Voyo V3 Review - A Fanless Intel Atom x7-Z8700 (Cherry Trail) mini-PCby Ganesh T S on March 1, 2016 8:00 AM EST
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- Passive Cooling
- Cherry Trail
Performance Metrics - I
The Voyo V3 was evaluated using our standard test suite for low power desktops / industrial PCs. Not all benchmarks were processed on all the machines due to updates in our testing procedures. 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 Atom cores in the x7-Z8700 are obviously not as powerful as the Broadwell cores in the Core M-5Y10c in the LIVA Core for general workloads. However, thanks to the higher clocks and four physical cores, the performance is better than other dual-core Braswell PCs such as the Intel Celeron N3000-based ASRock Beebox N3000-NUC.
Miscellaneous Futuremark Benchmarks
The above scenario also plays out in other Futuremark benchmarks. The presence of a Broadwell-class GPU in the system also enables top-of-the-line performance in the 3D benchmarks (only getting edged out by Core M).
3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15
CINEBENCH R15 is used for 3D rendering evaluation. It provides three benchmark modes - OpenGL, single threaded and multi-threaded. Evaluation of select PCs in all three modes provided us the following results. They faithfully follow what we have already seen in the Futuremark benchmarks.
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Pissedoffyouth - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - linkI wish Intel could sort out it's Atom Linux support. Something like this with Linux support would be fantastic. It's been like 3 years and my Asus t100 Baytrail still doesn't work properly 100% without invasive patches for its kernel.
BrokenCrayons - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - linkI've had endless problems getting Linux working on an Asus X205TA that's got a Bay Trail to the point where I've given up on it and it's basically a Windows paperweight sitting in a drawer. HP was a lot better/easier with the Stream 11, but even it isn't as easy as it ought to be to get a proper operating system installed. The hardware specs on these low end Atoms with their passive cooling and low price make them perfect candidates for Linux. I'm not one to spread conspiracy theories, but I think that there's been active work put into the idea of preventing people from easily abandoning Windows on cheaper systems. After all, if Microsoft is giving the OS away for free, they need to recoup their costs through targeted advertising and the Windows Store so the last thing Microsoft would want is the end user population hopping onto an OS where they don't reap any financial return.
PsychoPif - Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - link"I'm not one to spread conspiracy theories, "
Except you just did :)
Unless you can provide any shadow of a doubt, I'll keep beliving it has more to do with the fact that Linux is too small of a market to warrant the cost for the hardware maker.
BrokenCrayons - Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - linkI might be mistaken, but the number of computing devices running a Linux kernel is currently higher than those running a Microsoft built kernel. While a lot of that is due to Android, there's also super computer dominance and other fringe markets. Because of Microsoft's recent missteps with Windows 8's user interface and privacy concerns that arose due to Windows 10 telemetry, I think there's a reason for shareholders to be concerned. It didn't take that many years for the Linux kernel to reach a dominant state in the mobile sector. Yes, on desktop and laptop PCs, the market share is about 1.7% running Linux, but that traditional computing model is mature and even in a state of decline as mobile devices running alternative operating systems are apparently taking sales. As handsets have proven, change can happen quickly. It's in Microsoft's best interest, particularly with Secure Boot, to implement mechanisms that help to achieve ecosystem lock-in.
Flunk - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - linkI don't think it's Intel's problem that the Linux kernel has compatibility issues with their hardware. Microsoft initially had some problems with bay trail and cherry trail too, but they fixed their issues. The issues are mostly concerned with certain hardware things these SoCs no longer have that OSes assume x86 chips have. It's not an issue with the hardware.
Flunk - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - linkAlso, I should follow this up with the standard open-source argument. If you want bay trail/cherry trail support then you should write it yourself.
eek2121 - Thursday, March 3, 2016 - linkI'm not normally one to agree with a troll, but thank you Flunk, as someone who has read that very line across many different open source projects...you made my night. I said this 15 years ago, and i'll say it again. The open source world has 3 problems when it comes to open source adoption. The biggest one is the asshole community. Fix that issue and you'll go a long way towards widespread open source adoption. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of assholes out there...so good luck!
sprockkets - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - linkI'm on such a cpu right now, the Pentium 3700. About the only issues with Linux are video, and the drivers for it are from Intel, open source as well.
What is weirder is that video wise, Android works way better than typical Linux. Probably because it doesn't use X. I'd look into Remix OS or the Android x86 project. Best part of the latter is you'll have no issue with updates or upgrades vs the typical android tablet.
extide - Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - linkNo, it is an issue with Intel because they should be submitting the patches and drivers to make stuff work properly.
Camikazi - Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - linkBut it's Linux, if it doesn't work you can fix it yourself, isn't that the big thing about it? I don't think Intel should submit anything to make it work, they do it if they can and if they want to other than that you are on your own making it work.