GEEKOM A7 mini-PC Review : Premium Phoenix in a Compact 4×4 Package

The introduction of the Intel NUC in the early 2010s kickstarted the ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) trend for desktop systems. Processors with TDPs ranging from 6 – 15W formed the backbone of this segment in the initial years. The emergence of configurable TDPs for notebook processors has prompted some vendors to introduce UCFF systems with regular 45W TDP processors (albeit, in cTDP-down mode).

GEEKOM, the private label brand of Shenzhen Jiteng Network Technology Co., has emerged as a popular UCFF system vendor in the last couple of years. After starting off with systems based on older processors, the company has moved on to introducing units carrying the latest and greatest from both AMD and Intel. The company has also been innovating on the form-factor side with compact boards smaller than the traditional 4″x4″ ones in the NUC clones. The GEEKOM A7 is one such system based on AMD’s Phoenix lineup.

The system is available in two configurations – one with the Ryzen 7 7840HS, and the other with the Ryzen 9 7940HS. The company sent over the flagship configuration to put through our evaluation routine for small form-factor computing systems. Read on to explore the performance profile and value proposition of the system, along with a discussion of the trade-offs involved in cramming a powerful notebook processor inside a system smaller than the traditional NUC.

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