A few months ago we showed the R86S Revolution a low-power 2.5GbE and 10GbE networking node. Today, we are looking at the iKoolCore R1, a much smaller machine with 4x 2.5GbE interfaces in what might be the smallest 10Gbps (in 4x 2.5GbE) router/ firewall/ virtualization box out there. If you do not need SFP+ ports, then this may be a better option.
iKoolCore R1 Overview and Pricing
Since this is one many will want to see, we have a video for it as well:
The unit that we are reviewing is the top-end. It has the Intel Pentium Silver N6005, 16GB of memory, and a 512GB NVMe SSD. Current pricing is around $359 for that one.
A lower-cost option is the $199 Intel Celeron N5105, 8GB, and no SSD model.
It is going to depend on what you want to do with the R1, but the N5105 saves around $30 and is fairly similar to the N6005 in terms of performance. $30 on a $1000+ machine is not much, but in a $200-359 machine saving that if you do not need the incremental performance might be worthwhile.
We will also note that the RAM is soldered. While the M.2 SSD can be upgraded, the CPU and RAM is fixed at the time of ordering. We will see both of these components in the internal hardware overview.
Next, let us get to the external hardware overview.
iKoolCore R1 External Hardware Overview
The front of the unit has two USB 3 Type-A ports and a power button.
The side of the unit has a USB-C port and a TF port (microSD.) That means that this system has three USB ports. One of our biggest points of feedback on the R86S was that it only had two ports, this fixes that. One may also want to run an embedded OS off of the TF slot.
One will notice a key feature of the R1, the copper cooler below on the vents of this unit. Three of the four sides have I/O. This side does not.
Then comes the big one, the main I/O side. Here we get 4x 2.5GbE ports. These are the main networking ports and are based on the Intel i226-V. There is also a HDMI port if you wanted to use this as a desktop or get a display output.
The PD is a Type-C power delivery input.
The bottom of the chassis has the fan vent and mounting points for the VESA bracket.
The top is solid, but it pops off.
We will start our internal overview by popping off that top and seeing the main user serviceable option.