ASRock Beebox Review: A Fanless Braswell UCFF PCby Ganesh T S on July 14, 2015 8:00 AM EST
Performance Metrics - 1
The ASRock Beebox N3000-NUC was evaluated using our standard test suite for low power desktops / industrial PCs. We revamped our benchmark suite in early 2014 after the publication of the Intel D54250WYK NUC review. We reran some of the new benchmarks on the older PCs also, but some of them couldn't be run on loaner samples. Therefore, the list of PCs in each graph might not be the same.
Futuremark PCMark 8
PCMark 8 provides various usage scenarios (home, creative and work) and offers ways to benchmark both baseline (CPU-only) as well as OpenCL accelerated (CPU + GPU) performance. We benchmarked select PCs for the OpenCL accelerated performance in all three usage scenarios. These scores are heavily influenced by the CPU in the system. The Celeron N3000 Cherry Trail SoC is obviously not as powerful as the Core-Y or Core-U platforms in the Logic Supply industrial PCs or even the Zotac ZBOX CI540 nano (Y-series). However, it shows marked improvement over the Bay Trail-based units.
Miscellaneous Futuremark Benchmarks
GPU performance shows a similar trend to the CPU performance. The difference when compared to Bay Trail is considerable.
3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15
We have moved on from R11.5 to R15 for 3D rendering evaluation. CINEBENCH R15 provides three benchmark modes - OpenGL, single threaded and multi-threaded. Evaluation of select PCs in all three modes provided us the following results.
In Cinebench R15, the issues with the Celeron N3000 being a 2C/2T SoC come into play. In the multi-threaded benchmark, the quad-core Bay Trail SoCs in the ECS LIVA X and Zotac ZBOX CI320 nano manage better scores.
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amakula77 - Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - linkThis review is good but I think it needs an extra section to test this out as a low end gaming machine , with Bluetooth controller, this thing I'm sure could play older emulators and GOG and older steam games.
amakula77 - Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - linkI did not see the Dolphin emulator test this is good by more gaming tests are needed to determine if this will be a suitable low end gaming machine
nathanddrews - Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - linkYeah, I'm thinking there is a missing graphic - normally they publish Dota 2 numbers or something. From Performance Metrics - I "GPU performance shows a similar trend to the CPU performance. The difference when compared to Bay Trail is considerable." But all I see is 3D Mark, where it is marginally faster than the LIVAX. Then on Performance Metrixs - II, it is marginally slower than LIVAX for Dolphin. I guess I'm not seeing anything in the way of GPU improvements from these data points. Did I miss something or is something missing?
blakehaas - Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - linkI like the power usage, but the available ports are lacking. The CI320 has esata and a plethora of usb3.0.
barleyguy - Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - linkeSata especially is a big advantage. (All of my media is stored a 4 TB eSata hard drive.)
Kracer - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - linkIs eSata that common?
A NAS seems a much more universal solution.
Pissedoffyouth - Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - linkI'd like to see an i5 5775c in a box like this especially with the quiet laptop style blowers a lot of newer PC's have.
barleyguy - Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - linkZotac has some pretty powerful boxes similar to this. The EN860 is an i5 4210u with NVidia GTX 860M graphics. They will soon have an EN960 with 970M graphics. The EN860 has a silent cooler (completely silent at idle, and about 35 dB when gaming).
They are a lot more expensive though. The EN860 is $500 barebones, and the EN960 will be coming in around $700 barebones.
owarchild - Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - link@Ganesh T S, can you try this alpha version of OpenELEC: http://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=231955&... Is should work on the Beebox as it has been used in a ASRock N3150 board.
savagemike - Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - linkI don't understand your pricing comment that 128GB is a nice premium over 32GB for only $20. This also entails the loss of an operating system which costs around $100+ if that is the OS you want.
In the same vain I don't understand the pricing of your system. How did you get 4GB/128GB and Windows 8.1 Pro 64 for $220?