AliExpress Core i7 8750H Mini PC – Is It Any Good?
This is one that a viewer said. Why don't you check this one out here. It was thank you so much for pointing me in the right direction to pick this up from Aliexpress for 400. Us now why this little mini PC is interesting. As you can see, it's got a small form factor. It'S got a little bit of upgrade ability, but it also packs quite a bit of power with an Intel 8th, gen, I7 8750H in here so that's a 6 core 12 thread CPU, and it also has 2 SSD slots in here, which are the nvme form factor. So you can put a lot of storage in it. Also a 2.5 inch hard drive bay. It comes with a wireless AC chip. In there a little tiny card you can upgrade that as well little antennas, you see on the rear, but it's a very good little mini PC. The best that I've looked at in some time. So let's take a look at what we've first get in the box and the design of this little mini PC from Aliexpress, so let's check out what we have in the Box. First side is well packaged up there's, some padding around it there's the mini PC, obviously, and feels pretty heavy we'll, have a look at that in some detail in just a minute. So we have two remaining boxes here: okay, there's, a instruction or leaflet that looks like it could actually all be in Chinese.
And yes, it is so not too much used. They'Re, all Chinese – and here is oh – how supply, by the looks of it yes and we've, got a bracket here so that's for a visa mount. So you can put it on the back of a monitor or a TV. If you wanted to – and this one I think, is another cable or something here so let's – take it out. So we've got to be you cable here, that's good let's just fill out some screws, so that's. Obviously the screws for mounting and some little rubber feet here is well for the mini PC, and then this must be the power supply right here. So we'll check out the writing of that okay. So there it is. It looks like a notebook power supply, as you can see, with the plug that we've got right there and the maximum voltage output is 19 volts 4.7, and so, if you needed a replacement, it's positive in the middle – and they also did include an HDMI cable. So the frame of the whole thing is made out of MIDI. You can see the back. There. We'Ve got those tiny little antennas. Now these things are really small, but they are the standard connectors. This is a SMA. I think it is so you be able to get replacements that are higher gain antennas, that just those tiny little ones they've included. I don't know why they didn't just put normal bigger ones in the box, so the top of it.
If we are looking at that that way, so the top is where we've got our fan, you can see. Good ventilation is ventilation all around so far and we've got type C port on the front 2, USB 3 power status LED and then it's 3.5 minimum headphone jack. Now that type C port, I believe, is only just USB 3 spec it's, not Thunderbolt it's, not Jin. 2.1 or anything like that, 1.2 L on the back, we have a Gigabit LAN port there, that's good. So if you wanted to connect this up, maybe run it as a server or just have faster connection, not even bother with the wireless. You can do that we've got display, mini display out HDMI. Now I think it is HDMI to spec, but I will confirm that in this video another 2 USB 3 ports and then of course, there is our DC and there for charging and some vents here. This looks like it could actually be yes, it as a Kensington, lock slot, so you'll be able to lock this little mini PC down, if you needed to so on. The left and the right are those little mini PC there and no extra ports here we do have top and bottom some gaps there, so the ventilation looks to be pretty good. Of course, in this review, I'll be covering the fan noise, any throttling any current. Limiting that all be covered, then, on the back of it we have four screws.
This is the panel that we need to remove to get access to the internals. Of course, to add your components, I just got the bare bone, one. You can buy ones that are pre configured and there are two little screw holes here, and that, of course, is for that visa bracket with the lid now removed. You can see there. This is where the 2.5 inch drive is going to go there's a set of three, of course, and here is our connector. So later you would just plug that in and have that screwed in place there. I don't know how you're gon na actually do that are the two screws there. I see how you have to do it. It'S gon na be a little bit awkward. I think, but it is possible. We'Ve got one of two sodium's slots, so this is double data rate for spec. You can put two thousand four hundred megahertz RAM in this and then underneath that set of three connector. We have the MVM, em2 or SATA 3 connector see there's a screw right here. You can just see – and this is where you would start that end so I'm gon na put one of those drives in there, and then I remove those four screws on the top to remove the top plate, which you can see is right here. So that quite easy to come off, in fact, they did not screw them down properly. So now we can access our other sodium slot for our RAM right here and then the main drive slot.
So this is the nvme slot. You can see it's just hidden right. There – and there is a wireless card down here as well, so that is upgradable if you wanted to put a better card in because they're just using the 3165, and that has a maximum throughput of just over 400 megabits per second. So you could go with one of those gigabit wireless cards if you wanted to from intel the 9000 series alright. So if now got my PCIe SSD, which is a samsung 970 evo in here 256 gigabytes and 16 gigabytes of hyper x impact double data rate for RAM installed let's power it up so it looks like our bias is completely locked out to us. Really. There are no options. This is all you get there's a few under the boot menu. You can adjust a few things like the intel, speedstep, turbo options, setter and irst configuration, and then your boot order, so very basic. All right so I've got it running now through just a little. Portable 15.6 inch monitor qiao what's going to do some screen capturing, but unfortunately the RAM that's in my notebook I've had to have put it into this mini PC, so that's. Why I'm not doing a screen capture of this, and I just wanted to show you just a couple of things. First, here, obviously Windows. 10. You need to install that yourself. The drivers will pull through from Windows. Update use your own license.
I bought one from ebay, so that's an additional cost of it cost me only about 10 us and it's working fine, so Windows, 10 home there. I didn't go to extreme my 960 Evo that Samsung nvme Drive. That is also running here. You can see at its full speed, so depends on what kind of drive you put in here. You can install a cheaper set of three if you wanted to, and it would run at then 500 reads in about 500 writes it's, a very good speeds. There so run a couple of benchmarks, as I normally do in these videos. Just to give you an idea of the performance, so what we're looking at right here is the same exact chipset. So the Intel Core i7 8750 H. But in my laptop this, the GR 63 and you can see their performance they're, very good. The multi core score, and now we have our little mini PC here from Aliexpress, with an even faster single core score for some reason: multi core score slightly less, but overall really good. Now this is stock. I'Ve done no tweaks, no under vaults at all there and the OpenCL score. So this is the Intel 630 that's integrated, graphics, em. This is a good score for integrated graphics. So Intel really has improved things here and, as you see later on, you can play certain games, just of course, with lower settings. I did overclock this a little bit, so you can overclock the GPU, the integrated GPU with Intel's XTU, which I will show you in ten seconds and I just over come to the hundred megahertz, and this has brought the scrub a little bit as you can see.
So here we have Intel XTU I've under volted, now a little bit on the CPU. You don't have to do this, but the thermals are great it's not going to go over in my testing eighty degrees, and this is even with a boosted power limits. You can see right here. Power limit by a default is 50 watts in 58 peak. The max boost so increased it a little bit just to help with my performance there and it's holding 3.9 gigahertz on all six cause. Without any problems you don't run into any thermal throttling. Occasionally you will see our current power. Sorry, power limit throttling that just pops up now and then and that is kind of normal that's going to happen, but obviously it's all going to be really pendent really on what you're doing. But you don't normally see any of that. So there's no real problems with any throttling whatsoever, so I'm impressed with that – and I just increase the graphics here, so the clock at the top. You can increase that by the ratio limit, so I increased it from 11 to 12 and then will give us twelve hundred megahertz for the maximum turbo there on the GPU, okay. So a few other tests here I did run Cinebench r15 and this is with the on dove under vault, very good score here. So just over 1200 CB is really amazing for such a small little PC, especially when you factor in the fan noise of this, which I will get onto later on.
This review it's a very quiet, little piece, and it really is impressive. The stock score here, I will just show you that as well is 1100 CB, so that's without any under vault, again is still a very good score, very impressive there and a Pathmark rating as well. So four thousand seven hundred and fifty six so that's it for benchmark so I'm, not going to show you any more than that. It'S performance is really good for what it is so do have here are dope Premiere Pro. That is open latest version CC 2019. What I edit my videos with – and I wanted just to demonstrate – that editing 4k video, very good performance here with us – no problems, I'm, going to now encode one minute of footage and we'll see how long it takes with hardware acceleration alright. So here we go with the YouTube 4k preset I'm gon na hit export there and at the same time or a less hit the stopwatch so let's see how long this takes to encode one minute of 4k footage. Okay, so it's just finishing up now, just a few seconds left, looking like it's going to take about two minutes 30 seconds now there we go two minutes and 23 seconds to encode one minute of 4k footage with the YouTube preset. I will go back and to Intel XTU and have a look at how it fared here, so it was holding the 3.
9 gigahertz across all the six course there without any problems, and the maximum temperature got to was a 37 33 degrees there. I can see some reason I can't see all there was a package temperature run up there about 77 degrees is what it peaked at now. I haven't had any problems at all with the range and the reception of the wireless. It has those tiny little antennas and the Intel 3165 chipset. You can upgrade it. My pic speeds through it through some downloads here with the steam you can see – was 25 megabytes per second peak, which is not bad because faster cards, I can normally get around 30 megabytes peak or even up to about 35, as you would imagine, with the core. I7, 8750 H in here that everything is really fast, it's very fluid. There'S. No point me going over basic things like document editing, spreadsheets and all that it's going to be very, very quick is a powerful chipset that is in here so I'm gon na go ahead and test out games. What about gaming performance let's find out if we can play a few titles on this at least now often when I test out these many pcs the low end, once I do edit documents and things like that and spreadsheets. But there's no point in me covering that here and even Chrome, performance and stuff like that, because it is very very fast here: I'll just go along and start opening up some random tabs here and you'll.
See that I mean this Hardware is very quick. This is really high. End high end notebook hardware, this chip that's in here the 6040. Sorry 45 watt chip that's in this, and you can see that as lighting up everything really super quick in there and you can do YouTube streaming and 4k, you can play 4k videos, vp9 native decoding HEV, see no problems whatsoever, so let's skip a hit now and Check out just a couple of games and see how this chipset fears with that integrated graphics. So this is a light title or Counter Strike global Offensive on their highest settings 1080p and we're getting around 50 frames per second. So this is not too bad, considering it as Intel's integrated graphics. So this one looks fine I'll step it up now, with a more demanding game will test out which the three okay so, which is not faring as well. You can see 21 20 frames per second. This is 720p on the lowest settings too, by the way C might better, lower it to 800 x 600, get this game at least playable, but this one's just too demanding too slow for the Intel, integrated, GPU and then GTA 5. This is running in 1080p. On the lowest settings is jazz playable. Here you probably want to run this one. I would say, and 720p be a little faster it's, not the best you can see, but others play ball just scraping that 26 frames 25 frames per second.
I thought it might run a little bit better here, but again we're just on an integrated GPU. So it's, not a gaming beast this machine here and the shame it does not have Thunderbolt 3 either. So you cannot hook up an external GPU, so there's many PC in one area has really surprised me where they are often terrible, and that is fan noise. The fan noise is actually very good: it's, quick to ramp up and quick to completely die away as well, which is great now we'll reach just over 50 decibels and I'll give you a sample now what it's like the fan and a complete load, but when it's, Not under load, you don't even hear it at all it's, just so quiet, very impressive. So after all that benchmarking stress, testing and gaming let's have a look at the surface temperatures and they do feel really quite good. So you can see it is heating up to just about thirty degrees and along the top here. Doesn'T seem to go over that okay about 35, but that's actually pointing right into the internals. Now my probe, but very good, very good and let's take a look at the power supply now, so that is heating up a little bit hotter, actually up to 38 degrees. Now the power supply, but overall this is acceptable, very good thermals on this okay guys here. So to quickly recap, this has surpassed my expectations. I did not expect the fan noise to be this good.
The last ones I've looked at they've been a little noisy, but this one when you're not doing anything, is just super silent, it's, whisper, quiet, the fans they ramped up really well, and then it disappears as soon as it cools down enough. The fan will go down with the temperatures very quickly, so that is great performance, very, very good plenty of storage options on this overall, the build quality is good and the design you can upgrade that Wireless. If you're not happy with the speeds, the Ethernet port on here, I did check out as well and that's working fine. So it is to me a recommended little mini PC if you don't need an external graphics card. So if you're not happy with the internal graphics, unfortunately, you are stuck with it, because there's no Thunderbolt 3 on this, the only other thing that this mini PC for me is missing is hdmi 2.0 spec at least so we could get 4k 60 Hertz. However, there is mini display port out on this, so you can at least get 4k 60 Hertz. So overall, this is a very good little mini PC. Now the price of this will all be going up and down that's. Why le Xpress is like so wait until they have those sales and you might be able to pick it up for jeepers. This one cost me about approximately 420 us which I feel is: okay, considering the spec, what it's got it's a tiny little size, great little package, great fan, noise overall, I'm gon na be keeping this one here.