Performance Metrics - II

In this section, we mainly look at benchmark modes in programs used on a day-to-day basis, i.e, application performance and not synthetic workloads.

x264 Benchmark

First off, we have some video encoding benchmarks courtesy of x264 HD Benchmark v5.0. This is simply a test of CPU performance. As expected, the Broadwell cores in the ECS LIVA Core perform way better compared to the Atom cores in other products. Between the Atom-based products, the four physical cores in the x7-Z8700 and the higher core clocks help the Voyo V3 edge out the other products in this benchmark.

Video Encoding - x264 5.0 - Pass 1

Video Encoding - x264 5.0 - Pass 2


7-Zip is a very effective and efficient compression program, often beating out OpenCL accelerated commercial programs in benchmarks even while using just the CPU power. 7-Zip has a benchmarking program that provides tons of details regarding the underlying CPU's efficiency. In this subsection, we are interested in the compression and decompression MIPS ratings when utilizing all the available threads. These results are actually a bit surprising - perhaps, indicative of the fact that physical threads perform better than hyper-threaded resources when it comes to 7-Zip. Note that the Atom x7-Z8700 in the Voyo V3 has four physical cores compared to the 2C/4T configuration of, say, the Core M-5Y10c in the ECS LIVA Core.

7-Zip LZMA Compression Benchmark

7-Zip LZMA Decompression Benchmark


As businesses (and even home consumers) become more security conscious, the importance of encryption can't be overstated. CPUs supporting the AES-NI instruction for accelerating the encryption and decryption processes have, till now, been the higher end SKUs. However, with Bay Trail, even the lowly Atom series has gained support for AES-NI. This has migrated down to Cherry Trail also. The Atom x7-Z8700 in the Voyo V3 does have AES-NI support. TrueCrypt, a popular open-source disk encryption program can take advantage of the AES-NI capabilities. The TrueCrypt internal benchmark provides some interesting cryptography-related numbers to ponder. In the graph below, we can get an idea of how fast a TrueCrypt volume would behave in the Voyo V3 and how it would compare with other select PCs. This is a purely CPU feature / clock speed based test.

TrueCrypt Benchmark

Agisoft Photoscan

Agisoft PhotoScan is a commercial program that converts 2D images into 3D point maps, meshes and textures. The program designers sent us a command line version in order to evaluate the efficiency of various systems that go under our review scanner. The command line version has two benchmark modes, one using the CPU and the other using both the CPU and GPU (via OpenCL). The benchmark takes around 50 photographs and does four stages of computation:

  • Stage 1: Align Photographs
  • Stage 2: Build Point Cloud (capable of OpenCL acceleration)
  • Stage 3: Build Mesh
  • Stage 4: Build Textures

We record the time taken for each stage. Since various elements of the software are single threaded, others multithreaded, and some use GPUs, it is interesting to record the effects of CPU generations, speeds, number of cores, DRAM parameters and the GPU using this software.

In this real-world benchmark, the situation is not as clear-cut as in the other cases. In general, the LIVA Core is the most effective. However, the Voyo V3 doesn't consistently come in second. It could have a lot to do with the memory sub-system (while most of the PCs we have evaluated before are DDR3L-based, the Voyo V3 has LPDDR3 DRAM).

Agisoft PhotoScan Benchmark - Stage 1

Agisoft PhotoScan Benchmark - Stage 2

Agisoft PhotoScan Benchmark - Stage 3

Agisoft PhotoScan Benchmark - Stage 4

Dolphin Emulator

Wrapping up our application benchmark numbers is the Dolphin Emulator benchmark mode results. This is again a test of the CPU capabilities, and the results track what we have seen in the previous benchmarks.

Dolphin Emulator Benchmark

Performance Metrics - I Networking and Storage Performance
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  • close - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - link

    "The Type-C port in the system is only for power delivery and not available for data transfer"
    If the wiring for data is missing no adapter in the world will allow you to transfer any kind of data over that port. That is a power connector in the shape of USB Type-C.
  • nathanddrews - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - link

  • watzupken - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - link

    One of the rare manufacturer that seems to be able to keep the temperature in check without the chip throttling and in a slim profile. But to be honest, I wonder will these fanless systems last since they seem to run significantly hotter than one that has an active cooling.

    Nonetheless, this can be a great low power HTPC if the price is right.
  • Flunk - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - link

    A lot of companies sell decent fanless Atom products.
  • Teknobug - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - link

    Kangaroo Plus.
  • ET - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - link

    Thanks for reviewing a Chinese PC. I recently started looking at GearBest, and looks like there are 2-in-1s, laptops and mini PC's which look quite attractive and sold at very good prices. Problem is with Chinese devices, it's hit and miss (I have a few Chinese brand tablets and phones), so it's good to have a professional review of such a device. I hope that you'll do some more reviews of what's available at GearBest.
  • jimbo2779 - Thursday, March 3, 2016 - link

    Do not go anywhere near gearbest. They are the absolute worst vendor. They do not have any stock and will hold your order to enough people have ordered something before arranging delivery.

    Their trustpilot reviews are faked, they have had hundreds of fake positive reviews removed and still hammer tge site with positive reviews. Look on any other site and you will see nothing but terrible experiences with them.

    It took me 2 month to drag a refund out of them for something that was never delivered that I cancelled because after 2weeks beyond my delivery period they still had not sent the item. They sent some cheap accessories as proof of postage to try and pass that off as the full order to try and win the PayPal dispute.

    Just do your research on gearbest before dealing with them. If you get your order within 2 months you are very lucky and they do not do refunds, you have force it via PayPal or credit card which drags the whole ordeal out unnecessarily.
  • itanium86 - Monday, March 21, 2016 - link

    Just registered to second this comment. Do not engage business with them unless you are buying a flash drive or a neck strap. They have a horrifying customer relations. Took 9 months to get a package refused by customs and after they have received it back, they wouldn't refund me no more than 100USD (bought OPO64G when it was 400USD, late 2014).
  • Teknobug - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - link

    That is a very attractive device, now if only Intel could find a way to fit an i3-U or Core m3 or such into a fanless setup like that.
  • Michael Wilding - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - link

    Hi Ganesh,

    Are we seeing low GPU clock speeds (200-300MHz) when stressed due to TDP or Thermal throttling?

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