The Beelink GTR6 is announced, this range of minimachines has always aimed at a rather high-end category by integrating rather muscular chips. On this model, it is a Ryzen 9 6900HX that is announced. A last generation chip from AMD, rather high-end and whose performance is very, very interesting.
The Beelink GTR6 will offer a Zen3+ solution with 8 cores and 16 threads running at a frequency of almost 5 GHz. Even better, the chip will include a very powerful RDNA2 graphics chipset, a 12-core Radeon 680M whose results in 2D, video and 3D are quite amazing. It’s obviously not the ultimate graphics solution, but it’s important to understand that it’s packaged in a compact processor with a TDP of only 45 watts. A chip that a case like the Beelink GTR6 will be able to integrate without too much difficulty with a good dissipation system.
This should lead this machine to respond to a wide range of possibilities ranging from 3D gaming to heavy photo editing through video processing and editing. But also 3D creation and, of course, all the more classic uses of a standard computer. All this for a fraction of the size of an average tower.
The Beelink GTR6 will not have the same scalability since it will be the same as a good laptop. It will have access to two SoDIMM RAM slots for a maximum of 64GB of DDR5 and an M.2 2280 NVMe PCIe Gen4 port with a second M.2 2280 port in SATA 3.0 format. The device will be sold both in barebone without memory, storage or system, and in ready-to-use versions.
The connectivity is rich with four HDMI 2.1 ports each capable of driving an UltraHD or 8K stream! There will also be a 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port, Wi-Fi6E and Bluetooth 5.2, three UB 3.0 Type-A ports, two USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 Type-C not detailed. The audio part will be provided by the HDMI outputs in digital or via a very classic audio combo jack.
The whole thing will fit into a chassis of 16.8 cm wide by 12 cm deep and 4.3 cm thick. A solution significantly more imposing than the usual formats but the Beelink GTR6 will need to dissipate the heat of its processor and other components (memory and SSD) thanks to a large heatsink supported by a programmable fan. The manufacturer indicates that the fan operates at 2600 rpm when the processor is used at 100%. This is a fairly low figure, but it doesn’t really tell us how much noise the machine generates, since everything depends on the geometry and capabilities of the fan chosen.
The Beelink GTR6 has not revealed its price and it is likely that it is quite high. The chip itself is expensive, its chipset too and DDR5 prices are not yet as low as DDR4 ones. It is however an interesting step to follow. The arrival of this type of processor on the MiniPC market opens the door to many possibilities that we will have to follow closely.