$299 Barebone Whiskey Lake U Core i7 8565U Mini PC Review

$299 Barebone Whiskey Lake U Core i7 8565U Mini PC Review

My full review of the Nvisen Y-MU01 Mini PC is below. This one I got from Banggood here it’s is powered by the Intel Core i7 8565U it’s the Kaby Lake R 8550U just with an overclock as the Whiskey Lake U with a max turbo of 4.6Ghz and this one has 4 cores, 8 threads in total. The power limit (PL1) is set to 25W and the cooling handles this well, even at 45W using Intel XTU and a -0.075 it runs really well. Max thermals are low to mid-80s with the stock power limit. At 45W PL1 it will hit 90 degrees and throttle but not go over this and it really boosts performance when editing 4k video for example.

Because it’s a barebones PC, you need to supply your own RAM, OS, and SSD 1x NVMe/SATA3 M.2 2280 or 2.5″ SSD/HDD. The wireless card is there, the Intel Wireless AC 3165 but I recommend using the Intel Wireless AC 9260 which is faster than the Gigabit LAN port.

00:00 – Intro & spec 00:46 – Unboxing 01:18 – Design 02:53 – Internals & installing parts 04:32 – The bios 05:36 – Performance tests 09:58 – SSD benchmark 10:21 – Cinebench R15 & R20 10:50 – 4k streaming test 11:29 – 4k video editing & export time 13:09 – Gaming tests (GTA V & CS:GO) 14:49 – Fan noise & 45W PL1 thermals 15:38 – Recap with Pros & Cons

Like the BMAX B4 Pro I reviewed this one supports 2 x DDR4 2400 SODIMM RAM. Most of the mini PC’s I’ve reviewed in the past only used 1 x SODIMM slot to save on production costs or due to space limitations. I tested out 32GB (2 x 16GB) which runs without a hitch. The SSD I used was a Sabrent Rocket 2TB NVMe drive. It’s super quick over 3000 MB/s reads and writes.

Overall it’s a very quick mini PC and it can run two 4k60 displays, sadly the Type-C port is only USB 3.0 data no video out support. And the fan noise when underload isn’t the quietest I’ve heard. But it does keep the CPU temps under control and surface temps.

This mini PC sells for $299 with the following coupons over at Banggood:

[CZ Warehouse] code:BGSPVN, price:$289.99
[CN Warehouse] code:BGSPVS, price:$299.99

There is a Nvisen Y-MU01 Mini PC bios update if you have USB 3.0 port issues. Here bios 5.13 USB 3.0 port fix https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zj4j4YM08jdTOdJl6YaxwJcXWm4r-r_w/view

Extract and run as Admin the batch file. Type Y and wait for it to flash then it will ask to power off. The first boot will take longer don’t freak out that’s normal!

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.

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  1. There is a Nvisen Y-MU01 Mini PC bios update if you have USB 3.0 port issues. Here bios 5.13 USB 3.0 port fix https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zj4j4YM08jdTOdJl6YaxwJcXWm4r-r_w/view

    Extract and run as Admin the batch file. Type Y and wait for it to flash then it will ask to power off. The first boot will take longer don’t freak out that’s normal! 

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