GPU Performance

With just a 4.5-Watt Thermal Design Power for the entire SoC inside the Chuwi AeroBook, graphics demands are going to be a challenge, but if we compare the AeroBook to the previous Chuwi models, there’s still a substantial increase in raw performance available.

The Core m3-6Y30 features the Intel HD 515 graphics, which is several generations behind Intel’s latest, but the differences are minor since they’ve not really refreshed their GPU architecture for some time. The big difference between the HD 515 and the UHD 600 found in the latest Gemini Lake SoC Chuwi had leveraged before is that the HD 515 features 24 execution units compared to just 12 in the Celeron N4100. The HD 515 in the Core m3-6Y30 also has a higher Turbo frequency for the GPU – up to 850 MHz – compared to just 700 MHz on the N4100.

Still, as we’ve seen many times before, even with more TDP available, the integrated GPU on the Intel CPUs is really showing its age. To see how the Chuwi AeroBook performs, it was run through our Ultrabook GPU suite, which consists of a couple of synthetic tests, and one game which can be playable on an iGPU. We’ll see how the Chuwi performs though, and Chuwi’s decision to use single-channel RAM is likely to hurt the GPU scores the most.


Futuremark 3DMark Fire Strike

Futuremark 3DMark Sky Diver

Futuremark 3DMark Cloud Gate

Futuremark 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited

Futuremark 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited - Graphics

Futuremark 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited - Physics

UL’s 3Dmark offers several tests of varying complexity, all the way from Ice Storm Unlimited which can be run on a smartphone, up to Fire Strike which can challenge even the latest GPUs. This test instantly shows the gap between the Atom powered Celerons and the Core powered devices, and even though none of these are powerful GPUs, even at a 5-Watt TDP the Core m3 offers double the performance of the Celeron.


GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins Normal 1080p Offscreen

GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins High 1440p Offscreen

The latest Aztec Ruins test from Kishonti finally dumps OpenGL on the PC and offers DX12. Unfortunately the older Atom powered devices weren’t tested on this newer benchmark, but it does show the detriment that single-channel RAM plays since the Chuwi is the only device in the graph to not offer dual-channel memory.

Dota 2

Dota 2 Reborn - Value

Valve’s Dota 2 continues to be our real-world game of choice for low-end devices because the game is one of the few that is actually playable even on an integrated GPU. Unfortunately the Chuwi is barely playable even at our lowest tested settings. The single-channel RAM is certainly a big factor, as is likely the lower CPU performance, since Dota 2 can be a CPU limited game as well.

GPU Summary

The move from Atom to Core brings with it a much larger GPU, and that improvement is clearly demonstrated in our results, but Chuwi’s decision to go with single-channel RAM definitely hurts overall performance. Intel’s integrated GPU really needs an update though, since even properly equipped and with a 15-Watt TDP like on the Surface Pro 6, it still struggles to offer much in the way of performance.

Storage Performance

Chuwi has also made a step up in storage. On most of their other low-end notebooks, they tend to offer eMMC storage, and although they generally offer more flash storage at the same price point as their competitors, eMMC doesn’t offer the performance of a SSD. The Chuwi AeroBook which is sold in North America comes with a single storage offering, and that is a 256 GB SSD, and in this case it’s a Netac model. Chuwi has offered a SSD before, but not as the boot drive, so this is a welcome change.

The performance is not fantastic, but still a step beyond what eMMC offers. The SSD is also accessible on the bottom of the notebook by removing two screws, so if you want to swap in a larger SATA SSD, it’s possible, which isn’t the case on most Ultrabooks without a lot of deconstruction.

System Performance Display Analysis
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  • Ironchef3500 - Friday, June 21, 2019 - link

    Who? :)
  • cpugod - Friday, June 21, 2019 - link

    What?? You didn't hear that Han Solo's co-pilot was tired of being Solo's growling sidekick and is making low-cost PCs in Shenzhen?
  • boozed - Friday, June 21, 2019 - link


    and so on and so forth
  • Marlin1975 - Friday, June 21, 2019 - link

    Really? $500 for that? You can get i5s and even newer Ryzen 5 3000 laptops in the $500 range

    $500 for a older dual core Skylake cpu is to much.
  • vanilla_gorilla - Friday, June 21, 2019 - link

    An i5 at 2.7lbs, 1080p IPS, 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM? For $500?
  • Marlin1975 - Friday, June 21, 2019 - link

    Yes, look at slickdeals and Ryzen5/i5s pop up quite a bit around $500 with equal or much better secs

    This 2.8 pound ryzen 5 was $530 when on sale last for example.

    And the Intel Core m3-6Y30 is slow on the CPU and even GPU side more than newer chips. Putting it in a light setup does not make it any better than many newer or 1 Gen off laptops in that price range.
  • DanNeely - Friday, June 21, 2019 - link

    sale vs non-sale price isn't fair comparison.
  • Marlin1975 - Friday, June 21, 2019 - link

    MSRP does not matter. what matters is what I can buy it for. If the laptop in this "ad" goes for sale for $300 then it would be ok. But right now I can find laptops as good or much better for the same price I see it for now.
  • notb - Friday, June 21, 2019 - link

    It does matter, because MSRP is the price at which the product should be easy to buy (limited only by manufacturing supply).
    Deal is a deal. There could be just a few items. You can't give a general recommendation based on a price available to handful of interested people.
  • levizx - Friday, June 21, 2019 - link

    Nope. Too many thing go on sales regularly making MSRP completely useless nowadays.

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