Performance Metrics - I

The ASRock DeskMini 110 was evaluated using our standard test suite for small form-factor 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

SYSmark scores are heavily dependent on the CPU in the system. Here, we see the 65W TDP Core i5-6500 come behind the 45W TDP Core i7-6770HQ, primarily due to the hyperthreading (4C/8T) features of the latter. Note that the Core i5-6500 is a 4C/4T CPU. Other than that, the DeskMini that we built has no trouble proving to be better at business workloads compared to systems equipped with lower TDP CPUs.

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. The aspects noted in the SYSmark 2014 subsection apply here too. The DeskMini comes second to Skull Canyon, but has no trouble being better than the other systems in the comparison list.

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

The 3D benchmarks present a different story, because the HD Graphics 530 is not as powerful as the GPUs in either Skull Canyon (Iris Pro with eDRAM) or even the U-series models for many workloads.

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. The Core i5-6500's single threaded performance is top of the line, thanks to the high TDP / clock speed. However, absence of hyperthreading allows Skull Canyon (Core i7-6770HQ) to sneak ahead in the multi-threaded case. The OpenGL results lend further credence to the analysis of the GPU capabilities made in the previous subsection.

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15 - Single Thread

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15 - Multiple Threads

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15 - OpenGL

Introduction and Setup Impressions Performance Metrics - II


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  • nonotme2 - Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - link

    Are there any XEON based sfx platforms? Reply
  • CSMR - Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - link

    The form factor has a lot of potential, but:
    1. Mobo makers are stuck in the past. Wasting space with VGA output which could have gone to more USB3 ports or an extra displayport or thunderbolt.
    2. Please give us at least the graphics power you can get in NUCs or Brix systems with Iris Pro. The 65W processors with shared-memory graphics are unbalanced with strong CPU and weak GPU. Quad-core Iris Pros are great all-rounders but stretch the cooling systems of NUCs and Brixes.
  • cm2187 - Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - link

    Out of curiosity, what would happen if I stick an i7 6700K in there (no overclocking)? Is it a temperature or a power constraint? Reply
  • fanofanand - Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - link

    likely both. Reply
  • BedfordTim - Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - link

    It will take an i7-6700 which would make more sense if you are not overclocking. Reply
  • extide - Monday, June 13, 2016 - link

    Those have a higher TDP -- that board may not support them. It supports 65w for sure, but maybe not the higher wattage of the K series chips, which I think is 91w. Reply
  • A5 - Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - link

    Would be interesting to mix this kind of thing with an R-series CPU if you need to do (very) light gaming. Reply
  • The_Assimilator - Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - link

    Man, this thing would be a killer if it had Thunderbolt support. Reply
  • wintermute000 - Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - link

    Can someone pretty please test ESXi on it :) Reply
  • wintermute000 - Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - link

    And kvm too ;) Reply

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