Review: No throttling here
Today we will be taking a look at another Bay Trail mini PC, based on a snappy tablet SoC in a compact chassis.
Intel's Bay Trail redefined the x86 landscape, by enabling vendors to design affordable mini PCs and tablets capable of running Windows. The new Rikomagic RKM M36 is yet another design based on the Intel Atom Z3736F processor, with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of on board storage.
Rikomagic might not be a familiar name in the PC space, but the company has been churning out loads of Android TV boxes, and now it’s going after the Windows space as well. However, the RKM M36 is a dual-boot system, so you get Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4 out of the box.
The M36 is somewhat bigger than many micro PCs coming out of China and Taiwan in recent months. Luckily, the extra space was put to good use – the device ships with a total of four USB 2.0 ports, a standard RJ45 network connector, and even a Kensington lock.
However, the best thing about having a bigger chassis is the fact that the M36 can operate at higher sustained clocks than most competitors. The Intel Atom Z3736F is an efficient part, but even so, if it is pushed too hard, it can heat up a tablet or stick PC to more than 40 degrees Celsius. Rikomagic decided to take a different approach, with a spacious chassis and a few cooling vents.
So what difference does this make in terms of performance? Let’s take a closer look.