Intel Celeron J6413 Powered 6x i226 2.5GbE Fanless Firewall Internal Hardware Overview
We ordered this unit with memory and storage, which takes the form of a 16GB 2666 DDR4 VASEKY SODIMM, and a 256GB VASEKY SSD. Here is a picture with the slots populated.
The motherboard itself has two DIMM slots:
Usually, vendors of these systems only configure memory modules in one of these two slots to save on cost and power/ heat. Here is the actual VASEKY 16GB DDR4 SODIMM that we received.
The SSD situation was a bit different. In most of the recent N5105/ N6005 units we have reviewed, we have seen M.2 NVMe SSDs as the standard. In this system, the SSD solution is instead a mSATA drive. That is a shame since M.2 SSDs (especially NVMe) have become the industry de-facto standard at this point.
Still, the Intel J6413/ J6412 only has eight PCIe lanes, so using six for NICs means that there are only two available for the rest of the system. That is our best guess as to why this system does not have a M.2 NVMe slot, even a x2 one.
Here you can see the mSATA slot with what appears to be a mPCIe slot under it. Also pictured is the SIM slot, which is supposed to be used with 4G modems. We did not get a 4G modem with this unit since we have heard they are hit-or-miss.
It is important to note that we could not find a 3 or 4-pin PWM fan header on the motherboard. Therefore, adding a fan may be more complicated than on other units.
One pattern we have seen in more recent iterations of these low-cost firewalls is placing NICs on the other side of the motherboard from the storage and memory. This system follows that trend. This unit has thermal pads and then a transfer block to thee chassis from the six Intel i226-V NICs.
This system utilizes a low power Intel Celeron J6413 processor and one of the larger cases for this type of system. There is a copper block between the chassis and the SoC. In our samples, these were making contact with a fairly thick helping of thermal interface material. Some of the units our readers have seen on AliExpress do not have contact between the chassis and the SoC, and others have no TIM. This was at least executed properly.
Overall, this is a nice little package.
Next, let us get to the performance.