Performance Metrics - I

The GIGABYTE GB-BNi7HG4-950 was evaluated using our standard test suite for mini-PCs targeting the gaming market. 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

SYSark 2014 is mostly a test of CPU capabilities. Even though the Core i7-6700HQ in the BRIX Gaming UHD and the Core i7-6770HQ in the Skull Canyon NUC are clocked similarly, the latter is equipped with eDRAM, which represents an additional caching level for compute workloads also. The BRIX also utilizes only one memory slot out of the available two (due to the way our review unit came pre-configured). The use of a SATA drive in the BRIX compare to a PCIe NVMe SSD in the NUC also has some effect on the scores.

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 and GPU in the system. In these workloads, the BRIX and the NUC are much closer. However, the extremely powerful GPU (GTX 980) in the Zotac ZBOX MAGNUS EN980 earns it top honors in all the tests.

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 for evaluation of 3D rendering capabilities - 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

As expected, the GTX 980-equipped ZBOX handily wins the OpenGL bench. For the CPU modes, the Skull Canyon NUC outscores the BRIX slightly in the multi-threaded case, likely due to the presence of eDRAM in the former, and the absence of dual-channel memory in the BRIX. The single-threaded scores for the two PCs are similar.

Introduction and Platform Analysis Performance Metrics - II
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  • hojnikb - Friday, October 28, 2016 - link

    Yes there are. There are a bunch of laptops using kaby lake cpus. Reply
  • wintermute000 - Saturday, October 29, 2016 - link

    none with quad core though - all are dual core U Reply
  • hojnikb - Sunday, October 30, 2016 - link

    Doesn't really matter, fact is kaby lake is out. Reply
  • cosmotic - Friday, October 28, 2016 - link

    If these articles never used the phrase 'business end' again, I would be a happy camper. Reply
  • Klug4Pres - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - link

    I consider myself to be a linguistic pedant, but can't see much wrong with "business end".

    It's a lot better than "happy camper", that's for sure, but no doubt you were being ironic.
    Reply
  • Samus - Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - link

    Booya. Reply
  • RaichuPls - Friday, October 28, 2016 - link

    How is a GTX 950 equivalent to a GTX 965m? 768 CUDA vs 1024 CUDA... Reply
  • hojnikb - Friday, October 28, 2016 - link

    maybe they were comparing it to the lower clocked 965m... There is a 540Mhz version, that is definitely slower than 950, despite having more cuda cores Reply
  • alphasquadron - Friday, October 28, 2016 - link

    I know it's annoying to request reviews from a site but please if you have the time when the Zotac Magnus EN1080 comes out, a review of it would be so nice. I am sure other sites will be doing it but it is nice to see the anandtech view. I want a really small pc for living room use so I was going to get a laptop and external gpu dock when at home, but then if this new zotac is just as good as a laptop with external gpu dock, I won't have to do that and it looks small but hard to tell from the marketing pictures. Reply
  • coder111 - Friday, October 28, 2016 - link

    What about a similar build with a Fractal Design 202 case and Radeon RX 480 or RX 470?

    How would it compare in terms of size or performance? Or price?
    Reply

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