Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H mini PC review – Part 2: Windows 11 Pro

We’ve already listed the specs and done an unboxing and teardown for the Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H Mini PC powered by a 10-core Intel Core i7-12650H processor with 32GB DDR4 and a 500GB M.2 SSD preloaded with Windows 11 Pro.

In the second part of the review, we will test the Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H with the Windows 11 Pro operating system in detail with a software overview and feature testing, benchmarks, networking and storage testing, thermal efficiency, fan noise, and power consumption. Since we also reviewed the GEEKOM Mini IT12 with the same processor last month, we’ll try to compare both in this review and list the pros and cons for each system.

Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H mini PC review Windows 11 Pro

Software overview and features testing

The System->About menu confirms that we have a “SEi” Mini PC powered by a 12th Gen 1.5 GHz (base frequency) Intel Core i7-12650H processor and  32GB of RAM, running Windows 11 Pro operating system version 23H2 after we went through all the updates needed from the 21H2 version the system shipped with.

Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H Windows 11 Pro about system
The HWiNFO64 program provides more details about the Intel Core i7-12650H 10-core (6E+4P) processor with 16 Threads (12P+4E), the AZW SEi motherboard, and the Intel UHD graphics found in the SoC.

HWiNFO64 AZW SEi Core i7-12650H CPU
GPU-Z program offers additional details about the 64EU Intel UHD Graphics found in the Intel Core i7-12650H SoC.

Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H GPU-Z
The PL1 and PL2 power limits are set to 35W and 55W while the Intel Core i7-12650H processor has a TDP of 45W, so Beelink looks to have opted for conservative settings here.

Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H Power Limit 1/2
HWiNFO64 reports two 16 GB 1600 MHz Crucial DDR4-3200MHz SO-DIMMs.

Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H DDR4-3200 Memory
Windows Task Manager confirms this by showing 32GB of RAM clocked at 3,200 MHz with two SODIMM memory sticks.

Beelink SEi12 Task Manager Memory
We can go to the Device Manager’s Network adapters section to check gigabit Ethernet, WiFi, and Bluetooth 5.2 support.

Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H Device Manager Network Adapters
The Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H mini PC features a gigabit Ethernet port through a RealTek Semiconductor RTL8168/8111 PCIe Gigabit Ethernet controller.

RealTek RTL8168 RTL8111 HWInFO64
WiFi 6 is implemented through an Intel AX200 module with a maximum link speed of 1729 Mbps.

Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H WiFi6 Intel AX200
We now need to go back to the Device Manager to double-check the Bluetooth version.

Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H Bluetooth 5.2 version
“LMP11” firmware looks up to Bluetooth 5.2 and we have successfully tested it with a Bluetooth headset and transferred some files from an Android smartphone headset.

Bluetooth received file
We will now test the USB ports’ speed using HWiNFO64 and CrystalDiskMark programs and an ORICO M234C3-U4 M.2 NVMe SSD enclosure, except for the USB 2.0 port where another USB expansion drive will be used.

USB A front 10Gbps speed CrystalDiskMark
Front left USB-A port
USB A top 480Mbps CrystalDiskMark test
Rear panel’s USB Type-A port (top)

The results of all five USB ports are summarized as follows (from left to right):

  • Front panel
    • USB-A #1 – USB 3.2 – USB 3.1 SuperSpeedPlus (10 Gbps) – 1,049 MB/s read speed
    • USB-A #2 – USB 3.2 – USB 3.1 SuperSpeedPlus (10 Gbps) – 1,047 MB/s read speed
    • USB-C #1 – USB 3.2 – USB 3.1 SuperSpeedPlus (10 Gbps) – 1,047 MB/s read speed
  • Rear panel
    • USB-A #1 (top) – USB 2.0 – USB 2.0 Hight-Speed (480 Mbps) – 43.81 MB/s read speed
    • USB-A #2 (bottom) – USB 2.0 – USB 2.0 Hight-Speed (480 Mbps) – 43.72 MB/s read speed

We also installed a 2.5-inch SATA SSD drive…

Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H 2.5-inch SATA SSD
… and tested the performance with CrystalDiskMark.
2.5-inch SATA SSD CrystalDiskMark

A read speed of 221 MB/s and a write speed of 152 MB/s are expected for this drive.

The Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H Mini PC supports up to two independent displays via HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4 ports. We don’t own a monitor with DisplayPort input,  so we used a DisplayPort to HDMI cable that we previously tested successfully with the GEEKOM Mini Air12‘s mini DP port using an additional mini DP to DP adapter.

Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H DisplayPort connect RPI All in One fail
We connected the HDMI port to a VGA monitor through an adapter and the DisplayPort connector to the HDMI input of the 10.1-inch “RPI All-in-One” display. HDMI output worked fine, but DisplayPort output would not work and the monitor shows the output from the internal display interface connected to an Arm SBC instead. So we switched to an HD television instead, but the result was the same with the TV showing “No Signal”.

Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H DisplayPort Connect TV fail

That means we were unable to drive two displays with the Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H mini PC likely due to some incompatibilities between our DisplayPort to HDMI cable and the DisplayPort video output in the mini PC

We set the system’s power mode to “Best performance” before running benchmarks on the mini PC.  Note that the ambient temperature was 28 to 30°C during testing, and your own results may end up being different.

Beelink SEi12 Power mode Best performance

We started testing the performance of the Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H mini PC with the PCMark 10 benchmark.

Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H PCMark 10

The mini PC achieved 5,360 points in PCMark. You’ll find the full results on the 3DMark website.
Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H 3DMark Fire Strike
Next up was 3DMark Fire Strike where the SEi12 got 3,618 points.

Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H Passmark 3D Mark OpenCL fail

When we first ran PassMark PerformanceTest 11.0, we noted the 3D Mark test had no score because “GPU Compute” failed to run but without any specific error message. You’ll also notice the overall score is crazy high at 9,222 points, while for reference, the more powerful GEEKOM Mini IT13  (Core i9-13900H) got only 5580.4 points, and the GEEKOM Mini IT12 with the same Core i7-12650H processor only got 3,521 points. So it’s clear that one of those “benchmark gone wrong” results…

When trying the GPU Compute benchmark again, we noted it would only run one test and exit without any error messages or any score. We spent some time checking opencl.dll was indeed installed, updated the drivers, and tried to find a solution online. But nothing seemed to work. We eventually noticed a new version of the PerformanceTest benchmark was available (build 1009), and after the update, the CPU Compute benchmark could complete normally. So we ran the full PassMark benchmark again and got a believable score. Just make sure you avoid the 1008 build if you encounter a similar error.

Beelink SEi12 PassMark PerformanceTest 11.0 build 1009
Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H PassMark PerformanceTest 11.0 build 1009

We tested the 500 GB NVMe SSD (PCIe x4 16.0 GT/s @ x4 16.0 GT/s) included with the mini PC with CrystalDiskMark, and the results are OK with a sequential read speed of 4,836 MB/s and a sequential write speed of 1,906 MB/s.

500GB NVMe SSD CrystalDiskMark

The Cinebench R23 benchmark was used to evaluate single-core and multi-core performance.

Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H Cinebench R23
The Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H mini PC achieved 8,494 points in the multi-core benchmark and 1,646 points in the single-core test with an MP Ratio of 5.16x which is quite better than the 5,273 points (2.96x MP radio) for the GEEKOM Mini IT12 (PL1 set to 35W) indicating a better cooling performance.

Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0 was used to further test 3D graphics acceleration, and the Core i7-12650H mini PC managed to render the demo at 39.3 FPS on average with a 989 score at 1920×1080 resolution. That one is a bit lower than the results on the GEEKOM Mini IT12  (41.9 FPS).

Intel Core i7-12650H Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0 GPU
We then played some YouTube videos at 4K and 8K resolutions in Google Chrome.

Beelink Mini PC 4k p30 youtube Windows 11

YouTube 4Kp30 played smoothly closed to 8 minutes with no frames dropped at all.

Beelink Mini PC 4k 60fps youtube Windows 11

4Kp60 was equally good with only 10 frames dropped out of 29,882.

Beelink Mini PC 8kp30 youtube Windows 11

The mini PC still performed nicely at 8K 30 FPS with only one frame dropped while playing the video for over 8 minutes.

Beelink Mini PC 8k 60fps youtube Windows 11

One final test at 8K 60 FPS was all good too with only 10 frames dropped out of 38,221 while playing the video for a little 10 minutes. Those results should not be surprising as the GEEKOM Mini IT12 has the same results, so the Core i7-12650H is well-supported in Google Chrome when playing YouTube videos.

To better understand the weaknesses and strengths of the Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H in Windows 11, we’ll compare the benchmark results against other mini PCs, namely GEEKOM Mini IT12 (Intel Core i7-12650H), GEEKOM Mini IT13 (Intel Core i9-13900H), GEEKOM AS 6 (AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX), and Khadas Mind Premium (Intel Core i7-1360P). All systems were tested at an ambient temperature of around 28-30°C.

But before looking at the benchmarks, let’s list the main features of the five systems under test.

Beelink SEi12GEEKOM Mini IT12GEEKOM Mini IT13GEEKOM AS 6Khadas Mind Premium
SoCIntel Core i7-12650HIntel Core i7-12650HIntel Core i9-13900HAMD Ryzen 9 6900HXIntel Core i7-1360P
CPU10-cores/16-thread processor up to 4.70 GHz10-cores/16-thread processor up to 4.70 GHz14-core/20-core processor up to 5.4 GHz, 8-core/16-thread processor up to 4.9 GHz12-core/16-core processor up to 5.0 GHz
GPU64 EU Intel UHD Graphics (Alder Lake-P GT2)64 EU Intel UHD Graphics (Alder Lake-P GT2)96 EU Intel Iris Xe GraphicsAMD Radeon Graphics 680M96 EU Intel Iris Xe
Memory32GB DDR4-320032GB DDR4-320032GB DDR4-320032GB DDR5-480032GB LPDDR5-5200
Storage500 GB NVMe SSD1TB NVMe SSD2TB NVMe SSD1TB NVMe SSD51TB NVMe SSD
Default OSWindows 11 ProWindows 11 ProWindows 11 ProWindows 11 ProWindows 11 Home

Benchmark results.

Beelink SEi12 i7-12650HGEEKOM IT12GEEKOM IT13GEEKOM AS 6Khadas Mind Premium
PCMark 10536056276681
64085904
- Essentials992910714119381030011038
- Productivity73957052834189337589
- Digital content creation56926401812677626667
3DMark (Fire Strike)36183997538759865427
PerformanceTest 11.0389135215580.43976.65378
- CPU Mark171421853225363.12391521786
- 2D Graphics Mark605569547.6372.5631
- 3D Graphics Mark264621613728.2
4701.83622
- Memory Mark299629393925.92857.93642
- Disk Mark185472272138135.524979.142395
Cinebench R23
- Single Core164617811943
15061878
- Multi Core8494527311855
108479384

The Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H and GEEKOM IT12 are comparable with some minor differences except for the Cinebench R23 multi-core benchmark where the SEi12 mini PC is much better due to better cooling. The results from the three other mini PCs show you do get some extra performance by spending a few extra hundred dollars, but for many users, the cheaper models will be more than enough.

Networking performance (Gigabit Ethernet and WiFi 6)

We’ll use iperf3 to test the gigabit Ethernet port with UP Xtreme i11 mini PC (192.168.31.12) serving as the iperf server on the other side:

  • Download

  • Upload


Download is great at 950 Mbps, and upload is OK at 889 Mbps. This is one aspect where the GEEKOM Mini IT12 is better thanks to its 2.5 GbE port.

We repeated the test with WiFi 6 (5GHz) adding a Xiaomi Mi AX6000 router to the mix.

  • Download

  • Upload


768 Mbps and 778 Mbps are excellent download and upload speeds in Windows and close to the 803 Mbps and 830 Mbps transfer rates achieved with the Mini IT12. So we basically have a draw here.

Thermal performance

We used HWiNFO64 and 3DMark Fire Strike benchmarks to monitor the maximum CPU temperature under a CPU+GPU load and the maximum temperature was 91°C with some CPU throttling detected.

Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H CPU Thermal Throttling Power Limits

The CPU temperature under those conditions is quite lower than with the GEEKOM Mini IT12 mini PC as the Core i7-12650H reached a maximum of 102°C. So cooling looks to be better on the Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H which will be important for multi-core workloads and demanding games, but will likely not impact tasks such as web browsing and video playback when hardware video decoding is used.

Fan noise

The mini PC comes with a fan that’s not annoying under light loads, but it becomes noisier under heavier loads. We measured the fan noise with a sound level meter placed around 5 cm from the top of the SEi12 mini PC:

  • Idle – 45 – 47 dBA
  • 3DMark Fire Strike – 50 – 57 dBA

The meter measures 38-39 dBA in a quiet room.

We measured power consumption with a wall power meter:

  • Power off – 0.9 to 1.1 Watt
  • Idle – 18 – 19 Watts
  • Web browsing – 19 to 33 Watts
  • 3DMark –  19 – 33 Watts (Fire Strike)
  • Video playback – 23 – 27 Watts (Youtube 8K 60 fps in Chrome)

Note: During the measurements, the mini PC was connected to WiFi 6, one USB RF dongle for a USB keyboard and mouse combo, and a VGA monitor through an HDMI to VGA adapter.

Conclusion

The Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H mini PC performs well in Windows 11 Pro with its 12th Gen Intel Core i7-12650H 10-core Alder Lake processor, 32GB RAM, and a 500GB M.2 NVMe SSD. It can handle YouTube video playback up to 8Kp60 and performs tasks like office work, web browsing, and online learning without issues. The fan is fairly quiet and is only clearly audible under heavy loads, and even then it’s not too bad.

The thermal design looks quite better than on the GEEKOM Mini IT12 with the same processor thanks to a much better multi-core score in Cinebench R23 and a lower maximal CPU temperature under a load such as 3DMark Fire Strike. The SEi12 i7-12650H connectivity options are not quite as good as the ones for the GEEKOM mini PC with no USB4 ports and gigabit Ethernet only, while many mini PCs in this price range use 2.5GbE, although WiFi 6 is working well.  The mini PC supports up to two displays with HDMI and DisplayPort video outputs, but we were only able to use one, as the DisplayPort to HDMI cable we using for testing does not seem to be compatible with the SEi12 mini PC. For reference, we could connect four displays to the GEEKOM Mini IT12 via HDMI and USB-C port. So neither one is perfect, and getting one over the other will depend on your specific needs.

We’ll now install Ubuntu 22.04 on the Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H to find out how Linux performs on the mini PC.

We’d like to thank Shenzhen AZW Technology (aka Beelink) for sending a review sample of the Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H with 32GB DDR4 and a 500GB M.2 NVMe SSD. This model can be ordered for $439 on Amazon (after ticking on the $110 discount coupon), Aliexpress (some countries only), and on the company’s online store where you can get a $50 discount with the code 1265050 valid until February 29. The GEEKOM Mini IT12 (32GB/1TB) typically sells for a little under $520, so the SEi12 model we tested is a cheaper device albeit with a smaller 500GB SSD and fewer ports.

Continue reading “Beelink SEi12 i7-12650H mini PC review – Part 3: Ubuntu 22.04 Linux

CNXSoft: This review is a translation – with a few additional insights – of the original article on CNX Software Thailand by Suthinee Kerdkaew.

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urostor
urostor
5 months ago

Wow, this SATA SSD you used is terrible (1 MB/s random writes? Some SD cards do better). The nvme drive seems stellar though.

tkaiser
tkaiser
4 months ago

> this SATA SSD you used is terrible What scares me a bit is the sentence ‘A read speed of 221 MB/s and a write speed of 152 MB/s are expected for this drive.’ How/why should these numbers be expected? Since this SSD is garbage? But why testing with something like this then since the focus of the review is the host’s performance as such you need storage devices known to not being the bottleneck (with SATA showing sequential transfer speeds well above 400 MB/s). And unfortunately no reviewer out there checks SMART attribute 199 prior/after benchmarks to spot potential… Read more »

tkaiser
tkaiser
4 months ago

> The main purpose of the SATA test is to check the SATA interface is working Ah, ok. But then IMO it would make sense to clearly state the SSD/HDD used is known to be the bottleneck in every review 🙂 As for random I/O it depends since SATA just like PCIe link training or USB has speed negotiation and if for example a 6Gbps capable device can only negotiate 1.5Gbps with the host the maximum sequential transfer speeds is obviously severly limited but real world random I/O is also affected to a degree especially in mixed read/write scenarios. sbc-bench… Read more »

Vall
Vall
4 months ago

Interesting that the power consumption on idle and under load doesn’t differ much. This could mean it’s fairly inefficient in idle.

Looking forward for the Linux review to see whether that’s being caused by Windows and its 1001 background spyware/call-home processes…

Paul
Paul
4 months ago

I have a Beelink Model:SEI with Intel COREi5. Great small computer but it will not recognize any usb hardware except keyboards and mice. My external hard drives and smart watches (Fitbit and Garmin) plugged into any of the four usb inserts will not show up on the computer. Darn frustrating. Tried to resolve per the various YouTube videos, no luck at all.

Khadas VIM4 SBC