Networking and Storage Performance

Networking and storage are two major aspects which influence our experience with any computing system. This section presents results from our evaluation of these aspects in the Intel Core m3-6Y30 Compute Stick. Despite the absence of a bonafide SSD, we had no trouble in runnng the PCMark 8 storage bench where certain common workloads such as loading games and document processing are replayed on the target drive. Results are presented in two forms, one being a benchmark number and the other, a bandwidth figure. We ran the PCMark 8 storage bench on selected PCs and the results are presented below.

Futuremark PCMark 8 Storage Bench - Score

Futuremark PCMark 8 Storage Bench - Bandwidth

The eMMC is obviously not going to be better than the bonafide SSDs in the other PCs, but, given the form factor and the price, it is good that Intel at least put in a good-quality eMMC module in the system. CrystalDiskMark provides some numbers to give further insight into the performance of the storage subsystem.

On the networking side, we restricted ourselves to the evaluation of the WLAN component. Our standard test router is the Netgear R7000 Nighthawk configured with both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks. The router is placed approximately 20 ft. away, separated by a drywall (as in a typical US building). A wired client (Zotac ID89-Plus) is connected to the R7000 and serves as one endpoint for iperf evaluation. The PC under test is made to connect to either the 5 GHz (preferred) or 2.4 GHz SSID and iperf tests are conducted for both TCP and UDP transfers. It is ensured that the PC under test is the only wireless client for the Netgear R7000. We evaluate total throughput for up to 32 simultaneous TCP connections using iperf and present the highest number in the graph below.

Wi-Fi TCP Throughput

In the UDP case, we try to transfer data at the highest rate possible for which we get less than 1% packet loss.

Wi-Fi UDP Throughput (< 1% Packet Loss)

The Intel AC8260 solution is a premium 802.11ac client solution, and it is apt that the Core M Compute Stick adopts it. The WLAN subsystem (including antenna placement) design enables the Core m3-6Y30 Compute Stick to top our Wi-Fi performance charts when compared against systems with a similar platform / form-factor.

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  • pencea - Monday, June 27, 2016 - link

    A month has passed and yet still not a single review of the GTX 1080. Reply
  • testbug00 - Monday, June 27, 2016 - link

    And good thing this reviewer was their review for videocards so it slowed down the review! Wait, what?!? They have multiple reviewers and one review happening from 1 reviewer isn't related to how long another is taking?!?! Reply
  • RaichuPls - Monday, June 27, 2016 - link

    Except it doesn't matter which review the comment was posted on, the GTX 1080 review is still 1 month late. The Pascal cards were hyped up as hell, but Anandtech has failed to deliver. Reply
  • ddriver - Monday, June 27, 2016 - link

    I guess they are too busy reviewing useless overpriced garbage ;) Reply
  • fanofanand - Monday, June 27, 2016 - link

    Who can review devices consumers are interested in when there are shiny Apple toys to play with? How many months did they spend on the iGarbage Pro review? Reply
  • RaichuPls - Monday, June 27, 2016 - link

    I mean it's taking them over 3 months just to write up HALF of the Galaxy S7 review due to "OH I'M HAVING FINALS" but cmon, finals last for like 1 month max... Reply
  • JoshHo - Monday, June 27, 2016 - link

    The Galaxy S7 part 2 review is effectively a rewrite of part 1 and an extension, so it is quite a bit more than just half of a review.

    "Finals" is probably not a full explanation of the situation but I'll avoid discussing these issues until I'm finished with at least one review.
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  • 3ogdy - Monday, June 27, 2016 - link

    You are totally right about that. CrApple shitviews shouldn't even exist on this website. It used to be a quality reviews site, but it's been falling for some time now, especially since Anand left for....you guessed it, CrApple. Reply
  • michael2k - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - link

    The website would probably fold without Apple articles. Reply
  • Venya - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - link

    Useless overpriced garbage - you mean GTX 1080? Reply

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