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ASRock Beebox (N3000) Fanless Small Form Factor PC Review

By: Steven Bassiri | SFF PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Jul 3, 2015 9:14 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: ASRock

Test Setup

 

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The system is already pre-built; all the end-user needs to do is install an operating system. I chose to install Windows 8.1 Pro. It looks like CPUz is misreading the memory frequency as 3200MHz, instead it should be 1600MHz.

 

 

CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks

 

CINEBENCH 11.5

 

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wPrime

 

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AIDA64 AES and HASH

 

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AIDA64 Memory

 

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PCMark8 Home Test

 

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PCMark8 Work Test

 

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Graphics Benchmarks

 

3DMark11

 

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UNIGINE Heaven 4.0

 

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Lost Planet 2 DX11

 

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Resident Evil 6

 

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There is no hiding the fact that the Braswell based Celeron N3000 SoC isn't a high performance CPU, it's not even a medium performance CPU, instead it's an extremely low powered basic CPU. It's the same type of device you would find in any fan-less design product because of its incredibly low 2W TDP. That being said, the system does feel much faster than these benchmarks are letting on, perhaps because of all the expanded IO.

 

The Beebox feels faster than both the LIVA X and the Intel Compute Stick, many of the tasks I ran required little CPU performance, rather total system performance is quite good on the Beebox. Any system is as fast as its slowest component, and in this case the CPU is the slowest component. That being said, CPU technology has come so far in the past decade that even a very slow CPU is quite quick.

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