FIREBAT T8 Plus Mini PC Running Linux: Benchmarks

Processor Benchmarks

The first processor test doesn’t use Phoronix.

Here we’re testing the time it takes to build fooyin, a graphical music player which now offers awesome directory browser functionality.

It’s a good test of processor speed as fooyin’s build process fully saturates a machine’s cores for almost the entire test.

FIREBAT compiling fooyin

The FIREBAT puts in a credible performance in this test, building fooyin in exactly 4 minutes outpacing the HP by a shade under 10%. The NUC with its 12 core 16 thread CPU romps home, building the program 4 times faster than the FIREBAT.

There are many other processor benchmarks available, so we’ve picked a few noteworthy tests. We begin with Smallpt.

FIREBAT benchmark with smallpt

$ phoronix-test-suite benchmark smallpt

Smallpt is a C++ global illumination renderer written in less than 100 lines of code. Global illumination is done via unbiased Monte Carlo path tracing and there is multi-threading support via the OpenMP library.

The FIREBAT runs the HP very close in this test. Another credible result.

FIREBAT Parallel BZIP2 Compression

$ phoronix-test-suite benchmark compress-pbzip2

pbzip2 is a parallel implementation of the bzip2 block-sorting file compressor that uses pthreads and achieves near-linear speedup on SMP machines.

This test measures the time needed to compress a file (a .tar package of the Linux kernel source code) using BZIP2 compression.

FIREBAT benchmarked with crafty

$ phoronix-test-suite benchmark crafty

Crafty is a chess program directly derived from Cray Blitz, winner of the 1983 and 1986 World Computer Chess Championships.

This is a benchmark looking at the CPU’s performance through a chess benchmark. This benchmark only uses a single core.

It’s a stellar performance from the FIREBAT in this test. Over 7.3 million nodes per second is an amazing result. Even a well spec desktop machine with an i5-10400 processor scores 7.9 million nodes per second.

x265 encoding

$ phoronix-test-suite benchmark x265

This is a simple test of the x265 encoder run on the CPU with a sample 1080p video file.

The FIREBAT doesn’t outclass the HP machine in this test but it’s not a bad result.

x265 encoding

$ phoronix-test-suite benchmark x265

We repeated the test but this time with a sample 4K video file.

Next page: Page 3 – Memory / Graphics

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / System
Page 2 – Processor
Page 3 – Memory / Graphics
Page 4 – Disk / WiFi
Page 5 – Specifications

Complete list of articles in this series:

Part 1Introduction to the series with an interrogation of the system
Part 2Benchmarking the FIREBAT T8 Plus Mini PC
Part 3Testing the power consumption
Part 4Multimedia: Watching videos and listening to music
Part 5How does the FIREBAT fare as a gaming PC?
Part 6Windows Subsystem for Linux 2
Part 7Installing and Configuring EndeavourOS, an Arch-based distro
Part 8Installing and Configuring Rhino Linux, a rolling release Ubuntu-based distro
Part 9VirtualBox performance on the FIREBAT
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1 month ago

Backup regularly is good advice with that unknown SSD.

1 month ago

I see you reference a 10th gen Intel machine. Can you provide benchmarks for the kernel build and FLAC encoding times for the i5-10400 so I can compare that to the N100 machine.