Performance Summary Charts
Here are the performance results of 40 games and four synthetic tests using generally the lowest settings at 1080P. All gaming results show average framerates in bold text, and higher is better. Minimum framerates (1% lows/99-percentiles) are next to the averages in italics and in a slightly smaller font. The thirteen games that use FSR Performance (or Ultra Performance or Balanced as noted) are next to the non-upscaled results.
GTA V, Overwatch, CIV VI, F1 2021, Forza Horizon 5, World War Z, and Rainbow 6 Siege manage to run acceptibly or decently on Low settings at 1080P. A total of seventeen games manage to stay above 30 FPS 1% lows and a couple of others get close. FSR adds another eight or nine games with several more reaching close to the 30FPS minimum. Perhaps a total of 11 games play acceptibly well enough on 1080P/Low enough to consider raising some individual settings.
Performance FSR definitely does its job of improving framerates although it impacts visuals, but it is much better than putting up with sickness-inducing low framerates and lag. In a few games like Tokyo: Ghostwire, it just adds blur to the already low visuals. Some games look better than others, but if we had to game on a 5600G, we’d definitely use FSR.
Let’s look at non-gaming applications next to see if the LIVA One A300 is a solid performer in creative/workstation/pro tasks starting with Blender benchmarks.
Blender 3.01 Benchmark
Blender is a very popular open source 3D content creation suite. It supports every aspect of 3D development with a complete range of tools for professional 3D creation.
We benchmarked all three Open Data Blender.org benchmarks which combines both CPU and GPU performance by measuring samples per second in rendering production files.
For the following chart, higher is better as the benchmark renders a scene multiple times and gives the results as samples per second.
The A100’s 5600G APU performs decently in Blender but it is no match for the ultra-powerful RTX 3080 FTW combined with a 12700KF. In any graphics tests where a video card is used, we will see a huge performance disparity. CPU benchmarks should tell a different story.
Next, we move on to AIDA64 CPU, Cache & Memory, and GPGPU benchmarks.
AIDA64 is an important industry tool for benchmarkers. Its GPGPU benchmarks measure performance and give scores to compare against other popular video cards while it’s CPU benchmarks compare relative performance of processors.
AIDA64’s benchmark code methods are written in Assembly language, and they are well-optimized for every popular AMD, Intel, NVIDIA and VIA processor by utilizing the appropriate instruction set extensions. We use the Engineer’s full version of AIDA64 courtesy of FinalWire. AIDA64 is free to to try and use for 30 days.
CPU/FPU Benchmark Results
CPU results are summarized below in two charts for comparison.
Here is the comparison summarized between the LIVA One A300 and the Blue Elixir 12700KF/RTX 3080 FTW PC.
Cache & Memory Benchmarks
Here is the summary chart.
For workstation, creative, and professional applications using the CPU or memory, the Ryzen 5600G performs admirably as a solid performer; it’s weakness is its Vega 7 graphics. In many of AIDA64’s CPU benchmarks, the Ryzen 5600G outperformed and outranked the former Intel 6-core flagship, the i7-8700K.
So let’s look at Sandra 2021 next.
To see where the CPU, GPU, and motherboard performance results differ, there is no better tool than SiSoft’s Sandra 2021. SiSoftware SANDRA (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is a excellent information & diagnostic utility in a complete package. It is able to provide all the information about your hardware, software, and other devices for diagnosis and for benchmarking. Sandra is derived from a Greek name that implies “defender” or “helper”.
There are several versions of Sandra, including a free version of Sandra Lite that anyone can download and use. Sandra 2021 is the latest version, and we are using the full engineer suite courtesy of SiSoft. Sandra 2021 features continuous multiple monthly incremental improvements over earlier versions of Sandra. It will benchmark and analyze all of the important PC subsystems and even rank your PC while giving recommendations for improvement.
We ran the latest version of Sandra’s intensive Processor benchmarks and summarize the overall results below.
In Sandra’s synthetic CPU benchmarks, the $600 LIVA One A300 scores over half the $3500 PC results which also use CUDA and its discrete GPU. It also ranks the 5600G higher than many older Ryzen and Intel CPUs like the i7-8700K.
So let’s look at Cinebench which is a pure CPU benchmark focusing on single- and mult-core results.
Cinebench is based on MAXON’s professional 3D content creation suite, Cinema 4D. This latest R23 version of Cinebench can test up to 64 processor threads accurately and automatically. It is an excellent tool to compare CPU/memory performance and higher is better.
Cinebench’s Multi-Core benchmark will stress a CPU reasonably well over its 10-minute run and will show any weaknesses in CPU cooling. This is the test where we discovered that the Blue Elixir’s 12700K hit nearly 100C on Core 5 and lead us to conclude that the wrong LGA 1151 backplate was used by the PCGz builders instead of LGA 1700.
Here is the summary chart.
Of course the 12-core/20-thread 12700KF beats the 6-core/12 thread 5600G in Cinebench in the multi-core test. However, the A300 has nothing to be ashamed of turning in a very strong single core and decent multi-core performance. Next we benchmark using GeekBench which measures CPU and GPU performance.
GeekBench is an excellent CPU/GPU benchmarking program which runs a series of tests and times how long the processor takes to complete its tasks.
Single Core Performance
Here is the A300 5600G single core performance.
Next we check multi-core.
Multi Core Performance
Now 5600G CPU multi core performance.
Next we test the A300 using OpenCL and Vulcan using GeekBench graphics-heavy benchmarks.
Open CL and Vulcan
First, OpenCL performance.
Next we test the LIVA One A300 using Vulcan.
The summary charts below show the comparative performance scores.
Again, the A300 5600G’s single core performance is excellent and the multi-core is also very solid. However, as expected the GPU benches are weak if compared with a fast discrete video card.
Next up, SPECworkstation.
SPECworkstation3 (3.0.4) Benchmarks
All the SPECworkstation3 benchmarks are based on professional applications, most of which are in the CAD/CAM or media and entertainment fields. All of these benchmarks are free except to vendors of computer-related products and/or services. The most comprehensive workstation benchmark is SPECworkstation3. It’s a free-standing benchmark which does not require ancillary software. It measures GPU, CPU, storage and all other major aspects of workstation performance based on actual applications and representative workloads.
SPECviewperf 2020 GPU Benches
The SPEC Graphics Performance Characterization Group (SPECgpc) released a 2020 version of its SPECviewperf benchmark that features updated viewsets, new models, support for up to 4K display resolutions, and improved set-up and results management. We use 1900×1060 display resolution.
Here are SPECviewperf 2020 benchmarks summarized in the chart below.
No surprises – the six-times more expensive PC GamerZ PC is faster because of the higher core count of the 12700K but especially because of the RTX 3080 FTW.
The decision to buy a new PC should be based on the workflow and requirements of each user as well as their budget. Time is money depending on how these apps are used. However, the target demographic for the LIVA One A300 mini-PC is creative and workstation uses while the GamerZ Blue Elixir targets 1080P and 1440P gaming. As value goes, the A300 provides far more bang-for-buck except for heavy gaming. It would be ideal for anyone needing a small but powerful PC.
Let’s head to our conclusion.