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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  • fanofanand - Monday, May 23, 2016 - link

    So in other words, another 20 mm gives the customer a 50% haircut on price. Yup, more evidence this is a product in search of high margins and little else.
  • jwcalla - Monday, May 23, 2016 - link

    You have to understand that Intel thinks its customers turn on their faucets and liquid gold comes pouring out.
  • Shadowmaster625 - Monday, May 23, 2016 - link

    So its not even as fast as an ancient R9 270M despite being two nodes ahead.... and the power advantage is only 30%. Intel has a problem it seems.
  • ganeshts - Monday, May 23, 2016 - link

    Did you consider the power budget?
  • extide - Monday, May 23, 2016 - link

    Are you kidding? That is actually a pretty damn good achievement, I mean that uses a Cape Verde ASIC, and has about 1TFLOP of compute power, (640 shaders @ ~750 Mhz)

    The Iris Pro 580 has 576 FP32 cores (72 EU * 8) and runs about 1Ghz, so has a bit over 1.1TFLOP compute -- so really pretty similar in terms of compute horsepower. It seems like it is performing right where it should based on it's hardware config.
  • fanofanand - Monday, May 23, 2016 - link

    Well, looks like I will be waiting yet another generation. Still can't game on 1080p. I like the storage and Wi-Fi numbers, and I can picture this doing fairly well in some office environments, but are there that many people who are building home PC's (user still has to add RAM etc.) and who will pay that kind of a premium for a device that is somewhat limited in it's use case? I can't speak for anyone else of course, but there is no way my employer would fork out $1k for this, not when they can spend $400 on a cheap business laptop that takes up a similar amount of space in the office but also offers them the ability to extract additional work from me over the weekend. I love the idea, I just don't think the hardware is there yet.
  • Taracta - Monday, May 23, 2016 - link

    How is Alpine Ridge going to get USB 3.1 if it is not off the PCH?
  • ganeshts - Monday, May 23, 2016 - link

    Alpine Ridge has a USB 3.1 host controller integrated along with the Thunderbolt controller. Please look into our Thunderbolt 3 hands-on coverage here: : Note the presence of the xHCI controller in the Alpine Ridge block diagram towards the middle of the linked page.
  • tipoo - Monday, May 23, 2016 - link

    This makes me wish Intel offered GT4e with a cheaper dual, then it could compete with boxes like the Alienware Alpha on price/value.
  • tipoo - Monday, May 23, 2016 - link

    Does this support free sync?

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