CWWK X86 P5 – A Compact Alder Lake N-Powered Development Board with 4 M.2 NVMe Expansion Support

CWWK X86 P5 – A Compact Alder Lake N-Powered Development Board with 4 M.2 NVMe Expansion Support

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The CWWK X86 P5 is a versatile mini PC and development board powered by the 12th Gen AlderLake-N Series of SoCs. It is available in three variants featuring the N100 (quad-core), N200 (quad-core), or Core i3-N305 (octa-core) processors. Equipped with dual 2.5GbE ports using Intel i226V controller, HDMI 2.0 ports, two USB 3.2 ports, and up to four USB 2.0 ports, it offers flexibility to run various operating systems. This makes it suitable for running Proxmox alongside both desktop OS options like Windows 11 or Ubuntu 22.04 and networking OS alternatives such as pfSense or OpenWrt.

In addition to its development board features, an unnamed HAT board accompanies it, supporting up to four NVMe SSDs. This is very interesting because previously we have seen boards like the Pimoroni’s NVMe Base Duo and Geekworm X1004 HAT+ only support two SSDs. With this capability, the CWWK X86 P5 can be used to built NAS, or can be used as a data server

CWWK X86 P5 Specifications

  • Processor Options:
    • Alder Lake-N SoC with options:
      • Intel Processor N100: Quad-core processor @ up to 3.4 GHz (Turbo), 6MB cache, 24EU Intel UHD graphics; TDP: 6W
      • Intel Core i3-N305: Octa-core processor @ up to 3.8 GHz (Turbo), 6MB cache, 32EU Intel UHD Graphics; TDP: 15W
  • System Memory:
    • Up to 32GB DDR5 4800 MHz via SO-DIMM socket
  • Storage:
    • M.2 M-key 2242/2280 (PCIe 3.0 x2) socket for NVMe SSD
    • 2x 12-pin non-standard SATA connectors
  • Video Output:
    • 2x HDMI 2.0 up to 4Kp60
  • Networking:
    • 2x 2.5GbE RJ45 ports via Intel i226V 2.5GbE controllers
    • M.2 E-Key2230 socket for WiFi 6 wireless module
  • USB Ports:
    • 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) ports
    • Optional 4x USB 2.0 on the front panel
  • Miscellaneous:
    • Power button
    • Buzzer
    • RTC with battery
    • Optional external fan for cooling
    • AMI BIOS/UEFI with support for auto power on, Wake-on-LAN (WoL), network boot (PXE), and GPIO control
  • Internal Connectors:
    • 10-pin GPIO interface (4x DI, 4x DO)
    • COM port header
    • 2x USB 2.0 headers
    • 2x 4-pin header for 12V CPU fan
  • Power Supply:
    • 12V via DC jack
  • Dimensions:
    • Motherboard: 90 x 90 mm
    • Device: 112 x 100 x 40mm (aluminum alloy chassis)
  • Temperature Range:
    • -10°C to +70°C
  • Relative Humidity:
    • 5%-90% non-condensing

The CWWK x86-P5 development board doesn’t come with a pre-installed operating system, but it supports a wide range of options for users to install. These options include FreeNAS, Home Assistant (OS), Debian, CentOS, Ubuntu, RedHat, Android x86, pfSense, Windows, CasaOS, Node-RED, Proxmox, UnRAID, Kodi, and others. Some of these options may not be standalone operating systems but can be installed within a compatible operating system environment. For instance, LibreELEC, a minimal OS based on Kodi, can be installed through a suitable OS setup.

The x86-P5 mini PC/router is available for purchase on AliExpress or Amazon, starting from $219.99 in a barebone configuration. The price goes up to $692.51 for the version with an Intel Core i3-N305 processor, 32GB DDR5 RAM, a 1TB NVMe SSD, and four USB 2.0 ports at the front.

The Module and the NVME board are on the CWWK website.

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