Since MXQ-4K TV box is not working well enough, even after a firmware update, I’ve decided not to do a full review. But since this is the first Rockchip RK3229 device I’ve received, I’ll still share some system information (CPU-Z) and Antutu benchmark results.
Rorkchip RK3229 is detected as a quad core Cortex A7 processor between 408 MHz and 1.46 GHz with a Mali-400MP GPU. CPU-Z does not know about it, so it only detect RK3066, meaning the manufacturing process (40 nm) is wrongly reported, and RK3229 is manufactured using a 28nm process. The model us MXQ-4K (rk322x) with the board simply called rk30sdk. They’ve also set the framebuffer resolution to 1280×720 probably due to the limited performance of Mali-400MP GPU. Internal storage is shown to be 3.81GB large, but that’s because I modified the firmware, and it’s now 1.44GB with the latest firmware.
Rockchip RK3229 does not support Android 5.x, so all boxes are shipped with Android 4.4.4 running on top of Linux 3.10.0. Based on Build ID, Shenzhen Hotack Technology is likely to be the manufacturer, or at least the company that works on firmware and hardware part.
Then I’ve run Antutu 6.04 in the morning right after booting the device, and in the evening after leaving it running idled most of the day.
Antutu “morning” results reports a score with 19,912 points, and quite close to the score reported on GeekBuying (21,000 points).
However, the “evening” benchmark shows a different story with only 12,849 points. Actually, I got this score most of the time, so the device must have some serious issues with regards to cooling, although it might be tougher than usual conditions in my location, since it’s summer here, and my office temperature is around 30 C (with aircon) most of the day, and around 25C at 9am. If we look at the score details, 3D graphics results are the same, but UX, CPU and RAM results are all impacted in the second test.
It’s quite possible fixing the throttling issue would also improve video playback, so other Rockchip RK3229 TV box could perform better, and even MXQ-4K might be fixable with some hardware hacking with a larger heatsink or/or fan.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.