MINISFORUM GK41 mini PC review – how to upgrade it?

MINISFORUM GK41 mini PC review

The MINISFORUM GK41 mini PC is in the palm of your hand, and can be easily carried in the pocket of a jacket. It is equipped with a silent cooling fan, which can cool the compact body of the PC and offers more than enough hardware to support 4K media, so for optimal operation both in the home and in the office. Get details in MINISFORUM GK41 mini PC review.

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In the box

  • 1 * Minisforum GK41 Mini PC
  • 1 * Mounting Bracket
  • 1 * Power Adapter
  • 1 * HDMI Cable
  • 1 * DP Cable
  • 1 * User Manual

Specification – MINISFORUM GK41 mini PC

  • Peripherals Interface : RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet Port×2, USB 3.0 Port×4, TF Card Slot×1, DC Jack×1, Digital MIC×1,MIC×1
  • Storage : M.2 2280 128GB SATA SSD
  • Storage Expansion: 1×2.5 inch SATA HDD Slot (SATA 3.0 6.0Gb/s), 1×TF Card Slot (up to 128GB)
  • CPU: Intel® Celeron® Processor J4125, 4 Cores/4 Threads (4M Cache, up to 2.70 GHz)
  • GPU: Intel® UHD Graphics 600
  • Memory: LPDDR4 8GB (On Board)
  • Wireless Connectivity: IEEE 802.11ac Dual-Band Wi-Fi, BT4.2
  • Ethernet: 1000Mbps LAN
  • Video Output: ① HDMI 2.0([email protected]), ② DP([email protected])
  • Audio Output: HDMI 2.0, DP, 3.5mm Audio Jack

Ports & Buttons

  • 1 * Digital MIC
  • 4 * USB 3.0 Ports
  • 1 * Power Button
  • 1 * TF Card Slot
  • 1 * Microphone Jack
  • 1 * Headphone Jack
  • 1 * Power Input
  • 2 * Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1 * HDMI Port
  • 1 * Display Port
  • 1 * Reset Hole
  • Power: DC 12V/3A (adapter included)
  • System: Windows 10 Pro
  • Product Dimension: 125×113×30mm
  • Package Dimension: 210×147×54mm
  • Net Weight: 0.26/KGS

Price

MINISFORUM released the GK41 a few months ago, and its new mini-PC is now down to US$229.99 on Amazon  with 128 GB of storage. The GK41 is also available on AliExpress and from MINISFORUM directly, albeit for US$249.90 and US$239, respectively. Meanwhile, the 256 GB edition of the GK41 retails for US$269 on both AliExpress and MINISFORUM.


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Customer Rating4.6 out of 5 stars (86) 4.5 out of 5 stars (246) 4.1 out of 5 stars (314) 
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Sold ByMINISFORUM – USOakTechStoreSHENDDA
Computer Memory Size8.00 GB8.00 GB8 GB
CPU ModelCeleronCeleronCeleron
CPU Speed2.70 GHz2.50 GHz2.50 GHz
Graphics CoprocessorIntel UHD Graphics 600Intel UHD Graphics 600Intel 9th Gen UHD Graphics 600
Hard Disk Size256 GB128 GB128 GB
Hardware PlatformPCPCPC
Operating SystemWindows 10 ProWindows 10Windows 10
Processor Count444

MINISFORUM GK41 mini PC review

Size

The consumption of the Minisforum GK41 is really minimal, since its processor has a TDP of only 10W, on par with its size that with only 12.5 x 11.3 x 3 cm allows us to place it in any corner or behind a TV or monitor thanks to the support that comes included.

Mounting

It includes a mounting bracket that you can attach to the back of the monitor to make your desk tidy. Provides more space compared to the tower.

Ports

The GK41 supports 4K at 60 Hz via both DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0, while it also has four USB 3.0 Type-A ports. Additionally, the machine supports dual-Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11 ac dual-band Wi-Fi. Moreover, MINISFORUM has included dedicated headphone and microphone jacks. For wireless connectivity it includes dual-band WiFi aC and Bluetooth 4.2.

Intel Celeron J4125 processor

Backed by Intel Gemini Lake processors, it can eliminate confusion and degradation in performance, providing enterprise-level management and security for multiple applications.

Intel UHD Graphics 600 images and videos are processed in clear and realistic ways to make colors more natural and vibrant, provide people with visual and spiritual enjoyment, and support 4K @ 60Hz screen.

Memory & Storage

Equipped with LPDDR4 8GB Memory and Windows 10 system, the DDR frequency can be up to 2133 MHz.TDP unlocker and Superb cooling system enhances system performances and can efficiently operate for a long time. GK41 has installed 256GB Solid State Drives and can expand the storage via M.2 2280 SATA SSD, 2.5 inch SATA HDD or a TF card(up to 128GB) for your personal needs.

Fan

The GK41 microcomputer has a built-in cooler, a centrifugal fan (hair dryer), and a ventilation grill on the side and bottom that can effectively dissipate heat from the housing.

WiFi

The mini computer has an integrated wireless communication unit. 2.4 + 5GB WiFi antenna can achieve longer transmission distance and better penetration, allowing you to connect freely and remove the restrictions of network cables.

MINISFORUM GK41 mini PC performance review

I am especially enamored with the dual display output. The HDMI out is great, but the DisplayPort our really makes it rock. Being able to support multiple displays natively is awesome. It makes it much more valuable that one might imagine. This was a major selling point for me.

I am using it for two main purposes. It runs my projector for back yard movie nights, and I’m using it to run amp modeling and effects emulation for my studio. It runs my apps beautifully. I do wish I could bump it up to 16GB of ram with an additional stick.

I plug in my 8tb external drive to use as a repository for my recording files and I can easily move them back and forth with other systems. Meanwhile, I keep my movies stored there too and watch them through my projector.

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