Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
7,221 Reviews & Articles | 52,175 News Posts

ASRock DeskMini 110 Mini-STX Mini PC Review

By: Steven Bassiri | SFF PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 20, 2016 4:20 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: ASRock

Test Setup

 

asrock-deskmini-110-mini-stx-pc-review

 

A subtle blue light from inside the system allows you to peek inside while the unit is turned on.

 

asrock-deskmini-110-mini-stx-pc-reviewasrock-deskmini-110-mini-stx-pc-review

 

 

I am using some Kingston HyperX Impact DDR4 SO-DIMMs to test this system. The HX421S13IBK2/16 is a 2133MHz 16GB (8GB x 2) DDR4 SO-DIMM kit that works very well with this system. I used the Samsung 950 Pro as the M.2 drive and an Intel i5-6500 CPU.

 

 

CPU, Memory, System, and Graphics Benchmarks

 

CINEBENCH 11.5

 

asrock-deskmini-110-mini-stx-pc-review

 

wPrime

 

asrock-deskmini-110-mini-stx-pc-review

 

AIDA64 AES and HASH

 

asrock-deskmini-110-mini-stx-pc-review

 

AIDA64 Memory

 

asrock-deskmini-110-mini-stx-pc-review

 

PCMark8 Home Test

 

asrock-deskmini-110-mini-stx-pc-review

 

PCMark8 Work Test

 

asrock-deskmini-110-mini-stx-pc-review

 

WebXPRT

 

asrock-deskmini-110-mini-stx-pc-review

 

3DMark11

 

asrock-deskmini-110-mini-stx-pc-review

 

UNIGINE Heaven 4.0

 

asrock-deskmini-110-mini-stx-pc-review

 

Resident Evil 6

 

asrock-deskmini-110-mini-stx-pc-review

 

Storage and Network Performance

 

CrystalDiskBench-Read:

 

asrock-deskmini-110-mini-stx-pc-review

 

CrystalDiskBench-Write:

 

asrock-deskmini-110-mini-stx-pc-review

 

ixChariot Network Throughput:

 

asrock-deskmini-110-mini-stx-pc-review

 

It's obvious that the desktop-class 65W i5-6500 is more powerful than 15W i7-6500U found in many other NUC-style devices. One would assume that they perform the same, or even close, especially considering the high cost of the i7-6500U compared to the i5-6500, but it's all about TDP and heat.

 

The i5-6500's TPD is almost four times the rated-TDP of the i7-6500U, and performance is roughly twice as good in certain scenarios. It's easy to see that when TDP and heat are on a strict budget, the i7-6500U makes sense, but the DeskMini 110 is capable of dissipating the heat without conjuring up jet engine noise levels, so it can afford the higher TDP and resulting performance bump.

    PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.


    United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.

    United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.

    Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.

    We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.

Related Tags

Got an opinion on this content? Post a comment below!
loading