Intel Core i3 N305 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:
Overall, this is very good performance. We get performance around that of 35W TDP Project TinyMiniMicro nodes from 4-5 generations earlier. The trick is that this is using eight efficient E-cores instead of performance P-cores.
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.
Something seen in these charts is just how big the gap is between the previous generations like the J4125 and N5105 have between them and the new Core i3 N305. That is a new architecture, twice as many cores, as well as higher power consumption.
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:
Although this is still a 15W TDP part, it is not quite as fast as the Intel Core i5-1235U we reviewed. Still, this is very good multi-threaded performance.
Geekbench 6 Performance
Here are a few quick comparisons via Geekbench 6. In the video, we also looked at the performance differences between different power plans, but this is the big one. Here is the Core i3 N305 versus the J4125. Both the single thread performance as well as the multi-threaded performance are much higher.
Here is the top-bin Intel Pentium Silver N6005 versus the Core i3 N305. Here the single core and multi core performance is much higher.
The single-threaded performance is what makes this feel more like a modern desktop. Here is an AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE from our Lenovo ThinkCentre M75q-1 Tiny AMD Ryzen-based TMM Review and the Alder Lake-N is very competitive.
This is a significant performance jump over the older generation.
We mentioned the 512GB PCIe Gen3 x1 linked NVMe SSD. We can clearly see the impact on performance with the CrystalDiskMark scores.
Overall, storage performance is not a strong point.
Next, let us get to the power consumption and a wild key lesson learned.