Beelink GTR5 GR9 Twin 2.5GbE AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX Mini PC Evaluate

Beelink GTR5 GR9 At EWR
Beelink GTR5 GR9 At EWR

Some of the requested methods we’ve got been requested to overview not too long ago is the Beelink AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX system. It is a significantly attention-grabbing system as it’s known as the Beelink GT5A, however the branding on the chassis is the Beelink GR9. Other than the branding and nice CPU, this method has much more. That features options resembling twin 2.5GbE NICs and WiFi 6E for networking and a number of options we don’t usually see on PCs of this class. In our overview, we’re going to get into what makes this method completely different.

Beelink GTR5 GR9 STH Mini PC Background

With our STH Mini PC collection, we’ve got movies as we’ve got accomplished for the Challenge TinyMiniMicro collection. Right here is the video for this one:

As all the time, we propose opening this in its personal YouTube tab, window, or app for a greater viewing expertise.

We bought a unit with not simply the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX but additionally 32GB of reminiscence, a 500GB NVMe SSD, and a Home windows 10 Professional / Home windows 11 Professional license.

Beelink GTR5 A GR9 Front With Box
Beelink GTR5 A GR9 Entrance With Field

The system itself we bought for $849 with a $50 coupon. Final week, there was a deal for $764 on Amazon and one other for $714 detailed within the boards. At the moment, it’s $899 minus a $50 coupon.

Beelink GTR5 A GR9 Rear Left Angle 1
Beelink GTR5 A GR9 Rear Left Angle 1

Nonetheless, this method has quite a lot of distinctive options that make it stand out in a crowded market. Allow us to get to the {hardware}.

Beelink GTR5 GR9 Exterior {Hardware} Overview

Measurement-wise, the system, with no energy provide, is a sub 650g 168mm x 120mm x 39mm. That makes it just below 0.8L in comparison with the TinyMiniMicro nodes at normally simply over 1L.

Beelink GTR5 A GR9 Front Left Angle 2
Beelink GTR5 A GR9 Entrance Left Angle 2

On the entrance of the unit, we get some regular options, like the facility button, headset jack, and USB Sort-A and Sort-C ports. We additionally get a couple of uncommon options. The primary is that there are two microphones on both aspect of the entrance of the chassis for issues like video conferencing. These are purposeful, however not nice audio high quality. It’s extra like a pocket book microphone array. Nonetheless, within the realm of those TinyMiniMicro and Mini PCs that’s uncommon as a result of these methods are sometimes mounted behind displays rendering built-in microphones ineffective. For those who place this beneath a monitor, then that could be a helpful function.

Beelink GTR5 A GR9 Front
Beelink GTR5 A GR9 Entrance

The opposite completely different function is the massive inexperienced CLR CMOS button. In 1L methods from Dell, HP, and Lenovo we don’t see a button like this. We see it on a couple of mini PCs, however actually not all of them.

Beelink GTR5 A GR9 Front Right Angle 2
Beelink GTR5 A GR9 Entrance Proper Angle 2

Shifting to the rear of the unit we see 4 USB Sort-A ports. Two are USB 3, two are USB 2. Along with these, there’s a HDMI and a DisplayPort. Allegedly the entrance Sort-C port can alt-mode as a show output, however we didn’t get to check this.

Beelink GTR5 A GR9 Rear Left Angle 1
Beelink GTR5 A GR9 Rear Left Angle 1

Maybe essentially the most attention-grabbing function is networking. There are two RJ45 ports. These are Realtek 2.5GbE ports. We get numerous of us commenting they need greater than 1GbE speeds and multiple port. Whereas this isn’t 10GbE, that is actually a differentiator.

Beelink GTR5 A GR9 Rear 1
Beelink GTR5 A GR9 Rear 1

There may be additionally a DC enter jack. We are going to talk about energy within the energy part.

One thing else notable on the rear is the 2 vents with heatsink ends. These vents are the exhaust for 2 radial followers cooling the system.

Beelink GTR5 A GR9 Rear Left Angle Cooling
Beelink GTR5 A GR9 Rear Left Angle Cooling

Now for the place issues get a bit unusual. On the aspect of the chassis, though that is the Beelink GTR5, the system says GR9. This identical GR9 is on each side of the chassis.

Beelink GTR5 A GR9 Side
Beelink GTR5 A GR9 Facet

On the highest of the system, there’s the mesh overlaying the fan intakes. That mesh has a pleasant Beelink emblem. What’s one other quirk of the system is simply how a lot AMD branding there’s. The “AMD | Let’s Begin It” is not only bigger than the Beelink emblem. The AMD emblem and slogan additionally gentle up when the system is operating. It’s not typically we see extra emphasis positioned on the CPU vendor than the OEM of a system.

Beelink GTR5 A GR9 Top
Beelink GTR5 A GR9 High

There may be one different actually completely different function on this unit. It has a purposeful fingerprint reader. If this unit is getting used as a desktop in entrance of you, it is a handy method to authenticate and unlock the system. It labored with Home windows Whats up. However, if you’re utilizing this as a HTPC, it’s possible you’ll be transported to the Seventies or Fred Flintstone’s period when individuals (/cavemen) needed to stand up and switch knobs or hit buttons to begin a TV expertise. For a HTPC, we’d counsel not utilizing this fingerprint reader for Home windows Whats up. Nonetheless, it’s a differentiator and one thing we do not even see from Dell, HP, and Lenovo.

Beelink GTR5 A GR9 Top Angle
Beelink GTR5 A GR9 High Angle

That AMD branding is not only restricted to the highest light-up emblem. There are additionally two stickers, a Ryzen and Radeon sticker for the Ryzen 9 5900HX APU on the underside. Right here, we additionally get an uncommon function with learn how to get into BIOS, enter boot choices, and likewise learn how to change the efficiency modes to steadiness efficiency and noise. We don’t see that printed on labels typically.

Beelink GTR5 A GR9 Underside
Beelink GTR5 A GR9 Underside

On the underside, we see the mannequin is the “GTR” and on the sticker, it’s the “GTR5-A” simply to make the naming of this method barely tougher. To recap, the system is the Beelink GTR5. Two sides of the system say “GR9”. The underside has the mannequin as GTR in a single place and GTR5-A in one other. It’s straightforward to see how this may be complicated.

Subsequent, allow us to use that little Beelink tab and get contained in the system for our inner {hardware} overview.

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