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GMKtec G3 Mini PC, N100 8+256Gb, dual M.2 SSDs (2280 incl), upgradable RAM, 2.5GbE LAN, Wifi 6, BT 5.2, Win11, w/Code - Cutesliving Store

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Back again for a few pence lower compared to last time hotukdeals.com/dea…954

Pay in USD using a fee-free card and it's under £105 equivalent (see guide in 1st post)
• Code expires 23.59pm GMT on 05.03.24, Tuesday
• TCB 5.25% is worth a go as well topcashback.co.uk/ali…-uk
• As paying VAT upfront, there will be nothing more to pay on delivery

Main differences between this & the other recent N100-based mini PCs for £113 odd
In lieu of the 16+512Gb spec, 2x 1GbE LAN & 3 vs 2 display support you are getting these extra benefits...
+ Dual SSD slots: M.2 2280 included & an additional 2242 drive can be installed
+ RAM is removable & upgradeable - can be swapped for a 16Gb module (officially supported), single slot, single-channel [32Gb may be possible as some people on Reddit managed, & as reported here]
+ 2.5GbE Ethernet, single port [if 2nd needed, 1x USB port can be used to add another 1GbE via a USB-LAN adapter]
+ Wi-Fi 6
+ Bluetooth 5.2
+ Very easy disassembly for upgrades & changes

Official promo video
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£110.77 if paid in GBP
£104.67 equivalent if paid in USD with a fee-free card (mini guide in 1st post below)
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• High-Performance Processor
Powered by an Intel Alder Lake N100 processor, this mini PC ensures smooth and efficient performance for all your computing needs.
• Robust Memory Capacity
Equipped with 8GB RAM and 256GB ROM, it provides ample space for storing data and running multiple applications simultaneously without lags.
• Advanced Connectivity
Features WiFi 6 and BT5.2 for fast and reliable internet connectivity and wireless data transfer, enhancing your online experience.
• Compact Design
The GMKtec G3 Mini PC's compact design makes it an ideal choice for spaces with limited space, offering powerful performance in a small package.
• Windows 11 Pro
Comes with Windows 11 Pro pre-installed, offering a user-friendly and familiar operating system environment.
• Brand Reliability
Produced by MLLSE, a trusted brand in the industry, this mini PC guarantees quality and reliability.
• Global version Supported languages
English by Default (Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, English, French, Thai language, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, German, Hebrew, Russian, language, Portuguese, Arabic)

• CPU: Intel® 12th generation processor N series, four cores and four threads, 10nm technology, maximum Rui frequency 3.4G
• GPU: Intel UHD graphics 730 (up to 750MHz)
• RAM: DDR4 3200Mhz
• Hard disk storage: equipped with rich storage expansion - M.2 2280 PCIe & M.2 2242 SATA, up to 2Tb each
• Graphics output: dual HDMI, supports a maximum resolution of 4096*2160 at 60hz
• Wireless network: Realtek 8852BE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Wi-Fi 6 protocol
• Ethernet port: 1x 2.5GbE
• USB-A 3.2 Gen1: 4 ports
• Audio interface: 3.5mm, CTIA
• Power interface: DC in (5.5/2.5mm), 12V/3A
• Body weight: 361g
• Indicator light: White
• Body size: 114mm * 106mm * 42.5mm
• Body color: Yaskawa Green
• Operating system: Windows 11 Professional Edition

In the box

1* Mini PC
1* US standard charger
1* US to EU Power adapter
1* Back bracket
1* HDMI Cable
1* Manual
- Our product comes with an American standard adapter, but we will include a European standard adapter in the package
- Whether you are using American or European standard adapters in your country, you can place an order and use it with confidence!
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  1. tech3475's avatar
    "Recommended to wipe the drive & install Windows afresh on receipt
    - Do this with all computers sourced from the Far East, including those via Amazon, eBay, etc & also secondhand PCs from anywhere"

    You might want to mention this is because of malware found on machines, including the OEM restore image on the device itself.

    I actually bought a second hand laptop recently from ebay, but I instead backed up the W11 Home license key and imaged the drive in case I needed to return it.

    When I went to reinstall W11, on a whim I tried W11 Pro and it says it's fully activated. So presuming that Home key is legit, I basically got a 'free' copy of W11 Home.

    That said, I personally prefer to backup and clean install ANY system I buy, regardless of the source.
    flamethrower's avatar
    Yes but that's won't stop them spying you from chip/ BIOS level.
  2. ytppyv80's avatar
    I fancy an AMD for the better graphics. Is there a big difference between these processors?

    EGGY-PC's avatar
    Yes, the AMD is FAR more powerful, if that's what you need. Be sure to get the 'H' variant, they are night and day more powerful than the U versions. By the time you take the RAM and larger SSD into account, Dual channel RAM support, decent on board VEGA Graphics, full speed PCIe lanes for the NVMe etc, they are much less more expensive than the prices might suggest, BUT, you are over the threshold for Duty (£135 usually), so there's that risk. I got caught for £66 on one the other day, which spoiled the day for me!! :-p
    What I have been finding recently is that although Ali-E charges the Tax at checkout, as they are obliged to do nowadays, if you are being 'too clever' and change to a fee free card, like Revolut, and go for the $ version to save £2 0r £3, they often send them via Holland, which is in the EU. This auto attracts EU import fees again, so the parcel goes China, EU and back out of the EU to the UK, so potentially factor that in and maybe play it safe and just go in Sterling, where it goes China direct to UK, avoiding EU altogether. Apparently you can complain to Customs and beg for your money back, but good luck with that one. It has happened with FireBat, your link, hence I am mentioning it...
  3. Crossbow's avatar
    𝗣𝗮𝘆 𝗶𝗻 𝗨𝗦𝗗 𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 𝗳𝗲𝗲-𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝘁'𝘀 𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 £𝟭𝟬𝟱 𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗻𝘁 - some fee-free card/account examples include Starling, Revolut, Monzo, Clarity, Wise, Monese
    Mini guide if needed...
    1. Register your fee-free card as a payment method at Aliexpress (Ae) - will be using Revolut as an example here
    2. Change currency at Ae to USD, so you'll be checking out & paying in USD
    3. Add the item to your basket & apply all the various discount codes as applicable
    4. Check the approx current currency conversion rate USD to GBP using something like xe.com
    5. Add the necessary funds (recommended extra £1-2 worth on top) to the Revolut app from your bank account
    6. In the Revolut app, use 'Exchange' to convert GBP to USD
    7. Change the default payment currency in the Revolut app from GBP to USD
    8. Double-check you are paying in USD at Ae & the USD funds in Revolut match or exceed what you need to pay, then hit the buy button
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    𝗔𝗱𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗲𝘀 & 𝘀𝘂𝗴𝗴𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 - 𝗽𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱...
    • Recommended to wipe the drive & install Windows afresh on receipt
    - Due to malware concerns, do this with all computers sourced from the Far East, including those via Amazon, eBay, etc & also secondhand PCs from anywhere
    - Some additional useful related 'how to' tips by (thank you) can be found here hotukdeals.com/com…296
    - These are ok for entertainment/tweaking/home theatre purposes, but refrain from using these types of lesser-known brand PCs from the FE for anything critical or professional - e.g. for your job or run a business on. And probably even avoid any financial/crypto transactions on it altogether to be on the safest side
    - If you're concerned to the point of paranoia please refrain from buying - the only 'safe' brands are Apple, Intel, Dell, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, Lenovo, HP, Acer, ASrock & similar longstanding & reputable brands in the UK.

    • Download OS & drivers from GMKtec's hosted Google Drive whenever needed, thank you
    - gmktec.com/pag…ate
    - drive.google.com/dri…-75
    - drive.google.com/dri…WXA

    • UK-plug power supply for anyone who prefers (instead of using a simple US-UK plug-converter)...
    - 12V-3A for £5.89 ebay.co.uk/itm…369 (make 12V/3A choice from drop-down list)
    - The pin/barrel measurement is 5.5mm x 2.5mm, so buy with this connector from anywhere else if you find better/cheaper or from Amazon if preferred
    - Alternatively, if you already have a PD PPS USB-C charger with at least 40W output & the 12-3A protocal specifically supported (this is a must), you can use a fixed-voltage USB-C to barrel adapter cable like this aliexpress.com/ite…tml - make sure to chose the 12V one from the listing (courtesy for this find goes to in a previous deal). These cables are also available to buy from UK-based sellers, but 2-3 times the cost
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    Code: 24CD19 (edited)
  4. Krystufer's avatar
    Wiping windows and installing your own os will not remove malware from the firmware. Lots of YouTube videos about these dodgy “bargain” mini PCs
    Crossbow's avatar
    Firmware/UEFI/BIOS malware hasn't been detected yet tomshardware.com/des…ent - their entire industry would collapse in the rest of the world if it was ever discovered (I don't think they are 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 stupid).
    A fresh install, etc will sort the other bits as detailed here hotukdeals.com/com…296 & other professional sources.
    A dodgy charger made in the FE could burn down one's house, but there seems to be much less concern about those!

    If anyone's concerned to the point of paranoia please refrain from buying - the only really 'safe' brands are Apple, Intel, Dell, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, Lenovo, HP, Acer, ASrock & similar longstanding & reputable brands in the UK. (edited)
  5. pablo_el_diablo's avatar
    Installing windows is obviously optional. Linux mint on my htpc outperforms windows, struggled to install the latest windows on 5th gen i5 anyways
    Superduperade's avatar
    Linux master raaaaaace
  6. Stardrops's avatar
    Does anyone know what kind of ethnernet is in this? Realtek or intel? Thanks.
    mogsog's avatar
    Turns out they're Intel 2.5Gbe

    Which is good. (edited)
  7. fleddy's avatar
    It has an Intel 2.5GbE LAN chip.

    Upgraded switch to 2.5GbE as they're cheap (£50) and a number of WiFi6 access points support 2.5GbE LAN. Complements one of these as NAS.
    Kankan101's avatar
    That's Cheap ?, for me its cheap when I can count the cost just using me fingers.
  8. profet's avatar
    Perfect for a Plex server, but underpowered for anything but the lightest desktop use. The n100 will spend most of its time at 100% CPU usage, and 8gb of ram won't go far. I traded am n100 system in for a Beelink Ser5 with a Ryzen 5560u and it's miles better. Was twice the cost of this though.
    anthony_howie's avatar
    We're you running your server on windows or Linux? I tried Running it from windows desktop at first but windows 11 was just too intensive before even using it as a server. Got Linux server running now and while transcoding a few streams it sits at around 20% CPU usage.
  9. anthony_howie's avatar
    I have the Trigkey version of this, 16gb ram 512 SSD. It's been very good, low TDP and runs my linux server well. Plex handles multiple 4k and 1080p transcodes no problem with hardware transcoding using quicksync. Fantastic value for money imo.
    mogsog's avatar
    This is useful information, thank you.
  10. ukez's avatar
    Anyone have any photos of the motherboard out of the case and its dimensions. I want a little motherboard to retro fit in an old dual bay nas housing that I have.
    Crossbow's avatar
    I answered your identical query over 2 weeks ago in the previous deal hotukdeals.com/com…052
    Check your notification settings perhaps (edited)
  11. jaffamuffin's avatar
    Is there anything this kind of size but with a processor at least as good as a 9th gen i7?   Maybe 32gb and nvme ssd
    Crossbow's avatar
    Yes quite a few. For reference, benchmark score/comparison for the most powerful 9th-gen i7-9700K vs a Ryxen 5 5600H cpubenchmark.net/com…00H

    A 5600H-based mini PC was posted by recently for £170 hotukdeals.com/dea…383 & is still available to buy at Ae aliexpress.com/ite…tml - use new code 24CD15 for $20/£15 off.

    Some listings offer more RAM & a larger NVME, or buy a barebones & source them yourself, as potentially cheaper secondhand RAM to be had & better quality new drives available here for similar money.
    There are even more powerful ones, so all depends on your needs & budget. (edited)
  12. Shenx's avatar
    Would something like be any good for teens doing basic programming course at tech.
    pdampier's avatar
    Yes excellent.
  13. mogsog's avatar
    Seems like a great deal, worth noting the SSD that comes with these (based on reviews) seems to be a generic chinese one. But I think we all knew that would be the case given the price.

    I wish they offered this without SSD and memory as a barebones for even less as I have memory and SSD lying around.
    montblanc's avatar
    If they don't include an SSD, they can't pre-install a trojan
  14. Cuddl3s's avatar
    Anyone know if you can use one of this as a media player connected to TV/sound bar to play Atmos movies? Got a dell wyse 5070 but can't run 4k 60hz to TV with that. (edited)
    Arc's avatar
    I'm no expert but here's my tuppence worth (blimey it became long!):
    I got a similar miniPC as media centre. There's no hardware reason why Atmos can't be output from the PC - its just a sound encoding format. It works over Dolby Digital Plus, which is reasonably old now. The trouble comes with other equipment, due to the high bandwidth requirement of Atmos and sound delays introduced by processing capabilities of the devices (and of course, need for capable cables). If you output directly to a Atmos capable soundbar/AVReceiver over HDMI (with Atmos coded sound source) I don't see why it wouldn't work. And, I'd recommend this direct output to soundbar/AVR - if you go via the TV, even if HDMI ARC capable, the TV might introduce an unfixable noticeable sound lag (which is OK if your TV includes a video delay capability, but few do). In addition, your TV needs to advertise to Windows that its Atmos capable for Windows to output Atmos to it over HDMI.

    So, if your TV doesn't advertise Atmos (via the TV's EDID info) it won't work via your TV and, I believe, no TVs advertise Atmos because they don't have the needed Atmos speaker outputs. Even if they can passthrough Atmos to a soundbar/AVR. I.e. it doesn't have a Dolby/DTS surround amplifier. Therefore, its EDID does not advertise dolby/dts capability to Windows. So, Windows won't allow the PC to output that over its HDMI. Its just stupidness followed by greed of the TV manufacturers and Microsoft (greed because they continue to sell equipment with these well known flaws, so in future we have to throw away this stuff and buy the new whizzy 'format' stuff that fixes it). My TV, even though its got a dolby 5.1 capable optical output (compressed Dobly Digital) it doesn't advertise Dolby capability to Windows, so Windows wouldn't output anything but stereo to it over HDMI. I have an ancient Dolby/DTS AV Receiver with no HDMI, but it does have optical in. In order to get digital surround I had to force Windows to output 5.1 channel out of HDMI to the TV, then the TV passed that through via its optical output to the AVR. There's a tiny sound delay (just about noticeable if you look, but acceptable) because the TV has to convert the HDMI 5.1 in to compressed optical 5.1 out. If it was stereo it probably wouldn't be notceable due to less processing power need.

    Below is the method I used to override the TV's EDID info and force Windows to output dolby 5.1 over the HDMI for my TV. The people who came up with it were only looking at dolby 5.1 so didn't discuss Atmos. It might work for Atmos as it does offer a whole list of formats to install, however, there are three issues to be aware of:

    a) WARNING: THIS IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. This software is from UNKNOWN SOURCES and there's no guarantee it will work, and malware scanners will throw up one MALWARE WARNING with one file. Don't install it on any PC that has any personal info or important data on it or that is connected to your network. The malware warning is to do with one Realtek HD card file. My PC only has AMD sound output so I let the scanner quarantine it and it had no impact on this working on my PC, however, it might on Realtek cards. It shouldn't because we're not modifying any sound card drivers, but I don't know. Its not really malware, its a software key breaker tool, but Microsoft naturally has defined it as malware ("because its often found on PCs that have other malware on them").
    b) this is only for forcing Windows to send surround format to the TV over HDMI.
    c) Atmos won't work over optical AFAIK as optical has just about enough bandwidth to cope with compressed 5.1 and thats all.
    d) the method involved installing Dolby sound processing windows tool (from Dolby - 'DolbyHomeTheater.msi') that I think is only 5.1. I haven't looked into its capabilities but its only giving 5.1 on my PC. So, you might have to find equivalent stuff that includes Atmos.

    Here's the link (post 102):
  15. souljas's avatar
    What do you guys do about the power adapter being EU? (Without travel adapter)
    Crossbow's avatar
    It's US & a US-EU adapter is included.
    Get a simple & inexpensive US-UK plug converter (some stores do them for as low as £2 so shop around), examples...
    - ebay.co.uk/itm…734
    - amazon.co.uk/Sta…X56
    - sainsburys.co.uk/gol…5-p
    Or a UK-plug power supply instead...
    - 12V-3A for £5.89 ebay.co.uk/itm…369 (make 12V/3A choice from drop-down list)
    - The pin/barrel measurement is 5.5mm x 2.5mm, so buy a 12V-3A DC PSU with this connector from anywhere else if you find better/cheaper or from Amazon if preferred (edited)
  16. DistortedVision's avatar
    Is the PSU multi-voltage?

    Is the fan inside these louder than a typical Raspberry Pi case? (edited)
    emlin's avatar
    Cases are typically silent.
  17. MrFlipFlop's avatar
    Took the plunge but order from Factory Direct Collected Store which is a fraction cheaper @ $129.24 which is £102.21 with my fee free Barclaycard Rewards card (Visa).
    Crossbow's avatar
    Great price, what will you be using it for?
    I tried to get a BCR card last year, but was refused dispite being a loyal customer since 2000.
  18. Moss87's avatar
    Please note that all manufacturers no matter on which side of the planet they are, have "hardware backdoors" into their components which is a requirement by the spying agencies.
    nothing is safe no matter who makes them

    thanks good price
  19. robertfrancis1975's avatar
    Anyone recommend something more powerful for gaming? Under £350
    MaxJenson's avatar
    For myself, I find the Series S worthless. I have a PS5 and PC, but for under £350 (can be had for around £160), I can't see it not being the best bang for anyone's buck, unless Windows is essential to them. You can pay £2 for the DEV mode from Microsoft which will allow you to install emulators and other homebrew games and ports. If I wasn't a PC user, I'd probably grab one just for that.

    You also get backwards compatibility for original Xbox games like Splinter Cell, which still aren't emulated correctly elsewhere. (edited)
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  21. monkeytrousersbb's avatar
    Will I be able to play the latest most graphics intensive games on this on a 16k monitor at 260 frames per second?
    painfully_slow's avatar
  22. ytppyv80's avatar
    The Ali site is very frustrating, I can't enter my postcode although I did eventually enter my address manually. Also I could only the lowest discount code even though I'm spending $183. I'm holding off until Monday as exchanging for USD on revolut is more expensive at the weekend. Is it safe with revolut rather than a credit card, if something goes wrong?
  23. kashhassan94's avatar
    Been looking, what are the thoughts in using this as a nas drive?
    Crossbow's avatar
    Not sure what you're meaning entirely, but related query here reddit.com/r/H…all

    The post by dcabines may be of interest...
    "I have an N100 Beelink for my 24/7 on home media server and I've been very happy with it. I also recently built a custom NAS with a bunch of hard drives in it using the Jonsbo N2 and it has been great too. I like to keep the Beelink on 24/7 and I shut the NAS off when not in use.
    I suggest you do something like I did: get the mini pc now and maybe build a NAS if you want one in the future. A 2TB NVMe and a 4TB SSD in the mini pc is plenty to get you started. Save the NAS for when you want 5x20TB drives to hoard all of your videos.

    USB is fine for storing files. You just don't want to run things that are constantly chatting over USB. Like, don't put a database on the USB drive and run your business off it. Don't install a video game to a USB drive and play off it. You probably don't want to make a RAID array with a bunch of USB drives. It is fine for storing backups. It'll be mostly fine for streaming video too, but it can be tedious to wait for the HDD to spin up when you want to watch something.

    I've come to the conclusion that I don't want any HDDs in my daily workflow. The hardest operation for them is when they first turn on and spin up and I don't want to wait for them to do that every day and certainly not multiple times a day. SSD only for the daily stuff and use the HDD for backups and archiving."
    _ _ _ _ _

    Btw, I've gone for this NAS-miniPC for ~£165 3 weeks ago aliexpress.com/ite…tml (got the barebones for £130 odd, but I think duty will be charged on top when delivered).
    More details with video reviews, etc here hotukdeals.com/com…187 (edited)
  24. Limmy's avatar
    Anyone used this with Xpenology?
  25. Charax's avatar
    Anyone tried putting ubuntu/debian one one of these? Some of the intel LAN chips have pretty bad linux support and I'd like to be able to use this at full 2.5Gbe without too much messing around with packages
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