Beelink GTR5 mini PC workstation review

Beelink GTR5 mini PC workstation review

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Epblogs verdict

Beelink delivered a spectacular workstation PC that scores highly both on value for money and absolute performance. It packs a number of features you wouldn’t expect which is essentially an entry level workhorse like two 2.5GbE LAN ports or a fingerprint scanner. Just don’t call it a NUC.

Beelink GTR5 mini PC workstation Specs
OSWindows 11 Pro
ProcessorAMD Ryzen9-5900HX
CPU8 cores, 16 threads @3.3-4.6GHz, 7nm process
GPURadeon RX Vega 8 @2100MHz
RAMup to 64GB DDR4 RAM (32GB in my review unit)
Storageup to 2TB m.2 NVMe SSD (500GB in my review unit)
WirelessWiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2
PortsUSB-A 3.0 3, USB-A 2.02, USB-C1, HDMI 2.01, DP 1.21, 3.5mm Audio Jack1, 2.5Gbps Ethernet * 2, DC-in1, m2. SATA slot1, 2.5-inch HDD connector*1
Special featuresFingerprint unlock
Dimensions16511939mm
Weight678g

Beelink GTR5: Pricing and availability

You can buy the GTR5 (32GB/500GB) from Amazon.com for a bit more at around $807 which is about 6% more expensive than what popular online Chinese retailer Banggood charges (but then again shipping is extra and you have to wait way longer). The 64GB model is available from Banggood for a cool $950. Note that in all cases, you may have to fork more to pay for any shipping or courier charges.

Beelink GTR5: Design

The GTR5 utilizes a different chassis compared to the SER4 we reviewed in April 2022. Bigger and similar in size to a thick paperback novel at about 165 x 120 x 39mm for a weight of just under 680g. A very similar chassis is used for the Intel-based GTI i5-1135G7 and the GTR3-3750H; economies of scale play a major role in crafting product lines. A magnesium-aluminum alloy is used throughout as the main material for the chassis with a bit of perforated acrylic plastic on top (for air circulation) and rubber on the base. There’s an illuminated AMD Let’s Start slogan on the top below the Beelink logo and next to a fingerprint scanner.

I was expecting to see air inlets on the bottom plate but that was not the case, instead Beelink saw fit to use it as an area to keep instructions (about entering the BIOS for e.g.) permanently. The top and both sides of the GTR5 are perforated (think speaker grills) and one can see fan exhausts at the rear.

There are plenty of connectors, which is what Beelink users are accustomed us to. On the front of the device are located two microphone holes, a reset/clear CMOS button, the power button, a 3.5mm audio jack, a Type-C connector and a Type-A one. No card reader here, sadly.

At the rear are two 2.5GbE LAN ports (a rarity at this price point), a barrel-type DC input, a full size DP port, a HDMI connector and four other Type-A USB ports, two which are USB 2.0, an enraging let down. We don’t mind the lack of Thunderbolt ports which is understandable given that almost no one rolled this Intel technology on AMD despite it being (a) very useful (b) royalty-free.

Beelink GTR5: Hardware

A beast purrs inside the GTR5, one with eight horns cores and 16 threads. Meet the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX in all its glory, a processor that features 20MB cache (L2 + L3), a base frequency of 3.3GHz and an AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics with eight cores and a 2.1GHz clock speed. It is meant to go in desktop replacement laptops and its relatively low TDP (power dissipation) means that it is well suited for a SFF device. Despite being launched early 2021, it still packs a formidable punch.

The CPU is flanked by two Crucial 16GB DDR4-3200 memory modules (extra cookie points for dual-channel configuration), a 500GB Kingston SNVS500G NVMe PCIe SSD and an AMD/Mediatek RZ608 WiFi-6E wireless card which supports Bluetooth 5.2. There’s an empty 2.5-inch bay to host an SSD or HDD plus an M.2 SATA slot for an extra SSD. The mini PC comes with a 90W power supply unit, two HDMI cables, a VESA mount bracket and a user manual.

Beelink GTR5: Performance

We tested it using a range of industry standard benchmarks and it was a stellar performer. It scored highly on CPU-intensive tests like Cinebench and Geekbench although it didn’t convincingly beat the Ryzen 9 4900H in the Minisforum HM90. It proved to be an excellent all-rounder with its weakest spot being its SSD, which is not as fast as the rest of the hardware particularly when it proved to write speeds (as low as 1.56GBps on some tests). 

Windows 11 Pro powers the GTR5 which is a bit of a surprise, but logical given the professional audience it is targeting. There’s absolutely no bloatware which is a bonus and something we’d love other better known brands to emulate. Just bear in mind that this is a rather noisy piece of equipment, especially when under load.

Should I buy the Beelink GTR5?

Buy it if you want the best performing mini PC or workstation for under $1000. With the option for a 64GB RAM and 1TB SSD storage model, along with a supremely powerful processor, there’s hardly any job this little puppy won’t do.

Don’t buy it if you like working in absolute silence. The constant whirring of the fans combined with random changes in fan speeds may infuriate some users. One more thing to bear in mind.

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