Power Consumption and Noise
On the power adapter, we now get an AZW (the company behind Beelink) branded power adapter made by Huntkey. That means we get marks like being UL listed and so forth on the adapter. Our big concern is that the proprietary design for a smaller PC seller may make it hard to get replacements in the future.
At idle, power was in the 9.6-11W range. Under load, the system could sustain 90-96W depending on the speed of the fan.
In our 34dba noise floor studio, we saw a less than 1dba impact with the system at idle. Under load, using 96W, we saw the system raise the noise level to 45-46.5dba.
Overall, the noise profile is vastly improved over the Beelink GTR6. Part of that seems to be due to the increased height and therefore more room for cooling. Our feedback: do not stop Beelink. A few more mm in height for even quieter would be worthwhile.
Key Lessons Learned
On the key lessons learned, there were a few challenges. For example, if you go to AMD’s website and try using the detect and install drivers, it fails. This was totally strange, but this is more than likely an AMD issue, not a Beelink issue. Eventually, we got AMD’s software working upon a reboot, but this happened on both the GTR7 and GTR7 Pro units.
Big surprise, but the only color we do not have at this point (Blue) is the color we would probably want for ourselves. Still, the “Green” looks cool and the overall design of the Beelink units has taken a massive step forward. The new units look clean and even retain the fingerprint reader.
This generation feels like a major leap, not just a small iteration in design. That is important as the performance increases to the point where this is going to replace large desktops for many users.
At STH we review a lot of mini PCs. This is an example of one that was really good. The Beelink GTR7 ticks just about every box that one could want with a fast AMD processor and a lot of I/O.
The new chassis is larger, but we are more than happy to trade size for better performance and better cooling making this unit much quieter than the previous generation.
We have both the GTR7 Pro and the Minisforum UM790Pro with the AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS CPUs. The GTR7 (non-Pro) may not have the same performance, but it is relatively close and has a great feature set.
Where to Buy
Since folks ask where to buy, there are a few options right now for this. Street pricing ranges from around $685 to $750 depending on shipping and seller. We have a few affiliate links that you can use:
- AliExpress is currently the cheapest at time of publishing this video
- Amazon currently costs more, but it is a well-known platform
- Beelink’s official site is very rough but you can find it here
Hopefully, that helps. Also using these links helps support us in buying these units to do independent reviews.