC is already quite well equipped. And yet, you have the possibility to beef up its configuration even more . Indeed, it has two slots (including 1 free) that can accommodate two 16 GB memory modules in DDR4. So you can have up to 32 GB of RAM.

In addition, the GEEKOM Mini IT8 mini PC has an M.2 slot which is occupied by a 256 or 512 GB SSD from Kingston (depending on the model chosen). However, you can easily replace it with a 1TB model. But that’s not all! You can also expand the storage capacity of this mini PC with a 2 TB hard drive (maximum) thanks to a free 2.5″ SATA slot.

What’s more, dismantling this mini PC is very simple. Just remove 4 screws on the back of the device to access the innards of the machine.

Startup and operation

On first boot, I was quite impressed with how fast Windows 11 Pro runs. My screen took longer to turn on than the PC itself Once Windows 11 launched, I was also very happy to see no bloatware installed. Rather surprising for a Chinese brand, but so much the better, we’re not going to complain about it, quite the contrary.

During my various tests, the GEEKOM Mini IT8 mini PC did very well. Web browsing is smooth, even with multiple tabs open. Opening and closing PDF, Word or Excel documents is also done very quickly. And playing 4K video is no problem. In short, the 8th generation Intel processor handles so-called “office automation” tasks perfectly. With this mini PC, you will have no trouble working in good condition and smoothly.

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Where this mini PC is doing much less well is in video games. Don’t agree to be able to play the latest games of the moment like Elden Ring, Call of Duty: Warzone or FIFA 22, because you clearly won’t be able to. On the other hand, if you go through a cloud-based on-demand game service such as NVIDIA GeForce Now or Xbox Cloud Gaming, there it is quite possible.

Benchmarks

For those who don’t swear by benchmarks, I also carried out some tests. On CrystalDiskMark, the Kingston SSD that comes with the GEEKOM Mini IT8 scores 2518.59 MB/s read and 1136.02 MB/s write.

On Geekbench, the Intel Core i5 8259U processor scores 955 in single-core and 3780 in multi-core. And finally, on 3DMark and UserBenchmark, we can clearly see that GEEKOM Mini IT8 is indeed a mini office PC. Normal, you will say to me since it does not have a dedicated graphics card.

  • 【Ultra High Efficiency and Small, Lightweight】 GEEKOM Mini IT8 mini PC comes with Intel Core i5-8259U processor, preinstalled with Windows 11 Pro, and supports Windows 11…
  • 【Powerful Capacity and Flexible Storage Expansion】With 8GB of dual-channel DDR4 memory, it supports expansion to 32GB. You can expand storage with…

Is GEEKOM Mini IT8 PC Worth Buying?

Offered from €449.99, the GEEKOM Mini IT8 is rather well placed for what it offers. It is beautiful, compact, powerful, scalable and the materials used are of very good quality. Additionally, I have to say that I was pleasantly impressed with the power of the 8th Gen Intel Core i5 processor. For office use, web browsing, or gaming in the cloud, the GEEKOM Mini IT8 comes out on top!

The only downside is that I can’t tell you about customer support since I didn’t even know the brand a few days ago. Anyway, if you are interested in this mini PC for personal or professional use, know that a reduction coupon of 30€ is currently offered on Amazon . This offer is valid until June 30, 2022.

5/5 - (3 votes)
SAKHRI Mohamed
SAKHRI Mohamed

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