Intel Compute Stick STK1AW32SC Review with Cherry Trail

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Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 WiFi Performance Testing STK1AW32SC

When it comes to wireless performance we used LAN Speed Test to check the performance of the included the included Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 module (product page). Intel says that this dual band 802.11ac 2×2 solution can transfer data at up to 867 Mbps for 3x faster speeds than 802.11n solutions.

wifi

We used a desktop with Gigabit Ethernet to run LAN Speed Server that was hard connected to the ASUS RT-AC68U 802.11AC wireless router on the 2.4GHz band and moved it 15-feet away from the Intel Compute Stick PC to check out performance of 1MB packets on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. After running LAN Speed Test on the Intel Compute Stick with the wireless card to test the throughput we found that we were averaging 63 Mbps (7.9MB/s) average write speeds and 73 Mbps (9.1MB/s) average read speeds on the 2.4GHz spectrum. When we switched over to the 5GHz network we found that performance jumped up to 147 Mbps (18.4MB/s) average write speeds and 316 Mbps (39.5MB/s) average read speeds. This is a night and day difference between the original Compute Stick that couldn’t get over

1mb-5ghz-max

In case you are wording what the maximum speeds were… We got  229 Mbps (29.6MB/s) write and 431 Mbps (53.875MB/s) read speed on the maximum results on our particular test setup.

The new Intel Compute Stick with the Intel Atom ‘Cherry Trail’ processor is night and day better than the original Intel Atom ‘Bay Trail’ processor that was on the original model. The improvements have made internet usage more than acceptable on the Compute Stick!

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