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First Intel Apollo Lake J3455/J4205 Processor Benchmarks & Video Tests

December 6th, 2016 24 comments

Many products powered by Intel Apollo Lake processors have already been announced, but few are actually shipping, and I have yet to get one here. However, AndroidPC.es got hold of ASRock J4205-ITX and J3455-ITX motherboards powered by respectively a Pentium J4205 quad core processor and a Celeron J3455 quad core processor, run a few benchmarks, and tested videos in Windows 10 on the motherboards with Kodi 17 and MPC-HC.

 

ASRock J4205-ITX Motherboard

ASRock J4205-ITX Motherboard

Let’s have a look at some of the benchmarks to better understand of what we can expect from Apollo Lake desktop processors.

pcmark-apollo-lake-processorFirst there’s not that much of a difference between Celeron J3455 (1,771 points) and Pentium 4205 (1,830 points) in PCMark Home Convetional benchmark, however you should clearly feel a boost in performance compared to systems with Intel Cherry Trail x5-Z8300 processor (1,141), and the score is getting fairly close to a mini PC with an Intel Core i3-5005U dual core / four thread processor (15 Watt TDP).

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If we look at 3D graphics performance, there are even more contrasts between various machines / processors. There’s a really big leap between MINIX NEO Z83-4 with x5-Z8300 processor and both Apollo Lake motherboards (150 to 165% better 3D performance), but on the other hand there’s a noticeable gap (almost 50%) between Intel HD 5500 graphics found in Core-i3 processors and Intel HD 500/505 graphics used in J3455 and J4205 processors.

AndroidPC guys also ran other benchmarks such as Cinebench, games fps, and so on, and I invite you to read their review (in Spanish) if you want to find out more. However, since there was some confusion about 10-bit HEVC and VP9 support, it’s interesting to also check out the video test results.

1080p “standard”
MPC-HC KODI 17
MPEG2 / MP2 2.0 – 6.6Mbps OK OK
MPEG4 / MP3 2.0 – 7.6Mbps OK OK
H264 / AAC 2.0 – 7.2Mbps OK OK
VC1 / WMA3 2.0 – 8.6Mbps OK OK
VP8 / VORBIS 2.0 – 7.8Mbs OK OK
1080p  – Higher bitrate 
Birds – H264 / No audio – 40Mbps OK OK
Samsung Oceanic Life – H264 – AC3 2.0 – 40Mbps OK OK
4K Videos
Skyfall – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 10Mbps OK OK
Timelapse – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 43Mbps OK OK
H.265/VP9 Videos
Tears of steel – HEVC 8bit / AAC 2.0 – [email protected] – 17Mbps OK OK
Beauty – H265 – HEVC 8bit / No audio – [email protected] (recorded @ 120 fps) – 12Mbps Skipped frames OK
Samsung UHD Dubai – HEVC 10bit / AAC 2.0 – [email protected] – 51Mbps Skipped frames OK
Google test – VP9 Youtube OK OK

So all videos can play in Kodi 17 even 4K 10-bit H.265 videos and VP9 videos, however MPC-HC appears to have issues with some H.265 videos. Both ASRock motherboards support HDMI 2.0 with up to 4K @ 60 fps, but none of the 4K H.265 videos had a framerate over 30 fps, so this would have to be tested. HDMI audio pass-through was not so great, as it only worked for Dolby Digital 5.1, not but TrueHD or DTS HD, possibly because the boards are equipped with a DisplayPort to HDMI 2.0 converter which could introduce issues.

There are some Linux benchmarks (Phoronix) for ASRock J4205-ITX board, but currently limited to C-Ray.

ASRock IMB-157 is one of the First Intel Apollo Lake Motherboards

September 6th, 2016 6 comments

We’ve already seen Intel launched 6 Apollo Lake Celeron and Pentium processors, some upcoming Acer Apollo Lake laptops, as well as Intel Apollo Lake NUCs, and now ASRock has listed one of the first Apollo Lake motherboard with their IMB-157 mini-ITX board.

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ASRock IMB-157 mini-ITX motherboard preliminary specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron / Pentium Apollo Lake processor with Intel gen9 HD graphics (BGA1296 package)
  • System Memory – 2x SO-DIMM dual channel DDR3L @ 1867 MHz up to 16GB
  • Storage – 1x SATA 3.0 6Gbps connector, 1x M.2 slot
  • Video Output – HDMI up to 4K @ 24 Hz, VGA up to 1920×1200, LVDS up to 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz, internal eDP & VGA headers; Triple display support
  • Audio – HDMI, 3.5mm jacks for Mic-in and Line-out, speaker header
  • Connectivity – 2x Gigabit Ethernet via 2x Realtek RTL8111G controllers
  • USB – 4x external USB 3.0 ports , internal header with 4x USB 2.0 ports
  • Serial – 6x internal COM ports, including COM1 & COM2 with support for RS232/422/485
  • Expansion – 1x half/full size mini PCIe slot, 1x PCIe x1 slot, 1x M.2 slot, header with 8x GPI, 8x GPO shared with Parallel (LPT) header
  • Misc – Watchdog timer, 1x TPM (Trusted Platform Module) header
  • Power Supply – +12V or 19V~+24V via DC jack or 4-pin ATX power connector
  • Dimensions – 17 x 17 cm (mini-ITX form factor)
  • Temperature – 0ºC – 60ºC
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There’s no word about operating system support, but the board should be able to run Windows 10, various Linux distributions, and possibly Android.

Pricing and availability information do not seem to be available at this stage.

Via FanlessTech

ASRock N3150TM-ITX Thin Mini-ITX Board is Powered by Intel Celeron N3150 Processor

October 15th, 2015 1 comment

With its N3150DC-ITX motherboard, ASRock had already released a mini-ITX motherboard based on Intel Celeron N3150 “Braswell” quad core processor, but the company has now launched a thin mini-ITX version, which limits the maximum height to 2.5cm and is often used in All-in-One PCs, with ASRock N3150TM-ITX motherboard.

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ASRock N3150TM-ITX board specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron N3150 quad core processor @ up to 2.08 GHz with Intel HD Graphics Gen8 @ up to 640 MHz – 6W TDP
  • System Memory – 2x DDR3/DDR3L SO-DIMM slots for up to 16GB RAM
  • Storage – 2x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s Connectors, support NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug
  • Audio Codec – Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec, 7.1 CH HD Audio
  • Expansion – 1x PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot, 1x half size Mini PCI Express slot (Bluetooth function in WiFi module not supported)
  • Rear panel ports
    • Video Output
      • 1x HDMI port up to 2560×1600 @ 60Hz
      • 1x D-Sub (VGA) up to 1920×1200 @ 60Hz
    • USB – 4 x USB 3.0 Ports
    • Audio – HD audio jacks: Microphone / Front Speaker (Supports SPDIF Optical)
    • Connectivity – 1x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek 8111GR)
    • DC jack
  • Internal Connectors
    • USB – 3 x USB 2.0 headers (Supports 5x USB 2.0 ports) ; 1x USB 3.0 header (Supports 2x USB 3.0 ports)
    • 1x LVDS up to 1920×1200 @ 60Hz
    • 1x COM Port header
    • 1x Power LED header
    • 1x TPM header
    • 1x CPU Fan connector (4-pin)
    • 1x Chassis Fan connector (4-pin)
    • 1x SATA power connectors
    • 1x Internal power header
    • 1x Front Panel Audio connector
    • 1x Analog Surround Audio connector
  • Misc – Hardware monitor for temperature , fan RPM, and voltages
  • Power Supply – 19V DC input
  • Dimensions – Mini-ITX form factor

So overall the configuration is quite similar to N3150DC-ITX, except two SATA ports have been removed, VGA has replaced DVI output, and LVDS replaced DisplayPort. The motherboard can certainly be used in fanless configuration, but in case you need a fan, the 4-pin headers (vs 3-pin headers in N3150DC-ITX) should allow to adjust the speed of the fan depending on the temperature.

N3150DC-ITX mini-ITX Board vs N3150TM-ITX thin mini-ITX Board

N3150DC-ITX mini-ITX Board vs N3150TM-ITX thin mini-ITX Board

The motherboard will ship with two I/O Panel Shields, a WiFi Module Screw, a Quick Installation Guide, and a support CD. It may also optionally come with two SATA data cables and one SATA 1 to 2 power cable. The company only lists Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, and Windows 7 64-bit (with modified installation disk) operating systems, but Linux distributions should also work, just as they do on Intel Braswell NUCs.

I could not find pricing nor availability information, but you can check a few more pictures on ASRock N3150TM-ITX product page, and more all the technical details you may want to read the user’s manual.

Via FanlessTech

ASRock N3150DC-ITX Mini-ITX Motherboard is Powered by a DC Adapter

July 19th, 2015 20 comments

Last week, I wrote about low cost ASRock Braswell motherboards with pricing starting at just under $60. But there were mainly two complaints about these boards: performance was about the same as similarly priced Bay Trail processors, and the requirements for a large – and relatively expensive – ATX power supply. There’s not much that can be done to improve performance, but ASRock also has launched N3150DC-ITX motherboard powered by a 19V DC adapter.

ASRock_N3150DC-ITXASRock N3150DC-ITX motherboard specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron N3150 quad core processor @ up to 2.08 GHz with Intel HD Graphics Gen8 @ up to 640 MHz – 6W TDP
  • System Memory – 2x 240-pin DDR3/DDR3L 1600/1066 for up to 16GB RAM
  • Storage – 4 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s Connectors, support NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug
  • Audio Codec – Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec, 7.1 CH HD Audio
  • Expansion – 1x PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot, 1x half size Mini PCI Express slot
  • Rear panel ports
    • 1x PS/2 Mouse Port; 1x PS/2 Keyboard Port
    • Video Output
      • 1x DVi-D port
      • 1x HDMI port
      • 1x DisplayPort 1.1a
    • USB – 2 x USB 2.0 Ports; 4 x USB 3.0 Ports
    • Audio – HD Audio Jacks: Side Speaker / Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone.
    • Connectivity – 1x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek 8111GR)
  • Internal Connectors
    • USB – 2 x USB 2.0 headers (Supports 4x USB 2.0 ports) ; 1x USB 3.0 header
    • 1x COM Port header
    • 1x Print port header
    • 1x TPM header
    • 1x Chassis Intrusion header
    • 1x CPU Fan connector (3-pin)
    • 1x Chassis Fan connector (3-pin)
    • 2x SATA power connectors
    • 1x Front Panel Audio connector
    • 1x SPDIF out connector
  • Power Supply – DC Barrel for 19V DC in. 90W power supply recommended if 4 hard drives are connected.
  • Dimensions – Mini-ITX form factor

N3150DC-ITX_Rear_PanelThe mini-ITX board also have some extra features such as 4 SATA ports instead of 2 SATA port for the ATX versions, more video output ports, 6 jacks for audio, although it loses the external COM and LPT port.

I could not find pricing information yet, but it’s likely to have a similar price to the quad core ATX version (about $70), or a few dollars more. Phoronix has also started to publish some Linux benchmark results for the dual core processor (N3050) using an Intel NUC. You may also want to check out the user’s manual for further details.

Via Fanlesstech

Intel Braswell Motherboards (N3150 / N3050) Are Now Available for $60 and Up

July 12th, 2015 17 comments

Intel recently launched Braswell processors to succeed to their Bay Trail processor family, using 14nm lithography, a newer generation Intel GPU, more L2 cache, and various other improvements. Some ASRock motherboards based on such processors are now listed on Newegg starting at $58.99 with ASRock N3050B-ITX motherboard (dual core processor), and $69.99 for the quad core version (ASRock N3150B-ITX).

N3150B-ITX mini ITX Motherboards

N3150B-ITX mini ITX Motherboard

Apart from the different processors, both mini-ITX motherboard mostly share the same specifications:

  • SoC
    • Intel Celeron N3050 dual core processor @ up to 2.16 GHz with Intel HD Graphics Gen8 @ up to 600 MHz – 6W TDP
    • Intel Celeron N3150 quad core processor @ up to 2.08 GHz with Intel HD Graphics Gen8 @ up to 640 MHz – 6W TDP
  • System Memory – 2x 240-pin DDR3/DDR3L 1600/1066 for up to 16GB RAM
  • Storage – 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s Connectors, support NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug
  • Audio Codec – Realtek ALC887 Audio Codec, 7.1 CH HD Audio
  • Expansion – 1x PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot
  • Rear panel ports
    • 1x PS/2 Mouse Port; 1x PS/2 Keyboard Port
    • 1x COM port; 1x Parallel/LPT port
    • Video Output
      • 1x D-sub (VGA) port up to 1920×1200 @ 60Hz
      • 1x HDMI port up to 2560×1600 @ 60Hz
      • Dual display supported
    • USB – 2 x USB 2.0 Ports; 2 x USB 3.0 Ports
    • Audio – Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone.
    • Connectivity – 1x Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek 8111GR)
  • Internal Connectors
    • USB – 2 x USB 2.0 headers (Supports 4x USB 2.0 ports) ; 1x USB 3.0 header
    • 1x COM Port Header
    • 1x TPM Header
    • 1x Chassis Intrusion Header
    • 1x CPU Fan Connector (3-pin)
    • 1x Chassis Fan Connector (3-pin)
    • 1x 24 pin ATX Power Connector
    • 1x Front Panel Audio Connector
  • Dimensions – Mini-ITX form factor

ASRock_Braswell_MotherboardThe motherboards ship with a quick installation guide, a support CD, a rear panel I/O shield, and two SATA data cables. The GPU found in Braswell processors supports H.264 @ level 5.2, H.265/HEVC @ level 5 (GPU accelerated), and VP8 video codecs.

To get a complete system, you’ll also need memory, storage (HDD or SSD), a power supply unit (PSU), and an enclosure, but you should be able to get a complete system for $150 and up depending on your requirements. You could also buy Intel N3050 NUC on Amazon for about $145, but you’ll still need to add memory and storage.

ASRock explains the system supports Windows 10, 8 and 7 (64-bit), but Linux should be supported too, at least the Yocto Project has specific support for these low power Braswell processors, so hopeful that means a fully working kernnel (and drivers) will be available, but this needs to be tested/confirmed…

I could not find benchmarks comparing Celeron N3050 to the older Celeron N2807 (Bay Trail) yet. You may also want to visit ASRock’s N3050B-ITX and N3150B-ITX product pages.

Via FanlessTech