Intel Compute Stick 2016 Review – Faster hardware and additional USB port

Mar

25

2016

In summary

Intel released the second version of the Compute Stick solved the major shortcomings of the original. The mini computer the size of a big USB stick has been given a second USB port so you can connect mouse and keyboard, and the wifi has become much more capable. The processor is much faster, but the GPU is faster. This is accompanied by a slightly higher energy consumption when using the GPU, but that transcends 10W in practice almost never. A slightly quieter ventilator than in the 2015 edition keeps the mini PC cool. The Compute Stick will be available as a complete PC, including Windows 10, delivered at a cost of approximately 150 euros. There you can buy little competing products.
pluses

Additional USB Port
complete system

negatives

Not much faster

final Verdict
Tweakers zegt: 8
Price for publication: € 155, –
Available from: € 152.95
Tested version: Intel Compute Stick STK1AW32SC

In March 2015, Intel released his Compute Stick: a mini-computer the size of an oversized USB drive, preloaded with Windows and an attractive price. The small computer that can pierce directly into an HDMI port, had some significant drawbacks. Before you could get to work, you had to buy a USB hub to connect your keyboard and mouse and socje was not equipped with the most powerful CPU and GPU.

The second version of the Intel Compute Stick will that solve two major shortcomings. The new mini has received a second USB port and the soc received a significant upgrade. The housing looks a bit slicker, more rounded edges and a subtle logo. Where the first Compute Stick a 22nm Atom had the Silver Mont-generation, got the new Compute Stick a Airmont Atom. Thus the Atom Z8300 used x5 must, which is baked at 14nm, are more economical and have gotten a lot faster GPU. The CPU cores tapping 1,44GHz without turbo: turbo is 1,84GHz. In comparison, the Z3735F from the previous Compute Stick turned to 1.33 to 1.6 GHz.

We put in this short review the new Compute Stick towards the version 2015 and compare the specifications and performance of these mini computers.

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