Analysis: Mini PC Beelink GTI11

Never has an ultra-compact computer, or Mini PC, made so much sense to serve as a “stationary home computer”. When portability isn’t important, using a mini PC has multi-level advantages over a tower.

Today we bring you the analysis of one of the fastest Mini PC models that Beelink offers in its showcase, the Beelink GTI11.

Just because it’s a Mini PC doesn’t mean the Beelink GTI11 has mini features. Rather the opposite.

In this GTI11 you can expect an Intel Core i5 11-series processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 500GB internal storage on an SSD with NVMe, 2 Gigabit LAN ports, WiFi 6 and a biometric reader! Yes, such a compact box can house a very well-rounded, fast and competent work machine for the overwhelming majority of tasks you want to get out of a home computer.

The advantages of this type of format range from ease of storage and organization (possibility of placing it behind a monitor in the hole for VESA mounts), to ease of use, low power consumption, price balanced, the possibility of easily transporting it to another place, among others.

Main Features

The Beelink GTI11 is available with the Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, with 16 GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM (upgradable) and with 500 GB of SSD storage (upgrade or add). Apart from that, it has an integrated 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 fingerprints) and brings Windows 10 installed, possibility of upgrading to Windows 11.

As for RAM and storage expansion, it has 2 DDR4 slots and comes with 2 x 8GB modules. However, it supports up to a maximum of 64GB RAM, using 2 modules 32 GB. As for storage, in addition to the supplied 500 GB M.2 2280 module, it has another SATA M.2 2280 slot, supporting up to a maximum of 2 TB.

A 2.5″ SSD bay is also available on an internal SATA interface.

The box includes:

  • Beelink GTI11 Mini PC
  • 19V/3A 57W mains adapter with European plug
  • Support for VESA adaptation + screws
  • 2 HDMI cables (different sizes)
  • Quick instruction manual

full specs

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-1135G7 (2.4 GHz, 4.7 GHz burst)
  • GPUs: Intel Iris Xe graphics card
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR4 (2 x 8 GB)
  • ROMs: 500 GB (Kingston M.2 NVMe SSD)
  • Operating system: Windows 10, upgrade to Windows 11 available
  • HDMI: 2.0
  • Display Port: 1.4
  • Wireless:: 802.11ax Intel WiFi 6 AX201
  • LAN:: Dual 2.5 Gbit
  • Bluetooth: 5.0
  • USB: 4 USB 3.0 ports; 2 USB2.0 ports; 1x USB Type-C
  • Audio: 3.5 mm jack / HDMI 2.0 multichannel
  • Dimensions and weight: 39 x 168 x 120mm, 575g
  • Price: 599 €
  • More information

Design

The Beelink GTI11 Mini PC has a simplistic, fit-for-purpose design. The structure is made of aluminum, with acrylic on the upper cover, where the brand logo is placed with an integrated green LED (power on) and the biometric sensor in the lower right area.

On the front are the power button (with LED) and the CLR CMOS button, for restoring BIOS settings.

On the connection interface side, it has 2 front USB A 3.0 ports, a jack for sound and microphone, and a USB C port. HDMI and DisplayPort (supports 2 screens simultaneously), 2 USB A ports 3.0 and 2 USB A 2.0 ports. Also at the rear, in the upper part, are the air outlets for the 2 radiator fans.

On the sides there are only openings to allow air circulation, with perforations on both sides and the inscription GI5 (from GTI Intel Core i5, since there is also GR7 from GTI Ryzen 7) . At the bottom there is only the product inscription and serial number, the hole for the VESA adapter bracket and the rubber feet.

Performance

On a computer whose price is around 600 €, we can already consider that we can expect good performance, sufficient for most tasks. The built-in processor in the GTI11 is low power, intended for laptops, and only in this way is it possible to fit it into this very small package, ensuring that it does not overheat and ‘it achieves good power consumption.

This GTI11 was used for a few days, mainly in the browser (Google Chrome) but also in video editing (Adobe Premiere Pro) and some games. It proved capable of not only being quite fast at work, but also of decent graphics performance in some games.

I remind you that we are talking about an Intel 11-series processor, with a maximum clock speed of 4.2 GHz, 16 x 3.2 GHz dual-channel DDR4 RAM, integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics graphics and an SSD drive NVMe. With this, a good portion of games half a dozen years old should run smoothly.

Several benchmarks have also been carried out, so that you can have a term of comparison regarding the performance of your computer.

  • 3D mark:
  • PCMark:
    • PCMark 10: 4779
    • PC Mark 10 Storage: 1722
  • Geek Bench 5
  • Crystal Disc Mark 8.0.4

For the most passionate, they can also count on a fully unlocked BIOS, with even more options than some motherboards with a BIOS intended for gaming/modding.

verdict

If you are looking for a computer mainly for working, but not only, with a good part of the current technologies on the market (and more recent in the case of connectors), the Beelink GTI11 Mini PC it is a computer to consider. The advantage of being able to place it easily suspended behind a monitor makes it very practical and with big advantages in terms of storage. A positive point for the design.

The 11th generation Intel i5 processor, with 16GB of dual-channel RAM, an NVMe SSD drive and good communication and video output technology, gives you plenty of opportunities to use in various scenarios. The Intel Iris Xe Graphics integrated graphics card performs very well with games released about half a dozen years ago, eliminating the need for a computer with a dedicated graphics card to play hundreds of titles you love so much. It is worth mentioning that it supports 3 displays with 4K resolution simultaneously, using HDMI, DisplayPort and USB C ports.

At the level of communication interfaces, the technologies available for Wi-Fi (802.11ax AX201) and Ethernet (1 Gbit + 2.5 Gbit) are welcome and make it possible to guarantee continuity of use for many years to come. Regarding the biometric sensor, it works as expected.

Allows you to easily upgrade memory and storage. Although it has the 2 RAM slots already occupied (which can range from 2x 8GB to 2x 32GB), it has a free M.2 SATA socket and a SATA connection with a 2.5″ bay also available.

As mentioned, the BIOS is fully unlocked, giving enthusiasts plenty of opportunities to be entertained.

As a less positive aspect, I highlight the performance of the CPU’s active heatsink. Even though it is noisy at top speed, the biggest issue I identify is the frequent way it reacts to temperature changes and therefore shifts gears. That is, the fan changes speed frequently, between 4 or 5 speeds, during normal tasks. Hopefully this will be a point to take into account in an upcoming BIOS update by the brand.

Pplware thanks Beelink for providing the Beelink GTI11 Mini PC for review.

Beelink GTI11

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