Google released its 2022 Chromecast with Google TV HD this morning and I picked one up to see how it stacks up against all the popular Google TV, Android TV, and Fire TV streaming sticks and boxes from Amazon, Walmart, Nvidia, Tivo, MECOOL, and more. First and foremost, here are Geekbench CPU and GFXBench GPU benchmark scores to see how much raw performance power the new Chromecast HD has compared to its big brother, the Chromecast 4K, and all the other streaming devices I could get my hands on.
In addition to the new Google Chromecast HD, it’s worth mentioning that I’ve also added scores for the Onn 2K Streaming Stick and the MECOOL KD3 4K Streaming Stick since the last time I posted a benchmark roundup. Remaining in the comparison lineup are every Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube, and Fire TV Box ever released, as well as the Nvidia Shield TV, Shield TV Pro, Onn 4K box, Tivo Stream 4K, and others.
As always, each new device that was benchmarked was running the latest software available as of today with nothing installed except the default apps and the benchmark apps. Each benchmark was run 3 times and the 2 top scores were averaged for the final score shown in the charts below. As a quick reminder, benchmark scores are a poor way of judging a device’s real-world performance because they push the device to its limits, which hardly ever happens in everyday use. That said, benchmarks like these do provide an even playing field to directly compare the raw power of one device to another, so, in that sense, they provide a decent idea of how well devices will perform relative to each other in normal use.
The first benchmark is Geekbench, which does a good job of determining the overall single-core and multi-core performance of a device by primarily taxing the device’s CPU, but it also tests the RAM and storage. The new Chromecast HD scored 667 in the single-core test and 1,797 in the multi-core test. That puts it at roughly 75% of the performance of the Chromecast 4K, which isn’t a great place to be considering a lot of people already complain about the Chromecast 4K being a bit sluggish. Relative to its equally priced competition from Amazon, the Fire TV Stick Lite, the Firestick is about 18% more powerful than the Chromecast HD. Coincidentally, that’s just about how much more powerful the Chromecast HD is compared to Walmart’s Onn 2K Streaming Stick, but, remember, Walmart’s 1080p stick costs about half the price of the new Chromecast HD.
Next up is the GFXBench T-Rex benchmark which is a graphical test that primarily tests each device’s GPU. This is most important if you plan to play games running locally on the device, but the GPU does also gets used in everyday streaming use to render the device’s user interface. With a GPU score of 706, things aren’t much better here for the Chromecast HD as it falls right around the same place in this GPU benchmark as it did with the CPU benchmark above. Apart from the Nvidia Shield TVs, which are in a league of their own, and the latest Fire TV Cube, which holds its own pretty well, none of these streaming devices are particularly good gaming devices. The Chromecast HD’s graphic capabilities are about 85% as powerful as its big brother, the Chromecast 4K. Nearly every modern Fire TV model, and some older ones, outperform the Chromecast HD in this test. The equally priced Fire TV Stick Lite is about 14% graphically more powerful than the Chromecast HD, while the half-priced Onn 2K Streaming Stick is about 81% as powerful as the Chromecast HD.
It’s impressive that Google managed to price the Chromecast HD at just $29.99 considering it comes with a remote that has TV power and volume controls, which the Fire TV Stick Lite does not include on its remote. For that you have to step up to the $39.99 Fire TV Stick. While the Chromecast HD has an impressively aggressive price, it seems the SoC performance is one of the places Google skimped on to get the price so low.