GEEKOM A8 (AMD Ryzen 9 8945HS) AI mini PC evaluate – Half 1: Specs, unboxing, teardown, and first boot

GEEKOM A8 is an AI mini PC based mostly on the highly effective AMD Ryzen 9 8945HS (or Ryzen 7 8845HS) AI processor with AMD Radeon 780M Graphics, as much as 64GB DDR5 reminiscence, as much as 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD assist for as much as 4 show as much as 8K decision, and comes preloaded with Home windows 11 Professional working system.

The mini PC is provided with two HDMI 2.1 ports, two USB-C ports with DisplayPort Alt mode, 4x USB 3.2 Sort-A ports, 2.5GbE, a WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 module, and a stereo headset jack. GEEKOM despatched us a pattern of the A8 Mini PC with an AMD Ryzen 9 8945HS 8-core/16-thread processor, 32GB DDR5, and a 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD with Home windows 11 Professional for evaluate this time. We’ll begin by itemizing some specs, doing an unboxing, going via a teardown, and booting Home windows 11. Within the second and third elements of the evaluate, we are going to check the efficiency and options on Home windows 11 and Ubuntu 24.04 respectively.

GEEKOM A8 specs

  • SoC (one or the opposite)
    • AMD Ryzen 9 8945HS
      • CPU – 8-core/16-thread processor as much as 4.0GHz / 5.2 GHz (Turbo)
      • Cache – 16MB
      • GPU – AMD Radeon 780M Graphics
      • AI – NPU efficiency: 16 TOPS, whole: 39 TOPS
      • TDP: 45W
    • AMD Ryzen 7 8845HS
      • CPU – 8-core/16-thread processor as much as 3.8GHz / 5.1 (Turbo)
      • Cache – 16MB
      • GPU – AMD Radeon 780M Graphics
      • AI – NPU efficiency: 16 TOPS, whole: 38 TOPS
      • TDP: 45W
  • System Reminiscence – Twin-channel DDR5-5600 SODIMM, as much as 64GB
  • Storage
    • M.2 2280 SSD socket (PCIe Gen4 x4 as much as 2TB or SATA III as much as 1TB)
    • Full-size SD card reader
  • Video Output
    • 2x HDMI 2.0 ports
    • USB4 and USB 3.2 Sort-C ports with DisplayPort Alt mode
    • As much as 4x impartial shows
  • Audio – 3.5mm stereo headset jack; digital audio output through HDMI and USB-C
  • Networking
    • 2.5GbE RJ45 port through RealTek RTL8125BG-CG controller
    • WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3
  • USB
    • 3x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Sort-A
    • 1x USB4 Sort-C port with DisplayPort Alt mode, USB PD assist
    • 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Sort-C port with DisplayPort Alt mode, USB PD assist
    • 1x USB 2.0 Sort-A port
  • Misc – Energy button
  • Energy Provide – 19V energy provide adapter (120W) with geo-specific AC wire (IEC C5)
  • Dimensions – 112 x 112 x 37 mm

The GEEKOM A8 can also be one of many first mini PCs from the corporate to implement “IceFlow 1.5 Know-how” which ought to ship higher cooling efficiency than in earlier fashions such because the GEEKOM A7 mini PC and consists of a CPU cooling fan, a big sink, twin warmth pipes, and thermal grease. As with all different GEEKOM mini PCs to this point, the A8 ships with Home windows 11 Professional.

GEEKOM A8 unboxing

The GEEKOM A8 mini PC ships in a retail package deal with a brand new design (earlier fashions used to ship in a principally black field).

You could wish to double-check the fundamental specs on the underside of the package deal to be sure you obtained the mannequin you ordered. In our case, we obtained an A8 mini PC with an AMD Ryzen 9 8945HS, 32GB DDR5 SO-DIMM reminiscence, and a 2TB M.2 SSD as anticipated.

The package deal contains the A8 mini PC itself, a 19V/6.32A (120W) energy provide, an influence wire, an HDMI Cable, a VESA mount with a screw set, a consumer information, and a Thank You card.

The entrance panel options two 10 Gbps USB 3.2 ports together with one with energy ship, a 3.5mm audio jack, and an influence button.

The rear panel features a 19V DC jack, two HDMI 2.0 ports, a 40 Gbps USB4 port with DisplayPort Alt mode, one other 10 Gbps USB-C port with DisplayPort Alt Mode, a 2.5GbE RJ45 port, one other 10Gbps USB 3.2 Sort-A port, and a USB 2.0 port. We’ll additionally discover some air flow holes on the high.

One aspect comes with a full-size SD card reader and extra air flow holes. There’s nothing on the remaining aspect, apart from extra air flow holes.

Teardown

GEEKOM mini PCs was once designed to be opened simply with massive screws and easy accessibility to the reminiscence, M.2 SSD, and wi-fi module. Their new designs for the reason that A7 can nonetheless be opened to vary RAM, storage, or wi-fi, however it’s slightly extra cumbersome, and harm can probably happen doing so…

Opening the GEEKOM A8 requires used to take away 4 sticky rubber pads earlier than accessing the screws, however the backside cowl wouldn’t come that simply. Lastly, we discovered that squeezing the perimeters would make a small opening and we might take out the underside cowl. Observe that you must be further cautious right here as a result of one of many antennas is linked to the quilt.

However we are able to’t entry the mainboard simply but, and we have to take away 4 extra screws to carry a steel plate and get entry to the highest of the motherboard with the reminiscence and SSD sockets.

Our GEEKOM A8 comes with two 16GB Essential CT16G56C46S5 DDR5-5600 (1.2V) reminiscence sticks, an ACER N7000CN-2TB SSD, and the identical Azurewave AW-XB591NF WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 module discovered within the A7 and XT12 Professional that work nice in Home windows 11, however sadly I can already declare with 99.99% certainty that Bluetooth gained’t work in Linux.

We are able to additionally see an unpopulated M.2 2242 socket and SATA linked, in addition to GL3590 USB 3.1 Gen 2 hub controller on the mainboard. I beforehand talked about you needed to be cautious when opening the machine, and we weren’t cautious sufficient because you’ll discover the wire to the “MAIN” antenna is damaged and we’ll must have that fastened though WiFi continues to be working.

First boot to Home windows 11

We’ve then linked the GEEKOM A8 mini PC to HUION Kamvas Professional 16 (2.5K) drawing pill via a USB-C cable and an RF dongle for a wi-fi keyboard and mouse combo, earlier than inserting the ability provide wire and urgent the ability button as well the system.

We went via the same old Home windows 11 setup wizard and shortly reached the Home windows desktop with a working WiFi connection regardless of lacking one of many antennas.

Going to System->About we are able to verify we’ve an A8 mini PC with an AMD Ryzen 9 8945HS processor @ 4.0 GHz (base frequency) with AMD Radeon 780M Graphics, and 32GB RAM working the newest model of Home windows 11 Professional 23H2.

After putting in a brand new WiFi antenna, we might be reviewing Home windows 11 Professional intimately within the second a part of the evaluate, after which check Ubuntu 24.04 to see how the GEEKOM A8 performs in Linux within the third half.

We’d prefer to thank GEEKOM for sending us the A8 mini PC for evaluate with an AMD Ryzen 9 8945HS, 32GB DDR5, and a 2 TB SSD. The mannequin reviewed right here might be pre-ordered on the GEEKOM retailer for $899, and the Ryzen 7 8845HS mannequin with 32GB RAM and a 1TB SSD goes for $749 on the identical web page with transport scheduled to start out by the tip of the month. Until you’re in a rush, it’s possible you’ll wish to wait just a few days or perhaps weeks, as low cost coupons ought to turn into obtainable by the point of the official launch, at which level, the AMD Ryzen 9 8945HS and Ryzen 7 8845HS mini PCs also needs to be supplied on GEEKOM’s Amazon retailer.

CNXSoft: This text is a translation – with some further insights – of the unique evaluate on CNX Software program Thailand by Suthinee Kerdkaew.

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