Intel Gemini Lake energy-saving office artifact: Beelink Gemini X Mini PC review

Posted in Jun 26, 2018 in Reviews, no comment

Intel released a new ultra-low-power Atom Gemini lake processor. The launch of the Gemini lake processor is an upgrade of the Apollo lake processor. Intel’s processor for low-power applications did not “squeeze toothpaste” as it did before. Instead, it was a brand-new upgrade..The performance of each specification is greatly enhanced.

Gemini Lake processor is divided into two series, J series for Desktop products, as long as the performance, processor frequency 1.5G-2.8G.N series for Mobile mainly reflect the low-power processor frequency 1.1G-2.7G. There are some important specification upgrades. Please check the details specifications on the Intel official website.

A. Processor’s secondary cache is upgraded to 4M, and Intel’s eighth-generation Kaby R I3-8130U secondary cache is also 4M;
B. The graphics card was upgraded to Graphics 605 and the frequency was upgraded to 800MHz. Intel eighth generation Kaby R I3-8130U graphics Graphics 620, frequency 1000MHz.
C. Memory is upgraded to DDR 4 2400MHz, the same as Intel’s eighth-generation Kaby R I3-8130U/I5-8250U;
D. The display interface supports dual HDMI 2.0a 60Hz with a resolution of 4096*2160P 4K. Specifications same as Intel’s eighth-generation Kaby R I3-8130U/I5-8250U;
E. The video codec supports H.265 10bit, VP9 10bit,

With the upgrading of such important specifications, some of the specifications are already the same as those of I3/I5, and there will be a qualitative leap in performance. The Gemini lake processor will become an important member of the low-power MINI PC family, and it will also better meet the needs of users in the office and home entertainment.

We have been fortunate to get the Beelink Gemini X Series MINI PC, The performance of Intel Gemini Lake processor is tested in detail.

1. First – Specification
There are 3 versions of the Beelink Gemini X series, as follows: INTEL Gemini lake Pentium and Celeron processors are used. Please check the form.

Both the Basic and Premium use the Gemini lake Celeron J4105 processor. The difference is in memory and storage. The basic of the standard storage is On Board 3D EMMC Flash. Users can expand Msata’s standard SDD and SATA 3.0 standard mechanically hard disks. Premium of memory increased to 6G, storage is using Msata 128G SSD, the user’s own expansion SATA 2.5-inch technology hard drive.

The Ultimate version of the CPU is upgraded to the Pentium J5005 with a frequency of up to 2.8G and comes standard with 8G of memory. Storage Msata 128G SDD is also standard, Users can expand their own SATA 2.5-inch mechanical hard drives

2. Second – Appearance

The middle frame and the bottom shell are made of metal aluminum, which can increase the heat dissipation without losing the high-end atmosphere. The size is very small, 115MM*102MM*43MM, It’s belonging the extremely product in the Mini PC.

3. Third – WIFI antenna design

It is well known that metal has a shielding effect on WIFI signals. Gemini X solves this problem very well. The top shell is made of transparent plastic and direct acrylic cover. The WIFI antenna is mounted directly on the luminaire and then the acrylic panel is installed. There is no effect on WIFI.

4. Fourth – Rich interface

Two HDMI 2.0a, output 4K image resolution, supports simultaneous display of different task modes. So that we can work and deal with other tasks at the same time. Four USB 3.0 interfaces can basically meet the needs of customers. Others also support Gigabit LAN, Audio R L/MIC.

5. Fifth – Storage expansion
Gemini X stores three configurations, namely 64G/128G/128G. If you want to expand the storage of a larger capacity, you can configure the 2.5-inch mechanical hard disk 1T/2T by yourself. The mechanical hard disk is used only for storage and is not used as a system startup driver. Doesn’t affect the performance of the machine. However, the 2.5-inch hard disk is not a standard configuration and requires the customer to purchase and install it. The customer’s own installation design is quite simple, only need to remove the bottom shell, install the hard disk on the bottom shell, and connect the data cable.

6. Accessories

The accessories on the Gemini X come standard with two HDMI data cables, which can be used in two environments: one is to use the device on the desktop, and the HDMI cable is 80MM. The second is to install the device to the back of the monitor through the bracket, then use the 30MM data cable. This ergonomic design also reflects Beelink mini PC’s customer-centric philosophy.

After introducing the overall machine, I test the performance of the machine.

PC mark10
PC mark is use for office performance testing software, such as web browsing, Office software, PS, pictures and video processing, VP9 216P4K video.
Let’s take a look at the results of the three configurations.

Gemini X45(4G+64G)

Gemini X45(6G+128G

Gemini X55(8G+128G)


Gemini X45(4G+64G)

Gemini X45(6G+128G)

Gemini X55(8G+128G)

Storage speed test

From the above test data, it is known that the GeminiX Basic Edition Onboard 64G 3D EMMC flash reads and writes slower than the advanced 128G SSD. The read/write speed of the mechanical hard disk is 76MB/s, the read/write speed of the basic version is quadruple that of the mechanical hard disk, and the read/write speed of the advanced version is 6.3 times that of the mechanical hard disk. With the speed of these solid-state SSDs, there is no case of stalling in office documents and video.
GeminiX uses On Board 3D EMMC FLASH and solid-state SSD flash. It doesn’t use cheaper 2D flash. It does consider the use of office environment. It is the same as INTEL’s promotion of Ao Teng’s solid-state SSD.

Heat dissipation/power consumption
Heat dissipation is a problem that all computers will face. High temperature machines will cause various problems. Intle designs the CPU and protects the CPU. If the temperature is higher than the safe value, the CPU will automatically reduce the frequency, but this will affect The performance of the device, all heat dissipation is a crucial part. The INTEL Gemini lake J series is designed for a maximum power consumption of 10W, which is 5W less than the INTEL’s eight generation Kaby R I3/I5. The thermal design of the Gemini X product is a pure copper fin plus a fan for active cooling. The heat generated by the CPU is introduced into the copper through the copper sheet, and the fan is used to take the heat away from the air to achieve fan heat.

There are two technical indicators of heat dissipation, thermal conductivity and heat dissipation coefficient. The GeminiX uses copper as the heat-conducting medium and the heat dissipation uses the fan to actively dissipate heat. Both of these are the best heat dissipation solutions.

Temperature test
Test environment: The Intel thermal Analysis tool tool runs at full load and the hard drive reads simultaneously
Temperature result: 73 degrees Celsius
With such a small MINI PC, this temperature effect is well controlled.

On the GeminiX, notebook heat dissipation was used. The CPU was heavily loaded and the sound was measured at a distance of 10 cm from the PC, which was about 57 dB.

Although our products use desktop-class CPUs and notebook cooling methods, they do not emit the kind of low-pitched hum of notebooks. Even at full load, the sound is still very low. The contrasting ambient sounds are only With a rise of about 7dB, the fan’s noise is almost negligible and will not cause any impact on the user.

Sum up

MINI PC is very petite in product design, which also allows it to adapt to more use of the environment, very easy to carry, Due to the restriction of size, many consumers are worried about their performance. However, we can see from the test that our Gemini X is still excellent in terms of performance.Although it can’t be compared with traditional desktop computers, it doesn’t lose to some laptop products on the market. Therefore, users don’t have to feel for our product performance concern, because it is fully able to meet the daily needs of users, whether it is home audio and video entertainment, or daily mobile office, are fully able to support, but also has a notebook does not have low power consumption, low temperature and low noise.

Beelink X series became the first main office hardware of the Beelink brand Intel min pc, which is expected to ship by the end of June.
More news at any time concerned about the Beelink official website.

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