Arnova 8 G2 review part 2: Benchmark against Arnova 8 (G1)

Arnova 8 G2

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Arnova 8

The release of the new Arnova 8 G2 was a good opportunity to conduct a benchmark test between the Arnova 8 first generation and Arnova 8 G2.

Arnova 8 G2 vs Arnova 8: benchmarks results

Test conditions:
- both devices were using latest firmware from the manufacturer
- all benchmarks were executed after all task killed
- test were run multiple times to check for consistent behaviour, the results shown here correspond to average values

Arnova 8 G2 vs Arnova 8: benchmarks results
  Arnova 8 G2 Arnova 8
 
CPU / CPU speed
GPU
Memory
Rockchip RK2918 at 1 GHz
Vivante Corporation GC800
512 Mb
Rockchip RK2818 at 600 MHz
DSP?
256 Mb
Test setup
Firmware version
Arnova 2.3 Gingerbread, firmware Android 2.3.1
Build GINGERBREAD.eng.20110903.152730
Android 2.1 Eclair, firmware version 1.0.3
Build number V0.18.ECLAIR.eng.root.20110920.174256
SetCPU v 2.2.4 native bench
lower is faster
C: 902.31
Neon: 412.49
C: 2710.08
Neon: Not supported
Linpack Pro v 1.2.9
higher is faster
14.348 MFLOPS 4.003 MFLOPS
CF-Bench v 1.1
higher is faster
Native score: 3381
Java Score:1185
Overall Score: 2063
Native score: 681
Java Score: 433
Overall Score: 532
ArcTools v 0.57
higher is faster
Read: 24347 Kb/s
Write: 4106 Kb/s
Read: 3799 Kb/s
Write: 1743 Kb/s
Smartbench 2011 v 1.2.1
higher is faster
Prod. index: 687
Games Index: 778
Prod. index: 169
Games Index: 104
Quadrant Advanced 1.1.7
higher is faster
Total: 1363
CPU: 2602
Mem: 1025
I/O: 2284
2D: 157
3D: 748
Total: 251
CPU: 458
Mem: 202
I/O: 511
2D: 86
3D: (not tested)
Vellamo v 1.0.3
higher is faster
484 Vellamo not working (program crash)
Neocore v 1.9.22
higher is faster
46.0 FPS 1.5 FPS
Nenamark v 2.0
higher is faster
25.3 FPS Program does not start
GPUBench v 1.0.0
higher is faster
Absolute: 42451
Relative: 31194
Program crash


Results interpretation

As you can see with the benchmark results, the Arnova 8 G2 is showing a performance boost from x2 to x3 over the Arnova 8 first generation. This result comes from different hardware upgrades on the G2, that are related to:
- Rockchip RK2918 CPU runs at a faster speed (1 GHz) and adds Neon advanced SIMD instruction support
- the RK2918 SOC also includes a Vivante Corporation GC800 GPU capable of 60 million triangles/second.
You can see the Arnova 8 G2 (marked AN8G2) is in Gpubench top 10 score.
- the system memory increase from 256 Mb to 512 Mb, also we suspect that memory on the G2 is operating at a faster speed
- the memory used for storage did get a serious speed boost from equivalent Class 2 to equivalent Class 4, as you can see in Arctools bench results.






If you are looking for a wider performance comparison with latest Archos G9 or Tegra 2 devices, we recommend that you check this article: Benchmark Archos 101 G9 1 GHz vs Asus TF101 vs Archos 101 IT vs Arnova 10 G2. These numbers can be easily extrapolated to compare the Arnova 7 (or Archos 7HT v2) with the Arnova 7 G2, or the Arnova 10 (or Arnova 10b) and the Arnova 10 G2.



Benchmarks pictures


Benchmark results pictures
Arnova 8 G2
Arnova 8



Vellamo program crashed on Arnova 8
GPUbench program crashes on Arnova 8
Nenamark benchmark did not start on Arnova 8