System Performance: UL and BAPCo Benchmarks

Our 2022 Q4 update to the test suite for Windows 11-based systems carries over some of the standard benchmarks we have been using over the last several years, including UL's PCMark. New additions include BAPCo's CrossMark multi-platform benchmarking tool, as well as UL's Procyon benchmark suite. BPACo recently updated their SYSmark benchmark suite - while operational at a basic level, it is missing key features such as energy consumption measurement. We will start including SYSmark 30 once the open issues are resolved.

UL PCMark 10

UL's PCMark 10 evaluates computing systems for various usage scenarios (generic / essential tasks such as web browsing and starting up applications, productivity tasks such as editing spreadsheets and documents, gaming, and digital content creation). We benchmarked select PCs with the PCMark 10 Extended profile and recorded the scores for various scenarios. These scores are heavily influenced by the CPU and GPU in the system, though the RAM and storage device also play a part. The power plan was set to Balanced for all the PCs while processing the PCMark 10 benchmark. The scores for each contributing component / use-case environment are also graphed below.

UL PCMark 10 - Performance Scores

The productivity workload sees the Ryzen 7-5800U system come out on top (thanks probably to the presence of 8 high performance cores), but that system loses steam in other components. The overall scores are along expected lines - the Intel RPL-P system is ahead of the ASRock Industrial RPL-P one, which in turn is a bit in front of the Alder Lake-P systems.

UL Procyon v2.1.544

PCMark 10 utilizes open-source software such as Libre Office and GIMP to evaluate system performance. However, many of their professional benchmark customers have been requesting evaluation with commonly-used commercial software such as Microsoft Office and Adobe applications. In order to serve their needs, UL introduced the Procyon benchmark in late 2020. There are five benchmark categories currently - Office Productivity, AI Inference, Battery Life, Photo Editing, and Video Editing. AI Inference benchmarks are available only for Android devices, while the battery life benchmark is applicable to Windows devices such as notebooks and tablets. We presents results from our processing of the other three benchmarks.

UL Procyon - Office Productivity Scores

With similar processors and RAM, the NUCS BOX-1360P/D4 and the NUC13ANKi7 perform very similarly across all four components, getting on top in two each. The recorded scores are within the margin of run to run variations.

The Arena Canyon NUC forges ahead on the energy consumption front, though. In fact, the ASRock Industrial system comes way beind at 11.25 Wh compared to the Arena Canyon NUC's 9.06 Wh. These numbers can be due to different BIOS optimization targets.

Moving on to the evaluation of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom, we find the Arena Canyon NUC come out comfortably on top, but it guzzles a lot more energy in the process compared to the 4x4 BOX-5800U.

UL Procyon - Photo Editing

UL Procyon evaluates performance for video editing using Adobe Premier Pro, with the GPU playing a major role.

UL Procyon - Photo Editing

The aggressively clocked iGPU in the Core i7-1360P helps the Arena Canyon NUC and the NUCS BOX-1360P/D4 to deliver similar scores, with the former coming out on top. However, the energy consumption number is significantly higher despite the faster processing.

BAPCo CrossMark

BAPCo's CrossMark aims to simplify benchmark processing while still delivering scores that roughly tally with SYSmark. The main advantage is the cross-platform nature of the tool - allowing it to be run on smartphones and tablets as well.

BAPCo CrossMark - Sub-Category Scores

The relative performance seen in PCMark 10 translate to CrossMark also, as expected. The responsiveness ratings vary significantly due to differences in the default BIOS settings for options such as PCIe ASPM etc. We see the ASRock Industrial units emerge with high responsiveness ratings (ASPM disabled by default), while Arena Canyon opts to optimize for power efficiency by enabling ASPM. Overall, we see the Arena Canyon NUC score very similarly to the NUCS BOX-1360P/D4, and well ahead of the rest of the pack.

Setup Notes and Platform Analysis System Performance: Miscellaneous Workloads
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  • heraldo25 - Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - link

    Why doesn't this type of PC ship with a USB C power adaptor? It would be ideal for travelling.
  • meacupla - Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - link

    Some NUC-like mini PCs do ship with a USB-C power connector.

    I can't say for certain, but I would guess it's because the manufacturer doesn't want you accidentally plugging in a <60W USB PD power adapter that cannot output 20V.
    Most of these mini-PCs and laptops use a 19V barrel adapter.

    There are also >60W multi-port USB-C power adapters will temporarily power down all ports when it detects a new device was plugged in.
    It's just really difficult to deal with all possible hardware combinations, and I can see it being more trouble than it's worth.
    Laptops are more forgiving with power loss, because they have batteries.
  • timecop1818 - Sunday, April 2, 2023 - link

    They could ship it with a 65W USB-C PD adapter like HP and Dell laptops come with. But I'd rather they kept the barrel plug because wasting one USB C port on power is pretty lame.
  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - link

    Suggestion - The opening paragraph is obviously a copy-paste from previous NUC articles. I get it that writers have a template and just fill in details at this point, but it just sets a tone for the article with regular readers as yet another hollowed out, low effort, assembly line thing that Anandtech used to not do, but seemingly does these days to toss reviews out the door. Variation would be helpful in the canned opener to mitigate some of that.
  • Oyeve - Wednesday, March 29, 2023 - link

    I have been buying Beelink mini PCs for my company this year and they are phenomenal for dollar value. Cost around 200-300 (depending on sales) and the model I chose for my users are the 16gb, windows 11 pro with AMD Ryzen 7 4700U and 500GB Kingston NVME drives. You really can't beat that price.
  • timecop1818 - Sunday, April 2, 2023 - link

    Yeah but then you're stuck with AMD

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