FIREBAT T8 Plus Mini PC Running Linux: Benchmarks

Disk Benchmark

The FIREBAT has a 512GB Wicgtyp SSD. It has the M2. 2242 Form Factor with a SATA SATA III 6 GB/s interface.

We tested the drive with KDiskMark, a free and open source graphical frontend to Flexible I/O. The software provides an easy to view and interpret comprehensive benchmark result.

Here are the results for the 512GB M.2 2242.


The M.2 SSD’s performance is poor compared to the vast majority of mini PCs. It’s one of the areas where FIREBAT has made a big compromise to keep costs down. More importantly, we have no data on the reliability of the Wicgtyp ‘brand’. If you value your data, make sure you backup on a regular basis.


We generally prefer network connections over ethernet rather than Wi-Fi. And the FIREBAT has dual 1G ethernet. That’s a big advantage.

But Wi-Fi does has some advantages over ethernet. There’s no wire clutter, and you can connect anywhere in your home. Almost all modern devices can connect to Wi-Fi from desktops to smartphones. And you can have many devices connected and streaming simultaneously.

To test typical day-to-day performance, we placed the FIREBAT on a different floor to our router. That’s intended to mirror a fairly representative setup for home Wi-Fi systems where it’s not convenient to locate a PC fairly close to the router.

Here are performance statistics using the iperf utility. The local machine (IP is connected to the router via wired ethernet.

iperf statistics

The FIREBAT’s WiFi performance is lamentable. in part because the FIREBAT only has WiFi5 2.4/5.0. We weren’t expecting stellar performance compared to the WiFi performance of the Intel NUC 13 Pro Mini PC with its superior Wi-Fi 6E AX211 (Gig+), but the FIREBAT’s WiFi is woeful.

For reference, the NUC gets around 680 Mbits/sec, and most laptops average around 400-500 Mbits/sec, all in the exact same location.

And yes, the FIREBAT was connecting at the 5 GHz band, as confirmed by wavemon’s output below.

wavemon statistics

Next page: Page 5 – Specifications

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.