Beelink SER5 Pro 5800H review: Mini-PC with strong features and performance
Mini PCs have enjoyed growing popularity for quite some time. After all, they are so compact that they can easily fit on even the smallest desk, they are particularly energy-efficient and can deliver a more than impressive performance. That is exactly what the SER5 Pro from the manufacturer Beelink wants to offer. It comes with an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H and a full 32 GB of working memory. Our Beelink SER5 Pro 5800H review shows how good the mini PC really is.
Inhaltsverzeichnis / Table of contents
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 7 5800U (8 cores; up to 4,400 MHz)|
|Graphics performance||AMD Radeon RX Vega 8|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||125 mm x 40 mm x 122 mm|
|Storage||500 GB SSD M.2 2280|
|Memory||32 GB DDR4-3200|
|Video||HDMI, USB-C up to 4K resolution@60Hz|
|Operating System||Windows 11 Home|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 6, Gigabit Ethernet,|
|Connectors||3x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type A; 1x USB 2.0; 1x USB Type-C; 1x 3.5mm jack; 2x HDMI 2.0; 1x Ethernet LAN|
|Price||€ 629.00 *|
Beelink SER5 Pro 5800H review: scope of delivery, design and workmanship
- Simple, quite chic design
- High-quality workmanship
- Extremely compact dimensions
The Beelink SER5 Pro 5800H mini PC comes in a black cardboard box that features red and white lettering. Inside we find the mini PC itself along with power supply and power cable, as well as a manual, a wall mount and an HDMI cable to connect to the monitor, which turns out to be quite manageable with a length of one meter.
The SER5 Pro itself is kept extremely compact. It is 12.5 centimeters wide, 12.2 centimeters deep and just four centimeters high. The device is completely black and weighs 446 grams – average for compact computers. Only the AMD stickers on the upper side, as well as the red power button and the two blue USB-A ports on the front catch the eye.
The majority of the upper side has a honeycomb pattern, in the middle of which – difficult to recognize – sits the fan. More honeycomb grilles as air outlets are found on the two sides. At the bottom, we find two rubberized feet across the entire depth for a secure stand.
Four Phillips screws go inside the small computer, and a red rubber tab helps lift the base plate. We find additional connections at the back, where three large air vents once again provide fresh air.
There is not much to criticize about the build quality of the Beelink SER5 Pro 5800H. The mini-PC looks extremely robust and of high quality. Only the glossy black front naturally attracts fingerprints and scratches.
Features and ports
- Modern selection of ports
- No Thunderbolt 4
- Only one USB-C port
In terms of ports, the Beelink SER5 Pro 5800H is quite well positioned. On the front, we find two USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, one USB Type-C, one 3.5mm jack, and the power button. The USB-C port also allows displaying images via DisplayPort legacy mode, but PowerDelivery is unfortunately not available.
On the back, there is an RJ45 Gigabit LAN port, one USB 2.0, one USB 3.2 Gen 2, two HDMI 2.0 ports with a picture output of up to 4K at 60 Hz, and the power port. It’s a bit of a shame that the manufacturer doesn’t use a USB-C power supply here, and one or two additional USB-C ports would definitely have been desirable, but the mini-PC is also otherwise well positioned here.
The features of the Beelink SER5 Pro 5800H
- Fast and efficient AMD CPU
- 32 GB RAM
- Wi-Fi 6; unfortunately with somewhat weak speeds
Compared to many other mini PCs, the Beelink SER5 Pro 5800H comes with a strong set of features. The core of the system is of course the eponymous AMD Ryzen 7 5800H processor with 8 cores and 16 threads, which realizes clock rates of up to 4.4 GHz.
It is supported by a whopping 32 GB of DDR4 working memory, while the graphics calculation is performed internally via the iGPU AMD Radeon RX Vega 8. Beelink markets the mini-PC as gaming-ready, which I see rather critically with the integrated graphics unit, but more about that later.
A 500 GB M.2 SSD also finds room in the case, this can be exchanged and expanded, just like the RAM in both DDR4 SODIMMs. Additionally, a 2.5-inch SATA can be installed. To do so, you simply have to remove the four screws from the base plate and the cover underneath.
A maximum of up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM is supported. Wirelessly, the mini-PC communicates via Wi-Fi 6 and allows wireless connection of other devices via Bluetooth 5.2. The WLAN speeds are unfortunately below average and can only keep up with other notebooks or PCs tested so far to a limited extent.
Practical test of the Beelink SER5 Pro 5800H
- Excellent system performance, even with more demanding workflows
- Effective cooling
- Comparatively loud fans
The Beelink SER5 Pro 5800H ships with Windows 11 Home and is set up accordingly quickly. The mini-PC takes a bit of time during the first start-up, but the rest of the boot process is quick.
In practice, the small computer copes very well with most applications and masters demanding office tasks as well as light image editing workflows and actually games – even if rather on minimal or partly even medium details. Multitasking tasks hardly pose any noteworthy problems for the small computer, either: Downloads, simultaneous 4K videos and word processing are no problem at all. The combination of a fast CPU and ample RAM is definitely noticeable here.
The case remains pleasantly cool even under permanent load. The power consumption is also manageable. The SER5 PRO consumes between 5.3 watts and 8.2 watts in idle mode, while it can even reach up to 50 watts under load.
In terms of operating volume, the small PC is more at home in the higher regions. Even in idle mode, the fans are always active, but remain quite quiet with an average of around 22 dB(A). Under load, however, the SER5 Pro almost comes close to a gaming notebook:
I measured a volume of up to 46 dB(A) in the various benchmark and gaming tests. That is already clearly audible – even when only one game was downloaded from Steam, the fans reached a volume of over 40 dB(A). Why? The system is cooled efficiently, but you can’t have everything.
Benchmark: Productivity, System, SSD and Gaming
I put the performance of the Beelink SER5 Pro 5800H to the test in various benchmark and real-life tests. I measured productivity and system performance with PCMark 10 and Cinebench R23. PCMark 10 simulates different workflows when running the benchmark, which include word processing, web browsing, and spreadsheets. Cinebench, on the other hand, measures the speed of the CPU cores individually as well as in multi-core mode.
For the gaming tests, I consulted various titles besides the 3DMark benchmark, including Final Fantasy XV or Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
SSD benchmark: AS-SSD
The installed 500 GB SSD comes from Kingston and is unfortunately still a PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD. Accordingly, it cannot play at the very top in terms of speed. Nevertheless, the given rates are comparatively strong and more than sufficient for most users. And if not, you can quickly and easily upgrade to a faster SSD anyway.
Cinebench R23 and PCMark 10
In the system benchmarks, the Beelink SER5 Pro 5800H delivers a strong performance. Almost 10,000 points jump out in the end in the multi-core test of Cinebench R23, 1,414 points in the single-core test. This easily keeps a competitor like the Ace Magician AMR5 (our review) in check – but it is also equipped with a weaker processor.
The SER5 Pro can also score in the PCMark test and reaches 6,207 points in the end. But only because the partial test in the area of digital content creation pulls the score down considerably due to the lack of a dedicated graphics card.
Scoring around 10,000 in each of the Essentials and Productivity tests, this is almost on par with a gaming notebook like the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro (our review), which is equipped with an Intel Core i7 12700H. I think that illustrates very well the power that lies dormant in this compact mini-PC.
|Cinebench R23 Multi Core||9,772 pts|
|Cinebench R23 Single Core||1,414 pts|
|PCMark 10 Total||6,207 pts|
|PCMark 10 Essentials||10,439 pts|
|PCMark 10 Productivity||9,499 pts|
|PCMark 10 Digital Content Creation||6,544 pts|
Graphics performance: 3DMark and gaming tests
1,619 points in the Time Spy and 3,982 points in the Fire Strike benchmark speak a clear language. It is true that the manufacturer’s statement to market the Beelink SER5 Pro 5800H as gaming-ready is not wrong. However, this only applies if you lower your demands significantly or only play older or less demanding titles anyway.
Even in standard or medium quality games like Final Fantasy XV or Shadow of Tomb Raider, the given performance is not enough to achieve a smooth gaming experience.
However, less demanding games like CS:GO, DOTA 2 or GTA V can be played in 720p on medium details. However, the given hardware is not sufficient for much more.
Beelink SER5 Pro 5800H review: conclusion
The Beelink SER5 Pro 5800H mini PC fully lives up to its name. Not because the Ryzen 7 5800H slumbers under the hood, but because the equipment matches the Pro name affix.
You get a mini-PC for around 650 Euros, whose price-performance ratio is absolutely impressive. The combination of a fast CPU and a full 32 GB of working memory ensures an excellent performance, even in quite demanding scenarios – but only to a limited extent in games.
The selection of ports is also convincing. We also like the fact that both the SO-DIMMs and the NVMe SSD can be upgraded and an additional 2.5-inch SATA SSD can be installed. However, the mini-PC is not free of flaws. On the one hand, there is the below-average WLAN speed and the comparatively high noise. The lack of Thunderbolt 4 is also a bit of a shame, and one or two more USB-C ports would have been nice.
All in all, the Beelink SER5 Pro 5800H delivers an absolutely convincing overall package for all those who do not want to use the computing dwarf for the latest games.
Beelink SER5 Pro 5800H
Design & workmanship
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Powerful mini PC with a strong CPU and a whopping 32 GB of RAM in a compact design and with high-quality workmanship that scores with a convincing price-performance ratio.
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