Beelink GT-R Review
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Beelink GT-R Review

Mini PC with AMD Ryzen5 3550H and Wi-Fi 6

The new GT-R model really performed well not only in benchmark tests but also in modern games. In the case of the Beelink GT-R, a modern and powerful processor called AMD Ryzen5 3550H is used. In addition, the body of the device offers a wide variety of ports and connections. For example, you can connect three monitors to this mini PC, and six USB ports will be enough even for an active user.

Let's start our review and talk about GT-R performance, as well as its pros and cons.


Beelink GT-R: Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen5 3550H
GPU: Radeon™ Vega 8 Graphics 1200 MHz
RAM: 8/16GB
ROM: 256/512GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Hard Drives: slot MicroSD card up to 256Гб
OS: Windows 10
Interface: 2xHDMI, 2xRJ45, TF card, 6xUSB3.0 AV, DC, Type-C 3.1
Size: 168 x 120 x 39 mm
Weight: 753 g


In the box

Inside the box, you will find the device itself, instructions in various languages, monitor mounts with screws, a power adapter, and two HDMI cables, one long and the other short.


Also included was a 16 GB flash drive. 


Design

The device is made in a combination of metal and glass. In fact, this mini PC model reminds of modern flagship smartphones, only in the mini PC category.


Each element is assembled accurately and efficiently and there is no complaints about the build quality.


On the top panel, you can see the company logo, and here in the lower right corner, a fingerprint scanner is installed. The scanner itself works quickly and accurately, so this function will definitely not be superfluous if you have some kind of important information inside your hard drive.


On the front, the following ports are located, such as Type-C 3.1, a headphone port, two USB 3.0, CLR CMOS, and power buttons. Also on the sides, there are two holes that serve as a microphone.

On the back, there are a number of additional external ports. These include a DC port for a power adapter, two 1GB LAN connections, two HDMI and one DP ports, and four more USB 3.0 ports.


Above all external interfaces, you can see ventilation holes from two cooling radiators.

On the left side, there is a grid with the inscription GR5, which is also necessary for high-quality cooling.


The bottom surface of the Beelink GT-R received an embossed model name – GT-R. There are also two holes for attaching a monitor arm. In addition, there is a rubber strip along the edges, which is needed against slipping.

If you unscrew the four screws at the bottom of the case, then we can see what is inside the mini PC. After removing the metal cover, the first thing you will see will be a 1TB HDD. If you remove a few more bolts, then you can see two places for the SSD memory. Where one place is already taken, and the second is free for a future upgrade.

You can also see two boards with 8 GB of RAM, which can also be expanded up to 32 GB. The arrangement of all elements inside the case is very high quality and compact. In general, all the elements are located in their places, which is good news. 


Performance

Inside the case of the new mini PC, a fairly new processor from AMD is installed, namely the Ryzen5 3550H model. It was introduced in early 2019 and is still in high demand. It received four cores with a clock speed of 2.1 GHz and a turbo mode of 3.7 GHz. At the same time, the power consumption of the chipset is about 35W.

It is also worth mentioning that this processor is paired with the graphics chipset Radeon Vega 8 Graphics with a frequency of 1200 MHz. Of course, a mini PC is not a gaming machine, but if you plan on occasionally playing at medium graphics settings, then the Beelink GT-R is a good choice.


For example, you can play Grand Theft Auto V at 720p with an average graphics setting, the frame rate was around 40 fps. In a simpler game, such as Counter-Strike, fps can be about 100. 

In review we have version with 512 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD, also 16 GB of RAM. We ran the SSD speed test and the result was pretty good. That’s 2040 MBps read and almost 1600 MBps write speed.


Next, we tested Wi-Fi 6 on the Beelink GT-R. The download speed is about 250 Mbps, and the downloads are about 280 Mbps. The work of Wi-Fi 6 on a mini PC is more of a marketing ploy. Since even Wi-Fi 5 shows about the same performance as the Beelink GT-R.

Also we ran YouTube videos at 4K resolution at 60fps and the video played smoothly. The same applies to video played through a USB flash drive.

As for the benchmark tests, the rendering speed of 1 minute of video clip 4K at 25 fps took 1 minute and 3 seconds in Adobe Premiere Pro CC. 


As far as noise and temperature are concerned, at high loads, the active work of cooling radiators is activated and the noise from them becomes about 45 dB. But the temperature during active use did not exceed its performance indicators.

The Mini PC got control from Windows 10 OS and is fully licensed. We have not had any problems with the user interface. Each task completed quickly and opened even complex applications quickly.


Conclusion

Beelink GT-R is a very progressive device that will cope even with difficult tasks. Thanks to good hardware such as AMD Ryzen5 3550H processor and Radeon Vega 8 graphics, the device can be used even for modern games.

I also liked the build quality with premium materials. The layout of all internal elements is top-notch, and the number of external ports will be enough to connect four monitors to one mini PC.

Performance tests in terms of benchmarks showed good results for both its class and price. All in all, this is the perfect workhorse that can give you decent performance for years to come.
On the downside, I can attribute it to a little noise during active use and the operation of the Wi-Fi 6 module could be a little faster.








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