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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
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TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: ASRock

Power Consumption




The power consumption of the Beebox-S puts it right in between an NUC and a full-fledged desktop, further bridging the gap between the two.



Thermal Testing





There is roughly a 10C increase from idle to load after running FURMARK for 30 minutes. Running that program is very unrealistic compared to normal usage, I only used it to test how hot the unit can get. I was surprised by how well the unit handled the increase in temperature, especially when it came to noise.


The unit didn't howl because the fan was maxed out, and I would venture a guess that the fan curve is setup to allow for higher temperature operation before the fan goes to 100%. The CPU can handle high operating temperatures (it is a mobile CPU after all), so why try and keep it super cool? I saw the same technique on the Skull Canyon NUC.

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