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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  • Slawek - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - link

    I am not telling you to stop publishing PCMark 8, only to add Octane and Kraken. If published test says 'executed with Firefox 44' that is all information I need.
  • Drumsticks - Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - link

    Such a test wouldn't hold any value though. You can't make performance comparisons across generationswith different browsers. It might be useful to you but it's not a worthwhile test to run because there's no actual comparison to be made. A chart isn't worth making when outside variables can have a significant impact on the performance - is the 20% better performance of box A due to a 25% better browser engine/js performance? If so, that means the box is actually slower than the other comparison. And there's no way to know for sure where the benefit comes from.
  • Samus - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - link

    It's hilarious seeing a shipping product not boot to OOBE. All they had to do was run a generalize SYSPREP and make a WIM image of the SSD...a process that hasn't changed since Windows Vista (a decade.)

    Doesn't this machines spec's qualify for Microsoft heavily subsidized/free Windows 10 Home license, or do they require a shipping storage capacity below 64GB SSD/4GB RAM?
  • ganeshts - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - link

    As I mentioned in another comment, it is likely that this unit does NOT qualify for the subsidized Win 10 install.

    I think the no-name Chinese manufacturers such as Voyo and Teclast need to step up the game - they have started shipping x86-based pre-built PCs only in the last couple of years, and they have lots to catch up on.
  • esterhasz - Thursday, March 3, 2016 - link

    Apparently this activates, but only with a specific chinese version of windows (that can be set to English, though). Lon Seidman has a video on the issue on his channel.
  • savagemike - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - link

    just as a point of interest if you check out Lon Seidman reviews on Youtube he has a couple videos reviewing this. He also had issues with the pre-installed Windows with UAC disabled. In the end he was able to install a Chinese version of Windows (from MS itself) which did activate OK. He did this on a tip from a viewer about a special program Microsoft has for Chinese manufacturers or something. The OS had an English language option for installation but he had to choose the Chinese version to make media from - from Microsoft.
    Confusing I know but watch Lon's videos.
    I think his copy out of the box was already activated though if I recall.
  • Rlo - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - link

    "Allowing for the metallic segment to be on top to aid convective cooling would have definitely helped in making the thermal performance better."

    How about using this PC upside down? :)
  • ganeshts - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - link

    Can't fault that idea, but the aesthetics wouldn't be as nice as it is right now :)
  • HugsNotDrugs - Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - link

    There is a command line in Windows that allows you to export all system drives to a USB with one command. Makes fresh installs much easier. On mobile so can't link you, but Google it.
  • HugsNotDrugs - Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - link


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