REVIEW: CHUWI GT Box a mini PC with Intel Core i3-5005U

0
Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.

CHUWI GT Box is a new mini PC of which we present today his review, a model that has a quite spectacular design. This small computer has a low-power Intel Core i3-5005U processor, integrates 8GB of RAM and has a 256 GB M.2 SATA disk installed as standard. This miniPC also has internal ventilation to keep temperatures at bay in high performance scenarios. Let’s see how this is defended in the following detailed review.

  • CHUWI GT Box can be purchased in Gearbest only for $269.99 (241€) with shipping cost included.

PRODUCT DETAILS

 

ModelCHUWI GT Box 
Basic SpecsProcessor:  Intel Core i3-5005U Dual Core – Four threads 2GHz / Intel HD Graphics 5500 / 10-15W TDP / 14 nm
OS: Windows 10 Home 64bit
RAM: 1x SODIMM 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz Single channel
Storage: 1x SSD M.2 2280 Nectac 256GB (installed) / 1x SATA 2,5″ (expansion)
Network: Wifi ac + BT 4.2 MIMO (Intel 3165) / 2x Ethernet Gigabit
Ports: 2x USB 3.0  / 2x USB 2.0  / 2x HDMI 1.4 / 2x Jack audio in-out
Content: DC 12V 3A adapter / SATA cable / Manual

Description

The CHUWI GT Box mini PC has a box design inspired by workstations that surprises with its small dimensions of only 173 x 158 x 73 mm. In the package e found DC 12V 3A adapter brick, the SATA cable and first steps manual. We don’t have HDMI cable or SATA support.

  • Materials: Plastic and aluminium.
  • Accessories: DC 12V 3A adapter / SATA cable / Manual.

On the front of the CHUWI GT Box we only have a status LED on the power button. In the back we have the rest of the connectors where the double HDMI 1.4 stands out with 4K@30fps support that allows us to connect two monitors at the same time, we also have Gigabit Ethernet, two audio jack, two USB 2.0 and two other USB 3.0.

  • Interfaces: 2x USB 3.0  / 2x USB 2.0  / 2x HDMI 1.4 / 2x Jack audio in-out

In the lower area we find two rubber strips as a support and the fixing screws of the lid and if we open it we can see the SATA connector to mount a 2.5″ disk and the Nectac M.2 256 GB disk installed. Cooling system we have a fan with aluminum heatsink in contact with the CPU, in the back of the board we only have the BIOS battery and the Wifi adapter ac + BT 4.2 MIMO (Intel 3165) .This mini PC does NOT have with option to hang it on a VESA stand.

  • Expansions: 1x M.2 SATA 2280 Nectac 256GB (installed) / 1x SATA 2,5″.

START UP

System and user experience

We power on the CHUWI GT Box by pressing the front button of the box, as indicated by the specifications we have Windows 10 Home 64bit correctly activated. We check the list of devices and note that all have their drivers installed correctly, the systems work without problem.

  • OS Version installed: Windows 10 Home 64bit.
  • Software pre-installed: None.

How can we see the Windows 10 Home system moves fast, thanks to the 8GB of RAM, we can do a lot of loading of navigation tabs without loss of performance. A perfectly valid computer for office automation, multimedia and programs of all kinds up to an medium level of processing.

Support, BIOS and other OS

The CHUWI has its own website and contact email. We can access the BIOS by pressing ESC, it has a classic AMI BIOS with only basic options. This model is fully compatible with Ubuntu, we can check it from a USB boot drive, all the devices are detected and we can use the hardware without problems. LibreELEC is also compatible.

  • BIOS: Classic AMI BIOS in text mode / Basic
  • Power management: Auto power on / Wake on LAN
  • OSLibreELEC for PC compatible / Ubuntu compatible

HARDWARE TEST

Storage, RAM and Ports

We passed the Nectac M.2 SATA disk storage speed tests installed by default on a disk in 2280 format, we also tested the 8GB of DDR3 RAM that comes by default integrated in the motherboard.

The disk behaves correctly within the SATA 3 speeds. The RAM memory is limited by the controller of this generation of processors, the speed of the DDR3 memory at 1600Mhz and its Single Channel configuration is also noted.

Wifi, Ethernet and Bluetooth

Integrated in the mini PC CHUWI GT Box has installed a wireless adapter Wifi ac + BT 4.2 MIMO (Intel 3165) 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 speeds for this network adapters.
  • Wifi range: Signal from 40 dBm to 5m / Double internal antenna / Correct performance.
  • Bluetooth: Works correctly and connects without problems
  • We recommend reading our Tutorial SAMBA on Android networks if we are going to use files from our network PC

Electric consumption, temperature and noise

In terms of electricity consumption the model CHUWI GT Box model with the Intel Core i3-5005U processor has a variable consumption between 10 and 15W TDP, has a low numbers as usual in these models and we can see that we remain at a contained power consumption level even in scenarios of maximum performance. The active ventilation system refreshes the CPU and is not very noisy in basic use, the internal fan works always at minimum revolutions and if we are close we can hear a low continuous sound. If we run a game to some powerful application if that is more audible but not annoying.

  • Measuring temperature: 25ºC
  • Noise: Desktop 25db / Gaming 32db / Full 45db.

In our review we make several types of tests to check the performance in each use scenario, with this data we can make an idea of the overall real performance that the system will have during its working life.

  • Continuous extreme performance: 68ºC Max. / CPU 1.97 GHz / NO thermal throlling and NO limited CPU
  • Overclock: NOT available in BIOS.
  • Performance in games: LOL 63ºC / CPU 1.7 GHz average and 1.97 GHz máx.
  • External temperature: 39ºC on the surface.

PERFORMANCE TEST

Processor

Integrated in the CHUWI GT Box mini PC we have an Intel Core i3-5005U with two cores and four threads that has a maximum speed of 2.0 GHz and an Intel HD Graphics 5500 GPU up to 850 MHz. This chip has a maximum consumption between 10 and 15 W TDP, the results are correct within the Broadwell family thanks to its manufacturing process in 14nm. Where is weak is in its old GPU that also has a VPU decoder quite outdated as it is a processor of the year 2015. A mini PC that works perfectly to navigate, multimedia playback with KODI, use with office suites at user level or even with basic design applications at mid load range.

Benchmarks

Games

We passed several performance tests on games in the CHUWI GT Box we can see the results, the values are classic in line with this type of product of this type, the Intel HD Graphics 5500 GPU is fine for simple games such as we can find in Android phones by downloading them from the Microsoft Store. Also indie titles in 2D or current games with light 3D load like LOL, the emulators are also feasible but at the most we stayed in some simple Wii titles.

  • GTA V / Overwath / Fortnite, low settings, 720p resolution and no VSync.
  • LOL / CS:GO, low settings, 1080p  resolution and no VSync.
    *On models with powerful discrete GPU settings in medium and 1080p resolution

With the CHUWI GT Box we have performed a performance test with the game League of legends (LOL) which is quite light and we can play at 28 fps, DOTA 2 is more demanding and we usually have 10fps less. We also do a special test with CS:GO and we see that we stay at 23 fps in 1080p, a GPU not recommended for this type of games.

VIDEO AND AUDIO TESTS

Video playback test

At video playback level the CHUWI GT Box mini PC has an integrated Intel HD Graphics 5500 GPU that has a VPU WITHOUT hardware support for the HEVC codec or for the modern VP9. In this processor it does NOT have support for 10bit or HDR range by default and reduces the colors to SD level. This mini PC can be valid as a multimedia system to use KODI, IPTV or to use it with PLEX but in 1080p contents and with h.264 codec.

Video results

FormatsResult
h.264 / 1080i / 8bitOK
h.264 / 1080p / 4K / 8bitOK
h.264 / 1080p / 10bit (anime)Frameskip
h.265 / 1080p / 8bitOK
h.265 / 1080p / 10bit (anime)Frameskip
h.265 / 4K / 10bit HDRFrameskip
VP9 P1 / 4K / 8bitFrameskip
VP9 P2 / 4K / 10bit HDRFrameskip
VP9 P2 / 8K / 10bit HDRFrameskip
  • The maximum bitrate depends on the port used to connect or the limitations of the SAMBA Networks.

Audio playback test

We past test with the CHUWI GT Box using a Yamaha RXV-577 AV receiver checking that the miniPC supports DD and DTS 7.1 pass through, is curious because the default hardware only supports stereo and does not have licenses for DD or DTS formats. We recommend, as always, to update all the drivers with Windows Update to the latest before connecting the device to our AV receiver.

Audio test results

FormatDD / DTS 5.1DD+ / DTS MADD True / DTS HRDD Atmos / DTS X
HDMIOK / OKOK / OKOK / OKOK / Core*
SPDIF
  • 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

For the streaming aspect in the CHUWI GT Box mini PC we check the most popular streaming services such as Youtube, Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime Video and others with their native apps or using the most compatible browser. You can consult our guides where we explain in detail all the best known streaming services, how to configure them and what requirements are necessary to see content in HD or 4K quality

Streaming serviceVideo / AudioResultManual
YoutubeFullHD (1080p) / 5.1OK
NetflixFullHD (1080p) / 5.1OKNetflix for PC
HBOFullHD (1080p) / StereoOK
Amazon Prime VideoHD (720p) / StereoOKAmazon Prime video for PC 

CONCLUSIONS

Score

CHUWI GT Box

0.00
7.9

DESIGN AND CONNECTIVITY

8.5/10

HARDWARE

7.0/10

SOFTWARE

8.0/10

SUPPORT

8.5/10

PRICE

7.5/10

Pros

  • Attractive design
  • Dual HDMI
  • HD expandable
  • Compact
  • Cheap

Cons

  • VPU out of date for h.265 or vp9

Opinion

The CHUWI GT Box mini PC undoubtedly stands out for its peculiar and different design with a compact size and for the possibility of expansion in its internal storage or RAM. The processor that integrates, Intel Core i3-5005U, is powerful at the CPU level but is somewhat lazy at the level of GPU and video for its VPU. A miniPC that can be valid for desktop, office use, browse intensively and run design applications at a basic or medium level. We have 8GB of RAM integrated in the plate, 256 GB M.2 SATA disk and allows us to mount another 2.5″ SATA disk that allows us to expand it.

As we have seen, the CHUWI GT Box has an internal fan that maintains controlled temperatures, does not have semi-passive operation but is quite silent in normal use scenarios. The Wifi aC network adapter behaves well with its two internal antennas, we have Gigabit Ethernet in addition to dual HDMI 1.4 video output to connect two monitors simultaneously and streamline the multi task.

The CHUWI GT Box model as we see is an attractive design and relatively powerful computer, a mini PC for desktop use or surfing the internet comfortably, for high-level video playback perhaps we are interested in something with more modern processor.

WHERE TO BUY

  • CHUWI GT Box can be purchased in Gearbest only for $269.99 (241€) with shipping cost included.

Did you find apk for android? You can find new Free Android Games and apps.

Leave a Reply

avatar

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  Subscribe  
Notify of
Scroll Up