16-Core HoneyComb LX2K ARM Workstation Looks To Offer A Decent Performance Oomph
The HoneyComb LX2K / ClearFog is the 16-core mini-ITX workstation board we have been following since earlier this year. They have been aiming for this 16-core ARM workstation board for $500~750 USD and it looks like they will actually strike on the lower-end of that price-range.
While still in the pre-production / early access state, they are listing this board for $550 USD with the LX2160A SoC that features 16 ARMv8 cores at 2.0GHz. Sixteen ARM Cortex-A72 cores at 2.0GHz should yield some decent performance (the Socionext Developerbox for reference was 24 Cortex-A53 cores at 1.0GHz) for an ARM Linux workstation.
This mini-ITX board also offers dual DDR4 slots up to 64GB capacity, M.2 slot, PCIe x8 (sadly no x16), dual USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, dual SFP+, and four SATA ports. It's looking quite decent and seeing they are hitting around $550 USD at least for now. Details on the board in its current state can be found at Solid-Run.com.
They shared some new benchmark figures using the Phoronix Test Suite and compared to some of our older benchmark results. Keep in mind these are vendor-supplied benchmarks but we should be getting the HoneyComb LX2K in our labs in the not too distant future for running our own benchmarks. With these benchmarks they ran, they compared them to some older Intel/AMD CPU test results of ours and also keep in mind those results are on an older software stack (Ubuntu 17.10) while this Solid-Run board was running Fedora 30. So take these results lightly, but they are looking promising:
In comparison, the Socionext developer box with its 24 lower-power cores was more in-line with the Core i3/i5 CPUs back when we were able to run benchmarks on it last year. So the HoneyComb LX2K is looking like at least for some workloads will be able to stand its ground against some Intel/AMD 8c/16t processors and open up possibilities for those that have been wanting to build a capable ARM Linux desktop/workstation. The only downside of the board is particularly PCIe x8 rather than PCIe x16, but we'll certainly put it through its paces once having our hands on the board for testing.