Performance Metrics - II

In this section, we mainly look at benchmark modes in programs used on a day-to-day basis, i.e, application performance and not synthetic workloads.

x264 Benchmark

First off, we have some video encoding benchmarks courtesy of x264 HD Benchmark v5.0. This is simply a test of CPU performance. As expected, the Celeron J3455 is at the top in both passes. Recent releases of the x264 benchmark can show even more impressive gains, as they make use of the latest and greatest features of the modern Intel processors.

Video Encoding - x264 5.0 - Pass 1

Video Encoding - x264 5.0 - Pass 2

7-Zip

7-Zip is a very effective and efficient compression program, often beating out OpenCL accelerated commercial programs in benchmarks even while using just the CPU power. 7-Zip has a benchmarking program that provides tons of details regarding the underlying CPU's efficiency. In this subsection, we are interested in the compression and decompression MIPS ratings when utilizing all the available threads.

7-Zip LZMA Compression Benchmark

7-Zip LZMA Decompression Benchmark

TrueCrypt

As businesses (and even home consumers) become more security conscious, the importance of encryption can't be overstated. CPUs supporting the AES-NI instruction for accelerating the encryption and decryption processes have become more widespread over the last few years. TrueCrypt, a popular open-source disk encryption program can take advantage of the AES-NI capabilities. The TrueCrypt internal benchmark provides some interesting cryptography-related numbers to ponder. In the graph below, we can get an idea of how fast a TrueCrypt volume would behave in the Intel NUC6CAYH and how it would compare with other select PCs. This is a purely CPU feature / clock speed based test.

TrueCrypt Benchmark

Agisoft Photoscan

Agisoft PhotoScan is a commercial program that converts 2D images into 3D point maps, meshes and textures. The program designers sent us a command line version in order to evaluate the efficiency of various systems that go under our review scanner. The command line version has two benchmark modes, one using the CPU and the other using both the CPU and GPU (via OpenCL). We have been using an old version of the program with 50 photogaphs in our reviews till now. The updated benchmark (v1.3) now takes around 84 photographs and does four stages of computation:

  • Stage 1: Align Photographs (capable of OpenCL acceleration)
  • Stage 2: Build Point Cloud (capable of OpenCL acceleration)
  • Stage 3: Build Mesh
  • Stage 4: Build Textures

We record the time taken for each stage. Since various elements of the software are single threaded, others multithreaded, and some use GPUs, it is interesting to record the effects of CPU generations, speeds, number of cores, DRAM parameters and the GPU using this software.

The GPU turns out to be too weak and is actually detrimental to the performance numbers from the first stage. The second stage's improvement with the GPU enabled is within the margin of error that one encounters from run to run.

Agisoft PhotoScan Benchmark - Stage 1

Agisoft PhotoScan Benchmark - Stage 2

Agisoft PhotoScan Benchmark - Stage 3

Agisoft PhotoScan Benchmark - Stage 4

Dolphin Emulator

Wrapping up our application benchmark numbers is the new Dolphin Emulator (v5) benchmark mode results. This is again a test of the CPU capabilities, but, we do not have numbers with other systems to compare against.

Dolphin Emulator Benchmark

Performance Metrics - I Networking and Storage Performance
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  • negusp - Friday, January 12, 2018 - link

    When are we going to get a Ryzen mobile review from IntelTech? Or are we going to have to continue to sit through overpriced Intel NUC reviews and the like? Reply
  • Ryan Smith - Friday, January 12, 2018 - link

    "When are we going to get a Ryzen mobile review from IntelTech?"

    Hopefully soon. AMD has yet to ship us a sample (but is supposed to be doing so any time now).
    Reply
  • negusp - Friday, January 12, 2018 - link

    Cool, thanks. Reply
  • french toast - Friday, January 12, 2018 - link

    Very poor from AMD, I wish they would get their act together with the tech press, how long has Ryzen mobile been out for? 3-4 months?.
    Hopefully after all this time they ship you Acer 2700u equiped unit.
    Reply
  • Lolimaster - Friday, January 12, 2018 - link

    They should buy the product, I mean, they salaries right? Not like it's a hobby site. Purch media, intel's ally. Reply
  • StevoLincolnite - Sunday, January 14, 2018 - link

    Would have been great if you threw a couple of MOBA benchmarks in to see how she copes. Reply
  • HStewart - Monday, January 15, 2018 - link

    I thought we have already had reviews on it - or is that just hype. I saw one in best buy yesterday and it look quite fat compared to other notebooks.

    But getting back this subject - this NUC you can't blame Intel as being over price - there is a big difference between 470 as configured and $130 for NUC from Intel - where is $340. for $470 you could almost buy 2 of these NUC's - for $470 you can get i5-7100U based nuc
    Reply
  • HStewart - Monday, January 15, 2018 - link

    I am not sure where you get "overpriced Intel NUC" from - maybe the review has it wrong, but if you go to the following link you can start out with minimal price of $215 - keep in mind it only has 32G eMMC and 2G of ram

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MXYZ8V5?tag=anandtech...
    Reply
  • AbRASiON - Friday, January 19, 2018 - link

    Sorry but the NUC is hard to find decent reviews of. It's one great thing Anandtech seems to consistently produce.

    Mind you, I think I'd rather wait for a 10nm NUC with Gen 10 or Gen 11 graphics. Really wanna see a 4k device which can do HDR, 60hz, (HDMI 2.1) etc. Probably still 18 months away
    Reply
  • mode_13h - Saturday, January 20, 2018 - link

    Go read about Gemini Lake. It's still made on their standard 14 nm process, but it ticks most of your other boxes ...and it's already in shipping devices!

    https://www.anandtech.com/show/12146/intel-launche...
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