BAPCo SYSmark 25

The Intel NUC11BTMi9 (Beast Canyon) was evaluated using our Fall 2018 test suite for small-form factor PCs. In the first section, we will be looking at SYSmark 25.

BAPCo's SYSmark 25 is an application-based benchmark that uses real-world applications to replay usage patterns of business users in the areas of productivity, creativity, and responsiveness. The 'Productivity Scenario' covers office-centric activities including word processing, spreadsheet usage, financial analysis, software development, application installation, file compression, and e-mail management. The 'Creativity Scenario' represents media-centric activities such as digital photo processing, AI and ML for face recognition in photos and videos for the purpose of content creation, etc. The 'Responsiveness Scenario' evaluates the ability of the system to react in a quick manner to user inputs in areas such as application and file launches, web browsing, and multi-tasking.

Scores are meant to be compared against a reference desktop (the SYSmark 25 calibration system, a Lenovo Thinkcenter M720q with a Core i5-8500T and 8GB of DDR4 memory to go with a 256GB M.2 NVMe SSD). The calibration system 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 25 - Productivity

SYSmark 25 - Creativity

SYSmark 25 - Responsiveness

SYSmark 25 - Overall

SYSmark 25 also adds energy measurement to the mix. A high score in the SYSmark benchmarks might be nice to have, but, potential customers also need to determine the balance between power consumption and the efficiency of the system. For example, in the average office scenario, it might not be worth purchasing a noisy and power-hungry PC just because it ends up with a 2000 score in the SYSmark 2014 SE benchmarks. In order to provide a balanced perspective, SYSmark 25 also allows vendors and decision makers to track the energy consumption during each workload. In the graphs below, we find the total energy consumed by the PC under test for a single iteration of each SYSmark 25 workload. For reference, the calibration system consumes 8.88 Wh for productivity, 10.81 Wh for creativity, and 19.69 Wh overall.

SYSmark 25 - Productivity Energy Consumption

SYSmark 25 - Creativity Energy Consumption


SYSmark 25 - Overall Energy Consumption

The Beast Canyon outscores the Ghost Canyon by around 20%. The increase in energy consumption is miniscule.

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  • meacupla - Thursday, July 29, 2021 - link

    oh wow!
    I didn't think intel would follow up on their extreme NUC lineup, considering how fast they killed some of their other products, like optane, and big/little.
  • Jorgp2 - Thursday, July 29, 2021 - link

    >I didn't think intel would follow up on their extreme NUC lineup, considering how fast they killed some of their other products, like optane, and big/little.


    They're still making both of those.
  • Gasaraki88 - Thursday, August 5, 2021 - link

    Yeah, wth is that guy smoking.
  • SarahKerrigan - Thursday, July 29, 2021 - link

    Intel heterogeneous multicore isn't dead (Alder Lake is going to use it) and neither is Optane (DCPMMs are active products and have a roadmap - admittedly, so did Itanium until Jan 2013...)

    Lakefield is dead. Consumer flagship Optane SSDs are dead.
  • Calin - Friday, July 30, 2021 - link

    Actually, the production of the memory chips used by Optane has been transferred to Micron (out of the Intel/Micron joint venture) and Micron will stop production in a few years.
  • mode_13h - Monday, August 2, 2021 - link

    Intel will just move it somewhere else.
  • powerarmour - Thursday, July 29, 2021 - link

    Intel are clearly moving the goalposts here on what a NUC form factor should be, will the next NUC's be full towers?
  • willis936 - Thursday, July 29, 2021 - link

    Hardly. NUC is SFF desktops. The longest dimension is still shorter than the shortest dimension on mITX. Do you want your desktop to break the laws of physics or is it acceptable to follow them?
  • powerarmour - Thursday, July 29, 2021 - link

    Well, 300W power draw gives us the lovely shoebox, how delightful.
  • notashill - Thursday, July 29, 2021 - link

    Where do you get the longest dimension being shorter than the shortest dimension on mITX? This is very similar in size to some of the smaller ITX cases.

    Beast Canyon is 357 x 189 x 120mm, 8 liters..

    A Dancase A4 SFX is 112 x 205 x 327mm, 7.2 liters.

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