AMD Ryzen 4x 2.5GbE Performance
Instead of going through the entire Linux-Bench test suite, we are going to show a few performance and power numbers here to give a general sense of performance. This also gives us the opportunity to test with Linux/ Ubuntu instead of just Windows.
Python Linux 4.4.2 Kernel Compile Benchmark
This is one of the most requested benchmarks for STH over the past few years. The task was simple, we have a standard configuration file, the Linux 4.4.2 kernel from kernel.org, and make the standard auto-generated configuration utilizing every thread in the system. We are expressing results in terms of compiles per hour to make the results easier to read:
There are a few key takeaways that we will address in each benchmark chart. First, the AMD Ryzen 7 5825U is very close to the AMD Ryzen 7 5800U that we tested in the ASRock 4×4 BOX-5800U Review A Tiny AMD Ryzen 7 5800U Mini PC. It is only a $17 upgrade, but it is one we probably would skip just given the performance delta we saw as well as other performance data online.
7-zip Compression Performance
7-zip is a widely used compression/ decompression program that works cross-platform. We started using the program during our early days with Windows testing. It is now part of Linux-Bench.
The next observation is that there is an immense performance increase over the Intel Core i7-1165G7 fanless units we reviewed previously. This is where the performance of the AMD 8-core solution, along with the fact that we have an actively cooled system, really shows.
OpenSSL is widely used to secure communications between servers. This is an important protocol in many server stacks. We first look at our sign tests:
Here are the verify results:
The third observation in the performance of this system is that it is very competitive with processors like the Core i7-10700T, which make for solid desktop experiences. While we clearly have too much CPU performance for just a simple NAT device running iperf3 traffic across pairs of 2.5GbE interfaces, the other side of this unit is that we also have three display outputs. This system is capable of actually being a desktop and doing a decent job in that role.
GeekBench 5 Single v. Dual Channel RAM v. 25W POR
One other quick test we wanted to see was the performance of the GeekBench 5 when we added 64GB of memory to this system. Here is the single DDR4-3200 YueTiger 16GB result first:
Here is what happened when we switched to the two G.Skill SODIMMs in dual-channel configuration. The performance jump was massive.
We also tried manually setting the POR to 25W to see if that would have a further impact. It did, albeit a relatively muted one.
Our best guidance here is that going from single to dual channel is worth it, and recommended. Increasing the power band was likely not worth it, given the performance we saw.
We ran our CrystalDiskMark 1GB and 8GB tests on the Ranxiana 512GB NVMe SSD performance was muted:
Storage in these CW motherboard-based systems is generally not the fastest. Couple that with the unknown quantity SSD from the AliExpress bundle, and those looking for maximum performance will likely be disappointed.
CoreTemp and CPU-Z
Since we were able to get Windows 11 Pro running on this system without issue, we have a quick look at the CoreTemp and CPU-Z:
Boosts like the above to over 4.1GHz were rare, but the cooling generally kept our CPU in the 69-71C range with some outliers. The above screenshot was taken during one of the GeekBench 5 runs above in the multi-core performance section.
Next, let us get to the power consumption and our final words.