Gaming Benchmarks

The gaming credentials of the Radeon RX Vega M GH has not been evaluated by any third-party before, as the NUC8i7HVK is the first PC to ship with that GPU. Keeping that in mind, it is important to get some context on how it fares when compared with other contemporary GPUs.

For the purpose of benchmarking, we chose four different games (Sleeping Dogs, Tomb Raider, Bioshock Infinite and DiRT Showdown) at three different quality levels. Note that the main aim here is not to show that the Radeon GPU can play the latest and greatest games. Rather, it is to compare the NUC8i7HVK against other gaming-focused mini-PCs that we have evaluated before..

Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs - Performance Score

Sleeping Dogs - Quality Score

Sleeping Dogs - Extreme Score

Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider - Performance Score

Tomb Raider - Quality Score

Tomb Raider - Extreme Score

Bioshock Infinite

Bioshock Infinite - Performance Score

Bioshock Infinite - Quality Score

Bioshock Infinite - Extreme Score

DiRT Showdown

DiRT Showdown - Performance Score

DiRT Showdown - Quality Score

DiRT Showdown - Extreme Score

The Talos Principle

The Talos Principle - 1080p High Score

The Talos Principle - 1080p Ultra Score

GRID Autosport

GRID Autosport - 1080p Extreme Score

Across almost all of the benchmarks we ran, the Radeon GPU slotted between the GTX 960 and GTX 980 in terms of performance.

Performance Metrics - II Gaming Notebooks Compared
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  • ganeshts - Saturday, March 31, 2018 - link

    All those references to VLC are pre-3.0 release. With 3.0, VLC had a major overhaul. That is the reason why I never touched VLC in my earlier systems reviews, but started doing so with the ones from this month.

    https://www.videolan.org/vlc/releases/3.0.0.html

    The new release is very power efficient - as good as a lean MPC-HC + LAV Filters configuration. I believe they have done an excellent job, and will be using VLC moving forward (in addition to Kodi and MPC-HC / madVR).

    Like it or not, it is the geeks and the nerds who use MPC-HC. The mass market still uses Kodi and VLC (despite the latter's inefficiencies pre-3.0).
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  • Hifihedgehog - Saturday, March 31, 2018 - link

    “The mass market still uses Kodi and VLC.”

    I respectfully disagree. Many home theater users I know use Kodi in combination with MPC-HC or MPC-BE, due to MadVR highly superior scaling abilities. Check the Kodi forums. This is a very popular configuration:

    forum (dot) kodi (dot) tv/showthread.php?tid=209596

    Check out this thread. Many reference it. Perhaps you should as welll in going forward:

    forum (dot) doom9 (dot) org/showthread.php?t=171787

    I have tried VLC 3.0 and CPU usage and image quality are still inferior to MPC-HC and MPC-BE. For these reasons, it is still not worth recommending.
    Reply
  • Hifihedgehog - Saturday, March 31, 2018 - link

    PS:

    hardforum (dot) com/threads/vlc-3-0-released-with-hdr-chromecast-support.1954247/#post-1043479175
    Reply
  • Trixanity - Saturday, March 31, 2018 - link

    Try the latest 3.0.2 nightly. It should work there unless Hades have special drivers. Reply
  • mode_13h - Friday, March 30, 2018 - link

    Rabid angry people like you are funny, do you really think anyone is going to read or care about your comment? Go away LOL Reply
  • cfenton - Thursday, March 29, 2018 - link

    The claim was about codec support. Just by looking at the DXVA charts it's pretty clear the Intel IGP has better codec support. Hardware decode is pretty important for most people looking for a box to sit near their TV.

    Of course, you may be right that the Ryzen 5 is a better solution overall if you're willing to sacrifice UHD Blu-ray and some hardware decode ability.
    Reply
  • eva02langley - Friday, March 30, 2018 - link

    Who the hell is using Blu-Ray anymore? Reply
  • mooninite - Friday, March 30, 2018 - link

    People use Blu-Ray when they want to view the best possible video AND audio quality on something other than their laptop with a 1280x768 17" screen that's on shared wi-fi. Reply
  • PeachNCream - Friday, March 30, 2018 - link

    Do you mean 1366x768? 1280x800 used to be pretty popular when screens went to 16:10. Reply
  • cfenton - Friday, March 30, 2018 - link

    Anyone who cares about image and audio quality, which is precisely the market for an HTPC. Reply

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