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 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
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Mifanstech MX Plus II RK3229 Quad Core
2016 New Arrival ACEMAX MXQ Pro 4K
ACEMAX Latest MXQ PRO 4K Quad Core KODI(XBMC)Streaming Media Player Android TV Box
Both Amlogic and RockChip are working on some SoC’s aimed at high-end devices and Rockchip RK3399 vs Amlogic S912 will be the