The majority of testing on a HTPC is simply usage-based: watching television shows and movies, etc. But I did take some time to run some traditional benchmarks as well. Odds are, some users will use the BodhiBox as a dual purpose machine and may want to see how it stacks up to other competition.
I ran the following benchmark tests on the system:
ATTO Disk Benchmark
SiSoft Sandra: File Systems, Memory Bandwidth, Memory Latency, Processor Arithmetic and Processor Multimedia
Super Pi 1M and 4M
I also conducted a few real-world tests on the hard drive and CPU. The first is a file transfer test, where I copied one large .RAR file that is 2.52GB in size from one location to another on the hard drive. The small file transfer test consists of 557 MP3 files totaling 2.56GB in size.
Large File Test: 1 minute, 21 seconds
Small File Test: 1 minute, 40 seconds
The final test involved converting 14 320Kbps MP3 files (119MB total) to 128Kbps AAC files in iTunes and measuring how long it takes.
iTune Encoding Test: 1 minute, 30 seconds
Continue ahead as we cover everyday usage as a HTPC and wrap things up with a conclusion.