CHUWI RZBOX Performance
In terms of performance, we are going to stick closer to the Project TinyMiniMicro series, but I did want to show one quick test: the SSD. Many of our readers have not seen a Netac SSD, so we did a quick benchmark and the SSD was not exactly the fastest SSD out there.
We also stuck a CPU-Z and GPU-Z screenshot in there as well, but this is an AMD Ryzen 9 4900H system.
CHUWI RZBOX Linux 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:
Performance is certainly above both the 8 core Ryzen 7 Pro 4750GE, effectively a lower-TDP part than the Ryzen 9 4900HX as well as the newer Ryzen 5 Pro 5650GE. The AMD Ryzen 9 4900U has extra power and thermal headroom, so it does offer a small performance bump.
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 7zip compression benchmarks show us that we are below a few of the higher-end Intel Core offerings from the 10th and 11th generations as well, but more akin to higher-end 8 cores parts there than lower-end Intel parts.
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:
In the world of mini PCs, both the AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 5750GE as well as the Ryzen 9 5900HX are notably faster owing to the Zen 3 architecture switch.
This is all good performance, but again remember that most of our data in this segment is coming from 1L PCs that are half the size and lower power consumption.
On that note, let us get to power consumption.
Idle power consumption on 120V power we saw around 11-14W idle. However, we could get lower than that. Again, we do see power consumption creep slightly higher over time if dust accumulates in the fan/ heatsink and we had a new unit here. For our testing, we used the 45W TDP as the standard, but one can push TDPs lower and we got into the 6-8W idle range with some BIOS tuning.
The maximum we saw was around 80W which was quite surprising. Even using a 45W TDP POR, the power consumption was up considerably compared to the 35W 1L PCs we test that usually use under 60W. One can suggest that it is only 20W, and one gets more performance, but it is still 20W more.
One nice feature is that the PSU is a 90W and is relatively small. We are going to see a Project TinyMiniMicro node with a 230W PSU that is huge soon. Also, it is a 19V PSU so it is in some ways easier to power than the TinyMiniMicro nodes with vendor-specific plugs.
Next, let us get to our key lessons learned and conclusion.