Crazy 8 Core i9 9900 Mini PC – But Is It Any Good?
Another risk buying this super powerful model that just seems too good to be true, it's, absolutely crazy. What they've crammed in terms of performance into this tiny little portable case that you can easily just place and slip into a backpack, so it has a core. I nine nine nine hundred and this it's, not the K or the case model. That would just be overboard and even as it is, this is overboard. So eight cause 16 threads in this it's, a 65 watt CPU, but it has a dedicated GPU, something that was missing on all those other Aliexpress models that I reviewed. This has it so in theory, we should be able to also upgrade this GPU in the future with other half height GPUs, and you can also swap and change the CPU as you like to because it uses the LGA 1151 socket from Intel. First let's. Take a look at what we get with the box, and this one here is just a generic box. They use for all of these mini pcs. It was even used for the last gen one. So you can see this well padded here. We'Ve got the mini PC, which we'll look at in detail in just a minute, because I do have to install all the components aboard the bare bones one so we've got this bracket right here you can see. This is, of course, for propping it up they've. Given us an HDMI, cable we've got some screws in here as well, and a cable set of three and then power for that set of three.
So if you wanted to use, for example, a spindle hard drive or an SSD 2.5 inch, one you're able to with this and I'll show you that so here is our power supply. Now this is rated to 19 volts, nine point: four: seven amps and it's a good size now hunt key. I do recognize this name, this brand of power adapters and you should be out of source of replacement it's using that four pin style one as you can see, and then they've. Given me an EU plug for this review, I installed 32 gigabytes of HyperX. Ddr 4 CL 15 Ram, which is very quick and a Samsung, 970 Evo Drive as my SSD one of the reasons as many PC is so small and yet packs a dedicated GPU is because it's using one of these cute little half height GPU cards. It only runs on PCIe power and for reference above it is a 2.5 inch SSD. These GPUs are tiny, so it might be tiny, but it definitely does not lack on pause. We'Ve got two audio jacks there. Four USB 3 ports, Gigabit LAN, 2 HDMI, 1.4 outs, dcn for power, of course, DisplayPort HDMI, 2 and DVI. So you can run a lot of monitors with this little mini PC and up the front, not so great because it just has 3 USB 2 ports. Here in our power button now it does have a status LED right here, and this is a transparent.
What looks like screen, but it's, actually just plastic. That is where the wireless antennas are. So the case is completely made out of metal. It has a brushed finish with this plastic protector on the top to stop you from scratching it. When you install all of your components, so the length of it is 26 centimeters. It is only 5 centimeters high and weighs just 1.6 kilos, making it super easy to transport and place in a backpack, for example, so, first up just installing my RAM. So this is very easy to do. If you have never installed ram into a laptop, then I'll quickly explain it that you just need to line up where the pins are see the gap and make sure you got the right, spec that's, the most important thing, first, so ddr4 and sodam laptop Ram. So you simply place it in like this push it right up and then push it down, make sure that these clips either side are clipped into place, and that is it that Ram is installed now. This surprised me didn't, expect to see this a 12 volt out connector on the motherboards that's great. To have this now the wireless antenna and the Wireless cards a little bit more tricky because we've got the connector right here. They do have the antenna which is on that front part of the case, and they just put a bit of tape around this here. So this is what we need to take this off this tape, and then those connectors will connect up then to the tiny little wireless card, so those two antenna plug simply place them over the top here, where it's labeled, 1 amp 2 there's, no particular order here, Because I know there's a main and auxiliary antenna, but this case is using the same exact antenna for both.
So it doesn't matter the little connector over the top press. It down with your finger now and you should feel a little click and then it's in place. So the widest card is in place. You just push it in and make sure you use that bottom slot, because the top one, while it's not going to screw in place and that's for our SSD, which I'm going to install now. So this one is just a matter of lining it up like that little mini PCIe Wireless cards give it a press. Oh, you got to push it into place and then screw it down into place all right like so, and that is that your SSD and wireless card is now installed and then let's connect up. That 2.5 inch drive that I showed you, so you can use the SSD or hard drive of course. So this is a set of power. Cable connect that up to it and then right here, we've got the set of three connected to so push that into place, and then we need to connect it to the motherboard. I will show you where you'll find the connectors on the motherboard, just above the RAM here so that's, where the power is and set of three so set of three cable just simply place it over the top and press it down into place, like so power cable To line it up, never force these cables as well, so you can see that's the wrong way around so you're gon na flip it around and then push it down into place.
There we go that is now secure, so that if it's D, you then screw onto the backing plate here in place, so once you've completed that screw everything back into place, you want to power. It up. First, go straight into the BIOS, which is normally delete or escape, and then you can set the boot order of your hard drives or is hiss D. So when you get this out of the box, there is a restriction that they have said in the BIOS straight away. You cannot get the performance you expected why they have done. This is to probably keep the thermals really good, and I notice straight away that you're getting this current limit throttling and it will not actually turbo over about 3.2 on all of the cores and the thermal stay ridiculously good for such a tiny cooler with those powerful 8 cores 65 watts and what I did was in under volt right here and if you change this limit, set this to something like 140, then you can let the CPU boost right up to the maximum supported, which is 4.6 gigahertz across all of those eight cores And you'll occasionally see it flashing there. So when you stress tests, I want to get into this thermal straight away, because I know that this is the question everyone's gon na have is: will its thermal trottle it will okay you'll see it doesn't take long, I mean the fan hasn't even ramped up yet It'S eighty five, eighty two and that is stressing out all this cause you can see it is holding though the four point six there we go fan has now kicked in it'll bounce around ninety, but when you're gaming it'll stay in the 70s as you'll see later On so the thermals for such a hot cpu, the cool is actually doing okay, but you will see it happen.
You will see thermal throttling being triggered power limit right now, throttling as well. So I haven't changed any of the power limits. There'S, no point 65 watts power limit, one leave it, as is. If you increase this, it will then be just throttling like crazy. You can see it has actually throttled down a little bit. So this is the thing we're gon na have we're, never gon na get the exact kind of performance. You'D expect from the CPU and I'll show you some some benchmarks here. So go over them pauses. Your friend, okay hit pause. If you want to look at these in detail a little more so the first score would eat bench for here super low. I mean this is a really terrible score and that was worth their 60 set to the ICC max just 60 they're severely. Restricting the CPU change that and then look what happens. We start getting some really really good scores here: here's Geekbench 5, which I'm now using again a really good score here, I'm gon na go pretty quick with these OpenCL score. This is from the GPU so that gtx 1650 – and here we have the OpenCL with gig bench for the good scores, but the GPU, of course, is the bottleneck with this particular system. Pass mark score again, really really good 7000, and here is the fire strike. So this I don't think, is actually that bad for the type of GPU that says graphic score, coming up close to 10000 physics, says almost 24000 really good there again times by.
Someone asked me to run this via daemon Twitter. I don't like user benchmark, but hey here it is here are the results. You can see that it's getting an average there of 96, so that's, not bad. I mean the best score. There is a hundred and three percent, so all in all good. Now the typical other benchmarks people want to see with such a powerful CPUs Cinebench. So here there is sentiment, r15 score very good again and take a look at that see, B, score and twenty as well. Now bear in mind that if you had the nine nine hundred K o'clock to five gigahertz across all the eight cores, then the score would be about five thousand. So that is a really good score. This is a super powerful little mini PC it's. What I got it for CPU Z, benchmark two as well again remember to hit pause. If you want to see any of these benchmarks in detail, compare it to your own systems. You ignore what kind of performance to expect from this and 6500 medium preset here for super position inch mark, so I will do a run here just to those that are interested about those two more so I'm in Iran. This is City bench r15, see what kind of score I get so just hit run here and bring back up our extreme tuning utilities. You see it's doing and holding the 4.6 across all of those eight cores for now, but look at that hundred degrees.
It just hit package temperature thermal throttling, of course, so this is not good to see this, but it's really the only time I am seeing those the temperatures is very briefly until it's rotters, so we're not getting maximum performance out of really super demanding, apps applications and Things like that, but for what I need this many PC for for things like video, editing, it's, working out good for me and I'm, not really seeing those temps gaming as well as you see later on, it will stay around the 70s and 80s. So the color is good and then at the same time it is bad and I have not repay stood it as well. So if I paste the thing it'll probably be a little bit lower, I don't expect a huge change because it's such a tiny cooler trying to cool this down, it's a basically a gaming notebook caller trying to cool down a 65 watt processor and then only handle 45 watts max see see the temperatures are good there, so that has finished in the background there I got that run was a lot less because of the throttling, so you just have to refine the balance between the ICC and under voltage to get maximum performance out Of this particular mini PC here, so one thing I have not seen is that single core it's supposed to run up to 5 gigahertz and in the just dual core performance, just using the 2 threads 5 gigahertz, you ever seen it it's, always 4.
6 max that's. All I'm getting with this buyer, so there is another little restriction there. But now let's have a look at just a few titles, very quickly gaming. So what you can expect from that? Gtx 1615, not a powerful GPU but it's great. We do have a dedicated GPU on this and not integrated, like all the other mini pcs. I have been reviewing this game even in 2020 does still look very good. This is the medium setting preset that I have at the moment and we're getting around 80 frames per second quite steady there, so very playable and smooth even for such a low end card it's doing fine. I mean this is off the touring architecture, but it does not support your rate racing, of course, not with this low end card, so the CPU all of those eight cores running cool and not even being taxed really. So, of course, as I mentioned in the beginning, the bottleneck is that GPU now GPU is currently at 70 degrees. Their highest I've, seen it get up, is 76 that's, very similar to other gtx, 1650 cpus. Now we'll set it to high we'll, see how it runs. Then, on the high option, I do believe it will still be playable even with this low end card so now on high or hit the play, and now that us again all right, so, oh ok below 60 frames per second, it looks quite a bit better.
Of course, and still just playable 1080p now I did test it at 4k, 4k we're, getting around 30 frames per second I'm, not happy with that it's just too choppy. That was on the medium preset there's one, a shadow of Tomb, Raider, a more modern title. Still quite demanding and I'm gon na run it on just the high preset: okay run the benchmark, but you see like I'm saying here that all games will run fine on this card at 1080p. So, just before I wrap up the video, I wanted to mention a couple other things, useful information that people probably want to know BIOS. I haven't shown you in this video because there's nothing to show you it's locked down completely. However, there are a couple of Handy settings in there, of course, boot order. You need that that has to be there, but the other one is that the power state it will detect. If it powers off, you can set an option in there. So when it regains power, it will automatically boot up. So if it's going to be a server for your example on a remote switch that is actually possible to do that now, power consumption let's talk a little bit about that that it's, drawing and pulling up to Peaks of about 100 watts on the CPU. The GPU is pulling quite a bit as well, and I haven't run into any issues with the power supply is so far.
I thought that okay, maybe it's not going to be able to take it, take the eight cause. This is where it's surprising me: I've pushed it very hard for a week. It has never powered itself off due to this. The only time it is completely powered off for me was my own fault, because I set too high of an under vault. So let's talk about, then what you need to do to get that performance, because it's so ridiculous. The manufacturer with this they set an ICC max so low that the CPU just cannot even turbo properly, and why are they doing this they're playing it ultra safe? They want to keep those thermals down, so you don't have fan noise, you don't have any thermal throttling, but you can open it up. As I showed you, you get the maximum eight core four point: six figure hurt, turbo and performance is absolutely insane and amazing for such a small system that's, where you need to under bolt a little bit, and you really need to find that balance between the current Limit and then under vaulting to what you want thermals, do you want to push the thermals crazy high because they're not good, if you just let it use all the current at once, all the power at once. This gets up, as you saw to a hundred degrees, that's, not acceptable. That is not good. We don't want that long term 100 degrees it's, going to end up burning out or damaging something right here, so the motherboard components.
What gets really hot in here is the chipset. It does have a heatsink on the top of it as it should so that is good to see the graphics card gets up to about 75 degrees 76 Mac, so that is also another good area. I found that my Samsung SSD is actually getting very hot. Now there is a possibility to run a system fan on this. If you wanted to, you could put like a 140 if it would fit millimeter fan inside here just to the low RPM, and that then will allow you to cool, say the internal components CPU a little bit more now you could modify I'm a re paste. The CPU and see if I can get slightly better temperatures, but I doubt it we're talking about basically a gaming notebook cooler with two thermal transfer heat pipes, trying to cool down what it's used to only calling 45 watt processor to an additional 20. So this says 65 watts on such a small corner, of course, we're going to run into problems as I expected, but it's kind of why I went for the eight core version, so we can see worst case scenario with as many PC. I can see now that you'll probably want to stick to the core i7 and the core i5 models which are cheaper. So, yes, you can build this exact spec with probably a better GPU for cheaper good hundred and fifty hundred euros cheaper.
But this is really for the convenience and this form factor being so small portable and with this custom motherboard as well. Now we should be able to upgrade these components in the future. The GPU more manufacturers, I'm crossing. My fingers will start to produce more of this half height tiny little GPUs we're, hopefully going to see something like the 1660 super version, or even a TI could be a little bit too hard. It probably might need actually external power. Now we do have the 12 volt connector in here, which is good to seeds, and we've got a few little options with this particular motherboard and case, so really what it boils down to is what do you want this for? For me, it is video, editing and that's where I think it is good, but of course the thermals is an area of concern, so that's, why I say perhaps go for the core i7. Thank you so much for watching this review. I hope it was informative, and now you know that this mini PC to me is actually not bad at all. Now, if this video does okay and there's a lot of interest, I may look at some of those smaller ninth gen ones that are using the 45 watt laptop processors and them review a couple of those and see if those are also any good. Thank you.