Discover the Intel i3-N305 and its eight efficiency cores
Serve The Home was quite excited about the announcement of the Alder Lake-N i3-N305 and its eight 3.80GHz E-cores, all-new Intel UHD graphics, and a maximum TDP of 15W. The first system they have got to test is Beelink EQ12 Pro, containing the aforementioned processor, 16 GB of DDR5 and a PCIe 3.0 1x 512 GB NVMe SSD. Externally the 4.9″ x 4.4″ x 1.5″ SFF system offers three USB 3 Type-A ports, one Type-C, one headphone port, two 2.5GbE ports and two HDMI ports, as well as one 1×1 WiFi card.
Performance, when compared to a desktop, isn’t particularly impressive, however, when compared to previous generation SFF systems, the Beelink EQ12 Pro is pretty impressive. It easily outperforms systems currently on the market and does so with significantly lower power draw. Serve The Home’s highest recorded consumption was around 36W, total system sustained load was around 26W, though at idle that’s a bit higher than some of the other tiny boxxen they tested.
They had some difficulties with windows activation and driver detection but Beelink was quick to respond and fix everything. It retails for under $400 and can do pretty much everything a full-size system can, aside from playing AAA games of course. Check it out in detail here.