The NucBox 5 Is An All-New Super Tiny Windows 11 4K Mini PC! Hands-On First Look
This is known as the nook box 5 and in the past we took a look at the original nook box. It was powered by a gemini lake intel cpu, but this one definitely has a bit of an upgrade, especially on the gpu side of things and its still ultra small. I mean this thing is absolutely tiny. It is actively cooled so there is a fan in here. It does 4k with dual full size: hdmi, outputs and overall i mean its definitely one of the smallest windows 11, pcs that ive ever taken a look at on the channel. Hopefully we get some decent performance out of it, but in this video were going to do an overview check out. The specs were going to test out some performance. Like 4k video playback run some benchmarks test out some pc games and some emulation on the new nook box 5.. So inside the box. Basically, the only thing youre going to get is a user manual. Youll get the mini pc itself and a 12 volt 3 amp. Usb type c power supply. Taking a look at the i o up front here, we have two full size: usb 3.2 ports moving over to the right hand, side micro, sd card slot, not much going on over here on this side, but when we move around back youll see we have that Usb type c port, and unfortunately, this only works for powering the unit up weve also got a 3.
5 millimeter audio jack, gigabit ethernet, another usb 3.2 port and dual full size hdmi out now, when it comes to storage, the one that i have here is the 256 Gigabyte model, but it is fully upgradable from this m.2 on the bottom here they also sell a 512 on amazon if youre interested in getting a little more storage out of the box. Taking a look at the specs of the nukebox 5 for the cpu, we have the intel n5105. This is a jasper like cpu, with 4 cores base clock of 2 gigahertz and a turbo clock up to 2.9. As for the built in graphics, these are much better than the older gemini lake cpus, because with this one here we actually have 24 execution units instead of 16 and sometimes even lower with those gemini lake cpus, but its an intel uhd up to 800 megahertz. Eight gigabytes of lp ddr4 ram running at 2933 megahertz. This one here has a 256 gigabyte m.2 ssd. It also has wi fi 6 built in and bluetooth 5.2, and it comes with windows. 11 pre installed all right, so ive got everything set up here were going to be testing out a bunch of stuff in this video but uh. First things. First, as you can see, this thing is absolutely tiny, not much bigger than my mouse itself, and i got ta say this is way snappier than i thought it would be. The cpu we have in here isnt a top of the line intel cpu, but for web browsing email checking, video playback works out just fine, so one thing that i noticed here is theyre actually running this ram at 2933 megahertz in the past, with the older gemini Lakes, it was only at 2400 megahertz, and this is in dual channel ive, checked through hardware info, so it will help out with gpu performance and on top of the new uhd intel gpu.
They have in here with those 24 execution units its not a bad little light gamer either wi fi 6 connected right up to my wi fi 6 router, no problem with web browsing everythings, really quick here just went right to the gmk tech website. So yeah i mean you want to do some email checking web browsing some document editing on a little pc like this. You shouldnt have any issues and the tdp on this out of the box is set at 13 watts. It doesnt pull more than 18 from the wall, with everything going at full bow and when i do 4k video playback test with these mini pcs, i always like to turn scaling completely off with windows. That way, our viewpoint on the video itself is truly 4k. So this is a 4k 60 hdr video from youtube. Ive got stats for nerds on, and i know its a bit hard to see well move in a bit closer, but by the end of this video here i only had 13 drop frames and eight of them came from the initial load in so 4k 60 from Youtube or your favorite app is totally possible on the nook box 5. and just to give you a look up here, our viewpoint is at 4k, weve got 11 drop frames so far out of 3 500 and by the end we only had 13. so were good To go there next thing i did was run a couple benchmarks.
First, one is geekbench 5 and to tell you the truth, i thought wed get a better single core were only at 483 multi sitting at 1902, moving over to 3dmark wildlife. This is a gpu vulcan, benchmark, total score 2’6 and finally night raid with a 3252 so yeah i mean these scores are definitely low, but we are working with low end hardware. I thought itd come out a little higher on each one of these, given the performance that im getting, but these are benchmarks, and now i want to move over to some gaming and see what it can do. Heres the windows store version of minecraft, where its 60 ive set it up for 13 chunks. We do have fancy graphics on and something like minecraft is able to run like this at 60 all day plus we have active cooling, so we never thermal, throttled this little cpu. I was surprised to see that this thing handled skyrim quite well, were only at 720p low settings, but with the older gemini lake celerons, i was never able to get this kind of performance. We do see a couple dips down to 59, but if that fps counter wasnt on, i would have never noticed it, and next up we have left 4 dead, 2 720p low and going into this i really didnt expect it to run it as well as it Did just like skyrim but uh were getting an average of 98 fps.
I could probably take this up to 900p or maybe even medium settings at 720p and be just fine with it. I know these are older games that im testing, but this is a very low in cpu, with integrated graphics, its not going to do aaa games very well, but i did test at least one newer game: the art of rally, one of my favorite little racing games. Ive been having a great time with it at 720p low we can get over 60 with it. We actually had an average of 64 fps out of this, so the new uhd graphics, theyre, using in their low end chips, definitely have a big upgrade over the older gemini lake and it really comes down to this having 24 eus or 24 execution units versus 16 And sometimes even lower for older gemini lake cpus now its time to check out some emulation, and i actually had a good feeling wed be able to do the lower end stuff, really well heres dreamcast, using redream im at 1280 by 960, and i could probably take It up a bit i mean were not stressing that cpu out too much getting close to 20 on the cpu and around 25 on the gpu. So we do have a little more room when it comes to dreamcast. But i did want to test something a little harder to run so were going to move over to psp and even with something like chains of olympus with that vulcan back in at 2x resolution were getting really great performance.
I also tested opengl and i did have more hiccups, so i just swapped it back over to vulcan, but these little chips are actually turning out to be really nice for emulation, at least the lower end stuff. Now, theres, no way that this is going to do. Ps3, but i did want to throw some gamecube at it using the dolphin emulator, because in the past on the older, lower end gemini lake cpus, it actually performed pretty decently. But you know there were some games that struggled, but with this one here were able to do automotive here at the native resolution, with that vulcan back in at a constant 60., not bad at all. I mean we definitely have more power than a raspberry pi, but these are coming in a bit more expensive if youre interested in seeing like a full video with this thing running something like botocer or even retropie. Let me know in the comments below before we wrap this up. I did want to take a look at a little bit of cloud gaming im using xcloud here, just right in the edge browser, weve got clarity, boost enabled and im on wi fi and with wi fi 6, its actually really good. But when it comes down to cloud gaming, you probably just want to plug into ethernet thats, going to give you the best performance that you can get or the best experience that you can get out of cloud gaming.
But when it comes to these little mini pcs. Since we dont have enough power to push triple a games, you know natively, you can always stream them geforce now, stadium and xcloud. When it comes to measuring power consumption from these many pcs, i always plug these into a kilowatt meter and at idle. This thing only pulls six watts, while gaming we averaged 15 and the maximum that i could get this to pull from the wall, while maxing out the gpu and the cpu was 18 watts. So we have a relatively low power draw mini pc here, also so yeah its actually a decent little mini pc, its an upgrade from the original nook box or the nook box s and even the chewy lark box. We have that new jasper lake cpu in here with those 24 execution units on the gpu, which really does help out, as you saw with skyrim and left 4 dead, and when it comes to upscaling emulators. This will definitely outperform gemiini lake when it comes to that new gpu. So i mean this is actually a pretty cool little unit. So if youre interested in learning more, maybe picking one up, i will leave a couple links in the description. You can pick these up with 256 gigabytes of storage or 512, but remember you can always upgrade that ssd later on down the road. If you need to, i think these little chips here are gon na, be excellent for little emulation, setups and, if youre interested in seeing something like botocero running on this, just a dedicated emulation front end.
Let me know in the comments below – and i can get a video like that made, but thats gon na wrap it up for this one.