Performance Metrics - I

The GIGABYTE GB-BSi7HAL-6500 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

As expected, the Core i7-6500U is one of the most powerful Skylake-U CPUs, and the GB-BSi7HAL-6500 has the best scores amongst all the Skylake-U UCFF PCs. Obviously, it is no match for the Skylake-H Core i7-6770HQ in the Skull Canyon NUC.

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 CPU-bound scores are similar to what we saw in the SYSmark section. The benchmarks influenced by the GPU present a slightly different story, as the NUC6i5SYK's Intel Iris Graphics 540 is more powerful compared to the Intel HD Graphics 520 in the GB-BSi7HAL-6500.

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

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.

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15 - Single Thread

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15 - Multiple Threads

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15 - OpenGL

In the single-threaded and multi-threaded cases, the power of the Core i7-6500U comes through compared to the other Skylake-U CPUs evaluated before. In the OpenGL benchmark, the units with more powerful GPUs - the NUC6i5SYK and the Skull Canyon NUC - score better.

Introduction and Platform Analysis Performance Metrics - II
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  • GhostOfAnand - Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - link

    Any news on when Intel iGPU will support VESA adaptive sync?
  • JoeyJoJo123 - Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - link

    "will support" is a bit of an overstatement.

    Right now VESA Adaptive Sync mode is an optional feature. See:
    "Adaptive-Sync (not to be confused with NVIDIA’s Adaptive V-Sync), the eDP feature that allows for variable refresh monitors, has been added to the DisplayPort 1.2a standard as an optional feature."

    Intel may or may not implement this feature at their discretion. I wouldn't really expect it for another year, to be honest, given that product releases are from heavily researched, tested, and fabricated products designed year(s) ago. Since Adaptive Sync is now an (optional) VESA standard feature, we might see Intel iGPU support maybe next gen, hopefully, and if not, the next gen after that.
  • Flunk - Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - link

    I believe they announced that support was coming with Kaby Lake.
  • Samus - Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - link

    I love my BRIX Projector, but it also cost $200 as a shell shocker years ago in i3 barebones form. After $100 in components and upgrading the wifi to .ac it's a great $300 media PC, but in all honesty isn't worth much more. The cost of these skylake nucs is ridiculous.
  • RadiclDreamer - Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - link

    I would pick up a lenovo mini with 1 lan port and add another via USB3 before buying this vastly overpriced attempt
  • powerarmour - Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - link

    Indeed, having an extra $10 port is hardly a selling point. Even a USB2 adaptor would do, or a cheap switch.
  • Ro_Ja - Thursday, September 22, 2016 - link

    What? The Price of NUC6i7KYK is still cheaper.
  • Ro_Ja - Thursday, September 22, 2016 - link

    Not to mention the i7-6500U's performance is bad per dollar :\
  • Xajel - Thursday, September 22, 2016 - link

    Regarding that this not the best HTPC system, I wonder when you guys will make another HTPC GPU's comparison.. the latest one you guys made is 5 years old and it was only for discrete GPU's... we desperately need a new comprehensive comparison...
  • u.of.ipod - Thursday, September 22, 2016 - link

    They say in the review that since Haswell all GPUs from AMD, nvidia, and Intel are pretty much on par.

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