Beyond Intel and AMD, there are other x86 processors in the wild from DM&P and Zhaoxin. We’ve written about the latter in a QNAP NAS earlier this year, but now it turns out there’s also a Zhaxin-based mini PC with Beelink LZX based on a Zhaoxin KX-6640MA quad-core x86 processor that showed up on Shopee Indonesia for 3.86 million Indonesian Rupiahs, or about $270 US.
The computer comes with 8GB RAM by default but supports up to 64GB, as well as dual M.2 NVMe and SATA III storage, two 4Kp60 capable HDMI ports, dual Gigabit Ethernet, and more.
- SoC – Zhaoxin KX-6640MA quad-core processor @ 2.1 GHz / 2.6 GHz (Turbo) with 4MB cache, C-960 Graphics (support 4K HD); TDP: 25W
- System Memory – 8GB DDR4 RAM upgradeable to 64GB via two SO-DIMM memory slots
- Storage – 256GB M.2 NVMe SSD, additional M.2 2280 slot for NVMe SSD, 1TB hard disk drive
- Video Output – 2x HDMI 2.0 ports up to 4Kp60
- Audio – 3.5mm headphone jack, 6.5mm microphone jack, digital audio via HDMI ports
- 2x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports
- WiFi 5 (customizable to WiFi 6) and Bluetooth 4.0
- USB – 6x USB 3.0 ports
- Misc – Power button, two cooling fans
- Power Supply – Via power barrel jack
Not bad specs for the price, but it might not be the most efficient nor the most powerful around. The Beelink LZX mini PC ships with a power adapter, two HDMI cables, an FPC cable for storage installation, a wall-mount bracket, plus a user manual.
The mini PC comes with Windows 10 operating system, but it also supports the Unity Operating System (UOS) and Kylin both of which are Linux distributions for the Chinese market.
The less good news is that when I asked Beelink for a sample, they said it was for the Chinese market, and they had stopped production due to a lack of supply for the CPU (it’s 2021 after all). So that’s a mini PC most will never have a chance to check out at least outside of China, and maybe Indonesia and Malaysia.
If you’re so inclined there’s also a video about Beelink LZX on YouTube, but entirely in Chinese, where you’ll see the mini PC in action together with some benchmarks.
If you’d really like to check out a platform based on Zhaoxin KX-6640MA processor, there’s another model by “Wedigital” that is listed for $260 on Newegg.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
C-960 Graphics – is that a new design or an evolution of Via’s S3?
I had a KX6640 device on load for 2 weeks. I didnt really use it because the CPU performance for my use case was horrific. A little lower than a dual core Atom J4005 in multithread and 40% slower the said Atom in single thread performance.
I did get emailed a Windows 10 driver zip though. I just looked in the driver zip and it includes 2 GPU drivers. One driver appears to be for a PowerVR SG545 and the Other is for a VIA S3 Unichrome device
Benchmarks for the KX6640 device are freely available on the internet.
Can you point me to some for StrongSwan tunnel and endpoint processing?
But if it performs worse than a J4005 at 25W means it’s an ancient 28nm CPU. What the hell with that price?!?
Zhaoxin claim that its fabbed by TMSC on the 16nm FinFET node but Im sceptical about that because the power consumption is so high. Power and performance are more in line with SMIC’s 35nm node and Zhaoxin themselves are talking about a 70W peak power for the CPU at 2.7GHz. The J4005 box (2 x 4GB DDR4, SATA SSD, no fans) drew a maximum of 23 watts from the mains supply. The KX6640 box (2 x 8GB DDR4, SATA SSD, CPU Fan) maxed out at 108 watts again measured at the mains supply. Also a big difference is idle power;… Read more »
@Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft)
Also a Zhaoxin KX-6640MA Mini PC here,
If it helps ?
Oh ! a laptop too
You can pay more for it on Aliexpress too, how nice of them 😜😫
@Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft)
Noticed this industrial motherboard too
Hoes that going to sell, when there’s a $50 Dell Wyse 3030 (using an Atom x5 Z3850 cpu), that’s just as fast?
The 3850 uses 10W under full load, and 12W with cpu and igp pegged at 100%, and fan using 0.5W included.
i know im late to the party, but i should be Rupiah.
🙂 I tried to use my memory again, and it failed…
How’s the performance?
I purchased a mini PC from HP. It’s not as good as I expected.