Chuwi GBox Unboxing & In-Depth Review
The clock speeds are up 200 megahertz and now has hdmi 2.0 support. Double data rate for this models got four gigabytes of RAM, which is not a lot, but it still be enough for most mini PC tasks. I hope to see an 8 gigabyte model. However, it has 64 gigabytes of internal storage, which is e MMC 5.1 spec, which is reasonably fast. Now. If you want more capacity and faster storage, then you can upgrade it there's two ways: you can do that, so you can either install a 2.5 inch, hard drive or SSD or an MDOT to set a three SSD into this model. I'Ll show you how to do this in the video and we'll also cover the performance and then my overall opinions of Chuy's new Windows, 10 budget mini PC inside the typical Chuwi box. We'Ve got the mini PC there, which getting it out. It does succeed, feel a little bit heavy because the frame around the outside is all made out of metal, but I will show you that in a minute we have a little leaflet in here so that's, just your warranty card and all of that instruction manual specs. Then stuffed inside the box on the side you'll find the power adapters. This is 12 volts, 2 amps DC n. Then we have the little air remote. So this is very similar to one of the first mini pcs that I reviewed from Chuwi and the power cable.
So this will either be a UK one EU or US depending on what model you're buying, and then there are some screws and the adaptor. So you can mount this on the back of your TV using a VESA mount. So the little remote here is very similar to those LG magic remotes. If you ever use those for lg tv. So when you're moving around the mouse pointer, then moves around on the screen so it's quite easy to control and you isn't good for media centers, and things like that. You'Ve got two basic controls here: LED power on the menu back mouse click button. As you can see, which is this one so left mouse button home and then volume up and down looking at the design of the g book, so we've got this middle. That goes all around the outside and it does feel very solid thanks to that medal. The top of it this is made out of plastic, and it does have this vent. That goes all the way around. So, underneath this there's a heat sink, there is no fan in this mini PC, so it's passively called zero noise, which is really good along the bottom. We'Ve got this rubber foot that goes around the whole outside this is the panel. You need to remove to gain access to the 2.5 inch hard drive, which I will show you in just a minute on the front of the device you have.
The power button status LED micro SD card slot that is only wired up via USB to hub. So speeds are gon na cap out on your micro SD cards at about 23 megabytes per second, which is a shame, but we do have a coarse, USB 3 ports on there. So two on the front and a USB 3 type C port, then along the back reset button DC n VGA, HDMI 2.0, a Gigabit LAN to USB to ports and audio out now VGA on here, I don't know where the lot of people will probably be using That in 2018, personally, I would have rather had another hdmi 2.0 out, just like the Alpha wise T, 1 to the left and right of the device. There are no additional ports, it's just bare metal, so we have to upgrade options once advertised and that is to install a set of three SSD 2.5 inches. There is the bay there, so you need to remove all of the screws just on this rear panel. That is relatively easy and then, if you want to install a MDOT 2 set 3 SSD 2242, then it's a little bit more complicated. You have to remove all these screws around the outside, lift this out here and then the motherboard well I've, already partially removed that you have to remove about three more screws, actually, four more screws. It is somewhat tricky to get out because there are these cables here. There'S, a plug on the rear as well so truly probably doesn't want us going this fun that's, probably why they don't advertise the fact that it does have this important SSD slot here now you can see the heatsink is made out of an alloy it's, very large.
It doesn't have the fins like the advertising material, but it is very large and quite fuckin sized, so it should do the job. What we're looking at now is the wireless AC chipset, so it's an Intel. 31. 65. The two wireless antennas are located in the lid of the device where the plastic is for the best reception, of course, so for SSD sizes we have two options: 22 42, which I'm going to install right here or a 20 to 80. Now it doesn't actually come with a screw, unfortunately so there's another sign that Chuy doesn't really want us to go this far into the internals. So because there are a few fiddly cables in there it's very easy to damage. Perhaps the wireless antennas as well. I recommend – probably your best bet – is just to do this so slot in either a solid state drive or a 2.5 inch spindle hard drive up to 2 terabytes, so jumping right into the bias here. First, you can see that the memory speed there 2133 megahertz now that's not the fastest, that this chipset supports, which is in fact 2.4 gigahertz. As seen in the ec book x4 now, we've got options here for secure boot, obviously boot order. We need to change that if you decide to upgrade the hard drive aboard an SSD in there and that's it. So no advanced settings like power limits with this many PC. So this is a screen you get on.
First, boot I'll set up languages, we've got English, German, Spanish, French, Italian Korean and Russian and Chinese, of course, but you get approximately 43 gigabytes free on this 64 gigabytes of each MMC 5.1 storage that this has on here. So it's not a lot of free space. Of course, you'll probably put in a larger extra Drive. You can see. I'Ve got my two drives in there. They detected find they're running and they're full set of three speeds. So no problems with that I've tested out the USB ports on there. They power external hard drives up to my large 4 terabyte drive without any problems it didn't cut out, so that is good there. So the drives of that send disk it's, actually saying this they've gone with, and these are good for MMC 5.1. No complaints here with the speeds it's, not the fastest, I have seen, but it will not bottleneck the system really it's gon na be perfectly fine there. The bottleneck will be, of course, the CPU. So when you have a look in the device manager, you've got the four cores or the CPU there and there's. Nothing really of interest here to point out only that the Intel wireless AC 31 that I already showed you so I found the range to be good and you're going to get about 320 megabits per second, the maximum throughput from this. So it's, not super quick! You can get faster, probably from an external one there.
So we do have these two microphones inside and I have recorded a quick sample here for you, as you can hear now, from this sample. The microphone quality is not amazing, as it expect for microphones located within the G box. Here now, it's enough, for one knows, Cortana it's working fine with it windows did fully activate so there's no problems with the license, and we have only three point: eight four gigabytes free to us, which is, of course not a lot. I really want to see an 8 gigabyte model and more, hopefully, eight gigabyte models with the germinate Lake of tech coming out from China, no chewy, sorry teclast they're working on something with 8 gigabytes, and you also see that the ram speeds when I did take a Look at them in the BIOS they're exactly the same here so the same. It is running in dual channel according to this, but DIMM slots. No, so there's no sodium slots on this. You cannot upgrade the RAM now a synthetic benchmark. Well, this is Geekbench 4 and it does show that the single core scores here are up approximately 23 24 over the Apollo lake in 3450, that other cell run chip last year's one and then the multi core score is also up about approximately 19. So I would not get the cell run in 34 mini pcs anymore. Stick now to the Jimmy Lake, get the latest ones because it's definitely worth it for the performance.
You'Re gaining. I know we're losing 2 gigabytes of RAM, but it is faster Ram and we also have things like HDMI, 2.0 a and the n22 score. Now. This is a dated version of and to to this on, the Windows Store, but this puts it 140000 about the same as the Snapdragon 660. If this happened to be running Android, of course, it's not jule boot. Any more Intel don't support your boots on these. Since the old cheery trails, which is a shame, I'm gon na boot over to the Linux Mint, so what I did is just goes into the BIOS and then from the BIOS on the save and exit menu. You'Ve got a boot override minyan. You can just select to boot, you'll USB pendrive, so let's see how it runs. So what is running Linux Mint perfectly fine? This is just one of the latest builds that I have lighted from that pendrive and tonight is working as far as I can tell everything works here. The performance also seems decent and even the little remote is working as well in Linux. I just push the back button then, and I'll just enable the mouse turn. You see that mouse cursors going around so that works too in Linux, which is great moving over to real world performance, and this is what matters to me and I'm, pretty sure everyone else. So you can do minor, Photoshop edits now, if you've got a huge amount of layers filters, and things like that expect.
Some slowdown remember that this only does have four gigabytes of RAM, so you are really pushing it. This is not a Core. I5 is not a core i7 and this as a very low powered 6 watt CPU in there so I'm running quite a few things at the moment. I also have 4k streaming. You can see here in the background I'm, just pushing it to the absolute limit, so that CPU now you can see, is running at 100 cent, so it's really taxed now. Normally you would not do this with these kind of systems. You need to close things down. You can't keep things open like you've got 32 gigabytes or 16 gigabytes of RAM know. You'Ve only got the 4 there so remember that steam is also there. In the background, I think I'm downloading something that there's probably actually finished now, so even swapping between these little spreadsheet. Here you can see the performance is fine. Now spreadsheet, editing things like this is the perfect kind of use for one of these mini pcs. So, like tasks, editing documents checking your emails writing emails. Basic internet browsing is all perfect for this type of chipset and is the word document there as well? So you can see scrolling up there a little bit of lag but again bear in mind that I've got a lot of things open here at the moment. I just want to show you how far you can push these little mini pcs.
How far you can push the cell run in 4100 now on Cody I'm using the little magic remote, so it will work. If you tap the mouse button, then I've got the mouse pointer. It takes a little while to get used to, as I mentioned, it's kind of like those LG magic remotes. So the Menu key is our right mouse button and the okay is the left mouse button and the power button just puts it into sleep or turns it on so I'm going to play now. All that same exact file, no won't, actually going to play a 4k file, hear record it on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and see how place that. Now you can see that a little bit of stutters at the beginning, but it's relatively smooth and running around 50 frames per second there and using the remote again I'm gon na sternness skip ahead. So that's working, fine, Kodi performance I've found is actually better than the Windows video player. Now I moved over into each I'm streaming one of my videos in 4k and you can see zero dropped frames so edge does a much better job at this than Chrome down. So just get out of this will close it down, and I will now play a HEV C codec, which is a hundred and forty megabits per second ten. But this is a very demanding file for K. Remember and you'll see at the start that it will stutter a little bit.
This is the same exact kind of performance as the Apollo lag, so this is native vp9 and a TVC decoding and can see once it gets going that that runs perfectly fine. That is now very smooth, that's running at 30 frames per second, and just to also show you that, without having all those things going on in the background, once you close down as applications, you manage the memory a little bit here. You can see now that this spreadsheet is very smooth. The same goes for any Word document, so the system is perfectly fine for that and on to gaming performance, so light engine titles, for example, League of Legends which I'm playing right now. This is running in 1080p. On the medium settings, hovering around 36 frames per second, so you can see so the performance is not wonderful, but the game at least is playable. Now, if you would lower the settings, you'll boost up that frame rate by about 10 frames per second Android emulation, so BlueStacks, that is an Android emulator and it will run very slow. You need a much more powerful system for this. I'Ve got pub G here loaded because someone asked me to test it out and asked me if it would run it well, you can see it runs the game, but at about 10 5 frames per second dipping down to even 3 frames per second impossible to play. It this is Counter Strike global Offensive on 720p resolution, lower settings and super choppy down to 11 frames per second hovering around 20, and it just is not playable at all.
Now I tried to boost the performance. I ran a program called read, write everything and I entered in the basically the memory hack that we do to override and get rid of the power limit, but it didn't take it doesn't work, so I can't double the framerate like they did with the easy book. X4, I was able to double my framerate with that one which worked really well, but it just cannot do it with this, so I wouldn't buy this many PC for gaming performance. So looking now at the thermals and the wattage, so it's going to pull about 12 watts maximum from the wall 12 13, which is ideal it's fine. If this is a mini PC, a low powered PC, so it doesn't consume a lot of power at all. Thermals cap out at 85 86 degrees they plateau at that temperature. They will not exceed it. So this is fine. Remember that it is passively cooled it's not actively cooled there's no fan in there. So this really is a very decent little mini PC here from chewie we've got a good build quality. The middle frame around the outside makes it feel quite sturdy. Now I didn't mention in the beginning, but the USB ports are actually upside down. That'S. Very you just have to remember to flip things around plastic on the top. It does get warm after hours of use, but it's. Nothing, alarming, there's, no fans in here. So you don't, have to worry about number one fan noise number two: it falling full of dust.
Eventually, clogging up those fans and causing it to overheat, so if their malls top out at 86 degrees it's not going to go over that at least here worth my ambient temperature of 26 degrees that's good, I really do like the little remote so this remote. I remember testing it out with the high and it's good because it means you don't actually need a bluetooth mouse or a mouse connected. If you want to launch something basic like you want to launch some video files from a hard drive, then it is all possible from a distance using that little remote there. So it works well, it does the job and it's good to have it included in the box. So the performance yes it's faster than the Apollo date in 34th, 50s, typical chipsets – that you would see from last year and those models I wouldn't go for anymore. So you've got HDMI 2.0 on this now and we have about 20 according to synthetic benchmarks, more performance, so it does feel a little bit. Snappier differently go with an SSD. If you can, if you want to boost the performance, it just makes it load apps up faster and just feels quicker overall, so it does come recommended from me there's just a couple of things that I wish it had so first off. I wish there was an option in the BIOS that, if you powered it on you plugged in the power, that is that it would automatically turn on.
If you wanted to that, you could set that it's only the Intel nukes that seem to do that. The other is, of course, you probably already know and you're aware of the RAM 4 gigabytes of RAM in 2018 it's just not enough. I want to see this Gemini O'Lakes with 8 gigabytes or at least 6 gigabytes. Now, apparently, 6 gigabyte systems are coming soon, but an 8 gigabyte version would be the sweet spot. With this I feel and that gaming performance isn't, particularly wonderful with the 6 watt TDP thanks a lot for watching this review. I hope you did like it it's long, but I did include a lot of details.