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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Kobaljov - Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - link"As FanlessTech notes, the thermal solution is very similar to that of the Zotac ZBOX C-series - a thermal pad on a small heat sink."
No, here the chassis is connected to the heat sink with a thermal pad too, see at the TweakTown's teardown:
"In the case that plastic is unavoidable due to cost issues, a perforated top similar to the Zotac ZBOX C-series units could help improve aesthetics."
Aesthetics maybe, airflow sure.
I still miss the HEVC test, I think it can make some sense under the 4K, without HDMI 2.0 too.
Kobaljov - Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - linkOther suggestions for the ASRock from my side:
- as the WiFi not so fast an external WiFi antenna connector will be useful for a DIY fix
- a rechargable battery for the remote (built in charged via micro USB or AAA)
Earthfall - Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - linkI didn't see a release date. When is this available?
Kobaljov - Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - linkApprox mid of July for the non-OS versions (the one with memory and storage is already available here in Hungary from Friday), for the one with OS probably the end of the month, after the release of the Win 10.
harrkev - Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - linkBut, does it run BeOs? BeOs was designed to run on a BeBox.
extide - Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - linkThis is a BeeBox, not BeBox ;)
Stanand - Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - linkHow's the DisplayPort output? Should we assume that the DisplayPort will output 4K at 60fps? I'm actually pleasantly surprised to see DP on a cheap Braswell computer or motherboard.
I know HDMI is the port of choice for HTPCs, but I'd like to know if I can play back 4K video at silky-smooth 60fps on one of those increasingly cheap 4K desktop displays.
Kobaljov - Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - linkUnfortunately no, check the other reviews on the web, it was tested somewhere and as far as I remember it was capable of only 4K/30 or less
Teknobug - Monday, July 20, 2015 - link4K 23fps probably.
MacDaddy100 - Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - linkFIRST thing I thought, Is we'd finally see the ole Be.OS being put to use, Read the article, Noticed the name Bee, Not Be. Actually before OS X when Apple had considered the Be OS, I was stoked, But they went with the UNIX based Next Step, which in the long run turned out quite well, but part of me wanted Be.OS, why I was momentarily exited when I first seen the title of this article..... Dang.