A few months ago, we reviewed the Beelink GTR5. We recently purchased its successor, the Beelink GTR6, thanks to our STH YouTube members. While it may seem like that is only a small update, the differences are absolutely massive. In this review, we are going to take a look at the Beelink GTR6 and see how it sports not just a new, faster AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX processor but also has undergone a massive re-design in a familiar form factor.
Beelink GTR6 Background
With this review, we also have a video. That allows us to show a few more aspects of the system. We also have noise testing live so you can hear the fan noise since that is a big story with this unit. We also show off the size of this unit compared to the Intel NUC 12 Pro Wall Street Canyon.
As always, we suggest opening this in its own browser, tab, or app for the best viewing experience.
These units typically go on sale for around $750-850 these days, depending on the coupons. There is quite a bit of variation based on the sales going on, as we have seen different promotions run over the past few months.
That price includes the system, power supply, motherboard, WiFi 6E, a 512GB NVMe SSD, 32GB of DDR5 memory, and the AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX processor. The processor may seem like it is the biggest difference, but there is a lot more going on here. We also have Windows 11 Pro installed so we did not have to source an OS.
We tried several configurations beyond what we received in the box. We are using our trusty G.Skill 2x 32GB DDR5-4800 SODIMM kit for 64GB here (Amazon affiliate link.) We also tried 2x 8GB and 2x 16GB configurations. While we are using the 64GB configuration, realistically, we think many of our readers will stick with a 32GB configuration.
Pricing is very important with this unit. Last week it was selling for $850 ($899-50 coupon) on Amazon. This week it is $959-140 or $819. That still feels a bit high, given the Minisforum U690 in a similar 32GB/512GB configuration is currently $731. We will be reviewing that unit soon. There are certainly reasons to pick one over the other from what we have seen, but a $90 price delta is a bit steep.
Beelink GTR6 External Hardware Overview
The front of the GTR6 looks fairly similar to the GTR5. We get two USB ports a Type-A and Type-C port. There is also a nice headset combo jack. There is also a power button that lights up when it is on. The strange feature is the CLR CMOS button next to the power button. If one hits the wrong button, then they are clearing CMOS instead of powering the unit on/ off. This is similar to the GTR5, and in both cases, it feels wrong.
Beelink proudly displays the AMD Ryzen 9 6000 series logo and the AMD Radeon logo. This is much more subdued branding than the previous generation.
Moving to the rear, we see a major rework. There is a single Intel i225-V 2.5GbE port for LAN. Then there are FOUR HDMI ports. Beelink advertises the fact that this can handle 4x 8K displays heavily. Finally, there are two USB 3 and two USB 2 ports.
Just for some sense, here is the GTR5 version’s rear panel:
We can see that Beelink sacrificed the second LAN port for two HDMI outputs and also standardized HDMI across all outputs.
The sides of the unit are mesh vents with GTR lettering.
The top of the unit is interesting for a few reasons. One is that this unit has a fingerprint reader. Windows 11 Pro prompts one to setup fingerprint authentication on its initial setup. Beware, if you intend to use this as a HTPC and it is next to a TV, then it is annoying to have to hit that fingerprint reader on the box. While the Apple Mac Mini (review soon as well) does not have a built-in fingerprint reader on the box, that is because Apple tends to place these near input devices like keyboards.
That bright red top does away with the heavy AMD branding we saw atop the GTR5. As cool as it looks in photos, there are many rooms where it will stand out too much. For that, Beelink offers a second option.
Pry off the red cover, and there is a much more subtle top cover. While not as eye-catching for photos, it feels more practical.
Under this cover is a single fan instead of the dual fan solution used by the GTR5. We generally like the idea of fewer larger fans.
The bottom of the unit has Beelink’s large rubber strips to prevent scratching. Somewhat differently, there is a guide saying “Delete” for BIOS and “F7” for boot options screened on the bottom of this unit.
The four screws around the edges are what allow one to get inside the unit.
Next, let us get inside the unit, then look at performance.