Powerful $400 Six Core Intel Core i7 8750H Mini PC Review

Powerful $400 Six Core Intel Core i7 8750H Mini PC Review

This is what the site is about finding those value for money items that are a great value, a good bang for your buck. After the Core i5 8250U mini pc I reviewed that had power current and limit throttling I was worried about forking out $400+ USD for an even more powerful Intel Core i7 8750H mini PC, but this one is a true gem and in many aspects surprised me mostly its great fan noise (complete lack of) and it’s super powerful for the size of a desktop PSU.

I must thank long time viewer and reader, Collin for pointing this one out to me. Otherwise, I might have missed it as I don’t tend to lurk around Aliexpress much looking for new tech arrivals. But the spec was too good to give up, a tiny PC with that six-core CPU, not one but two NVMe slots, 2.5″ SATA3 drive support, upgradable RAM and even the wireless card.

Video index: 00:55 – Unboxing 02:13 – Build & Design 03:52 – Internals 05:23 – Bios 05:40 – Benchmarks & performance 10:30 – Gaming 13:19 – Fan noise 13:48 – External temps 14:21 – Recap with Pros & Cons

Only really two things are missing, Thunderbolt 3 and HDMI 2.0 support. Lucky for us 4k lovers, there is a mini display out for Displayport to HDMI 2.0 adaptors (For TVs) or just use Displayport monitors. So we still get 4k 60hz. And yes if you really must have an external GPU you could use an NVMe to PCIe or Mini PCIe to PCIe adaptor but it’s not the best. But you would be capped at best at 32Gbps PCIe bandwidth with an external GPU enclosure.

Overall this is a great mini PC, a lot of power on tap for most peoples needs (Expect to game of course). Great fan noise, the best of its class for Chinese Aliexpress or similar mini PC’s The thermals are great, so good you can increase power limits so it will hold 3.9Ghz across all 6 cores without increasing the fan noise much. And the upgradability is good.

The only downfalls as mentioned no Thunderbolt 3 or HDMI 2.0. I would love to see them release a Thunderbolt 3 version. I think many would pay $100 more for TB3 support including myself.

With auto on power setting in the bios if it loses power means it would even make a great Linux server PC or even a Hackintosh mini PC should work (But you might have to change the wireless card)

You can find this Mini PC on Aliexpress here for $409 to $417 barebones

In my 4k export test, the time was slow the reason why? It was in OpenGL mode Premier Pro for some reason by default. If it’s software only encoding it will do a basic 10-minute 4k video encoded to 4k YouTube present in under 6 minutes using the iGPU and CPU. But with OpenGL take around 26 minutes which is slow. This with Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2019 (Version 13)

Highly recommend wireless card upgrade for the 8750H mini PC

The wireless card is an M.2 22mm x 30mm and I highly recommend installing the Intel Wireless AC9260 (1730 Mbps + BT 5.0) wireless card over the Intel AC 3165 these can be bought off Aliexpress for very cheap here for $17 USD http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/bWahfhx2

I’m using this as my studio PC and so far after 2 weeks of use, I’m highly impressed with its 4k editing speeds and just how quiet it is. You cannot hear it most of the time. Only a whooshing noise when pushing it hard encoding 4k video for example.

 

Video tech reviewer and tech blogger. I have a huge interest in the latest tech, tablets, laptops, mobiles, drones, and even e-scooters. Active in the tech community since 2008 days of the Omnia i900 Windows phone. Samsungi8910omnia.com, Samsunggalaxysforums.com founder from way back.

38 Comments

  1. Chris, which voltage does the motherboard deliver to the RAM modules: 1,35V or 1,5V.
    What modules did you use exactly for this mobo?

    • 1.35 DDR4 spec. I used Some hyperX 2400Mhz and also tested crucial 2400Mhz no problems. The RAM modules are a little hard to push in and seat them correctly. So if you have issues check they are inserted correctly.

      • When I search for DDR4 SO-DIMM kits in my local price search engine, I find the following cheap kits:

        Corsair Vengeance SO-DIMM Kit 16GB, DDR4-2400, CL16-16-16-39 (CMSX16GX4M2A2400C16)

        Crucial Ballistix Sport LT SO-DIMM Kit 16GB, DDR4-2400, CL16-16-16 (BLS2C8G4S240FSDK/BLS2K8G4S240FSDK)

        Kingston HyperX Impact SO-DIMM Kit 16GB, DDR4-2400, CL14-14-14-35 (HX424S14IB2K2/16)

        But the specs always say “Voltage: 1,2V”. But they can run with 1,35V too (and probably need this voltage for higher speeds anyway,) I presume.

        Are these kits a save buy?

  2. When I buy this PC barebone, do I need drivers from the manufacturer or does a fresh Windows install find them anyway? (so far I could not find drivers on the home page of Partaker (http://www.inctel.com.cn/product/detail/471.html)

    • They can give you a link to drivers, but Windows update should get all drivers.

    • Answer from Inctel, whom Iasked this too:
      “You can place this order firstly , We will send you the all drivers with your shipment”
      Not what I had hoped for.

      • Ah of course, buy it first and they will throw in a CD or USB drive with drivers or something.

  3. All B18 Partaker offerings are not available at the moment at aliexpress. But now there is a new item “Eglobal Monster Mini PC i7 8750H” that looks identical to those Partaker mini PCs but is considerably cheaper with only $ 364,13 for the barebone without RAM or SSD.
    Does this sound legit and trustable?

    • Sorry, wrong price: in $ they demand 404,90, 364 is EURO. Which still would be the lowest price in the latest weeks.

  4. Thanks for your very nice review.
    Unfortunately I have to add a design flaw of this model which is pretty serious if you want to use it with a 4k display:
    As you already pointed out you have to connect the display through the display port since HDMI is too slow to deliver 4k/60Hz. If you shutdown windows in this setup the power LED will change from blue to orange (stand-by) but the CPU fan will not stop. Although the PC ist off it spins forever.
    I contacted the seller and they just asked me if I was using HDMI or DP. After I said DP they said that it wasn’t a driver problem and went silent. Apparently they are aware of this problem but so far they do not have a solution for that. And perhaps there even is no easy one.
    I thought I’d share this information.
    Regards.
    Bernd

    • BTW: I have Ubuntu and Windows 10 installed on the SSD and use grub as boot manager. Shutting down from Ubuntu works fine and stops the fan. The problem is only when shutting down from Windows.

  5. Hi Chris, I see in your YouTube review of this unit that it has an option for VT-d in the BIOS. Does it also support VT-x to be able to run virtual machines in 64-bit?

  6. I’m about to buy this mini PC. Does anyone know If it’s worth to get it with the 16GB RAM+256GBSSD option or will the quality of these components be cra*p?

    • I just ordered a barebones one.

      Ordered Corsair Vengeance 2400 MHz and Samsung Evo 970 ssd locally for about the same price as the non specified optional components…

      • I also bought it, but with 2X8GB RAM for dual channel and a 256 NVMe SSD. I hope the components they use are good. Didn’t have any lying around so I figured I might as well get it with RAM&SSD.

  7. If it could only take a GPU inside without a Mini PCIe to PCIe adaptor … And were would the GPU fit, externally of course?
    I still am itching to pull the trigger on this one though, it meets quiet a few of my expectations (sans gaming)

  8. Amazing mini pc. Thanks for your reviews!

    • Chris seems to have the best reviews for tech coming out of China, even with his NZ accent 😉

  9. But this is not the final price. With shipping fee and taxes this will be much much higher price.Is there a chance to pay only $400 without taxes? I guess no.

    • Not that I am aware of. And If you are in the EU chances are that Taxes will move it into a FHD i5 Notebook area with a mid range to low end GPU, and warranty.

  10. Chris, I can’t find it for less than $436 now…
    Are the other brands like B18, paretaker…etc… the same?

    • Yes just under different names. They brand it themselves but same ODM

  11. Is there any way you can drive dual [email protected] with this machine or are we stuck with 1 screen ?

    • Just one screen 4k60hz (DisplayPort) and the other at a choppy 4k30hz (HMDI 1.4) 🙁 If only it had HDMI 2.0. Really stupid it wouldn’t add much to the cost at all. Maybe the next model they will.

  12. Chris, the prices keep going up after your review!
    Can you point us to a cheap bare metal one?

    • Hi, stupid Aliexpress sellers must have seen I reviewed and praised it. So typical of the Chinese using it as an excuse to put the price up. The lowest I saw was $411 now (eGlobal) but it was as low as $399 at one point with 8750H and barebones.

      • Cheapest I found was $416.36 , and I’m not sure it’s the same one you got.

        • My one was about a month ago with a sale. But $416 isn’t to bad.

  13. Chris, they seem to have gone up in price, making them not as a great deal as yours was.
    Do you know if they support Dual Chanel RAM?
    Otherwise they seem good VFM, more at $400 with no storage and RAM.

    • They do support dual channel, dual NVMe both at max 4x PCIe lane speed also. No hardware raid at all. So far I’m still super impressed with it, so much so I think I will buy the 8950HK version when it’s cheaper overclock it as much as possible and use it as my main PC for everything but gaming. It’s so quiet. Oh if you have the cash to burn it will accept the plug & play overclocked SODIMM RAM from HyperX and G.Skill. I have a 16GB 3200Mhz kit from Hyper form my MSI GL63 that runs at 3200Mhz (Only 2666Mhz in my MSI)

      I got mine for $403 I think it was in the end, but now $411 is the best price.

  14. Pretty nice, but the intel NUC8i5BEK or BEH is just 20 dollars more and performs very similar on geekbench, it also has thunderbolt 3 and internal usb headers. So it might not be such a great deal. 🙂 those dual m.2 slot AND mPCIE is very noice tho.

    • I’m sure the price will only drop on this one. It should be below $400 soon. NUC8i5BEK CPU isn’t as powerful, not at all. This has 45W CPU, the NUC8i5BEK is 28W? And the Core i7 8750H here does a 1200+ Cinebench R15 score.

      Iris Plus 655 GPU, that’s much better and the HDMI 2.0 with Thunderbolt 3. But since I don’t plan to game on it I prefer the faster CPU.

      • Your right, it is alot faster. Seems like geekbench scores doesnt reflect raw performance much. I only tested geekbench 4 on a hackintosh nuc8i5 and it got 4720/17200. But cinebench r15 was way slower than 8750H, only around 850ish.

        Btw, thanks for all the great work you put in. 🙂

        • Yes GB4 isn’t really a good tool for gauging performance on this type of hardware. I was looking at the NUC8i5BEK and going to get one then I saw just how much slower it is, the Iris GPU doesn’t really matter much to me.

  15. For $400, I would rather build a new PC. If I was concerned about form factor, I could always do an miniITX build.

    • But for $400 could you build something as fast CPU wise? Six Cores, 4.1Ghz turbo & Something that can get 1200+ in Cinebench R15?

      • I’m torn between this and the Intel NUC. How much better is the 8750H?

        TB3 eGPU + 4-core
        vs.
        PCI-gpu-thingy + 6-core?

        I just don’t know! 🙁

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