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ASRock Beebox-S (Intel Core i5-6200U) Mini PC Review

By: Steven Bassiri | SFF PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Jul 25, 2016 4:20 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: ASRock

Test Setup

 

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I used the same Kingston HyperX Impact (HX421S13IBK2/16) DDR4 2133MHz SO-DIMM kit I used in my DeskMini 110 review along with a Samsung 950 Pro NVMe based PCI-E 3.0 x4 SSD. The configuration is very nimble. ASRock included a special bracket, which you screw into the PCB that extends the screw hole to the edge of the case, allowing for drives like the 950 Pro to fit.

 

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CPUz shots so you can see the exact configuration.

 

 

CPU, Memory, System, and Graphics Benchmarks

 

CINEBENCH 11.5

 

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wPrime

 

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AIDA64 AES and HASH

 

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AIDA64 Memory

 

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PCMark8 Home Test

 

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PCMark8 Work Test

 

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WebXPRT

 

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3DMark11

 

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UNIGINE Heaven 4.0

 

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Resident Evil 6

 

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Storage and Network Performance

 

CrystalDiskBench-Read:

 

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CrystalDiskBench-Write:

 

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ixChariot Network Throughput:

 

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The Beebox-S is exactly where it should be in regards to overall CPU/memory/graphics performance because all of the performance is in the SoC. The i5-6200U scores right in between the i5-5500U and i7-6500U, showing good generational improvements along with the lower performance compared to a faster CPU of the same generation.

 

Intel's integrated graphics follow the same type of trend. It doesn't seem like ASRock has gimped this machine's TDP, which is a great thing. Overall, I was impressed by the real-world performance of the machine. You would be hard pressed to call it slow or sluggish, and that is because of Intel's improvements in lower wattage areas and the advancements in solid state storage.

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