Performance Metrics - I

The Zotac ZBOX CI320 nano was evaluated using our standard test suite for low power desktops / industrial PCs. We revamped our benchmark suite earlier this year 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 Ceneron N2930 in the CI320 nano is not as powerful as the Haswell-Y Core i4 in the CI540 nano or the Haswell-U CPUs in the NUCs with similar form factor. However, those PCs are either much costlier or require fans for cooling.

Futuremark PCMark 8 - Home OpenCL

Futuremark PCMark 8 - Creative OpenCL

Futuremark PCMark 8 - Work OpenCL

Miscellaneous Futuremark Benchmarks

Futuremark PCMark 7 - PCMark Suite Score

Futuremark 3DMark 11 - Extreme Score

Futuremark 3DMark 11 - Entry Score

Futuremark 3DMark 2013 - Ice Storm Score

Futuremark 3DMark 2013 - Cloud Gate Score

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.

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15 - Single Thread

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15 - Multiple Threads

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15 - OpenGL

Benchmarks which rely on GPU performance are won by the AMD Temash-based ZBOX CA320 nano, while those relying on CPU performance (either single or multi-threaded) are won by the ZBOX CI320 nano. The ECS LIVA lags both of these, but it does come at a lower price point.

Introduction and Setup Impressions Performance Metrics - II
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  • josephandrews222 - Thursday, January 8, 2015 - link

    I enjoy reading the comments from ars experts in a thread like this...and I have a question/comment similar to one posted earlier.

    My wife's computing needs are minimal (word processing, downloading pdfs and filling out forms for job-related stuff, paying bills online, light web-surfing, occasional Netflix etc.).

    Would this box work for her? Flawlessly? No driver issues etc.? Plug it into a simple 1080p monitor via DVI/HDMI or VGA and all is well?
  • Oxford Guy - Saturday, January 10, 2015 - link

    Sounds like the ECS Liva would fit the bill. It has been as cheap as $95. Slap Windows 10 preview on it and you don't even have to pay for a Windows license.
  • sonicmerlin - Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - link

    Can you install a cablecard in this thing? I guess you could always use an external usb tuner but I would prefer something internal.
  • Zim - Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - link

    What about the pipo x7 from gearbest ? Baytrail T Z3736F Quad Core 2GB/32GB WiFi Bluetooth Windows 8.1 /bing $89 shipped.

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