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Beelink GT-R Review: Great Mini PC for Home Use

We are after testing one of the last Mini PCs from Beelink called Beelink GT-R. That’s why we want to introduce you Beelink GT-R review.

The Beelink GT-R is one of the newest and coolest Beelink’s Mini PCs equipped with a powerful AMD Ryzen 5 3550H processor. We can already tell you that the Beelink GT-R is a universal Mini PC for home and office use. However, in our opinion, this is a great Mini PC for home use. Why? You will find out later in the review. We encourage you to read the Beelink BT4 Mini PC review. Together we follow the standard stages of our review.

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I want to say thanks to the Beelink brand (Shenzhen AZW Technology Co., Ltd company) for sending us a Beelink GT-R Mini PC to review.

Availability and price

Beelink GT-R Barebone Mini PC now for $399.99

Beelink GT-R Barebone Mini PC with 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD, and 1TB HDD now for $549.99

GT-R Barebone Mini PC with 16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD, and 1TB HDD now for $609.99reviewed version

By the way, Beelink’s new Mini PC GT-R upgrade version GT-R Pro has officially started crowdfunding on Indiegogo. If you are interested in GT-R Pro, don’t miss it, the order in time, and support global shipment – Link to crowdfunding on Indiegogo.

Beelink GT-R Pro

Product Details

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Beelink GT-R Mini PC Specifications:

  • CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 and 3550H Quad-Core 2.1GHz Up to 3.7GHz 64-bit processor, Cache 6MB
  • GPU – RadeonTM Vega 8 Graphics
  • OS – Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
  • Memory (up to 32GB RAM) and Storage (M.2 SATA 3 2280, M.2 NVME 2280, 2.5-inch HDD/SSD):
    • barebone system (without RAM and SSD)
    • 8GB DDR4 + 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
    • 16GB DDR4 + 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD 
  • Network – WiFi 6 802.11b/g/n/ac/ax MIMO, Dual Band (2.4G+5.8G), 2x LAN 1000Mbps, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Interfaces:
    • External: Fingerprint recognition, Power button, CLR CMOS button , DC JACK, USB3.0 x6, 100/1000M RJ45 x2, HDMIx2 Standard HDMI Connector, Display Port, MIC x2(Built-in), Audio Jack (HP&MIC), USB Type-C(date/video)
    • Internal ports – M.2 2280 SSD x2, SATA 3.0 HDD x1
  • Power Supply – DC 19V/3.42A
  • Dimension – 16.80 x 12.00 x 3.90 cm 
  • Weight – 0.753 kg

The box included everything that you need to get started:

  • Beelink Mini PC
  • Power Adapter with EU plug
  • 2x HDMI Cable (short and long)
  • Bracket
  •  Screws
  • User Manual
  • 16GB bootable USB drive containing Windows 10
Beelink GT-R unboxing

The following video from our YouTube channel where you can take a look at more Beelink GT-R and bundled accessories.

Beelink GT-R Review: First impressions, settings, an overview of features

As always, the build quality of Beelink’s devices is unreserved. As always, Beelink’s devices also have a great design. This is the case with the Beelink GT-R. The Mini PC has a great design. 

On the top cover, in addition to the Beelink logo and AMD stickers, on the right side, you will find a useful fingerprint reader. On the front panel, we find 2 microphones, a Power button, an RTC key, 2x USB 3.0, 3.5mm jack port, USB Type-C. On the rear panel: Power adapter, 2x RJ45 Gigabit LAN, 2x HDMI, Display Port, and 4x USB 3.0. On the sides, there are mesh with holes for heat dissipation and ventilation (the device has 2 fans).

On the bottom, there are two anti-skid strips, model information and serial number, and a rubber holder for easy opening of the bottom cover. There are screws in the rubber strip for fixing the bottom cover. Inside you will find 1TB WD SATA drive, 512GB SSD M.2 NVME 2280, and 16GB RAM DD4 (the most powerful specification).

Beelink GT-R Mini PC Overview

The GT-R Mini PC comes with Windows 10 Pro Edition (activated).  The device downloads Microsoft Updates easily and correctly. There are 3 drives: (C:) drive that had 476GB, Dada (D:) 488GB, and Driver (E:) 443GB drive (with GT-R drivers). In the package also 16GB bootable USB drive containing Windows 10. During the tests, Windows 10 Pro runs without problems and stable

Mini PC runs at a resolution of FHD 1920×1080 (but if you connect a 4K monitor you get a resolution up to 4K 30fps). Mini PC supports four displays up to [email protected] (2 x HDMI, 1 x DP and USB Type-C). There were no problems with the Wifi and Ethernet connection to the Internet, but we didn’t have a router supporting WiFi 6 to test the speed in this standard (Ethernet: Download 942.34Mbps, Upload 300.52Mbps, WiFi: Download 238.74Mbps, Upload 273.99Mbps).

Beelink GT-R Gaming Test

We launched a few games such as Asphalt 9: Legends, Fortnite, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Average FPS 37-54). The fans are quite noisy when playing when the CPU is under load.

When you enter the BIOS, you can see that the device has BIOS  Core Version 5.14, UEFI 2.7; PI 1.6. It is possible to overclock the memory by manually setting the clock speed in the BIOS. To perform video tests we also installed version Kodi 18.8 “Leia”. Below you will find many screenshots, we encourage you to browse.

Operating system and components: Beelink GT-R review

As we wrote earlierGT-R Mini PC runs on Windows 10 Pro Edition (but you can also use Ubuntu 20.04 or Manjaro XFCE 20.1)the system is activatedMini PC is equipped with an AMD Ryzen 5 and 3550H Quad-Core 2.1GHz Up to 3.7GHz 64-bit processor and RadeonTM Vega 8 Graphics. On the following screens, you can see components used (Information is taken from the PerformanceTest 9.0, CPU-Z, and HWiNFO64 ). Below screenshots.

Video Tests

Video playback by Kodi 18.8 runs often not smooth. A liquidity problem for large files with 10-bit HEVC. The following table of video samples tested.

Typical 1080pKodi 18.8
MPEG2 / MP2 2.0 – 6.6MbpsOK
MPEG4 / MP3 2.0 – 7.6MbpsOK
H264 / AAC 2.0 – 7.2MbpsOK
VC1 / WMA3 2.0 – 25MbpsOK
VP8 / VORBIS 2.0 – 7.8MbsOK
Jellyfish 1080p HEVC 10bit – 90MbpsOK
4K Video 
Sintel – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 24fpsOK
BBB Sunflower -H264 – 30fps OK
BBB Sunflower -H264 – 60fps OK
Honey Bees – 96fpsOK
Skyfall – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 10MbpsOK
Puppies Bath – h264/AAC 2.0OK
Cinemartin H265/HEVCOK
Tears of steel – 60fpsOK
HD Club Chimei – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 60MbpsOK
Jellyfish 4k uhd HEVC 10bit – 140MbpsOK
Jellyfish 4k uhd HEVC 10bit – 200/250/300/400MbpsNot smooth
LG Demo – Istanbul 3840×2160 MP4/H264 8bit – 116MbpsOK
Sony 4K – Camp HDR MP4/HEVC 10bit – 75.8MbpsOK
Demo Samsung 2014 – USA Road Trip TS/HEVC 10bit – 51.4MbpsOK
Samsung UHD DUBAI TS/HEVC 10bit – 51MbpsOK
H.265/VP9 Video 
Tears of steel – H265-HVEC / AAC 2.0 – 15MbpsOK
Youtube – VP9 / 1080pOK
VP9 / 4k – Eye of the Storm 4K Ultra HD.webmvOK
VP9 / 4k – 10 Incredible 4K (Ultra HD) Videos.webmvOK
VP9 / 4k – Australia – Land Down Under in 4K.webmvOK

We also tested playback via Youtube 4K on three browsers: ChromeFirefox, and Internet Explorer. On all browsers, Youtube video playback in 4K (2160p) resolution was smooth, despite the visible CPU load via chrome.

Beelink GT-R Benchmarks

Below you will find screenshots of the tests carried out.

Beelink GT-R Review: Conclusions

Without a doubt, Beelink GT-R is the powerful and best Mini PC from Beelink brand that we have had the opportunity to test. The noise of the fans is a bit disturbing when the CPU is under load. However, you can get used to it.

If you are looking for a powerful Mini PC that is still compact, expandable and can be used for work and entertainment, then the Beelink GT-R will definitely satisfy you. We recommend the Beelink GT-R.

By the way, Beelink’s new Mini PC GT-R upgrade version GT-R Pro has officially started crowdfunding on Indiegogo. If you are interested in GT-R Pro, don’t miss it, the order in time, and support global shipment – Link to crowdfunding on Indiegogo.

Beelink GT-R

$399.99
9

PERFORMANCE

9.0/10

USABILITY

9.0/10

FEATURES

9.0/10

DESIGN

9.5/10

VALUE

8.5/10

Pros

  • Fast WiFi
  • Good gaming performance
  • Good video playback via Kodi, Youtube
  • Stable work
  • Support for 4 displays

Cons

  • The fans are quite noisy

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