AMD Ryzen 4x 2.5GbE Internal Hardware Overview
The clamshell chassis has four screws on each side. Once those eight screws are removed with the side panels, one can open the chassis. Here we can see the bottom fan along with the bottom portion of the chassis.
Here is a look at the CW56-58 motherboard without memory or storage installed.
For memory, we get two SODIMM slots.
Our unit came with a single Yue Tiger 16GB DDR4-3200 DIMM. This constrained performance considerably, as we will discuss in our performance section.
Here is a look at the unit configured with the memory and storage as it looked when we opened the unit:
The SSD was a Ranxiana SSD, but it did not look anywhere near as exciting as the one we found in one of the New Fanless 4x 2.5GbE Intel N5105 i226-V firewalls we tested.
One may have noticed that in the fully configured system, there was another M.2 slot. Here is another angle:
The second M.2 slot is powered by this “H” board (perhaps it is an “I”?)
Here is the extension board out of the chassis. This works at PCIe Gen3 speeds, but it is unlikely we will see this design with PCIe Gen5 motherboards in the future.
Inside the unit, we can see the CPU heatsink/ fan unit on top of the motherboard, along with a block extending to the Intel i226-V NICs for cooling. We can also see the bottom components and fan. What may confuse some is that some of these units are marketed with three M.2 SSD slots. If you think you can spot the third on the left side of this photo, you are correct.
This third slot extends out towards the edge of the case. It does not seem overly practical, but it is physically there. We tested this and showed in the video a WD Blue NVMe SSD working in this slot, albeit with no way to secure the drive.
The CPU in our unit was an 8-core/16-thread AMD Ryzen 7 5825U. This is a very powerful processor for this class of system and is in another league of performance and power consumption from some of the lower-end firewalls we have reviewed previously based on Jasper Lake.
One other area that we did a quick visual inspection non was the cooling. Here one can see the heatsink side of the chassis and also the gap between the motherboard and the heatsink.
Our unit was staying under 81C max and the visual inspection seemed to indicate that at least this unit has its heatsink applied to the CPU, so we are going to say this was effective. Some of the older firewalls had gaps between the CPUs and the blocks that were attached to the metal chassis.
Next, let us get to performance as there was a lot to this one.