Beelink SII Intel Gemini Lake N4100 Mini PC First impressions & Quick Review

Posted in Jul 3, 2018 in Reviews, no comment

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Meet Beelink SII Intel Gemini Lake Celeron N4100 Mini PC.

The ultra-low power platform Gemini Lake released by Intel in the fourth quarter of 2017 includes Pentium Silver and Celeron which adopt the Goldmont architecture. Gemini Lake belongs to the Atom family and is used to replace Apollo Lake. The major improvements are on the architecture, increased frequency, optimized multimedia capabilities, more resources for media decoding, and support for the video format of 10bit (1.07 billion colors) such as VP9, namely, hardware decoding of VP9 10-bit Profile 2. But the last generation Apollo Lake only supports VP9 8-bit Profile 0. In short, this generation Gemini Lake will become the new low-power decoding CPU which supports H.264/MPEG-2/VC-1/JPEG/VP8/HEVC/HEVC 10-bit/VP9/VP9 10-bit.

Another characteristic of the new processor is “connectivity”, but it does not support Always Connected PC. Instead, it integrates the Gigabit Wireless-AC 9560 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi module. Compared with 802.11 b/g/n, the speed is 12 times that of the former one and even exceeds the traditional Gigabit Ethernet connection, which means that users can download files and enjoy faster streaming media. The other details are tedious, LPDDR4-2400 and eMMC5.1/PCIe 2.0/. It supports USB 3.0/USB 2.0 and has 4 cores (Goldmont + architecture). It adopts the 14nm process like the previous Apollo Lake.

In May 2018, Beelink SI MiNi Pc was upgraded to SII MiNi PC. Beelink SII MiNi Pc is equipped with the new-generation ultra-low power platform of Celeron N4100 and Pentium N5000 to replace the Apollo lake in SI MiNi PC. The power of N product line is 6W; the specification is the same with that of SI, that is, 160mm*134mm*32mm; the performance is very good; and the power consumption is very low. Although it cannot be compared with the general laptop CPU, it can meet the needs of daily office and audio/video entertainment.

Compared with the previous SI’s Apollo lake, the Gemini lake for SII has been upgraded in CPU frequency and other aspects to some extent. The RAM has been upgraded to DDR4/2400MHz from DDR3/1866MHz. It has the dual-channel DDR4 RAM, thus the speed is faster than that of the single-channel RAM of SI. The key change lies in that the Cache has been upgraded to 4MB with dual channels, each has 2MB. It also supports dynamic allocation. If the customer uses the single-channel RAM, the system will automatically allocate 4MB to one channel to improve the performance. The Cache of Apollo lake is 2M, each channel has 1M. It does not support dynamic allocation.

On the basis of SI, Beelink adopted a new material, changed its appearance, optimized the internal structure, added better thermal performance, upgraded its configuration, and adopted a new generation of inter ultra-low-power platform Gemini Lake. The case has a polished finish is made of hard composite materials to prevent accidental collisions and damage to the internal structure. In terms of heat dissipation, there are heat dissipation holes on both sides of the case, which are different from the dissipation of the previous cases as they reduce overheating resulted from poor heat dissipation. The traditional VGA interface was abandoned, the new device using two latest 4K 60HZ HDMI 2.0 ports. With much better connectivity in high definition, you will not worry about compatibility and the black screen resulting from multiple video outputs can be solved. The video transmission is more stable. There is an expansion interface that supports the expansion of 2.5-inch mechanical hard disk on the back of SII MINI PC. It supports up to 2TB hard disk expansion, allowing your MINI PC to have larger storage.

There are two configurations for the Beelink SII, one using Gemini Lake N4100 4GB RAM + 64GB 3D Flash and second using Gemini Lake N5000 8GB RAM + 128GB M.2 SSD. Regardless of whether you are a practical user who is pursuing cost-effectiveness or a player who is pursuing a high configuration, you can meet on the Beelink SII.

System Info and Windows Activation
I first went to System->About section to double check the system, and an Intel Celeron N4100 processor at 1.10 GHz and 4GB RAM are indeed on the system, with Windows 10 Home 64-bit edition preinstalled and activated with a digital license. The build number is was 1709 when I got it but it was easily updated to latest 1803 build 17134.137.

Storage Size & Speed
Beelink SII Intel Gemini Lake N4100 Mini PC comes with 64GB eMMC. Under Windows 10 Home edition Bing it was visible only 57,1 GB and 35.4GB of free space, after updating to 1803 build version. In CrystalDiskMark 6.0.0 the 64GB eMMC speed is fast enough, the sequential read speed was 161.4 MB/s and write speed 146.4 MB/s.

RAM
In the tests performed we verified how the 4 GB of DDR4 memory works at 2400 MHz and achieves a pretty good speed compared to the Single Channel models, it seems that this memory really works in Dual Channel mode. So what are the advantages of having 4GB RAM? Well it means the device works better as a mini PC, as it means you can use more memory-hungry applications like browser tabs.

 

Ethernet & Wifi speed
Beelink SII Intel Gemini Lake N4100 Mini PC Gigabit Ethernet speed is just amazing, I got 454  Mbps in download and 256 Mbps in upload. The 5Ghz WiFi speed is lower, but still very good – 270 Mbps in download and almost 288 Mbps in upload. The 2.4Ghz WiFi speed was over 56Mbps in download and over 52 Mbps in upload. The router used in this test is Xiaomi Mi WiFi Router.

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BIOS
We can boot the BIOS from the system by pressing the ESC key repeatedly while restarting the miniPC, the system BIOS is quite limited and we can only change the boot system. As we have seen in this model we do not have auto power on when connecting it to the electrical network. The BIOS is very simplified with no access to features you might want to control in this device.

Drivers
In Windows 10 Home edition, all the drivers are properly installed. BTW, you can download Windows 10 Home 64-bit drivers archive for Beelink SII Intel Gemini Lake N4100 Mini PC from here, here or here. (S II 7-3-2018 3-06-59 PM – 346 MB). Use the provided Double Driver application (as Admin) to simply restore the missing drivers from your collection, just locate it in the extracted folder. Archive non-Microsoft drivers content: Bluetooth, Display, Media, Net, Software Component, System & USB.

 

Beelink SII Intel Gemini Lake N4100 Mini PC Specification
Model: Beelink SII Mini PC
System: Windows 10 64Bit
CPU: Intel Gemini Lake Celeron N4100 Quad Core up to 2.4GHz 4M Cache
GPU: Intel HD Graphics 600
RAM: 4GB LPDDR4
ROM: 64GB (57.1 GB available in Windows 10)
Max. Extended Capacity: SD card up to 128GB (not included)
Support 5.1 Surround Sound Output: Yes
WIFI: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual band 2.4G + 5.8 G
WiFi Chip: AC9560
RJ45 Port Speed: 1000Mbps LAN
Bluetooth: v4.0
Power Supply: Charge Adapter
Language: Multi-language
HDMI Version: 2.0
Power adapter model: KA24-1201500EU
Power Adapter Input: 100-240V / 50-60Hz
Power Type: External Power Adapter Mode
Power Input Vol: 12V
Product weight: 407g
Product size: 16.00 x 13.45 x 3.20 cm / 6.3 x 5.3 x 1.26 inches
Product code: SII-A-464FDBW64 / EN808BIH10229
Windows number version: 1709 updated to 1803

External connections
1 x Power Button
1 x DC in Port
2 x Standard USB 3.0 Port
2 x Standard USB 2.0 Port
2 x HDMI 2.0 Port
1 x Type-C port
1 x Ethernet RJ45 (1000Mbps network connection)
1 x Headphone microphone jack
1 x Audio Jack (HP & Mic)
1 x TF Card slot
1 x Reset button
1 x Kensington Lock
1 x HDD Expansion slot

 

Beelink SII Intel Gemini Lake N4100 Mini PC runs latest Windows 10 Home 64bit OS, it supports dual band AC wifi connecting and 4K 4096×2304 output. Here you can read more about the unboxing of this great device. For extended review read this article.

About Beelink. Beelink was established in 2014 in Shenzhen, China Futian, specializing in home entertainment equipment (DONGLE, BOX, remote control, game consoles, home cloud, one machine, MINI PC) product definition,development, production and sales. Our company own brand as “Beelink”. R & D The company has more than 20 front-line researchers, from the hardware circuitry, wiring, commissioning. into the upper layer driver and software application functionality implemented. BeeLink Brand philosophy: through management innovation, technological innovation and market innovation, and worldwide partners and customers to establish long-term stable cooperative relations, Andrews micro and you win the future.

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