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Amlogic S905 vs Rockchip RK3229 – The battle of low cost H.265/HDMI 2.0 SoC’s

Amlogic S905 is one of the most popular SoC’s (( System On Chip )) at the moment, mostly because of its 4K @ 60Hz and H.265 capabilities. There are devices on the market that range from $35 to $150, but the SoC was intended to fill a need for low-cost Mini PCs.

There’s a new SoC on the market that addresses the same market segment: Rockchip RK3229.
Announced at CES 2016, Rockchip RK3229 is now making it’s appearance and the first prices are unbelievably low for an H.265-capable device (see below).
In some respects, RK3229 is better than S905 and has a better price, but don’t keep your hopes up until someone actually tests these devices.
On paper, RK3229 has some impressive video decoding capabilities for a spectacular price, but the lack of faster connectivity (USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac) might prove to be troublesome.
One major drawback for RK3229 when compared to Amlogic S905 is the OS – the difference between Android 4.4 and 5.1 is not to be ignored.

So I thought that a comparison between the chipsets is in order.
The results below are based on my tests with the Dolamee D5Mini PC (RK3229) and the MyGica ATV495 (S905).
To make the tests even more relevant, I will update the results if the Zidoo X1-II Mini PC will get better results (review for it coming soon on Mini PC DB).

Amlogic S905 Rockchip RK3229
CPU Quad core Cortex A53 @ 2.02 GHz Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 @ up to 1.5GHz
GPU ARM Mali-450MP ARM Mali-400MP2
Ethernet Gigabit 100 Mbps (PHY)
OS Android 5.1 Android 5.1
Video output HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 1.4/2.2 + CVBS
Video decoding – 4K2K 10-bit H.265 @ 60 fps
– H.264 up to 4K 30 Hz
– 4K2K 10-bit H.265 @ 60 fps (up to 200 Mbps)
– 4K 10-bit H.264 @ 30 fps (up to 250 Mbps)
– 4K 8-bit VP9 @ 30 fps (up to 200 Mbps)
10-bit H.264 (Hi10p) Not supported Supported
Antutu 6.0 ~35000 ~21.000
AnTuTu Video Tester 928 points, 27/30 fully spported 928 points, 26/30 fully supported
Ice Storm Unlimited 7123 points 6112 points
Ice Storm Extreme 4643 points 4217 points
GeekBench3 (Single core) 580 points 452 points
GeekBench3 (Multi core) 1655 points 1452 points

So to answer the “is RK3229 as good as Amlogic S905” question – not quite. Although on the video tests were quite similar (including AnTuTu Video Tester), everything else is in favor of the Amlogic S905 SoC.

H.265 Mini PC’s under $50

Here’s a list with the cheapest H.265 Mini PC’s, all using one of the two SoC’s mentioned above.

Easytone T95 4K Amlogic S905 Andorid 5.1

Hardware Specification:
CPU: AML8726-s905 quad-core cortex-A9
GPU: Mali-450
FLASH: 8GB EMMC
SDRAM: 1GB DDR3

Main Features:
Power Supply: DC 5V/2A
Power Indicator (LED): Power ON :blue
Case: metallic material (Private model )LED display
OS: Android5.1
KODI: 16.0
WIFI: 2.4G
3D: Hardward 3D graphics acceleration

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Mifanstech MX Plus II RK3229 Quad Core

System Config
CPU: RK3229 Quad-core
GPU: Mali-400
RAM: DDR3 1GB
ROM : Onboard eMMC Flash 8GB
Bluetooth: BT4.0
Expand Memory: Micro SD Card (Maximum support 32GB)
Antenna: Built-in antenna for WIFI

Media
UHD 4K 2K: Yes Support
Full HD 1080P: Yes Support
HEVC H.265: Yes Support

2016 New Arrival ACEMAX MXQ Pro 4K

ACEMAX Latest MXQ PRO 4K Quad Core KODI(XBMC)Streaming Media Player Android TV Box
*Fully Loaded and ready to cut your calbes, no need to pay any more month fees.
*HDMI Output and supporting 4K2K UHD
*KODI Preinstalled and add ons fully loaded, truly plug and play
*2.4G Wifi
*OS: Android 5.1 4K2K Ultra HD H.265 HEVC
*Software Keep Updating from we ACEMAX
*HDMI Version 2.0
*Other Interface
*4 x High Speed USB 2.0, support USB DISK and USB HDD, Easily play moives,music, photos stored in your HDD

Both Amlogic and RockChip are working on some SoC’s aimed at high-end devices and Rockchip RK3399 vs Amlogic S912 will be the

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