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 and BAPCo's SYSmark. New additions include BAPCo's CrossMark multi-platform benchmarking tool, as well as UL's Procyon benchmark suite.

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 NUC BOX-1360P/D5 shows marked improvement over the D4 model across the board. In the 'Performance' setting, the scores are better than the Arena Canyon's numbers. The AMD models enjoy significant lead in the productivity benchmark. The graphics performance of the RDNA2 iGPU in the 4X4 BOX-7735U also lends its weightage to the overall scores, with both operating modes of the Rembrandt refresh model leapfrogging the NUC BOX-1360P/D5.

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. 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

In the Office workloads, the Raptor Lake-P systems all perform quite similar to each other irrespective of the memory technology used.

However, on the energy front, the 28W PL1 setting coupled with DDR5 SODIMMs result in the lowest consumption numbers for workload completion. The Arena Canyon NUC fares slightly worse in terms of scores while consuming the same amount of energy.

Moving on to the evaluation of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom, we find the normal mode configuration of the NUC BOX-1360P/D5 performing similar to the Arena Canyon NUC while consuming lesser energy. From a raw performance viewpoint, the 40W PL1 setting is enough to make the system climb up to the top spot.

UL Procyon - Photo Editing

UL Procyon evaluates performance for video editing using Adobe Premier Pro.The two operating modes of the NUC BOX-1360P/D5 hold on to the top two spots.

UL Procyon - Photo Editing

In terms of energy consumption, the DDR5 configuration in the Normal mode manages to be the most efficient of the lot.

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 two modes of the NUC BOX-1360P/D5 take the top two spots, but the performance of the DDR5 configuration is quite similar to the DDR4 ones. Since CrossMark attempts to consolidate different workloads together without idle time intervals and play it back in a non-real-time environment, it is not entirely representative of real-world performance like SYSmark 25.

Setup Notes and Platform Analysis System Performance: Miscellaneous Workloads
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  • Grapple - Tuesday, July 18, 2023 - link

    Would love to see an Intel T-series (35W) processor SFF/UCFF in the comparison mix, such as the Lenovo ThinkStation P3 Tiny or its predecessor, the P360 Tiny.
  • meacupla - Tuesday, July 18, 2023 - link

    It seems like it is only worth it, if it cost less than a 7735U or 7740U
  • nandnandnand - Wednesday, July 19, 2023 - link

    You mean 7840U. There is no 7740U.
  • meacupla - Wednesday, July 19, 2023 - link

    yeah, that one. I hate AMD's naming scheme. It's so confusing.
  • fallaha56 - Wednesday, July 19, 2023 - link

    Yes but the Zen4 7840U will destroy the Intel chip

    Odd not to see one of the many models of equivalent AMD NUC here…
  • - Thursday, July 20, 2023 - link

    The Intel version is roughly $200-300 more than a 7735U which is roughly equal in performance.
    I got tired of all the Intel microcode patches and went AMD. On top of that Intel has the ME which is not really needed for the single user and is another security hole.
  • Samus - Tuesday, July 18, 2023 - link

    It's good to see they took Thunderbolt into consideration here. That's a real oversight to this day on professional and enterprise products that annoys the crap out of me, ie, the Probook 450 G9 and 650 G9 are identical down to the case and internals except for one IC (Burnside) that adds TB4. PCIe 4.0 storage is nerfed in firmware on the 450 (limited to 3.0) but easily reactivated with a hex editor.

    The 650 model sells at a $300 MSRP markup over the nerfed 450. It's ridiculous.

    That said, if this thing has full TB4, it's strange they are using so much real estate for display ports when they could put 2x TB4 Type-C ports in their place offering substantially more capability. Throw in a $5 dongle for DP.
  • meacupla - Tuesday, July 18, 2023 - link

    USB-C to Displayport adapters are usually $15~20
  • Samus - Wednesday, July 19, 2023 - link

    $8 on Amazon, $10 for Lenovo branded one, and those are retail price. An OEM buying thousands in bulk will get them for a few bucks a pop. Not to mention the ports are cheaper and simpler to implement on a PCB over the higher pin count (and license requirements) or HDMI. The whole thing stinks like yesterdays diapers.
  • fallaha56 - Wednesday, July 19, 2023 - link

    Come on guys

    Any Zen4 7840U NUC will destroy the ‘cutting edge’ Intel chip here

    Let’s see one of the many models of equivalent AMD NUC reviewed…

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