Performance Metrics - I

The Intel NUC6i7KYK (Skull Canyon) was evaluated using our standard test suite for low power desktops / industrial PCs. Not all benchmarks were processed on all the machines due to updates in our testing procedures. Therefore, the list of PCs in each graph might not be the same. In the first section, we will be looking at SYSmark 2014, as well as some of the Futuremark benchmarks.

BAPCo SYSmark 2014

BAPCo's SYSmark 2014 is an application-based benchmark that uses real-world applications to replay usage patterns of business users in the areas of office productivity, media creation and data/financial analysis. Scores are meant to be compared against a reference desktop (HP ProDesk 600 G1 with a Core i3-4130, 4GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive) that scores 1000 in each of the scenarios. A score of, say, 2000, would imply that the system under test is twice as fast as the reference system.

SYSmark 2014 - Office Productivity

SYSmark 2014 - Media Creation

SYSmark 2014 - Data / Financial Analysis

SYSmark 2014 - Overall Score

We started using SYSmark 2014 quite recently, which is the main reason for the absence of many of the comparison systems in the above graphs. In any case, the most interesting of the compared lot when it comes to CPU-intensive benchmarks like SYSmark 2014 is the ASRock VisionX 471D, equipped with a Core i7-4712MQ processor. We can see that the Core i7-6770HQ-based Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK is miles ahead of the other two systems when it comes to office / business workloads. Readers interested in comparing the SYSmark 2014 scores for systems based on other CPUs can peruse the Bench results here.

Futuremark PCMark 8

PCMark 8 provides various usage scenarios (home, creative and work) and offers ways to benchmark both baseline (CPU-only) as well as OpenCL accelerated (CPU + GPU) performance. We benchmarked select PCs for the OpenCL accelerated performance in all three usage scenarios. These scores are heavily influenced by the CPU in the system. As expected, the Core i7-6770HQ enables the NUC6i7KYK to easily come out on top in the charts.

Futuremark PCMark 8 - Home OpenCL

Futuremark PCMark 8 - Creative OpenCL

Futuremark PCMark 8 - Work OpenCL

Miscellaneous Futuremark Benchmarks

Futuremark PCMark 7 - PCMark Suite Score

The graphics benchmarks present a different story, though. In these, the NUC6i7KYK does perform well enough to come in the top half. However, in scenarios which are not CPU-bound, the systems equipped with discrete GPUs easily turn out to be better than Skull Canyon.

Futuremark 3DMark 11 - Extreme Score

Futuremark 3DMark 11 - Entry Score

Futuremark 3DMark 2013 - Ice Storm Score

Futuremark 3DMark 2013 - Cloud Gate Score

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15

CINEBENCH R15 is a standard benchmark for 3D rendering. It provides three benchmark modes - OpenGL, single threaded and multi-threaded. Evaluation of select PCs in all three modes provided us the following results.

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15 - Single Thread

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15 - Multiple Threads

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15 - OpenGL

In the single-threaded case, the Core i7-4770R (a 65W TDP CPU which can turbo up to 3.9 GHz) performs slightly better than the Core i7-6770HQ. However, the latter wins out in the multi-threaded cases. In the OpenGL case, the GIGABYTE system with the discrete GPU wins out, showing that a combination of CPU power as well as GPU is needed to perform well in this benchmark.

Introduction and Platform Analysis Performance Metrics - II
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  • jann5s - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - link

    very fun read indeed, thx for the link
  • kgardas - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - link

    Demo a system on lot of virtualized machines. ECC is a must have for server workloads and although a chance that the demo will fail due to flip-bit is low, still man would rather not risk that at customer premises right?
  • hubick - Monday, May 23, 2016 - link

    It would be really cool to see them make a Xeon-D based NUC oriented for home NAS/router/micro-server use, with dual M.2 for onboard RAID 0/1, Thunderbolt for external storage, a minimal GPU, ECC RAM, and dual 10GBase-T support!
  • TeXWiller - Monday, May 23, 2016 - link

    That could cost an ARM, though. ;)
  • BurntMyBacon - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - link

    I'd give up an "ARM" for that. ;')
  • lper - Monday, May 23, 2016 - link

    100% agree. If you known how high tech DRAM is and how easy it goes wrong (just google for rowhammer...). I spend already a hughe amount of time to figure out RAM issues which have ECC (as otherwise you would not notice) in embedded systems, that I do not trust RAM without ECC anymore.
    Still waiting on the first xeon laptop without quadro (which just drains power and produces heat...) but with ECC. I use my computer for work, not for playing games. So if it can drive the display size used, then it is ok... I do not want any laptop with an extra GPU, but I want the ECC.
  • Ratman6161 - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - link

    "I use my computer for work, not for playing games."

    Which is to say that this hardware is not being marketed at you in the first place.
  • JKflipflop98 - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - link

    Exactly what part of this device tells you "this is for doing serious business"? Was it the big skull on the front panel?
  • jihe - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - link

    This can be better with free beer support. I just can not use any machine without beer for work.
  • Ethos Evoss - Thursday, May 26, 2016 - link

    I can PISS on this for that taking piss price !!!

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