There is never an ultra-compact computer or mini PC to work as a “fixed home computer”. While portability is not important, there are many advantages to using a mini PC over a tower.
Today we bring you a review of the fastest mini PC model that Billink offers in its showcase, Billink GTI11.
The Bellink GTI11 has mini features so it is not a mini PC. Quite the opposite.
In this GTI11 you can expect Intel Core i5 11 series CPU, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, 500 GB internal storage on SSD drive with NVMe, 2 Gigabit LAN port, WiFi 6 and biometric reader! Yes, such a compact box can contain a very complete, fast and efficient work machine that you want to remove from the home computer.
The advantages of this type of format range from ease of storage and organization (the possibility to place the monitor behind a hole in the hole for VESA mounts), simplicity of use, low energy consumption, balanced cost, ease of transport. In second place, among others.
Beelink GTI11 is available with Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, 16GB dual-channel DDR4 RAM (upgradeable) and 500GB SSD storage (upgrade or add). In addition, it has 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 is installed, upgradeable to Windows 11.
For RAM and storage expansion, it has 2 DDR4 slots and they come with 2 8GB modules. However, it supports up to a maximum of 64 GB of RAM using 2 modules of 32 GB. For storage, in addition to the provided 500 GB M.2 2280 module, it has another M.2 2280 SATA slot, which supports a maximum of 2 TB.
A 2.5 “SSD bay is also available on the internal SATA interface.
The box contains:
- Beelink GTI11 Mini PC
- Power adapter 19V / 3A 57W with European plug
- Support for VESA optimization + screws
- 2 HDMI cables (different sizes)
- Quick information booklet
- CPU: Intel Core i5-1135G7 (2.4GHz, burst 4.7GHz)
- GPU: Intel Iris Xe graphics
- RAM: 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB)
- ROM: 500 GB (Kingston SSD M.2 NVMe)
- Operating system: Upgrades to Windows 10, Windows 11 are available
- HDMI: 2.0
- Displayport: 1.4
- WiFi:: 802.11ax Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
- LAN:: Dual 2.5 Gbit
- Bluetooth: 5.0
- USB: 4x USB 3.0; 2x USB 2.0; 1x USB Type-C
- Audio: 3.5mm jack / HDMI 2.0 multichannel
- Dimensions and weight: 39 x 168 x 120 mm, 575 g
- Price: 599
- More info
The Beelink GTI11 Mini PC is designed for simplicity and purpose. The design is in aluminum, the top cover is acrylic, where the brand’s logo is housed with an integrated green LED (power on) and a biometric sensor in the lower right.
The front has a power button (with LED) and a CLR CMOS button to restore BIOS settings.
For the connection interface, the front has 2 USB A 3.0 ports, a jack for sound and microphone, and a USB C port. HDMI and DisplayPort (supports 2 displays simultaneously), 2 USB A 3.0 ports and 2 USB A 2.0 ports. Yet at the rear, at the top, are the air outlets for the 2 heatsink fans.
With holes on both sides and GI5 (from GTI Intel Core i5, GTI Ryzen 7 since GR7) inscription, there are only sides for air circulation. At the bottom is just a hole for the product inscription and serial number, VESA adapter support and rubber feet.
On a computer that costs around 600, we can already think that we can expect good performance, enough for most tasks. The processor integrated into the GTI11 is low-consumption, aimed at portable computers, and only in this way can it fit into this tiny box, ensuring that it does not overheat and consumes good energy.
The GTI11 was used for a few days, mainly in browsers (Google Chrome) but also in video editing (Adobe Premiere Pro) and some games. Not only is it able to be fast at work but it also proves satisfactory graphics performance in some games.
Let me remind you that we are talking about the 11 series Intel CPU, which has a maximum clock speed of 4.2 GHz, 16 DDR4 RAM, dual channel 3.2 GHz, integrated graphics Intel Iris Xe graphics and SSD NVMe drive. With this, a good portion of half a dozen years old games should run without problems.
A number of benchmarks were also passed, so that you can compare them with the performance of your computer.
- 3D mark:
- PCMark 10: 4779
- PCMark 10 Storage: 1722
- Geekbench 5
- Crystal Diskmark 8.0.4
For the most enthusiastic people, they can also rely on a fully unlocked BIOS, offering more options than some motherboards with a BIOS intended for gaming / modding.
If you are basically looking for a computer for work, but not so much, the Beelink GTI11 Mini PC is a computer that should be considered, with most of the technology currently on the market (and the most recent in terms of connectivity). The advantage of being able to easily suspend the back of the monitor makes it very practical and has many advantages in terms of storage. A plus point for design.
The 11th generation Intel i5 CPU, 16 GB of dual-channel RAM, NVMe SSD drive and good technology for communication and video output, give you plenty of space to use in a variety of situations. Integrated graphics card Intel Iris Xe graphics perform very satisfactorily with games released almost half a dozen years ago, thus delivering to your computer with a dedicated graphics card to play hundreds of favorite titles. Notably, it supports 3 displays with 4K resolution simultaneously using HDMI, DisplayPort and USB C ports.
In terms of communication interfaces, the technologies available for Wi-Fi (802.11ax AX201) and Ethernet (1 Gbit + 2.5 Gbit) are very welcome and guarantee us continuity of use for many years to come. As for the biometric sensor, it works as expected.
Allows you to easily upgrade memory and storage. Although it already has 2 RAM slots (which can go from 2x 8GB to 2x 32GB), it has a free M.2 SATA socket and a SATA connection with a 2.5 “bay.
As mentioned, the BIOS is completely unlocked, giving enthusiasts plenty of room for entertainment.
As a less positive aspect, I would like to draw your attention to the CPU’s active heatsink performance. Even though they make noise at maximum speed, the biggest problem I recognize is the frequent reaction to temperature differences and, consequently, the speed changes. That is, the fan changes speed frequently during normal operation, at 4 or 5 speeds. Hopefully there will be an issue for the brand to consider in the upcoming BIOS upgrade.
Thanks to Beelink for providing Beelink GTI11 Mini PC for pplware review.