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Old 10-22-2022, 12:34 PM   #1
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Video : Review of the Banana Pi M5 with Armbian

Hello all.
I made a review video about the Banana Pi M5.
This comes with the Amlogic S905X3 SoC. A nice board, might be a good RPi4 alternative.

Here is the video.

There is also a give away for the BPi M5 and M2Pro at Armbian.

Here all my gathered information.
BPi M5
Board              | OS                            | Kernel         | Clockspeeds             | 7z b all cores     | 7z b core small core    | 7z b big core   | NicoD Blender    | Supertuxkart   | GLMark2 score   | Memcpy         | Memset         | SBC-Bench            | CPU Miner

Banana Pi M5         Armbian Sid xfce4               5.19.14-meson64  2.1Ghz A55                7235                 1900 (core 0)                               xxx                4fps                              3360.0 MB/s      5105.6 MB/s
Banana Pi M5         Armbian Jammy xfce4             5.19.15-meson64  2.1Ghz A55                7278                 1923 (core 0)                               16m37s             4fps             261              3482 MB/s        5112.6 MB/s
Banana Pi M5         Armbian Bullseye xfce4          5.19.15-meson64  2.1Ghz A55                7638                 1953 (core 0)                               22m53s             19fps                             3449.2 MB/s      5107.9 MB/s      7.7
Banana Pi M5         Armbian Bullseye headless       5.19.15-meson64  2.1Ghz A55                7619                 1955 (core 0)                               21m43s                                               3674.3 MB/s      5154.3 MB/s      7.9

Bullseye is using blender 2.83-5
Jammy is using blender 3.0.1

2.1Ghz idle ondemand display             : 52C
2.1Ghz maxed out display                 : 79C
2.1Ghz idle ondemand display heatsink    : 47C
2.1Ghz maxed out display heatsink        : 76C
2.1Ghz idle headless                     : 37C
2.1Ghz Maxed out headless                : 70c 

Power consumption @ 5V
hdmi + wifi + keyboard - Idle                        0.45A (0.08A for wifi)
hdmi + wifi + keyboard - maxed out                   0.75A 
no hdmi no wifi no keyboard - idle                   0.2A 
no hdmi no wifi no keyboard - maxed out              0.63A

Transfer rates
SD read      SD write   eMMC read     eMMC write     access time     USB3 read        USB3 write        access time
23.9 MB/s    16 MB/s    174 MB/s      32.6 MB/s      0.17 msec       375.4 MB/s       342.4 MB/s        0.18 msec

5.10 images do not boot
5.19 images have a problem with reboot. When sd-card is inserted with an image and also an image on eMMC is present, it will reboot into eMMC instead of SD. 
		"so uboot can't read MMC/SD if it's set to "fast". from cold boot, MMC is set to "slow", then Kernel sets it to "fast". So when warm-boot, when uboot runs it's set to "fast" due to kernel and everything fails"
5.19 Jammy and Sid images perform very bad with tuxkart while bullseye performs good / Maybe driver issue, panfrost not working while noted to be working in glxinfo -B 

Amlogic S905X3    4 x A55 @ 1.9Ghz (oc 2.1Ghz)  12 nm       1 MB cache
ARM Mali-G31 MP2 @ 850 Mhz
microSD slot
4 x USB3 
HDMI 2.1 up to 4K60
3.5mm audio jack
40-pin GPIO
Powered by 5V USB Type-C


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