Gigabyte Brix PC/Projector Review

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Cinebench & 3D Mark

Cinebench R11.5 is a tile-based rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. Cinema 4D is a 3D rendering and animation tool suite used by 3D animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. It's very demanding of system processor resources and is an excellent gauge of pure computational throughput.

Cinebench R11.5
3D Rendering

This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders a single 3D scene and tracks the length of the entire process. The rate at which each test system was able to render the entire scene is represented in the graph below.

The Brix Projector’s CPU score was nothing much to cheer about, although its toughest competition was a Core i5 processor and a Core i7 chip. More notable is that this system’s OpenGL score was so strong. Note that it essentially delivered the same score as a system with a discrete GPU.

3DMark Vantage CPU Score
DirectX Gaming

3DMark Vantage's built-in CPU tests are multi-threaded DirectX gaming metrics that are useful for comparing relative performance between similarly-equipped systems. This tests consists of two different 3D scenes that are processed with a software renderer that is dependent on the host CPU's performance. Calculations that are normally reserved for the 3D accelerator are instead sent to the CPU for processing and rendering. The system's performance in each test is used to determine the final score.

Despite some strong performances elsewhere, the Brix Projector choked a bit in 3DMark Vantage with a middling score of 6465. To be fair, it lost out to systems with better processors or GPUs and somewhat larger form factors as well that offer more thermal headroom.

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