Performance Metrics - I

The Intel NUC8i7HVK (Hades Canyon) was evaluated using our standard test suite for small form-factor gaming 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 SE, as well as some of the Futuremark benchmarks.

BAPCo SYSmark 2014 SE

BAPCo's SYSmark 2014 SE 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. In addition, it also addresses the responsiveness aspect which deals with user experience as related to application and file launches, multi-tasking etc. Scores are meant to be compared against a reference desktop (the SYSmark 2014 SE calibration system in the graphs below). While the SYSmark 2014 benchmark used a Haswell-based desktop configuration, the SYSmark 2014 SE makes the move to a Lenovo ThinkCenter M800 (Intel Core i3-6100, 4GB RAM and a 256GB SATA SSD). The calibration system 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 SE - Office Productivity

SYSmark 2014 SE - Media Creation

SYSmark 2014 SE - Data / Financial Analysis

SYSmark 2014 SE - Responsiveness

SYSmark 2014 SE - Overall Score

SYSmark 2014 SE also adds energy measurement to the mix. A high score in the SYSmark benchmarks might be nice to have, but, potential customers also need to determine the balance between power consumption and the efficiency of the system. For example, in the average office scenario, it might not be worth purchasing a noisy and power-hungry PC just because it ends up with a 2000 score in the SYSmark 2014 SE benchmarks. In order to provide a balanced perspective, SYSmark 2014 SE also allows vendors and decision makers to track the energy consumption during each workload. In the graphs below, we find the total energy consumed by the PC under test for a single iteration of each SYSmark 2014 SE workload and how it compares against the calibration systems.

SYSmark 2014 SE - Energy Consumption - Office Productivity

SYSmark 2014 SE - Energy Consumption - Media Creation

SYSmark 2014 SE - Energy Consumption - Data / Financial Analysis

SYSmark 2014 SE - Energy Consumption - Responsiveness

SYSmark 2014 SE - Energy Consumption - Overall Score

Despite being fully patched for Meltdown and Spectre, the Core i7-8809G manages to outscore the partially patched Core i7-7700HQ-based ZBOX MAGNUS EK71080. It is beat in terms of raw score by the ZBOX MAGNUS PCs using the desktop CPUs (Core i7-6700 and Core i7-7700), but, those PCs consume much more energy to complete the workloads.

Futuremark PCMark 10

UL's PCMark 10 evaluates computing systems for various usage scenarios (generic / essential tasks such as web browsing and starting up applications, productivity tasks such as editing spreadsheets and documents, gaming, and digital content creation). We benchmarked select PCs with the PCMark 10 Extended profile and recorded the scores for various scenarios. These scores are heavily influenced by the CPU and GPU in the system, though the RAM and storage device also play a part. The power plan was set to Balanced for all the PCs while processing the PCMark 10 benchmark.

Futuremark PCMark 10 - Essentials

Futuremark PCMark 10 - Productivity

Futuremark PCMark 10 - Gaming

Futuremark PCMark 10 - Digital Content Creation

Futuremark PCMark 10 - Extended

Futuremark PCMark 8

We continue to present PCMark 8 benchmark results (as those have more comparison points) while our PCMark 10 scores database for systems grows in size. 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. The results should be analyzed while keeping in mind that most of the comparison systems have scores from the days prior to the release of the Meltdown and Spectre patches.

Futuremark PCMark 8 - Home OpenCL

Futuremark PCMark 8 - Creative OpenCL

Futuremark PCMark 8 - Work OpenCL

Miscellaneous Futuremark Benchmarks

Futuremark PCMark 7 - PCMark Suite Score

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

We have moved on from R11.5 to R15 for 3D rendering evaluation. CINEBENCH R15 provides three benchmark modes - OpenGL, single threaded and multi-threaded. Evaluation of select PCs in all three modes provided us the following results. Here, we see the benefits of running the CPU die with a 65W TDP. The scores match or beat the results from the Core i7-7700 in the ZBOX MAGNUS EN1080K.

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15 - Single Thread

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15 - Multiple Threads

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15 - OpenGL

Introduction and Platform Analysis Performance Metrics - II


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  • bill44 - Thursday, March 29, 2018 - link

    As far as I know, no Intel NUC with HDMI 2.x can deal with frame packed 3D ISO.

    As the Hades Canyon uses AMD GPU's HDMI 2.x output, it may be able to. Can someone test this?
  • nul0b - Thursday, March 29, 2018 - link

    Can Linux run on this? Ubuntu? Is their driver support?
    I can run Ubuntu on my current NUC but was wondering w/ this new Vega GPU if it can run Linux? Any benchmarks or info? Please begin providing this.
  • mode_13h - Friday, March 30, 2018 - link

    Um, yeah. Look before you leap, on this one. Definitely don't just assume it'll work, because AMD still seems to be running behind on getting support for their GPUs into the mainline kernel.

    Maybe, with proprietary drivers, on Ubuntu 18.04?
  • npz - Friday, March 30, 2018 - link

    > We can actually see that the codec support from the Intel side is miles ahead of the Radeon's capabilities. It is therefore a pity that users can't somehow set a global option to make all video decoding and related identification rely on the integrated GPU.

    > Intel originally claimed at the launch of the Hades Canyon NUCs that they would be able to play back UltraHD Blu-rays. The UHD BD Advisor tool from CyberLink, however, presented a different story.

    > After a bit of back and forth with Intel, it appears that the Hades Canyon NUCs will not be able to play back UHD Blu-rays. Apparently, the use of the Protected Audio Video Path (PAVP) in the integrated GPU is possible only if the display is also being driven by the same GPU. It turned out to be quite disappointing, particularly after Intel's promotion of UHD Blu-ray playback and PAVP as unique differentiating features of the Kaby Lake GPU.

    Saw your reply from the Zotac article Ganesh. Yeah, you're right I am flabbergasted. This is freaking unbelieveable considering it's Intel and they have a perfectly viable separate HD 630 that's better in media decode and they leave it mostly inaccessible.

    Hard to fathom why they even disable Intel ME when low end NUCs have it.
  • Lolimaster - Friday, March 30, 2018 - link

    I wouldn't call Prime95+Furmark a load test, it's totally unrealistic.

    How about giving it a BF1 run + HEVC reproducing on MPC or a CB15 run?
  • Lolimaster - Friday, March 30, 2018 - link

    Specially for gpu's, you'll never get that kind of load during a game session. Reply
  • ganeshts - Friday, March 30, 2018 - link

    Yes, that is for sure - we adopt a power virus test to determine the suitability of the thermal solution of the system. The AIDA stress test, on the other hand, is more realistic - we have graphs for both, so that readers can understand and interpret the behavior under both scenarios. Reply
  • Trixanity - Friday, March 30, 2018 - link

    I believe that hardware acceleration is broken in VLC on Vega. It should be fixed in 3.0.2 which seems to have been delayed to iron out a lot of bugs that has plagued the 3.0 release. Reply
  • M9 - Friday, March 30, 2018 - link

    Hi, I'm pretty much a novice seeking advice, i find this interesting for a small computer for my 5th wheel camper. Electrial needs may be an issue? The unit has 50 amp service, but many campgrounds only provide 30 amps. Keep in mind that's what's available for the invite unit including
    Hot water heater, AC, fridge & an electric fireplace, LED lighting so I don't think lighting is much of an issue. No 4K UHD disc playback is a disappointment, but honestly I can't really tell it's any better on my Samsung series 6 4K TV than a regular BLU-RAY upgraded too 4K. Any thoughts or advice appreciated, thanks.
  • Zingam - Friday, March 30, 2018 - link

    50 Amps? Are you going to power a metal smelting furnace? Reply

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