Beelink EQ12 Pro Internal Hardware Overview
Inside the system, we see a 2.5″ drive mounting bay. The one thing we will point out is that populating this bay could block airflow to the bottom memory and SSD fan.
That fan sits on the baffle with the SSD cooler as well.
Underneath this assembly, we get the main user-serviceable parts.
Our system came with a Crucial 16GB DDR5 SODIMM. We will point out that Alder Lake-N is a single-channel memory solution with only one slot. Luckily, it is unlikely folks will want more than 16GB in this machine given the CPU.
The M.2 SSD was not fast. It only has a PCIe Gen3 x1 connection to the system. 512GB is plenty, but it is not a huge amount of bandwidth.
Also, a bandwidth challenge is the Intel AX101 which is a WiFi 6 1×1 solution. This is one where the cost to get an AX201 2×2 WiFi 6 card only costs slightly more. Still, this is a cost reduction item.
Here is a look at the motherboard out of the chassis and a good shot of both the M.2 slots with the single DDR5 SODIMM slot.
Here is a view from the other angle.
The Intel Core i3 N305 is covered by a heatsink and fan unit. This is one area where we always think that Beelink could do a bit better since it could be quieter.
Here is a profile view of the motherboard assembly.
Next, let us get to the performance.