Beelink announced four new items. It is offering replacement bottom covers for its GTR6, GTR7/ GTR7 Pro mini PCs. It is also taking user feedback on its driver update frequency and offering new drivers.
Beelink GTR7 and GTR6 Bottom Cover Replacement
Beelink’s new bottom covers help add more cooling to the bottom of the systems that house the RAM, SSDs, and WiFi cards. For those looking for cooler temps, especially those users who have been overclocking these platforms, adding a vented bottom cover allows for what the company says is a 3-4C improvement in temps versus just using the existing side vents.
The Beelink GTR6 was the company’s upgrade to the AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX. That brought more iGPU capabilities to the platform.
The bottom of the unit is what will have the optional replacement.
Here is what the new bottom cover looks like with the vent:
The Beelink GTR7 and GTR7 Pro are very similar units with the base model having an AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS and the Pro model with an upgraded AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS.
Here is the bottom panel of the GTR7.
Here is what the new bottom cover looks like with the vent.
Beelink says that it will send color-matched bottom panels for these parts.
We have not had our GTR6 and GTR7 units throttle, but we also tend to only add low-power SSDs if we do add any to the systems and do not overclock memory. This is something we have been keenly watching since we saw severe throttling in our Minisforum UM690 Review. One of the biggest challenges in these mini PCs has become cooling as chip TDPs have increased and components around the chips have started to use more power as well.
Beyond just the vents, Beelink is acknowledging that it needs to provide better driver updates, and says we can expect new drivers on July 20, 2023.
Overall these are good changes since it shows that Beelink is getting the message that it needs to better support its systems. With Intel exiting the NUC business there is a sizable opportunity to capture a market, but that will require closing the support gap. Now the question is whether the replacement bottom covers will arrive in time for the GTR7 Pro review.