Beelink X55 Review – Part 2, Take 2: New Drivers and BIOS

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When I reviewed the Beelink X55 earlier, I encountered poor graphics performance when testing the device with its ‘Out-Of-The-Box’ configuration.

As a quick reminder the Beelink X55 is a NUC-style mini PC powered with an Intel Pentium Silver J5005 processor and comes with a 128GB mSATA SSD with pre-installed Windows 10 Home together with 8GB DDR4 RAM (soldered and is non-expandable) and space plus a connector for an SSD.

In an attempt to address the poor graphics performance I reinstalled Windows using Microsoft’s ISO however I then found I had missing drivers:

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Having contacted Beelink through the support email enclosed with the device they replied with a link to a full driver pack. So having downloaded and unzipped the file I updated the first driver:

Beelink X55 Intel Dynamic Platform Driver

followed by the second:

Beelink X55 Drivers Update

resulting in additional entries to the Intel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework (DPTF). Having fixed the driver issue I then reran the 3DMark benchmark for testing the GPU:

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I then compared the results with the previous results:

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This showed a significant drop in performance again indicating that the drivers appeared to be responsible for the performance degradation I had first encountered.

Fortunately on the previous review a comment had been posted indicating that there was a BIOS upgrade available. From the changelog it appears that the BIOS was previously limiting the CPU power consumption to 6W and this new BIOS increases the maximum power consumption to 10W to reflect the desktop J5005 processor, also improves the utilization of the cooling fan, and increases the maximum CPU frequency.

Updating the BIOS:

Beelink-X55-BIOS-Upgrade

ended successfully:

Beelink-X55-UEFI

So I repeated the 3DMark benchmarks:

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Again I compared the results:

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The BIOS upgrade improved the results although noticeable during running the tests was that the fan now ran continuously (albeit quietly) during each of the benchmarks whereas before the driver and BIOS upgrade the fan would intermittently start and stop.

Looking at the new BIOS:

and there are a few visual differences including moving a couple of options:

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However the key difference is under ‘Thermal’:

Beelink X55 BIOS thermal options
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where in particular the ‘Hot Thermal Trip Point’ is enabled. I attribute the slightly lower performance against the before upgrade results due to the change in the ‘Passive Thermal Trip Point’. This slight drop is probably reflected in the slight drop in scores as the GPU power is throttled back as it heats up as part of the passive GPU cooling process.

The conclusion is that the Beelink X55 device should be upgraded to BIOS version 0.14 and the DPTF drivers applied in order to get the best performance intended by the manufacturer.

If you are interested by the device, GearBest sells it for  $249.99 shipped. Alternatively, you’ll also find it on Amazon, , Aliexpress, and other stores.

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Just out of curiosity, what graphics driver version did you used?
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/product/126788/Intel-UHD-Graphics-605

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The latest available at the date of installation: 24.20.100.6286

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Were they provided by Beelink or did you downloaded from Intel? There would probably be no noticeable performance gain, but even so, the release notes in each version mention some interesting details.

Version: 24.20.100.6229 (Previously Released) Date: 8/9/2018
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/27894/Intel-Graphics-Driver-for-Windows-10

Version: 24.20.100.6286 (Previously Released) Date: 8/29/2018
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/27988/Intel-Graphics-Driver-for-Windows-10

Version: 25.20.100.6323 (Previously Released) Date: 10/1/2018
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/28180/Intel-Graphics-Driver-for-Windows-10

William Barath
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I have no interest in this hardware, however I’m curious since the SSD with the Windows install from the older BeeLink out-performed the new installation even after you flashed the BIOS… so the question begs to be asked… how does the SSD for the older BeeLink perform after the BIOS was upgraded? 😉

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I’m intrigued as well so when I get some time I’ll check it out.

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In the original review of the NUC7PJYH I did but I repeated the tests for this review (part 1 & 2) using 8GB (2 x 4GB Samsung M471A5244CB0-CRC: https://www.samsung.com/semiconductor/dram/module/M471A5244CB0-CRC/).

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Vladimír Vacek

why is it so much worse than intel, is it only worse in gpu, or general performance?

Ron
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Ron

Sorry that only now i remembered to ask:

It has the full capacity of RAM that the SoC supports – 8GB.
But is it Dual channel? Two separate chips (2x4GB)?
Or only one chip?
This affects the Graphic performance!

And is there no planned support for HDR?

Peter
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Hello there.
What was the driver you used to fix de PCI Data Acquisition and Signal Processing Controller missing?
I’ve bought the X55, did a clean install of Windows 10, installed all the necessary drivers I could find, but I haven’t be able to fix de PCI Data Acquisition and Signal Processing Controller problem.
The link to the link full driver pack is not working.

Best regards.