Performance Metrics - I

The GIGABYTE GB-BNi7HG4-950 was evaluated using our standard test suite for mini-PCs targeting the gaming market. Not all benchmarks were processed on all the machines due to updates in our testing procedures. Therefore, the list of PCs in each graph might not be the same. In the first section, we will be looking at SYSmark 2014, as well as some of the Futuremark benchmarks.

BAPCo SYSmark 2014

BAPCo's SYSmark 2014 is an application-based benchmark that uses real-world applications to replay usage patterns of business users in the areas of office productivity, media creation and data/financial analysis. Scores are meant to be compared against a reference desktop (HP ProDesk 600 G1 with a Core i3-4130, 4GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive) that 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 2014 - Office Productivity

SYSmark 2014 - Media Creation

SYSmark 2014 - Data / Financial Analysis

SYSmark 2014 - Overall Score

SYSark 2014 is mostly a test of CPU capabilities. Even though the Core i7-6700HQ in the BRIX Gaming UHD and the Core i7-6770HQ in the Skull Canyon NUC are clocked similarly, the latter is equipped with eDRAM, which represents an additional caching level for compute workloads also. The BRIX also utilizes only one memory slot out of the available two (due to the way our review unit came pre-configured). The use of a SATA drive in the BRIX compare to a PCIe NVMe SSD in the NUC also has some effect on the scores.

Futuremark PCMark 8

PCMark 8 provides various usage scenarios (home, creative and work) and offers ways to benchmark both baseline (CPU-only) as well as OpenCL accelerated (CPU + GPU) performance. We benchmarked select PCs for the OpenCL accelerated performance in all three usage scenarios. These scores are heavily influenced by the CPU and GPU in the system. In these workloads, the BRIX and the NUC are much closer. However, the extremely powerful GPU (GTX 980) in the Zotac ZBOX MAGNUS EN980 earns it top honors in all the tests.

Futuremark PCMark 8 - Home OpenCL

Futuremark PCMark 8 - Creative OpenCL

Futuremark PCMark 8 - Work OpenCL

Miscellaneous Futuremark Benchmarks

Futuremark PCMark 7 - PCMark Suite Score

Futuremark 3DMark 11 - Extreme Score

Futuremark 3DMark 11 - Entry Score

Futuremark 3DMark 2013 - Ice Storm Score

Futuremark 3DMark 2013 - Cloud Gate Score

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15

CINEBENCH R15 provides three benchmark modes for evaluation of 3D rendering capabilities - OpenGL, single threaded and multi-threaded. Evaluation of select PCs in all three modes provided us the following results.

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15 - Single Thread

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15 - Multiple Threads

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15 - OpenGL

As expected, the GTX 980-equipped ZBOX handily wins the OpenGL bench. For the CPU modes, the Skull Canyon NUC outscores the BRIX slightly in the multi-threaded case, likely due to the presence of eDRAM in the former, and the absence of dual-channel memory in the BRIX. The single-threaded scores for the two PCs are similar.

Introduction and Platform Analysis Performance Metrics - II


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  • TheinsanegamerN - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - link

    well, size wise, the brix wins hands down. That isnt even up for debate. Reply
  • Samus - Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - link

    I can't not look at the thing and just think Gigabyte was clearly inspired by the Silverstone FT03-mini with this thing.

    They made a "mini" FT03-mini.
  • fanofanand - Friday, October 28, 2016 - link

    $1160 with single channel RAM. Dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb. Reply
  • ganeshts - Friday, October 28, 2016 - link

    That was the review configuration supplied. It is not limited by design, so the end-user can always add an additional SODIMM stick for around $50 or so. Reply
  • TheinsanegamerN - Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - link

    at that price, dual channel should be included by default. My gaming laptop cost less then this thing. Reply
  • Lolimaster - Friday, October 28, 2016 - link

    They know that once Raven Ridge ZEN APU arrives, any small pc with discrete gpu is done. Reply
  • hojnikb - Saturday, October 29, 2016 - link

    not really. raven will be at best at performance levels of a rx460, so plenty of room there Reply
  • wintermute000 - Saturday, October 29, 2016 - link

    yeah but enough to make a GTX950 irrelevant IF that is the case Reply
  • The_Assimilator - Saturday, October 29, 2016 - link

    GTX 950 is already irrelevant thanks to GTX 1050... which beats RX 460... which makes Raven Ridge obsolete before it's ever launched. Seems like a common theme for AMD. Reply
  • meorah - Friday, October 28, 2016 - link

    gtx 1050 ti review anytime soon? Reply

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