Beelink SER3 Review – A Mini PC for day to day tasks

Beelink SER3 Mini PC

In our Beelink SER3 review we will be unboxing it, taking a look at its features and running some system benchmarks. Then we will see how much of a performance difference there is between the 8GB and 16GB RAM models.

As always, let’s start with the unboxing. Inside we have the Beelink SER3 which we will take a closer look at shortly.

Beelink SER3
Beelink SER3

Underneath is a user manual which is in multiple languages including English, German, Spanish and Italian. Next there is a power supply. We will include the correct adaptor for your country when you order from us at DroiX.

There are two HDMI cables. One is short and can be used when the mini PC is using the mounting plate on the back of your display. And last but not least there is the mounting plate and screws.

Overview

The Beelink SER3 measures around 4.9 x 4.4 x 1.5 in (12.6 x 11.3 x 4.3 cm) and weighs around 470 grams. On the front are two USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack and the power button.

Beelink SER3 Front View
Beelink SER3 Front View

On the back are a gigabit ethernet port, two USB 3.0 ports and two HDMI ports for dual monitor support. There is space inside to install a 2.5 inch hard drive or SSD for additional storage.

Beelink SER3 Back View
Beelink SER3 Back View
CPUAMD Ryzen 7 3750H
CORES / THREADS4 / 8
BASE / MAX FREQUENCY2.30 GHz / 4.00 GHz
GPUAMD Radeon RX Vega 10 Graphics
RAM8G DDR4 single channel / 16GB DDR4 dual channel
STORAGE256GB/512GB of PCI-E NVMe SATA SSD
Space inside for one 2.5 inch SATA HDD Slot
CONNECTIVITY1 Gigabit Ethernet
802.11ac Wi-Fi 5
Bluetooth 4
Beelink SER3 Technical Specifications

As you may note, there are two configurations for the RAM and Storage. There is an option for 8GB of single channel DDR4 RAM and also an option for 16GB of dual channel RAM.

System Benchmarks

PassMark

PassMark tests the CPU, GPU, RAM and storage to their maximum performance to give us an artificial performance score. 

The 8GB model scores 2 thousand 6 hundred and 16

PassMark benchmark result
PassMark benchmark result

And the 16GB model scores 2 thousand 8 hundred and 82.

PassMark benchmark result
PassMark benchmark result

You can see the 16GB model has a noticeably higher performance across the five sets of tests.

PCMark

PCMark is more of a real life set of tests which include day to day tasks. These include benchmarking the performance of web browsing, working with office documents, through to image and video editing.

The Beelink SER3 8GB model scores 3 thousand 6 hundred and 26

The Beelink SER3 16GB model scores 3 thousand 7 hundred and 47

3DMark

While these are not gaming mini PCs, they are powerful enough for tasks such as video decoding and image rendering which is important for media consumption and even web page rendering speed.

The Beelink SER3 8GB model scores 5 hundred and 99

The 16GB model scores 6 hundred and 58.

3DMark Benchmark Score
3DMark Benchmark Score

4K Video Test

Both Beelink SER3 models are very capable of handling 4K video. We are running a 4K test video and it has no issues with performance, and it also looks amazing!

4K Performance Test
4K Performance Test

Let’s have a quick recap of the benchmark scores,

Beelink SER3 (8GB)Beelink SER3 (16GB)% Difference
PassMark2,6162,8827%
PCMark3,6263,7473%
3DMark5996589%
Beelink SER3 Benchmark Summary

As you can see the 16GB model outperformed the 8GB model by a fair margin. With 7% difference on PassMark, 3% on PCMark and 9% on 3DMark.

Despite having the same processor, the extra performance found on the Beelink SER3 16GB RAM help give a decent boost with up to 9% difference. This can be a noticeable difference with your day to day tasks from booting up windows, running software, through to loading and saving large documents for example. It is definitely enough of an increase in performance to make the 16GB model the one to choose!

We hope you have found our Beelink SER3 review useful in deciding on which Mini PC to buy. You can learn more and buy the Beelink SER3 here. You can also browse our wide range of Windows Mini PC’s here.

DaveC
Bringer of videos, text and images! AKA the social media guy at DroiX. Massive retro gaming fan and collector, with a far too large collection of consoles and computers from 1970's to modern.

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