The GoWin 1U 25GbE appliance is a system that so many of our readers have asked for. After we did our GoWin R86S Pro article and video, folks have asked for a 1U rackmount version. Today, that 1U rackmount version is a reality. This GoWin 1U 25GbE appliance has 1GbE, 2.5GbE, 25GbE, internal SATA storage, eMMC, NVMe slots, and various wireless expansion options. There is a ton here, so let us get to the review.
GoWin 1U 25GbE Appliance Overview
Of course, we have a video for this one. We also have fanless-adjacent unit that is a prototype that we took a look at during this video. If you are wondering what that means, check it out here:
As always, we suggest opening this in its own tab, browser, or app for the best viewing experience.
We got our early launch edition unit from GoWin for $635 plus shipping. That pricing seems to be now for the 10GbE version with the 25GbE version now at $695. Since the company knows STH, we got two special items. First, we got an acrylic top to help show off the unit on the video. Second, GoWin sent us a future fanless-adjacent unit prototype. Our $635 came with everything we needed to use the system. We are going to call this just the GoWin 1U 25GbE unit, but the model number is GW-BS-1UR2-25G.
We have an Intel Core i3-N305 8-core CPU, 32GB of memory, a 512GB NVMe SSD, eMMC storage, and an added 25GbE NIC.
We will also have a lot more on the internal hardware overview than usual because this system is fascinating. There is so much here. Let us get to the hardware.
GoWin 1U 25GbE Appliance External Hardware Overview
Looking at the front of the system, this is where the majority of the I/O is, and there is a lot going on here. Again, please note that we have the acrylic top on just to show what is inside, but normally the top is a solid metal piece.
First, the chassis is a short-depth 1U form factor, and it appears to be made custom for GoWin.
In terms of ports, we have a COM port and four USB ports, but there are some less common ports. Examples include the HDMI port since this has a CPU with an iGPU it can power a 4K display. We also get a TF card slot which is like a microSD card slot without the licensing.
On the networking side, there are two Intel i226-V (Intel SRKTU) NICs then two Intel i210-AT 1GbE NICs. There is a third i210-AT which is a PoE port if you have a low power device, but this seems to be more for powering a camera or something. That was one I was not fully expecting when I heard about this box. Of course, I would prefer PoE++ and for all of the NICs to be 2.5GbE but there is not enough bandwidth on the platform for all of that. Still, it is a unique feature.
Then there are two ports labeled SFP1 and SFP2. These are actually SFP28 ports and are 25GbE powered by a (Mellanox) NVIDIA ConnectX-4 Lx NIC. We are going to show a lot on how that works in our internal overview.
Next to that, is another vent.
Moving to the rear of the system, we see some different items as well.
For example, there are six antenna spots here so if you were to install a WiFi module or a 4G/5G module, you could have antenna access to the rear of the case. We left the red covers on for photos.
Next to that array, there are two chassis fans then a VGA port.
We are going to cheat a bit since our internal overview is huge, and show you the power supply here. This is a nice FSP 150W power supply which is plenty for a system like this.
The one feature we are not a fan of is the power supply fan. In the video, the reason the other version we have we are calling “fanless-adjacent” is because of this fan in an otherwise fanless system.
Next, let us get to the internal hardware overview.