Fire TV Stick 4K Benchmarks — The most powerful streaming device in Amazon’s lineup

The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K has been released and what people want to know most is how powerful it is compared to previous Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models. I tested the Fire TV Stick 4K and all other Fire TV models with several popular benchmarking tools and have learned that it’s easily the most powerful streaming device in Amazon’s current lineup. Here are the results. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV Cube Benchmarks — Faster than the Fire TV 3 but with a catch

Now that the Amazon Fire TV Cube has been released, a lot of people will be deciding between it and the less expensive Fire TV 3 pendant. While they look very different on the outside, thanks to the Fire TV Cube’s hands-free Alexa capabilities, they’re very similar on the inside. They both have the same video playback capabilities, which include 4K @ 60FPS and HDR support. That’s because they both have the exact same 1.5Ghz quad-core CPU, the same Mali-450 MP3 GPU, and the same 2GB of RAM. With identical chips, you’d expect them to perform the same on benchmarks, but it turns out the Fire TV Cube is faster than the Fire TV 3. However, there’s an important catch that throws things off. Read more ›

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Benchmark reveals that the Echo Show is Amazon’s most powerful device

Ever since Amazon discontinued their Fire HDX line of premium tablets and began focusing on more affordable tablets, the Amazon Fire TV has been the most powerful device they produce. That’s not surprising since it’s the closest thing they have to a game console, so it needs the horsepower to run demanding games. What is surprising is that, according to an internal benchmark, the Fire TV has been dethroned as the most powerful Amazon device by the Echo Show. Read more ›

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Fire TV Edition televisions from Westinghouse, Seiki, & Element to likely use 1.4Ghz to 2.0Ghz quad-core MStar CPU and Mali-T820 GPU

A concern many customers have with the upcoming Fire TV Edition televisions from Westinghouse, Seiki, and Element is whether the device’s processor specs are sufficient to run not only current apps, but also more taxing apps in the future throughout the product’s life cycle. When I tried the TVs first hand at CES earlier this year, they were as snappy and responsive as Amazon’s flagship 2nd-gen Fire TV set-top box, but nobody could tell me the exact specs of the hardware under the hood. Thanks to a leaked Kodi log file, I can now say fairly confidently that the first batch of Fire TV Edition televisions will have an MStar quad-core CPU running at between 1.4Ghz to 2.0Ghz and a Mali-T820 GPU. Read more ›

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Benchmark comparison of Fire TV Stick 2 to all other Fire TV models

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Amazon says the new Fire TV Stick 2 is 30% faster than the previous generation Fire TV Stick, however they don’t clarify on how they came up with that figure. While I don’t have the new device on hand to run through benchmark tests, I do have the next best thing, and that’s the Fire 7″ tablet. That’s because the Fire TV Stick 2 and the Fire tablet use the exact same CPU, GPU, and RAM. The two devices probably won’t perform exactly the same, but with identical hardware where it counts the most, the Fire tablet is a perfect substitute to give us a pretty good idea of the new Fire TV Stick 2’s performance. Here’s a CPU and GPU comparison of a theoretical Fire TV Stick 2 compared to all 3 other Fire TV models. Read more ›

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Benchmark comparison of 1st & 2nd Generation Fire TV

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Now that we know for sure that the device which showed up in the leaked benchmark report a few months ago is in fact the new Fire TV, we can take a closer look at those benchmark results. Here’s a CPU and GPU comparison of the first generation Fire TV compared to the next generation Fire TV that was announced last week. Read more ›

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