Beelink MINI S12, review: new miniPC with Intel N95

Beelink MINI S12 is the small computer of the Beelink brand that we present today in its analysis or review. A computer designed for desktop and multimedia apps.
The Beelink MINI S12 has the new Intel N95 (Alder Lake-N) processor manufactured in 10 nm, the first processor of this type that loses the Celeron and Pentium reference. Inside the box we find a SODIMM with 8 GB of RAM DDR4, a NVMe 256 GB disk drive, we also have dual video output and VESA support. The operating system installed is Windows 11 but we can also install Linux in one of its versions.
Let’s see how this device behaves in our review and how it fares compared to its competition.
  • Beelink MINI S12 with N95 and 8+256GB is available on Amazon only for $169 using the store coupon.
  • Beelink MINI S12 Pro with N100 and 16+500GB is available on Amazon only for $269 using the store coupon.

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Product details

Beelink MINI S12 (8/256GB)
CPU: Intel N95 4C/4T 3.2GHz / 15 W TDP / 10 nm
GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 16EU (N100 24EU) / 750 MHz
System: Windows 11 Pro 64bit.
RAM: 8 GB DDR4 2666MHz max / 1x SODIMM.
Storage: 256/500 GB 1x M.2 NVMe / 1x SATA 3 2.5″.
Network: Wifi 5 + BT 4.2 (M.2 2230 Intel AC 3165) / 1x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek)
Ports: 4x USB 3.2 (10 Gbps) / 2x HDMI 2.1 / Gigabit Ethernet / Audio Jack / BIOS Reset.
Contents: Adapter DC 12V 3A (36 W) / 2x HDMI Cable / VESA bracket / Manual.
Materials and dimensions: Aluminum / Front Led / 115 x 105 x 42 mm / 295 gr.

Unboxing Beelink MINI S12

The mini PC Beelink MINI S12 comes in a basic but well protected cardboard box. Inside we find the small protected computer with its contents, manual, 2x HDMI cable, VESA bracket and charger 12V 3A (36 W).

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The Beelink MINI S12 mini computer has a classic Intel NUC-inspired design with a roughened top area. On the front we have a status LED next to the power button, internal BIOS reset button, audio in/out jack and two USB 3.2 Type-A ports (10Gbps). On the rear we find two USB 3.2 Type-A ports, 2x HDMI 2.1, Gigabit Ethernet, Kengsinton lock and for power supply we have a round DC port.

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Inside this PC we find the M.2 2230 Wifi 5 + BT 4.2 adapter (Intel AC 3165) with two internal antennas, we also have installed a 256GB M.2 NVMe 2280 disk and for RAM we have one SODIMM DDR4 slots up to 2666 MHz.

  • RAM: 8/16 GB DDR4 2666MHz max / 1x SODIMM.
  • Storage: 128/256 GB 1x M.2 NVMe 2280 / 1x SATA 3 2.5″.
  • Network: Wifi 5 + BT 4.2 (M.2 2230 Intel AC 3165) / 1x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek)

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System and performance

Environment and user experience

We turn on the Beelink MINI S12 pressing the front power button, in a few seconds we get to the Windows 11 64bit that is activated when connecting to the internet. We have all the drivers installed correctly and we update it without problems with the Windows Update system. We found that the hardware moves without slowdowns in a basic use of conventional desktop, it is possible to load many tabs without slowdowns. A PC perfectly suitable for office, multimedia and design apps with medium load.

We boot the BIOS which has multiple options, we recommend NOT TO TOUCH if we do not know what we are doing, any function that can hang the system. If we have problems we can use the BIOS reset button on the front.

  • Support: Beelink has its own website and mail contact to send our queries.
  • BIOS: Access with ESC / BIOS AMI text / TPM 2.0 / Secure boot / WOL / PXE / Auto Power ON.
  • Other OS: Compatible with Ubuntu / YES compatible LibreELEC for PC.

Networks, Storage, RAM and Ports

In the PC connectivity section Beelink MINI S12 PC has a Wifi 5 + BT 4.2 (Intel AC 3165) wireless adapter and a Gigabit Ethernet port (Realtek). The results in speed are quite good and we have a correct range.

  • Network performance: Two internal Wifi antennas / Range 42 dBm / Link 5G 433 Mbps / Bluetooth OK.

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We tested the storage speed of the M.2 NVMe 3x 2280 disk installed by default and observed that it behaves normally. For the performance tests we have one SODIMM with 8 GB of RAM DDR4 2666 MHz with Single Channel configuration.

Processor, performance and thermal

The new Beelink MINI S12 integrates the Intel N95 (Alder Lake-N) processor manufactured in 10 nm (Intel 7). It has four cores and four threads that moves up to 3.2 GHz. In the graphics section we have an Intel UHD Graphics GPU up to 750 MHz with 16 EU (the N100 has 24EU). This chip has a power consumption of only 15 W TDP and the performance results are much better than those of its smaller siblings. The GPU performance, however, is limited for multimedia and light gaming use. This computer is suitable for browsing, multimedia playback with KODI, office applications, editing applications and very light 3D games.

Beelink MINI S12 Benchmarks

We conducted several performance tests with the Beelink MINI S12, the performance is in line with these Celeron type processors manufactured in 10 nm, although it is a slight improvement over the previous Intel N5059. The installed Intel UHD Graphics GPU, which as we can see is limited for use with simple games.s.

This small PC offers good thermal response, the system keeps the temperatures controlled with its variable RPM fan and emits very little noise, at rest it is almost inaudible and in games it is audible but does not raise much more noise. This processor with its 10 nm is efficient and should not worry us in this aspect.

  • Power consumption: Off 0.9W / Idle 8W / Basic use 12W / Maximum 18W.
  • Thermal: Idle 40ºC / Basic use 42ºC / Maximum 71ºC / CPU 3.2 GHz max / Performance up to 100%.
  • Gaming performance: LoL 69ºC / CPU 3.2 GHz on average.
  • Noise: 39 dBA Max / Variable RPM / NO Semi-passive.

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We performed our performance test on games on the Beelink MINI S12, we have some results are in line with this type of GPU integrated into the Ryzen, the Intel UHD Graphics GPU with 16EU is suitable for games in 1080p or 720p quality depending on the 3D load, it is not suitable for heavy AAA games with many 3D elements. As for emulators at most we are left with some simple Wii, PS2 and similar games, we can’t handle demanding 3D emulators.

  • Setting: High quality / 1080p resolution / No VSync / Play emulators with RetoArch.
    * On models with integrated Intel HD GPU on low and 720p resolution.

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With this computer it is possible to play titles like LoL with a good frame rate, in more demanding games like Fornite with the graphics settings in performance mode is not very playable, as for Diablo immortal we stay at 20/27fps. If we are interested especially in the Gaming section is better to go for a PC with a dedicated GPU and we will have a much smoother experience.

Video and audio tests

Playback test

In the video playback section, the Beelink MINI S12 mini PC has an integrated Intel UHD Graphics GPU that features a VPU with hardware decoding support for HEVC and VP9 codecs, have support for the modern AV1 video codec but don’t work with Edge browser. In this processor has support for 10bit color and also has native HDR support. This PC is perfectly valid as a multimedia system to use KODI, IPTV or to use it with PLEX.

Video test

Formats Result
h.264 / 1080i / 8bit OK
h.264 / 1080p / 4K / 8bit OK (SW)
h.264 / 1080p / 10bit (anime) OK
h.265 / 1080p / 8bit OK
h.265 / 1080p / 10bit (anime) OK
h.265 / 4K / 8bit OK
h.265 / 4K / 10bit HDR OK
VP9 P1 / 4K / 8bit OK
VP9 P2 / 4K / 10bit HDR OK
VP9 P2 / 8K / 10bit HDR Frameskip (SW)
AV1 / 4K@24fps / 10bit OK
Max. Bitrate 100 Mbps = 12,5 MB/s
  • * The maximum bit rate depends on the internal storage, usb port, Ethernet or the limitations with our SAMBA Network.
  • SW = does not have hardware acceleration and may have some frameskip in very heavy files.
Support Format
Native Dolby 5.1 – Plus / DTS 5.1 – Master Audio
Core Dolby HD – Atmos / DTS HR – X
  • Native – Supports the format directly in our AV receiver or similar / More info.
  • Core – Only the 5.1 core of the format is played so we go to the Dolby or DTS base system / More info.
  • PCM – Only stereo downmixing from DD or DTS.

Streaming services

We conduct tests on the Beelink MINI S12 micro PC with the most popular streaming services we pass some test for Youtube, Netflix, HBO Max, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video and others with their native apps or using the most compatible browser. You can consult our guides where we explain in detail all the best known streaming services, how to configure them and what requirements are necessary to see content in FullHD or 4K quality.

Streaming service Video / Audio
Youtube 4K (2160p) / 5.1
Netflix 4K (2160p) / 5.1 / Netflix guide for PC
HBO Max FullHD (1080p) / Estéreo / HBO Max guide for PC
Disney+ FullHD (1080p) / 5.1 / Disney+ guide for PC
Prime Video FullHD (1080p) / 5.1 / Prime Video guide for PC
Apple TV+ FullHD (1080p) / 5.1 / Apple TV+ Guide
DAZN HD (720p) / Stereo
IPTV FullHD (1080i) / Stereo

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Conclusions and purchase links



After testing the new Beelink MINI S12 we can say that this is a mini PC where thanks to the Intel N95 manufactured in 10 nm we will have a pretty good performance for its consumption. As we have seen this machine offers power for desktop use, we also have two HDMI 2.1 video outputs up to 4K@60fps and Gigabit Ethernet port that allows transferring large files over the network. With its design it looks good anywhere on our desktop in a totally discreet way, it is also possible to hang it from its VESA bracket behind our monitor.
The Beelink MINI S12 includes as storage a 256 GB NVMe disk although it is somewhat slow, we can also mount a SATA 3 2.5″ disk and we have a single SODIMM slot that allows us to expand up to 16 GB RAM. It comes with Windows 11 installed which allows us to browse or consume multimedia content quite well. The cooling system works fine and we found no performance losses by heating as the internal fan that mounts is silent, although during games is heard something but does not bother anything.
Overall the Beelink MINI S12 is a new mini PC quiet and efficient. Allows us to navigate internet, consume multimedia or use office applications in domestic use.

Where to buy Beelink MINI S12

  • Beelink MINI S12 with N95 and 8+256GB is available on Amazon only for $169 using the store coupon.
  • Beelink MINI S12 Pro with N100 and 16+500GB is available on Amazon only for $269 using the store coupon.

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  • Compact
  • Efficient
  • Silent
  • NVMe + SATA 2,5"
  • 2x HDMI


  • 1x SODIMM
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Hi folks, I’m looking for a min PC as a kodi media center to play HEVC content (HDR, Dolby Visio, etc.). This mini s12 seems a good choice but should I opt for an EQ12 instead?


Netflix 4k playback does not work for me on the mini s12 because the HDCP 2.2 does not work (for me) on the mini s12. One can see HDCP not working in edge browser: edge://gpu


Kim: Did you actually test Netflix 4K/HDR and verify that it was 4k – e.g.: by looking at Netflix diagnostics (CTRL-ALT-SHIFT-D) ?
I could not make the MINIS 12 give me HDCP 2.2, so i can not get 4k/HDR from Netflix.
I check whether there is HDR 2.2 via edge browsers URL: edge://gpu
Windows 10 with HEVC extensions installed or Windows 11. No HDCP 2.2
I have the same problem with several other Intel iGPU mini PC. Not with AMD ones.


Can the N95/N100 (no specifically this model) handle a sustained download speed of 1gbps (125mb/s) or more trough lan ? I wonder how much they can handle…as I was looking for a low power minipc with 2.5g lan.


Are you sure AV1 decocde is not supported?
According to the QuickSync Wikipage the QSV implementation for Alder Lake should be able to decode AV1 up to 10bit.


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