Beelink GT King Amlogic S922X Review
Every once in a while a TV box is released on new hardware that is worthy of enthusiast attention, and the Beelink GT King is one such box. I have spent the majority of 2019 reviewing boxes in the Amlogic S905X2 line and was quite pleased with the improvement of the CPU and GPU and thought that it would be a while till we see something better on the market. Well, when the GT King was released I knew from the specs that it was in direct comparison to Rockchip’s RK3399 hexa-core seeing that they carry the same dual CPU 6 cores architecture. So my first reaction was like….OK let’s see how it performs and if it is a boiler like the RK3399. Well, I started off with a mediocre mindset and ended as if I won a Ferrari lol!. All this is just to say that the Beelink GT King is the best TV box I have reviewed for 2019, and I believe it beats back every box I have done on my channel.
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The King Of Hardware
- CPU – Amlogic S922X 6-core Dual-CPU 1.8GHz
- GPU – ARM Mali G52 Dual-core
- RAM – 4GB DDR4
- Internal Storage – 64GB
- WiFi – Dual-Band ac 2.4GHz + 5.8GHz
- LAN – RJ45 1000Mbps
- Bluetooth – 4.1
So Beelink has provided a kick-ass hardware setup, no entry level low-end configuration and gradually working their way up like other boxes. They literally put their foot on the gas with this one, and for TV box enthusiasts like me, this is what we want to see. And if there is a lower model you want to release later on as a budget model do it then for those just interested in streaming.
GT King IO Ports
- 1 HDMI 2.1
- 2 USB 3.0
- 1 USB 2.0
- 1 RJ45 LAN 1000Mbps
- 1 AV
- 1 Optical audio
- 1 Micro SD
Pretty standard for high-end TV boxes these days, however, I do wish they had included a Type C port which would have made it better than the RK3399 in the number of ports. But you do get 2 USB 3.0 ports where the RK boxes provide one.
Beelink Interface UI
Beelink has chosen not to deviate away from their trademark launcher. I would have liked to see something new seeing that this a game changer, it would have added quite a buzz in the community. Nonetheless, Beelink launcher is one of the best launchers in the industry, and they made an effort to include all the features that TV box users need. First, it’s running on the latest Android 9 pie operating system and it is rooted. The main screen of the launcher has large main buttons that cannot be changed and it includes a working weather widget and a one-click cleanup button for killing background apps, freeing system resources. It comes with the shortcut’s on the right panel, and they have included a navigation bar and notifications bar which I give two thumbs up for including that. I would have been deeply disappointed is they did not.
If you have a launcher of your choice, you have the option to install an alternative launcher like the ADW Launcher 2 that works perfectly with drag and drop features. Another feature of the launcher is the ability to rotate the screen into portrait mode.
🏆Ranked #1 Top The Chart
- Antutu – 109109
- Geekbench4 – 1185 Single-core | 3228 Multi-core
- Ice Storm Extreme -MAX
- Sling Shot – 1437
- RAM Copy – 5572 MB/s
- Internal Storage – 149 MB/s Read | 85 MB/s write
4K Video Playback
Those of you who follow my YouTube channel has seen the performance of the Amlogic S905X2 and how it handles my list of 4K videos used on all of my reviews. I tend not to change these videos because I like for boxes to be on even grounds when doing a comparison. The Beelink GT King made a vast improvement in the way it played my 4K samples, though not 100% perfect it managed to play the 4K jellyfish video at 400Mbps. But there was one video, the Cambodia Dolby audio that had some playback difficulty.
Best 3D Gaming Experience
I believe this is the area of most improvement for the GT King. After throwing every game I know to be graphics intensive and demands lots of system resources, the Beelink GT King put on a show with high fps smooth rendering, and stunning graphics details like nothing I have seen before. I set games like Dead Effect 2 to extreme settings and played the game as a high-end phone or tablet does. This is by far the best gaming experience on a TV box I ever had.
They have released a great TV box and I would recommend this as the best TV box for 2019 thus far. I don’t have much to say, because the performance speaks for itself.
However, there are two cons discovered in my review and that The box does not have HDCP protection for Netflix to play in HD and 4K quality, and you have to sideload the Aptoide version to get Netflix in standard 420p quality. And the other one is that one of my 4K video samples failed to play.