KODLIX GN41 Gemini Lake Ubuntu Mini PC Sells for $215

Most Intel mini PC ships with Windows 10, so when we see models shipping with a Linux distribution such as Ubuntu we like to point those out. Recently we covered MINIX NEO-Z83-4U Ubuntu 18.04 mini PC that comes in a well designed and passively cooled enclosure, but also a relatively underpowered Intel Atom x5 processor, and geared towards business use cases such as digital signage player or thin client.

KODLIX GN41 is another Ubuntu mini PC that would make a decent entry-level desktop thanks to an Intel Celeron N4100 Gemini Lake processor, 8GB RAM, and 64GB eMMC flash that can be complemented with your own 2.5″ hard drive or SSD.

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KODLIX GN41 specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron N4100 quad core processor @  1.10/2.40 GHz with Intel UHD Graphics 600; 6W TDP; 4.8W SDP
  • System Memory – 8GB DDR4L RAM
  • Storage – 64 GB eMMC flash flash; 2.5″ SATA slot for HDD or SSD, micro SD slot up to 128GB
  • Display – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60 Hz, VGA
  • Audio – 3.5mm audio jack, digital audio via HDMI
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, dual band 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi 5, Bluetooth 4.2
  • USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB type C port
  • Misc – Power button, reset pinhole
  • Power Supply – 12V/2A
  • Dimensions – 174 x 134 x 35 mm
  • Weight – 581 grams

GN41 Ubuntu Mini PC HDD

The mini PC comes pre-loaded with Ubuntu 18.10, and sells for $214.90 on Amazon, or exactly $15 cheaper than the same model with Windows 10 Home.

If the hardware feels familiar, that’s because we already featured KODLIX mini PC last year as it was showcased at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair. Another good news is that the RAM should be upgradeable with two SO-DIMM slots allowing for up to 16GB in total.

Via FanlessTech

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Robert Brown
Robert Brown
5 years ago

I’d be interested if 16GB RAM was really going to work, but the Ark (https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/128983/intel-celeron-n4100-processor-4m-cache-up-to-2-40-ghz.html) says it tops out at 8GB like most of their low-end processors. It’s annoyed me for years now, and I’m sure it’s an artificial limit put in place to drive people to higher-priced parts.
Or is there something that I don’t know, such that 16GB would actually work?

Robert Brown
Robert Brown
5 years ago

Oh, dear… it turns out that even 4 months ago cnxsoftware said “The 8GB limit is being discussed almost each time I write about Gemini Lake…”
I humbly apologise for my ignorance!

5 years ago

Check Hardkernels wiki for the Gemini Lake DRAM issues. Modules with a CAS latency lower than 15 cause troubles but with more conservative timings even 32GB work flawlessly. Hardkernel fixed this for their H2 with an updated UEFI that ignores information in the SPD and uses 15 if modules want 14 or lower. On other Gemini Lake thingies you need to take care when purchasing modules.

5 years ago

I am willing to bet 10$ that the ‘SATA’ is really a USB->SATA interface for the ‘2.5″ drive’ storage option, FYI (and probably USB2). Also, you likely don’t want to run with the bottom cover on it unless you want to toast you drive (especially if you don’t add a fan to the thing). Keep in mind there is no air flow around that hard drive compartment so it has no way to dissipate heat. In a similar unit I used, I cut the bottom cover in half, just so it still attached with a screw, so that it would… Read more »

5 years ago

Well, maybe with x-series atoms it’s true but N-series should have native SATA, even 2 ports. Check its spec on Intel’s page.

5 years ago

Gemini Lake has 2 native SATA ports and 6 Gen2 PCIe lanes.

5 years ago

It would be nice if all ARM SBCs supported a case like this.

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