AMD Ryzen 4x 2.5GbE Power Consumption
The system came with a 19V 90W Replacement AC Adapter. This unit had plenty of power to power our system, but these generally are, at best, of questionable quality.
At idle, we saw 9.4-10.5W with the standard adapter. The maximum power consumption we saw was in the 62-65W range.
Since idle is such a big question, in the video, we also showed a SlimQ 150W GaN and DC charger adapter (Amazon affiliate link here) with the unit. Powering by USB-C, we saw idle in creep up 0.2-0.4W or so when measured at the wall. Using SlimQ’s DC output, we saw idle drop to the 8.6-8.8W range. We used this simply because it was around, but on the DC side, it showed decent power savings similar to what we see when we use different adapters with the fanless Jasper Lake firewalls.
Key Lessons Learned
There we certainly many key lessons learned with this unit. First off, adding a fan and getting a unit that could utilize the larger AMD Ryzen 7 5825U processor means we got a lot more performance. This is sold as a router/ firewall appliance, but most of our readers will severely underutilize a box like this for that task. Instead, this is the kind of system that can be a 4x 2.5GbE desktop, given its three display outputs, or a virtualized node, as we showed with Proxmox VE.
It was hard to look past the fact that these units have some odd features. Some vendors advertise them with three NVMe SSD slots but this does not seem functional.
Likewise, just getting two SSDs in this system was no simple feat.
Still, the unit performed well overall. We would, however, take a look at our single versus dual channel memory results as you think about configuring your system, as that delta was massive.
Overall, this unit left us somewhat mixed on how to review it. The display outputs and raw CPU performance led us toward a more desktop-focused review. These units, however, are sold with 4x 2.5GbE ports as firewalls and routers.
Power consumption at idle was OK for such a high-performance chip, but it felt too high for a 2.5GbE firewall-only device. Also, this unit may look like it is a passively cooled unit, but it surely has two fans. For a virtualization node, one can add two SSDs, but the storage performance we saw was not superior and was firmly “funky.” At the price point, it is certainly far from cheap but also not a very expensive unit.
In the end, this box felt like someone wanted to make a AMD Ryzen-based low-power virtualization node but then tried exposing a few desktop features and making it look like a router/ firewall. It almost feels like a box looking for a role. At the same time, we also recognize that this is how many of our readers use machines like this, so it felt like one we needed to review sooner rather than later.