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Last year Chinese PC makers started to release tiny desktop computers that packed three HDMI ports, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, and an Intel Jasper Lake processor into a 3.5″ x 3.5″ x 1.7″ body.

Now those same companies are starting to offer new models that swap out the Jasper Lake chips for higher-performance Alder Lake-N processors. Case in point: you can pick up an ACEMAGICIAN T8 Plus mini PC for $199 from Amazon when you clip the on-page coupon.

The little computer looks virtually identical to the older T8 Pro, but while the T8 Pro has an Intel Celeron N5095 processor, the new T8 Plus has an Intel Processor N95. That means you can probably expect significant boosts in CPU and graphics performance, but similar power consumption.

Here’s how the two chips compare:

Chip / familyCores / ThreadsBase / Boost freqL3 CacheGPUPowerProcessRelease
Intel Processor N95 (Alder Lake-N)4 / 4Up to 3.4 GHz6MBIntel UHD (16EU / up to 1.2 GHz15WIntel 7Q1, 2023
Intel Celeron N5095 (Jasper Lake)4 / 42 GHz / 2.9 GHz4MBIntel UHD (16EU / up to 750 MHz)15W10 nmQ1, 2021

Another benefit to the new chipset is support for faster memory: the new model comes with LPDDR5-4800, while the older version had LPDDR4 memory.

Other features appear to be largely unchanged. Like the T8 Pro, the T8 Plus features:

  • 3 x HDMI ports
  • 2 x Ethernet ports
  • 3 x USB 3.0 Type-A ports
  • 1 x 3.5mm audio jack
  • 1 x DC power input
  • 1 x M.2 2242 SSD
  • WiFi 5
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Heat sink + fan for active cooling

The computer’s solid state storage is user replaceable, so while the system comes with a 256GB SSD you can upgrade to as much as 2TB of storage. But since the computer’s 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM is soldered to the mainboard, it’s not upgradeable.

The ACEMAGICIAN T8 Plus comes with a VESA mount that you can use to attach the computer to the back of a display.

While the Amazon product page for the T8 Plus indicates that the computer measures 5.4″ x 5″ x 2″, I think that’s a misprint. All of the pictures look identical to those for the T8 Pro, and the Amazon France page for the same product shows dimensions of 8.94 x 8.94 x 4.35cm, which converts to roughly 3.5″ x 3.5″ x 1.7.”

via MiniMachines

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  1. I’m interested for it as a media center, too. Is this thing way better than my current Orange Pi 5?

  2. They forget to upgrade/update the Wifi/BT card 😒
    Any feedback on fan noise; could it, reasonably, be used as a media-center w/o “noisance” ?