The All-New LarkBox X Is A Fast And Tiny Ryzen 7 Mini PC!
Now, in the past, weve taken a look at the original lark box and the lurk box pro. Those were very small palm sized 4k mini pcs powered by intel cpus, but this should be packing a lot more power now its definitely not as small as the original larkbox or the larkbox pro. But this is actually using a ryzen 7 3700u apu, along with vega 10 graphics built in so when it comes down to it. Using this as an everyday desktop or a little emulation system in light gaming, we should get some really good performance, but remember this is a third generation ryzen apu weve seen the 4000 and the 5000 series mini pcs being released recently now right out of the box. I have seen pictures of this and im a big fan of the design. I really do love the way. This looks that two tone really sets it off round back. Weve got dual gigabit ethernet a lot of usb on here i mean, as io goes on these mini pcs. Weve got plenty of it for what we have here inside of the box, youre going to get a 65 watt power supply, a vase amount and the mini pc itself. Taking a look at the i o up front here, we have two full size: usb 3.0 ports. We also have usb type c, which is 3.0, and it does support quick charge or pd on each side. Theres not much going on here.
I thought thered be a little ventilation, but everythings really happening around back here. Weve got that big vent for the cpu cooler power in dual gigabit ethernet, full size, hdmi size, display, port and two more usb 3.0 ports. When it comes to upgradeability theres, not much we can do here, except for the m.2 ssd and the ram. This comes with eight gigabytes of ram its running in dual channel, but we can go all the way up to 32 and we can set up basically any m.2 ssd. We want in this unit, but it doesnt have the option for a 2.5 inch drive, which is a little disappointing. Taking a look at the specs of this mini pc for the cpu, we get the ryzen 7 3700u course. Eight threads base clock of 2.3 gigahertz with a boost up to 4.0. By the way this apu out of the box is running at 25 watts, but we can actually change it from the bios or using a third party application when it comes to the gpu. The 3700? U actually has radeon vega 10 graphics built in up to 1400 megahertz 8 gigabytes of ddr4. Unfortunately, its only running at 2667 megahertz. We do get that user, replaceable, 256 gigabyte, m.2 ssd. It also has ac wi, fi and bluetooth 4.2 built in and its capable of running windows or linux. I have windows 10 installed on mine, so thats what were going to be testing with in this video, but before we move over to testing, i did want to give you a look at the bios here, because upping the tdp on these apus really helps out all Right so, first things: first, with this little mini pc out of the box, this apu is running at 25 watts.
A lot of my regular viewers already know that if we put more wattage into these little apus, we can get much better performance out of them. Itll keep the cpu clock up and especially the gpu clock from the bios. If we head to advanced and we go to amd cbs nbio, you can see that the system configuration is set at 25 watts. It does work great as a little desktop, but it is lacking at 25 watts from here. We can go all the way up to 54.. You can also change this using a third party application like amd tuning utility, done a full video on it. If you want to check that out goes over how to use its really simple process in this video im going to be running this at 35 watts instead of 25. The built in cooler here can definitely handle 35 watts and it will up the performance on this little setup. All right so ive got everything up and running: ive updated the drivers ive installed some games, and some emulators and overall, like it sits right now. Remember, were at 35 watts thats what i have it set at in the bios. This is a great little desktop web browsing email checking. You want to do some 1080p video editing some photo editing. We have more than enough power for your everyday needs like that. Now, what im really worried about with the 3700u even running at 35 watts is gaming and emulation, but before we jump over there, i did want to test out a little bit of 4k video playback and i also ran some benchmarks all right.
So here we are over at youtube: im using wi fi right now connected to my 5 gigahertz network 4k 60 stats for nerds on screen. This is a 1080p monitor, so our viewpoint is only at 1080p, but this is a 4k60 video and this thing can handle 4k really really well. On the initial loading, we did have a few dropped frames, but you should definitely be good to go streaming. 4K. Video content or playing it natively from an external drive or internal. The next thing i wanted to take a look at was just a few benchmarks. I ran first up. Weve got geekbench 5 and remember were at 35 watts with this unit from the bios single core. 884 multi 3185, not bad for being a third gen ryzen mobile apu. Next up we have 3dmark wildlife. This is a vulcan benchmark for that built in vega, 10 gpu total score here, 5168 and the final benchmark i ran was knight raid coming in with a 9046. So these are synthetic benchmarks and so far i mean its not looking top notch, but i still want to see how this thing can handle real world gaming. First up marvel vs capcom, infinite 720p low. I was really hoping we could get a super steady 60 out of it, but when theres lots of particles on screen, you will see a dip down its, not horribly bad, and this would definitely be playable. You know single player, i wouldnt go to a competition with something like this, but it is working as you can see.
Next up we have the art of rally 1080p medium settings. I had a good idea that this would work well on this machine and we could probably jack these settings up to high and just lock that d sync to 60. Music moving over to cs go 720p low. We actually got an average of 67 fps. I thought wed get a little more out of it, but when it comes down to it were just not getting enough. Wattage to that eye. Gpu to keep the clocks up now its time to move over to a little bit of emulation, heres psp, using the standalone version of ppsspp directx 11 back in midnight club dub edition, which is a hard one to emulate, were running at full speed and we have It set to 5x, so psp on this little machine is good to go even with the harder to emulate. Stop figured id go ahead and throw a little dreamcast emulation in here using redream, because i know ill have some people asking about it were at 1440p and as long as the games compatible with the emulator, you shouldnt have any issues running it. Next up weve got some gamecube using the dolphin emulator im set to 1440p and one of my favorite ones to test here, auto modalista using the directx 11 back in every once in a while. I do see it dip down and fluctuate between 59 and 60., but thats, something you would never notice unless you had a frame counter on screen, gamecube and wii emulation using the dolphin emulator works, amazingly with this little pc and finally for emulation.
We have ps2s and pcsx2 heres soul, calibur 3, its a harder game to emulate and right now, im at the native resolution using directx 11. If i try to take it up to 720p, i get a ton of dips on it, but there are games that are going to be playable even at 1080p, on this machine Applause. So there was one last thing i wanted to do here. This machine does have more potential than its putting out in its stock form factor, but you know, given the limited amount of ram and ram speed for that built in igpu its not working at its full potential plus we have the issue of the wattage on that Apu, so what i have here is forza horizon 5. This was one i couldnt play with the stock amount of ram. We only had eight gigs and it was just maxing it out wasnt, getting a great frame rate whatsoever. So what i did was add. 16 gigabytes of ddr4 running in dual channel, but its running at 3200 megahertz and now i have that apu running at 45 watts 720p low. We can actually get an average of 68 fps out of forza horizon 5, which isnt bad for a mini pc since im running this at 45 to 50 watts. I did pull the bottom off the unit and set it up on its side, because at 45 watts this thing can thermal throttle when its just sitting flat on the desk.
But you know i got a little more airflow coming in here, and performance is really great for the 3700u, but ive got that wattage way up and i have much faster ram added to this unit. So it does have potential, but you will need to do a little bit of tweaking. So in the end the chuwi larkbox x does perform really well for what kind of ap we have in here, but there are more powerful mini pcs on the market. This is coming in at 3.99, over on amazon right now and if youre looking for a desktop replacement, youre not going to do a lot of hardcore gaming on it, then this one could definitely be for you. But if youre looking for a little more gpu power for gaming, i would go with something with the ryzen 4000 series or the 5000 series. Ive done a lot of videos on them, and the performance is definitely upped when it comes to the 4000 and 5000 series and it really comes down to that built in eye gpu and much faster ram, just right out of the box, but thats it. For this one, if theres anything else, you want to see running on this little mini pc.