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Review KODLIX GN41 Fanless Mini PC – $230 with 8GB RAM / N4100 / 64GB storage


hey everybody you fly inside then we’ve got another mini PC to take a look at today it is something from a company called Cod licks kind of a crazy name this is their GN 41 it is powered by a quad core Celeron n 4100 processor so it’s equipped very similarly to many other mini pcs we have looked at however the price point on this for what they offer I think is pretty competitive so we’re going to be taking a look at this and how well it works in just a second but I do want to let you know in the interest of full disclosure if this did come in free of charge from Cod licks all the opinions you’re about to hear are my own nobody is paying for this review nor has anyone reviewed or approved what you’re about to see before it was uploaded so let’s get into it now and see what this little computer is all about so let’s take a closer look now at the hardware this costs two hundred and thirty dollars with Windows 10 installed but there’s also a Linux version that has um bun two for 217 dollars with the same

configuration so you may want to look at that if Windows is not important to you again it’s got that quad core Celeron and 4100 processor the RAM is not upgradeable but they maxed it out at 8 gigabytes so you get the full amount of RAM right out of the gate for I think a pretty reasonable price point and then it’s got 64 gigabytes of emmc storage built in but you can also expand the storage there’s a spot here for a two and a half inch SATA Drive so you can slide in an SSD underneath the computer here there is also a m2 SATA slot inside but you have to take the entire computer apart to get at it we did that on the extras channel the other day it will not work with an nvme harddrive but an m2 SATA they say up to 512 gigabytes should work fine so you do have a good amount of storage capacity on this one if you add some hard drives to the mix it is completely fanless it’s got a small heatsink and spreader inside as you can see from our extras channel teardown of it so it is completely quiet on that front now it does have Wi-Fi and bluetooth on board it will work on 802 11 AC networks you also have the ability to hardwire it to the network with the Gigabit Ethernet connection here also on the back is a headphone jack two USB 2.0 ports so this is where I would plug in your keyboards and mice and everything next to the Ethernet port is an HDMI output this will do 60 Hertz at 4k like many of these Gemini Lake machines can do but note there is only one display output that can get you there because the second display output is only VGA so if you are looking for something that can output to more than one 4k display this is probably not going to be the computer for you would have liked to have seen another DisplayPort or HDMI port over there your power goes in here and then you’ve got a reset switch there for what looks like the BIOS now on the front we have a USB type-c connector this is running just with data though so you can’t get a display output through this USB C port some of these mini pcs can do that but not this one next to it are two USB 3.0 ports and then you’ve got a micro SD card slot there along with your power switch to fire it up and it is visa mountable so you can put it on the back of a monitor if you want and they include a mounting bracket in the box to do that so now that I have my monitor out let’s take a look and see how it performs we’ll begin first with my YouTube channel and a 1080p 60 frames per second video everything appears to be running just fine here as you can see no dropped frames or anything that would inhibit us from

having a good browsing experience so that was good we also loaded up the nasa.gov homepage and it was also very responsive just like we’ve seen on many other Gemini Lake mini pcs at this point so as a basic computer I think it will do fine we also ran the browser bench org speedometer test and there we got a score of 60 4.1 which puts it right in line with all the other Gemini Lake computers we’ve looked at with the same or similar processor over the last couple of months and that also lines up well on version 2 of that test too so let’s move on now to gaming we started with rocket League which ran at about 15 to 20 frames per second at 1080p we were getting about 20 to 30 frames per second at 720p these at the lowest possible settings not spectacular we also ran half-life 2 which of course is an older game that one ran at a full 60 frames per second at 1080p and I’ve often found that these mini pcs really are well suited for older games not the newer ones and this half-life example is a great example of what really runs nicely on these we also checked out shovel knight’ and we got about 50 frames per second there so not quite full speed and we also booted up the dolphin GameCube emulator running waverace and we saw performance just under 30 frames per second we have seen better performance out of actively cooled and 4100 chips this one is going to suffer a bit because it doesn’t have a fan to cool itself off and that will impact performance in a number of games and other high-stress kind of activities on the 3dmark Cloud Gate benchmark test we got a score of two thousand four hundred and fifty-one that does put it on the lower end of the spectrum for this particular chipset but not surprising given the fact that it is a fan list device by comparison if you look at the pepper Jobs mini PC running with the same chip it was doing much better because it is actively cooled and it doesn’t throttle itself down the hotter it gets we also ran the 3dmark fire strike stress test and there we got a score of 96.

2% which actually surprised me I was expecting a lower score than that but

nonetheless it will throttle a bit as it is placed under load and we also loaded up a little app called power max that we’ve been playing around with lately that will stress the CPU and all of its cores and you can very quickly see how a full load might impact overall performance and it didn’t take long for the computer to throttle from 2.3 gigahertz down to about 1.6 gigahertz only a minute or two before it hit the wall there so you will see a reduction in performance the more you place this computer under load it is not unusual though for a fan las’ PC to have that characteristic the only way it can cool itself off is to not run as hot and that is what we’re seeing here and he also hooked up my kilowatts to the computer to see what power consumption was at idle we were looking at about 4 watts and then when we placed the computer under load with the Power Max application it went up to about 8.5 watts and then as it began throttling it dropped down to about 6 you can see exactly how it goes about cooling itself it just brings in less power and which in turn of course generates less heat and that is what you’re seeing there on the kilowatt so let’s move on now to home theater and we’re running the jelly-fish test file which is an H eb c file 140 megabits per second 10 bit @ 4k no drop frames out of that that’s one of the things that the Gemini Lake chips can do quite well we also tested a few blu-ray MKV movies we were able to successfully have the computer auto switch into 24 P mode it was also able to pass lossless audio DTS HD from my Star Wars movie was working fine so it could probably do ok as a basic 1080p kind of home theater device the problem with these Gemini Lake chips is that although they do support 4k output as this one does they don’t support HDR so that is limiting its use for 4k home theaters but I think if you’re looking for 1080p playback this should work just fine alright one last thing to check out and that is it’s linux capability we’ve gotten boo to 18 point 1 0 here working just fine audio Wi-Fi Ethernet Bluetooth all

appear to be working as expected and we’ve been seeing this across the board on many of these Gemini Lake computers remember they have a version of this that just runs in boom – without the Windows license so you can save yourself a couple of bucks by going in that direction so if you’re looking for a silent way to run Linux I think this one should work out just fine so overall I think it’s a pretty good value for what they’ve put together here I like the fact that you’re getting it maxed out with its RAM from the get-go and then the storage options are pretty nice here too in that you can add that SATA hard drive and an M SATA hard drive to get a decent amount of storage put into it as well the only disadvantage is that it will throttle itself a bit so if you are going to be stressing the computer maybe having it run as a Plex server or trying to play some games on it the performance not be consistent again that is consistent with other fanless PCs we have looked at if you want more consistent performance you may want to look at that pepper jobs PC we reviewed a few weeks back which is focused on not throttling at all and then of course the Intel knucks are also another option that have faster processors built in but this one I think for the starting price is pretty reasonable and if you understand its limitations given the fanless design I think you’ll be pretty happy with it until next time this is LAN Simon thanks for watching this channel is brought to you by the lon TV supporters including gold level supporters the four guys with quarters podcast Tom Albrecht in Cali an Kumar if you want to help the channel you can by contributing as little as a dollar a month head over to LAN TV slash support to learn more and don’t forget to subscribe

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