System Performance: UL and BAPCo Benchmarks

Our 2022 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 and BAPCo's SYSmark. Starting this year, we are also including BAPCo's CrossMark multi-platform benchmarking tool.

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.

Futuremark PCMark 10 - Essentials

Futuremark PCMark 10 - Productivity

Futuremark PCMark 10 - Gaming

Futuremark PCMark 10 - Digital Content Creation

Futuremark PCMark 10 - Extended

Despite appearing in the lower half of the graphs above, the Supermicro SYS-E100-12T-H puts up an impressive performance given its TDP constraints - 15W against the 20W - 35W configuration of the other systems' processors. In almost all sections, we see the system edge ahead of the Coffee Lake-equipped Bean Canyon NUC and the OnLogic HX500 despite the TDP handicap - a testament to the improvements made in Tiger Lake by Intel.

BAPCo 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 performance 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 25 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

In terms of energy efficiency towards getting the workloads processed, the SM-E100-12T-H marks itself in the middle of the pack. The low TDP helps, but the extra time taken to complete the workloads (as seen in the performance scores) reduces the sheen to some extent. The SATA SSD in the system is one of the main culprits responsible for the low responsiveness score.

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.

CrossMark - Productivity

CrossMark - Creativity

CrossMark - Responsiveness

CrossMark - Overall

The relative performance seen in SYSmark 25 translate to CrossMark also, as expected. The responsiveness ratings vary significantly due to the usage of SATA SSDs in certain systems compared to NVMe ones in others.

Setup Notes and Platform Analysis System Performance: Miscellaneous Workloads
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  • kgardas - Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - link

    Great little box. Your article although short is very valuable due to your choice of filming going thorough setup. This is a *BIG* thing here. Indeed, due to GRE SoC used I've been very carefully looking into "In-Band ECC" option in the setup. Not seen it anywhere. Perhaps most close but very confusing is "Enable RH Prevention" -- with help text "Actively prevent Row Hammer" -- if this is "In-Band ECC" or not is beyond my imagination -- asking SMicro for clarification would be great here.
  • kgardas - Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - link

    Also important question is: country of origin. China or by any chance something more democratic and trustful?
  • nandnandnand - Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - link

    Trust No One
  • SSNSeawolf - Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - link

    Supermicro is an American company.
  • kgardas - Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - link

    Sure, but a lot of their products are made in P.R.C. Hence caution is reasonable IMHO.
  • andychow - Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - link

    Which product isn't made in China? The iPhone is made in China, and so is pretty much every cellphone.
    Supermicro moved their production from China to Taiwan a couple of years back. There was a rumor that the Chinese government had added a secret chip. Of course, no such chip was ever found on any board, even after Supermicro audited the production and actively investigated. But rumors online stay alive, so they moved to Taiwan.
  • kgardas - Thursday, June 9, 2022 - link

    Majority of Kontron and all Kontron previous Fujitsu boards are made in EU/Germany. Some of Asus/Gigabyte boards are made in Taiwan. Supermicro ordered plans were divided 2/3 in P.R.C 1/3 in Taiwan few years back. Hence the question of coutry of origin.
    Yes, agree, mobile phone industry is doomed with nearly all P.R.C. production this is why such device can't be tolerated in security sensitive environment.
  • ricebunny - Thursday, June 9, 2022 - link

    If data privacy is your concern than avoiding Made in China products will not help you. Our own government has no shortage of means or moral restraint for that matter to spy on us.
  • Threska - Thursday, June 9, 2022 - link

    Why spy on us, when everyone's leaking, even the government.
  • bwj - Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - link

    For a box like this is seems like it would have been useful the evaluate the ability of the i225 NICs to move packets. I've had some problems with the i225-v but I don't know if they are universal with the i225 of all kinds.

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