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 Core i7-7700 comes out on top. 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 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


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 Zotac ZBOX MAGNUS EN1080K 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.

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. We do not have multiple data points yet to have a proper understanding of the results of this benchmark.

Dolphin Emulator Benchmark

Performance Metrics - I Gaming Benchmarks
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  • Sane Indian - Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - link

    Why Mini PCs cost more than a Laptop or proper desktops?
  • TheinsanegamerN - Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - link

    Because it is even MORE tech, more power hungry, with more cooling then any laptop, in a smaller space, with a smaller market?
  • DanNeely - Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - link

    Even lower production volumes than laptops, meaning each sale has to cover a larger chunk of the total R&D budget.
  • nerd1 - Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - link

    It does NOT cost more than equivalent laptop (7700 and GTX 1080)
  • Rookierookie - Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - link

    On Newegg, a Clevo laptop with i7-8700K, GTX 1080, 32GB RAM, 512GB SSD+1TB HDD goes for $2449. So pretty darn close.
  • JoeyJoJo123 - Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - link

    "free" keyboard, mouse, display included with the Clevo, as well. And the thinner profile more easily fits into a backpack or carrying bag, as opposed to a cube-like shape.
  • cosmotic - Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - link

    At least the zotac doesn't look like a tragedy like the Clevo.
  • Death666Angel - Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - link

    The Zotac EN1080K goes for 1910€ in Germany. Cheapest 1080 laptop is and ASUS ROG with a 6700HQ, 512GB SSD and 16GB RAM. 6-core 8700 based Schenker Laptop (Clevo rebrand) goes for 2820€. The Zotac with 512GB SSD and 16GB RAM is 2200€, plus OS, so maybe 2250. But for that I would bet you get better cooling and much better IO options. Sure, you lose the built in display and peripherals, but they serve different use cases. If you want a luggable, portable solution, why look at this thing. If you want a stationary thing that is out of the way, why look for a laptop with a large footprint.
  • Flunk - Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - link

    It's mostly because the Clevo is enormous. You pay for the engineering to get something this small.
  • Flunk - Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - link

    This is also a bit of boutique system, they're not going to sell many of these.

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