FIREBAT T8 Plus Mini PC Running Linux: Benchmarks

Memory Benchmarks

Many Linux distros have a minimum recommended requirement of 4GB system memory, but Linux benefits enormously by having more RAM.

RAMspeed tests the system memory (RAM) performance. Here are the results of its integer tests.

RAMspeed benchmark

$ phoronix-test-suite benchmark ramspeed

We need to put this result into context. The FIREBAT is the only machine here with DDR5 RAM running at 4800MHz. The NUC (i7-1360P) has DDR4 RAM clocked at 3200MHz and the HP (i5-6500T) only has DDR3 RAM clocked at a lowly 2133MHz.

The reason why the DDR5 RAM doesn’t offer a stellar result is that the FIREBAT doesn’t have paired RAM. That’s a consequence of the machine having the N100, a processor that only supports single channel memory.

RAMspeed benchmark

$ phoronix-test-suite benchmark ramspeed

Again this benchmark tests the system memory (RAM) performance.

Graphics Benchmarks

We tested the graphics performance with the Unigine Valley benchmark.

Unigine Valley benchmark

$ phoronix-test-suite benchmark unigine-valley

As our HP machine runs headless, we’re not showing the results of the i5-6500T processor. Instead, we’ve replaced it with a machine with an i5-10400 processor with onboard graphics.

The FIREBAT’s 30 frames per second might look reasonable, but 800×600 is a pitifully low resolution. We re-ran the benchmark at a more respectable 1920×1080 resolution.

Unigine Valley benchmark

$ phoronix-test-suite benchmark unigine-valley

If you’re hoping to play games on the FIREBAT, you’re going to be disappointed.

The N100’s integrated graphics adapter is based on the Xe-architecture and offers only 24 of the 32 EUs (Execution Units) operating at only 450 – 750 MHz. Due to the single channel memory, low clock speeds, and low shader count, the gaming performance of the iGPU is extremely limited. Alder Lake-N was never designed as a gaming platform though, instead targeting lower-level tasks like web browsing, video playback, and basic office work.

Next page: Page 4 – Disk / WiFi

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.