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Intel Compute Stick 2 STK1AW32SC 2GB Windows 10 Review (Page 5)

Steven Bassiri | Feb 10, 2016 at 11:40 am CST - 1 min, 27 secs time to read this page
Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Intel

Test Setup

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CPU-Z and CPUID results are shown above. I am not sure if either is correctly logging the core speed because I wasn't aware that the CPU could run over 2GHz since its maximum burst frequency is 1.84GHz as per Intel's website. Regardless, the CPU does seem to shift its frequency quickly depending on the load.

CPU, Memory, System, and Graphics Benchmarks







AIDA64 Memory


Graphics Benchmarks



UNIGINE Heaven 4.0


Resident Evil 6


System Benchmarks

PCMark8 Home Test


PCMark8 Work Test




Testing the second generation Intel Compute Stick reveals Intel has refocused SoC resources from the CPU to the GPU. Just like other chip makers, Intel is bound by power and thermals, so they have a limited scope which requires precision juggling.

The original Compute Stick lacked in graphics performance, so much so, that even streaming Netflix might have made the SoC work quite hard. The new Compute Stick is more optimized towards improving graphics, and it shows in the benchmarks. In many cases performance in 3D benchmarks is double that of the original Compute Stick. This shift in scope coupled with the improved fan control curve results in a much quieter streaming experience.

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