Setup Notes and Platform Analysis

Our review sample of the Cincoze DS-1302 came with all necessary components pre-installed - we only had to load up the OS to start our evaluation process. Prior to that, we took some time to look into the BIOS interface. It must be noted that the Xeon processor is vPro-enabled, and the Intel Management Engine BIOS Extensions can be activated to set up AMT for remote management. The main BIOS interface is a vanilla American Megatrends one. It has plenty of configuration options, given the large number of internal peripherals slots and overall flexibility. The video below presents the entire gamut of available options.

The overall high-speed I/O distribution relative to the CPU and the PCH is brought out in the diagram below.

An interesting point here is the Intel X550 CMI board that apparently links to the host via a PCIe 3.0 x1 interface according to the I/O distribution. This would make the LAN ports support a maximum of 1GBps (not saturating even a single 10GbE link). We make it a point to always evaluate systems using the default BIOS configuration. It turned out that the BTB_FH2 mode selection entry in the PCH-IO configuration had to be manually updated to 1x4 instead of 4x1 (shown at timestamp 02:49 in the BIOS video). After the update, the CMI card reportedly a x4 uplink.

In today's review, we compare the Cincoze DS-1302 and the OnLogic Helix HX500. Since we recently refreshed our systems benchmark suite, the number of PCs that have been put through the paces and belonging to similar categories is minimal. Though both systems use a 8C/16T Comet Lake CPU, they are chalk and cheese otherwise in terms of graphics capabilities, cooling mechanisms, storage, etc.

Comparative PC Configurations
Aspect Cincoze DS-1302 OnLogic Helix HX500
CPU Intel Xeon W-1270E Intel Core i7-10700T
GPU Intel UHD Graphics 630
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
Intel UHD 630
21-21-21-47 @ 2933 MHz
2x 32 GB
InnoDisk M4S0-AGS1O5IK DDR4-2666 SODIMM 19-19-19-43 @ 2666 MHz 2x16 GB
Storage Cervoz Industrial Embedded Module CIE M8 T405 512GB
(512 GB; M.2 Type 2280 NVMe 1.3;)
(TLC NAND; Silicon Motion SM2263 Controller)
Transcend TS256GMTS800 (256 GB; M.2 Type 2280 SATA III; MLC NAND)
Price (in USD, when built) $3400+ $1694

The next few sections will deal with comparative benchmarks for the above two systems.

Introduction and Product Impressions System Performance : UL and BAPCo Benchmarks
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  • usiname - Saturday, March 19, 2022 - link

    $1200 to upgrade from 64gb m.2 to 2tb, why not?
  • Excelsior00 - Sunday, March 20, 2022 - link

    Apple: *chuckles*
  • back2future - Monday, March 21, 2022 - link

    What's the reason for this in-line PCIe connectors (prob. PCIe x16 and x1?)?
  • back2future - Friday, March 25, 2022 - link

    learned it's for custom made riser cards, extending this in-line connectors to either "x16/x1 PCIe" or "x16 PCIe/PCI" or "2x x8 PCIe" or "2x PCI" slots combinations (for 1302, reduced for 1301 to single slots 16xPCIe or PCI)
  • Lord of the Bored - Thursday, March 24, 2022 - link

    Oh my gosh, I want those CMI modules to become an industry standard! They're basically a way to build your own ATX IO block!

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