Never before has an ultra-compact or mini-computer served as a “fixed home computer” so meaningfully. When portability is not important, using a Mini PC has advantages on many levels compared to a tower.
Today we bring you a review of one of the fastest Mini PC models that Beelink has to offer in its showcase, the Beelink GTI11.
The Beelink GTI11 is not a mini PC because it is a mini PC. Quite the opposite.
In this GTI11, you can expect an Intel Core i5 11 series CPU, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, 500 GB internal storage on SSD drive with NVMe, 2 Gigabit LAN ports, WiFi 6 and a biometric reader! Yes, such a compact box can hold a very complete, fast, and capable work machine for the vast majority of tasks you’d want to take away from your home computer.
The advantages of this format include easy storage and organization (it can be placed in the VESA mounting hole behind the monitor), simplicity of use, low energy consumption, price balance, easy transport possibility to another location, between others .
Beelink GTI11 is equipped with Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, 16GB dual-channel DDR4 RAM (upgradeable) and 500GB SSD storage (upgrade or add). In addition to that, it integrates Intel Iris Xe graphics GPU, Wi-Fi: 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0, dual LAN GBit (1 Gbit + 2.5 Gbit), biometric sensor (for fingerprint) And brings Windows 10 installed, upgradable to Windows 11.
For RAM and storage expansion, it has 2 DDR4 slots and comes with 2 8GB modules. However, it supports up to 64 GB of RAM using two 32 GB modules. For storage, in addition to the 500 GB M.2 2280 module provided, it also has an M.2 2280 SATA slot that supports up to 2 TB.
There is also a 2.5″ SSD bay on the internal SATA connector.
The box includes:
- Beelink GTI11 Mini PC
- Power adapter 19V/3A 57W with European plug
- Support VESA adapter + screw
- 2 HDMI cables (different sizes)
- Quick User Guide
- CPU: Intel Core i5-1135G7 (2.4GHz, burst 4.7GHz)
- Graphics card: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
- Memory: 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB)
- ROM: 500 GB (Kingston SSD M.2 NVMe)
- operating system: Windows 10, upgradeable to Windows 11
- HDMI: 2.0
- Display port: 1.4
- Wifi:: 802.11ax Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
- local area network:: Dual 2.5 Gbit
- Bluetooth: 5.0
- USB: 4 USB 3.0; 2 USB 2.0; 1 USB Type-C
- sound: 3.5mm jack/HDMI 2.0 Multichannel
- Dimensions and weight: 39 x 168 x 120 mm, 575 g
- price: 599 euros
- More information
The Beelink GTI11 Mini PC has a simple and fit-for-purpose design. The structure is aluminum, with acrylic on the top cover, the brand’s logo placed on an integrated green LED (power on) and a biometric sensor in the lower right area.
On the front there is a power button (with LED) and a CLR CMOS button for restoring BIOS settings.
In terms of connection interfaces, there are 2 USB A 3.0 interfaces on the front, 1 sound and microphone jack, 1 USB C interface, HDMI and DisplayPort (supports 2 monitors at the same time), 2 USB A 3.0 interfaces and 2 USB A 2.0 Connectors. Still on the back, in the upper area, there are air outlets for 2 radiator fans.
There are only openings on the sides to allow air circulation, with perforations on both sides and the inscription GI5 (from GTI Intel Core i5, but also GR7 from GTI Ryzen 7). The bottom only has the product inscription and serial number, the VESA adapter bracket hole and the rubber feet.
On a computer priced around 600 euros, we can already assume that we can expect good performance, adequate for most tasks. The processor integrated in the GTI11 is low-power and aimed at portable computers, the only way to fit it into this tiny box, make sure it doesn’t overheat, and achieve good power consumption.
Been using this GTI11 for a few days, mostly in browsers (Google Chrome), but also in video editing (Adobe Premiere Pro) and some games. Not only has it proven to be reasonably fast at work, but it also has satisfactory graphics performance in certain games.
I remind you that we are talking about an Intel 11 series CPU with a maximum clock speed of 4.2 GHz, 16 DDR4 RAM dual channel 3.2 GHz, integrated graphics Intel Iris Xe Graphics and an SSD NVMe drive. With this, a good portion of the six-year-old game should run without issue.
Several benchmark tests are also performed so that you can compare the performance of your computer.
- 3D markers:
- PCMark 10: 4779
- PCMark 10 Storage: 1722
- Geek Platform 5
- Crystal DiskMark 8.0.4
For most enthusiasts, they can also rely on a fully unlocked BIOS, which offers more options than some motherboards with a BIOS for gaming/modding offer.
If you’re looking for a computer that’s primarily for work, but not limited to most of the current technology on the market (and the latest in connectivity), the Beelink GTI11 Mini PC is a computer worth considering. The advantage of being able to easily hang it behind a monitor makes it very practical, and it’s a big plus when it comes to storage. A plus point for the design.
11th generation Intel i5 CPU, 16GB dual-channel memory, NVMe SSD drive, good communication and video output technology, so that you have enough space in various scenarios. Integrated graphics, Intel Iris Xe Graphics, is very satisfying in games released about six years ago, so you can play hundreds of your favorite games without the need for a computer with a dedicated graphics card. It is worth mentioning that it supports 3 monitors with 4K resolution at the same time, using HDMI, DisplayPort and USB C ports.
In terms of communication interfaces, the technologies available Wi-Fi (802.11ax AX201) and Ethernet (1 Gbit + 2.5 Gbit) are very popular and allow us to guarantee the continuity of use for many years to come. Regarding the biometric sensor, it works as expected.
Allows you to easily upgrade memory and storage. While it already takes up 2 RAM slots (can go from 2x 8GB to 2x 32GB), it also has a free M.2 SATA slot and a SATA connection with a 2.5″ bay.
As mentioned, the BIOS is fully unlocked, giving enthusiasts plenty of room for entertainment.
As a less positive aspect, I pointed out the performance of the CPU’s active cooler. Although it’s noisy at max speed, the biggest problem I’ve found is that it responds so frequently to temperature changes that it changes speed. That is, during normal tasks, the fans change speed frequently, between 4 or 5 speeds. Hopefully this will be something to consider for the brand’s upcoming BIOS upgrade.
Pplware thanks Beelink for providing the Beelink GTI11 Mini PC for review.