REVIEW: A95X MAX with S905X2 SoC, 4GB RAM and 2,5″ disk bay

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A95X MAX is a new Android TV-Box of which we present today in a review, a model that has internal bay for 2.5″ disks and also mounts the new Amlogic S905X2 SoC, a product that provides improvements over the previous S905X as we have seen in a special article, this TV-Box has a 2/4GB of DDR4 RAM and 32/64GB of internal storage, it integrates a WiFi AC 2×2 dual band adapter, Bluetooth 4.1, Gigabit Ethernet and as a system we have Android 8.1. Let’s see in our review of how this device behaves and the power of its hardware compared to all current models.
  • A95X MAX with 4/64GB can be purchased in Geekbuying.com for $69,99 (60.82€) with shipment using the coupon YKAXZYCM 
  • Buy the best add-ons like, USB HUB, USB memory to expand storage or others.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Model A95X MAX
Basic Specs SoC: Amlogic S905X2 Quad Core Cortex A-53 (64bit) / GPU Mali-G31 MP2 / 4x ARM-A53 @ 1.8GHz
System: Android 8.1 Oreo (32bit)
RAM and Storage: 2/4 GB DDR4 – 32/64 GB eMMC (4/64GB in review)
Network: Wifi ac 2×2 (AP6356S) – Bluetooth 4.1 – Ethernet Gigabit
Ports: HDMI 2.1 4K@75fps / AV Jack (reset) / SPDIF / 1x USB 2.0 / 3x USB 3.0 / MicroSD / SPDIF / SATA
Extras: IR Remote control / HDMI Cable / Manual / DC 5V 2.5A adapter

Description

The TV-Box A95X MAX as we can see, comes out of the conventional line, in the upper part it has the logo of the brand and perimeter ventilation slots. On the front we have a led panel with the time and information of the connections, on the perimeter we have all the connectors, stand out its three USB 3.0, we also have HDMI 2.1 connector up to 4K@75fps, AV jack (with internal flash button), another USB 2.0, microSD reader, SPDIF and the power connector.

  • Materials and measures: Plastic / 100 x 100 x 19 mm / 140 gr.
  • Package contents: HDMI Cable / Manual / DC 5V 2.5A adapter / IR Remote control (2x AAA batteries not included).
  • Interfaces: HDMI 2.1 4K@75fps / AV Jack (reset) / SPDIF / 1x USB 2.0 / 3x USB 3.0 / MicroSD / SPDIF / SATA
  • Leds and panel: LED panel with time information and connections / Can not turn off.

In the lower part we have several ventilation slots, it does not have a internal fan even though it looks like it, the lower design it is only air intake, this SoC does not heat anything and does not need active fan. If we open the top cover by means of a rear button, we access sata bay where we can mount a 2.5″ disk.The base plate has a small heatsink and has two Wifi antennas integrated in the own PCB.

  • Remote control: Basic IR Remote with keys to copy functions of other remotes and quick color keys for quick access.
  • Alternative remote control: We can control remotely from our mobile or Android TV-Box using the app  Cetusplay or connect a flymouse, mouse or keyboard.

ANDROID SYSTEM

Environment and user experience

We start the A95X MAX by connecting it to its power adapter, it starts up automatically and we have an input animation with some sound. We arrived at the default launcher based on squares where we can customize almost all the squares, it is a simple but very practical launcher. We have very few apps installed by default, highlights the video recorder to capture what is on screen. In this TV-Box the system moves fluidly between the apps, the hardware performance is correct thanks to the S905X2 SoC and the 4GB DDR4 RAM.

If we are going to play and make an intensive use of this model we recommend buying the model with 4GB of RAM, if we want to adjust our budget and we are only going to use it as a multimedia player, maybe with the 2GB model we can have enough.

  • Launcher: Basic Launcher / YES we can change launcher but only Pixel launcher works 100% / Android UI rendering at 1080p.
  • Multitasking and access: Multitasking not directly available / HAVE lower access bar and notification area.
  • Installed apps: Google play, Google, Media center (DLNA), Update,  Youtube, Files, TVMC (KODI) and Settings.
  • Languages: All the international Android classics.
  • On/Off Controls: If we leave the power button off,the TV-Box show a configurable menu in settings.

System, support and store apps

The model A95X MAX TV-Box has installed three different settings menus, one the classic side menu with global android settings, inside More Settings the TV-Box settings and finally the Android classics with the background in white. The Google Play store behaves normally and we can find the most common apps. The version of the system and the compilation of the kernel is quite new as we can see.

  • System version: Android 8.1.0 (32 bit) / Kernel 4.9.76 / Reference U211.
  • App store: Google Play with all the apps available for the Android system.
  • Brand support: We do not have official support, if we find a firmware we will publish it.
  • Root:The system IS root by default / HAVE a menu to deactivate it in settings.
  • Firmware and Scene:  Firmware soon / NO custom firmwares / NOT compatible with LibreELEC.

HARDWARE TESTS

Storage and RAM Memory

We pass our usual memory tests for the internal storage in the A95X MAX using the SD bench app. The internal memory has a pretty good speed. In this model we also have as a novelty with a SATA bay that as we see in the tests really uses a USB 3.0 connector, the transfer speed is quite good and serves to save or view high bitrate content without problems.

  • Storage: Total 64GB – Free 52GB. / Is expandable with a USB memory stick
  • RAM: Total 4GB – Free 3GB / DDR4.
  • Compatible formats: NTFS compatible / exFAT compatible
USB 2.0 USB 3.0 microSD SATA
Read / Write 21/20 MB/s 163/47 MB/s 21/19 MB/s

WIFI and Bluetooth

In Wi-Fi connections, the A95X MAX TV-Box has a Wifi ac 2×2 2.4/5GHz (AP6356S)with Bluetooth 4.1 with which we connect to an ASUS RT-AC1200G+ Router, a mid-range device. We perform tests on the use of streaming using the iPerf measurement tool to see the maximum performance of each network adapter.

  • Wifi speed results: Correct speed for this wifi adapter, quite stable with their 2 internal antennas.
  • Wifi range: At a distance of 5 meters with a wall we have a signal of 38 dBm, good value.
  • Ethernet: Gigabit with good speed.
  • Bluetooth: We can connect compatible devices without problems.
  • We recommend reading our Tutorial SAMBA on Android networks if we are going to use files from our network PC.

Power consumption, temperature and noise

In the consumption side this Android TV A95X MAX using the Amlogic S905X2 SoC has very good results in terms of efficiency. This new SoC is manufactured in 12nm and has a maximum consumption of only 6.8W, this model is feeding a large number of USB 3.0 ports seems to require more power.

We test the performance of the TV-Box in scenarios of maximum sustained performance and in its usual use, we use a stress app for fifteen minutes and thermal camera to detect hot areas. As we have seen the A95X MAX has a good number of ventilation slots, we can use this TV-Box without heating problems.

  • Loss of performance: The system maintains a maximum constant performance, maintains the 94% of his performance.
  • Temperature: The upper part heats up a little but does not affect the general use of the TV-Box.
  • Noise: Fanless system, 0db.

PERFORMANCE TEST

SOC

As for power deployed the model A95X MAX has very good results in the line of the new Amlogic S905X2 Quad Core SoC with ARM Cortex-A53 processors and Mali-G31 MP2 GPU in a very good position. Observing the results we can see how it is almost on par with the most powerful Amlogic SoC from  the last generation the S912, in general section is below from a powerful SoC like the Rockchip RK3399 that already has ARM Cortex-A73 cores, in general a excellent product with ridiculous power consumption figures.

Benchmarks

Games and gamepads

In this area the A95X MAX have the Amlogic S905X2 SoC that integrates a Mali-G31 MP2 GPU, this model allows us to correctly move most Android titles without performance problems and good compatibility. The titles with a lot of 3D load also move quite well and this GPU allows us to play them correctly in low or medium settings, even with PUBG that is demanding.

VIDEO AND AUDIO TEST

Video and audio connections

At multimedia playback level the A95X MAX works perfectly using the new Amlogic S905X2 SoC, which has video output support for HDMI 2.1 that theoretically allows maximum resolution up to 4K@75fps with HDR information. We also have AV jack output for stereo or audio for old TV’s.

This SoC we verify that we have image quality settings with brightness, contrast and saturation, and several preconfigured, also has DNR “Digital Noise Reduction” that effects a smoothing effect of the image with results that depend on personal tastes, all of these settings do not seem to work because of some problem in the Amlogic SDK that could fixed soon. We also have specific settings to activate Dolby Vision if we have a compatible TV.

Video playback test

Performing our video playback tests on the A95X MAX, with the S905X2 SoC and a VPU compatible we can seen that model is compatible with the most modern video formats as we see in the video tests. We can use players like MX Player or install KODI from Google Play, we can uninstall the pre installed without problems. This model is NOT compatible with LibreELEC.

With the VPU called TruLife Gen8 gives us a pretty good image quality, we have more defined colors than in the S905X models where video processing is basic. We must also highlight the best compatibility with VP9 P2 video in 4K resolution, plus we notice improvements in the playback of Anime HVEC but still charge the CPU although it is a very specific niche format.

Test results

H.264 / VC-1 Result
BBB – H.264 8bit – Simple@L1 – 1080p@25fps – 7 Mbps Correct
Samsung Oceanic Life – H.264  8bit – High@L5.1 – 1080p@30fps – 40 Mbps Correct
Timelapse – H.264 8bit – High@L5.1 – 4K@24fps – 43 Mbps Correct
Anime – H.264 10bit – High 10@L5.1 – 1080p@24fps – 10 Mbps Correct
MKV – VC-1 – Advance@L3 – 1080p@24fps – 17 Mbps Correct
H.265 / VP9 SDR
Tears of steel – HVEC 8bit – Main@L6.2@Main – 1080p@24fps – 17 Mbps Correct
Samsung UHD Dubai – HVEC 10bit – Main 10@L5.2@Main – 4K@24fps – 51 Mbps Correct
Anime – HVEC 10bit –  Main 10@L4@Main – 1080p@24fps – 21 Mbps Correct
Eye of the Storm – VP9 – 4K@24fps – 14 Mbps Correct
H.265 / VP9 HDR
Life of Pi HDR10 –  HVEC 10bit – Main 10@L5.1@High – 4K@24fps – 45 Mbps Correct
LG Demo – Dolby Vision – HVEC 12bit – Main 10@L5@Main – 4K@24fps – 30 Mbps Correct
Planet Earth II – HDR HLG 10bit  – Main 10@L5@High – 4K@25fps – 31 Mbps Correct
The world in HDR – VP9 Profile 2 10bit – 4K@60fps – 20 Mbps Correct
Peru 8K HDR – VP9 Profile 2 10bit – 8K@60fps – 20 Mbps Frameskip
MAX BITRATE
Jellyfish – HVEC 10bit – Main 10@L6.1@High – 4K@30fps – Test up to 400 Mbps 100 Mbps = 12,5 MB/s
  • * The maximum bitrate depends on the internal storage, usb port, Ethernet adapter or wifi used, we have used the fastest available, see Hardware tests section of this same review to have more information and have consider the limitations of SAMBA Networks.

Audio playback test

At the audio level the A95X MAX using a Yamaha RXV-577 AV receiver we check that they supports DD and DTS pass through sound. We can only listen to the multi-channel audio up to 5.1, if we do not have an AV receiver and we have problems to listen to files with AC3 or multichannel sound we must configure the system to listen to configure the system to listen to multichannel AC3 videos in stereo on any TV.

  • Ports: HDMI up to 5.1 / SPDIF 5.1 / Stereo audio jack
  • Certification: No
  • Chomecast Audio: No

Audio test results

Formats DD / DTS 5.1 DD+ / DTS MA DD True / DTS HR DD Atmos / DTS X
HDMI OK / OK OK / Core Core PCM / Core*
Optical OK / OK Core Core Core*
  • PCM – Stereo only doing downmix from DD or DTS
  • Core – Only the core of the format is played back with what we passed to the Dolby / DTS base system
    * Our AV receiver does not support these native formats but we verify that it is played back to 7.1

Streaming services

We pass the classic tests on streaming services to see how the most popular services work. In this model does not have certificates for these services. The A95X MAX model presents the classic configuration without certifications that limits us in quality in several streaming services, all the compatible services works without problems.

  • DRM: Google Widevine L3
  • Certification: No
Streaming service Video / Audio Result Manual
Youtube FullHD (1080p) / Stereo OK
Google Play Movies HD (720p) / Stereo OK
Netflix SD+ (540p) / Stereo OK, installing the apk and needs a mouse Netflix on Android
HBO FullHD (1080p) / Stereo OK
Amazon Prime Video SD (480p) / Stereo OK Amazon Prime video on Android

 

CONCLUSIONS

Score

A95X MAX _

0.00
7.8

DESIGN AND CONNECTIVITY

9.0/10

HARDWARE

8.0/10

SOFTWARE

8.0/10

SUPPORT

6.5/10

PRICE/QUALITY

7.5/10

Pros

  • 2,5" disk bay
  • 3x USB 3.0 and SPDIF
  • Wifi ac 2x2 and Ethernet Gigabit
  • Good thermals
  • Firmware and launcher well done

Cons

  • Without known support or DRM certificates

Opinion

The TV-Box A95X MAX has surprised us for its software and the possibility of adding a 2.5″ disk, the daily use is fluid thanks to the Amlogic S905X2 SoC which in this case also has three USB 3.0 ports, we also have with visual improvements in video playback and a very controlled consumption.The performance of Wifi ac 2×2 adapter is good and the Gigabit Ethernet port speed allows us to get the most out of our home network.

The model A95X MAX also has 4GB of DDR4 RAM, something that helps to work fast when loading several apps from the internal memory. This model works perfectly as a video player for example with KODI or for powerful games such as PUBG and all kinds of apps. The firmware is stable, the launcher is simple but very customizable and practical, it has navigation bars and has a Root selector, something that helps us avoid compatibility problems.

We have not done it for a long time but this model will be added to our recommended models for their good performance, you can compare this product with our recommended models to know alternatives.

WHERE TO BUY AND ADD-ONS

  • A95X MAX with 4/64GB can be purchased in Geekbuying.com for $69,99 (60.82€) with shipment using the coupon YKAXZYCM 
  • You can compare this product with our recommended models to know alternatives.

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Nguyen Quyen Anh

Gamepad via USB port, device does not recognize.

Mahesh

Hello

The problem with the youtube app at 720p and above works fine but as i lower resolution to 480p, 360p or 240p the horizontal banding keep getting bigger and thicker as i lower the resolution.

I also tried diffrent versions of youtube app but no diffrence

But when i use mobile app or chrome to watch youtube at lower resolution then there no problem.

Even mxplayer app works fine at 360p

Can anyone get solution

Thanks in advance

Mahesh

Hello Kim

This app have the excellent features with plenty of resolotion options.

Thank you very much.

clastera

Hi all, I have andoid tv box A95X max, after 6 month working, suddenly HDMI stops working, AV works, but HDMI not, I tried reboot, but still no effect, please help me to solve problem. Thankyou in advance.

clastera

I already done , Don’t work, I tried everything, no effect, reflash, swap hdmi and tv, reset and reboot, but no effect, my device is dead after connecting the projector, don’t do it i recommend you, thankyou for helping me 🙁

Johan

The box performed OK when new. After a year I experienced buffering problems. Cleaning cache daily or when required during use, as the buffering drives one crazy. Also changing vpn servers did not improve much. I really don’t know what else could be done. I viewed many utube videos, and are all suggesting cache clearing, vpn server changes, all to no avail. Long before cache teaches 60Mb, this issue starts and can’t be stopped. All swicing off router, modem and box cold reset proved useless. Switching it off and abandoning tv streeming is often the result. Running a 50 Meg… Read more »

Reuven

This box is “the only Android box with a RECORD function.” Well, I realized that the RECORD function mutes the audio while recording. The video, thanks God, is still there… One tester of this box commented on YouTube that the recorded video has a 720p quality, even if the original was 4K video. Also, when the box is turned off, the USB ports remain live; this means that my portable USB HDD is ON when connected to the shut-off box. The review above does not reflect the real box, and was probably written by the manufacturer. The dark images there… Read more »

Reuven

I just purchased this box. Caveat emptor!!! The background of most applications installed is white, the SAME as the highlighted menu options-which makes it impossible to the where on the screen is the cursor!
Absolutely useless for me.

Dr Abdul Rasheed

“Remote control: Basic IR Remote with keys to copy functions of other remotes and quick color keys for quick access.”…..
………that means this remote controle is not for the gadget I have purchased. It can be tuned or taught to controle the TV or the like around. That is a big negative point. It has no remote IR sensor at all. Or else how is the gadget switched on with a remote. One has to ‘plug out and then plug in’ the power supply to switch it on. This is Avery very great negative point for such a beautiful gadget.

Dr Abdul Rasheed

Why does the Box do not respond to the Remote controle got as OE

Charles Galea

My logitech usb speakers have very limited sound output
Any clues ?.

Mariusz

Will the box work with a remote control with a voice controller and airmouse?

Dr Abdul Rasheed

It certainly does.
But you cannot switch it on with any remote controle in the world.

aiman04

Hi, I see that the chip is 64-bit, but it’s running on 32-bit mode. How can we change to 64-bit mode?

aiman04

Thanks! One more thing, I just bought this box, when I want to download Kodi from it’s website there are 2 versions, ARMv7A and ARMv8A. Which one should I choose?

According to this page it says Cortex-A53 is using ARMv8A architecture so I’m confused why when I try to install Kodi ARMv8A fails.

https://developer.arm.com/ip-products/processors/cortex-a/cortex-a53

aiman04

Thanks!

Lia

Why are they selling a 64 bit when it is really only 32 bit ? Thats false advertising , and fraud and fictitious conveyance of language, and constructive fraud ….all of wich are crimes and carry huge fines , including jail time…looks like a law suite to me thanks for the heads up!

Dr Abdul Rasheed

……and, did you notice that you cannot switch it on with any remote controle in the world

Edward

Can I hook an external DVD player

Badam talk

Hi, u can hook a external dvd writer and enjoy music, movie and o.w.

G,m

Guess of course u can as long as it’s the small usb powered 1s,work fine.

A R

Does it allow for scheduling a recording in the future?

Steve H

Is it possible to use Kodi to download and install movies etc straight onto the hard drive or a USB stick using this TV box? I manage to do it okay using a PC, but have spent hours trying to configure it without success. I do the usual – enable downloads in Exodus and then set up the downloads to go into the hard drive or USB drive. The download get to 100% and then it goes into thin air. Is there a secret setting or am I missing something? Thanks.

Anzahl

Hi, is there any way that this device can support miracast or airplay like installing apps?

Cheff

Are you sure this model have DDR4 RAM? Your test showed RAM runs at 2000MB/s which is really slow for DDR4.

William

I purchased two A95X tv boxes. They are advertised as 1000m download speeds. I can only get 100m. I have 400m to the box and only 100m come out. Is there a special setting?

Andrew Alderson

hi i have the a95x max managed to get kodi on it but cant get no limits magic no problem on my other boxes just says failed could anybody tell me witch build to use thanks

Andrew Alderson

only ever used no limits magic what are the best builds for that type of box cheers

Paul Eddy

I can’t get the remote control to operate just the box much less the tv. it wont do anything when. i trie to program tv remote and android remote but nothing ever works so now i have to plug and unplug box to turn on and off.

Mival

If you have changed the native launcher, then yes, remote is drastically limited, but for the native launcher is the best remote, even for Power on/off!

Dr Abdul Rasheed

Will you please explain how the remote controle provided OE, or with any other remote controle unit, the gadget is switched on?
It can only be switched off, never switch on?

Sandee

I also cannot get the remote to work except very intermittently. And i haven”t changed a thing, just unpacked it and plugged it in. Any idea what I can do to get the remote to actually work? Otherwise its an expensive brick.

mingo

A95xmax; on this box the configuration steps are on the sticker located on the remote small letters.

Cukin

Hi, which one do you recommend a95max or x96max?

John F

Can the Bluetooth 4.2 on this box be upgraded to 5.0 with it’s android 8.1 operating system? This would allow range extension especially for 5.0 earbuds or earphones.

Mike

So would you agree that the Beelink GT1 MINI is a better box? And the MINI is better than the new GT1-A too? Seems like based on what I’ve seen? I have my choice narrowed down to these three boxes, so trying to decide which would be best for the $$

Mike

I don’t care about 4k anything, my TV is only HD. I do care about having the ability to have strong wifi, as well as able to store files that I download on the device

mac

Where are canals 100…165 on 5GHz?

fraze

How can you possibly say the Launcher is ‘well done’? IMHO It’s extremely limited and extremely ‘clunky’? ‘Basic’ – for sure. I think it’s a stretch to list it as a ‘PRO’. My Minix box runs circles around its UI.
Speaking of Launchers, can I ask how you managed to load/use the Pixel Launcher? I would love to replace its Launcher with anything that will run.

Thank you for your review.
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Alex77

Hi everyone, I just bought this box and I used this launcher: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.dstudio.atvlauncher.pro&hl=it
I must say it’s not bad!

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