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Intel Compute Stick STCK1A32WFC 2GB Windows 8.1 Review

By: Steven Bassiri | SFF PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Apr 22, 2015 3:11 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Intel

Test Setup




This is what CPUz provided me. Not too many details on the BIOS version as this is an engineering sample. I used the "Balance" power setting in the UEFI for all tests. I used the HDMI extension cord and tucked the Intel Computer Stick behind my TV and I used a Logitech K400r for the keyboard and mouse (trackpad).


It is important to note that the benchmark section of this review isn't as important as the rest of it, as this isn't a product meant to perform like a real desktop, but rather provide much of the functionality at a lower price and smaller form factor. I did much more extensive real-world testing with Netflix and Steam (you can stream games from a desktop to your TV).



CPU, Memory, System, and Graphics Benchmarks


















AIDA64 Memory





Graphics Benchmarks







System Benchmarks


PCMark8 Work Test




Web XPRT 2013




I added in the benchmark Web XPRT 2013 for a web enabled device benchmark. Overall, I am kind of surprised that in some benchmarks the Intel Compute Stick beats the LIVA X, which is due to its faster memory performance and four real processor cores opposed to a processor with hyper threading and a higher core speed.


However, in some benchmarks, the Compute Stick doesn't do as well, and that is because it has a 32-bit OS opposed to the 64-bit OS on the other systems. CINEBENCH is a perfect example of this, as I had to use the 32-bit version instead of the 64-bit I normally use.


Overall, these results show the shortcomings of the Intel Computer Stick (low 3D/32-bit) and some of the up sides of the device. Overall, performance was quick with tasks such as moving files and surfing the web. Installing programs and updates was a bit faster than I expected.

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