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. While UL's PCMark makes the list, we have opted to temporarily suspend reporting of BAPCo's SYSmark scores (pending fixture of the energy consumption aspect). Instead, BAPCO's CrossMark multi-platform benchmarking tool has been added to the set along with UL's Procyon suite. While CrossMark employs idle time compression and processes all workloads in an opaque manner, UL's Procyon processes real-world workloads with user interactions (like BAPCo's SYSmark). We have augmented the UL Procyon suite benchmark with our own custom energy measurement setup.

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 systems being compared against each other are all configured in a slightly different manner. The Rembrandt SKUs are all 8C/16T configurations with the Ryzen 9 6900HX enjoying a slight clock speed advantage over the Ryzen 7 7735U in the ASRock 4X4 BOX-7735U. The 'Performance' setting for the latter sets the target TDP around 42W, while we will see in a later section that the GEEKOM AS 6 is set for a 35W target TDP. The Arena Canyon NUC and the ASRock NUC BOX-1360P/D5, on the other hand, employ a hybrid processor with a 40W target TDP.

The Raptor Lake-based systems with the 40W TDP configuration enjoy a significant edge in the 'Essentials' segment. However, across all of Productivity, Gaming, and Digital Content Creation, the Rembrandt processors outclass the Raptor Lake ones. Eight high-performance cores seem to be better suited for these workloads compared to a 4P / 8E configuration, and the RDNA2 iGPU with 12 CUs also enjoys a bit of an edge over the Intel Iris Xe Graphics with 96EUs.

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

The results from the UL Procyon Office Productivity Suite are similar to what was seen for the Essentials suite in PCMark. The Raptor Lake-P systems with a 40W TDP outperform the Rembrandt systems across the board.

From an energy consumption viewpoint, the Intel NUC (Arena Canyon) seems to be the most optimized of the lot, getting the job done fast enough to be second in the performance charts without consuming too much power in the process. The GEEKOM AS 6 doesn't seem to be energy efficient for this workload.

Moving on to the evaluation of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom, we find the Raptor Lake-P systems having the edge over the Rembrandt ones.

UL Procyon - Photo Editing

While the ASRock Industrial 4X4 BOX-7735U in a 28W configuration gets the job done with minimum energy consumption, the GEEKOM AS 6 manages to make it to the middle of the pack in this aspect.

UL Procyon evaluates performance for video editing using Adobe Premier Pro. While rendering and playback can make use of the GPU, the main encoding task is still left to the CPU. Here, more high-performance cores with a bigger power budget can potentially help. The ASRock Industrial NUC BOX-1360P/D5 completes the job in the least time, but is beat on energy efficiency only by the 28W Rembrandt configuration (which is in the middle of the pack with respect to time taken).

UL Procyon - Video Editing

The GEEKOM AS 6 gets the job done faster than the Arena Canyon NUC and all other contenders (except the NUC BOX-1360P/D5), but energy efficiency is not its forte. Only the Wall Street Canyon NUC fares worse in that aspect.

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 the UL Procyon office workloads translate to BAPCo's CrossMark also, but the gulf is a bit wider here. Idle time compression seems to favor the Raptor Lake-P systems more, and the GEEKOM AS 6 is placed in the middle of the pack overall. 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 PCMark 10 and UL Procyon. Therefore, tasks requiring frequent user interaction are better represented by those other benchmarks.

Setup Notes and Platform Analysis System Performance: Application-Specific Workloads
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  • MTEK - Monday, July 31, 2023 - link

    HDMI 2.0 and not 2.1. It's 2023. Why is this still happening?
  • nandnandnand - Monday, July 31, 2023 - link

    It's a previous-gen part, for one.

    Does it even need the features or bandwidth of HDMI 2.1?
  • shabby - Monday, July 31, 2023 - link

    First, the beelink gtr6 with the exact sand cpu supports hdmi 2.1
    Second it was released just last year.
    Third, yes I do need all that bandwidth.
    Fourth... Just because.
  • heffeque - Monday, July 31, 2023 - link

    They reviewed a fairly "old" mini-PC.
    All 7040HS mini-PCs have HDMI 2.1
  • Drkrieger01 - Monday, July 31, 2023 - link

    The more 'features' a product has, the more it is likely to cost. Just because a chipset supports a features, doesn't mean it will have it in the product. It may require more electronic components to make the 'feature' functional, which translates to higher product cost overall (or the company may blame that).
    Also, with an integrated chipset, what is it that you plan to run at the bandwidth of HDMI 2.1? This unit will likely only play video, not games at that resolution/refresh rate.
  • Drkrieger01 - Monday, July 31, 2023 - link

    Also, DisplayPort 1.4a is capable of 4K@96Hz, 8K@30Hz. HDMI 2.0 can only do 4K@60Hz. DisplayPort 1.4a is far superior to HDMI 2.0.
  • meacupla - Monday, July 31, 2023 - link

    That is an oddly complex daughterboard.

    That is the fattest and longest ribbon cable I have ever seen in a miniPC or laptop.
    And it seemingly doesn't have to be that long, if the daughterboard wasn't attached to the base that opens up like a clam shell.
  • rUmX - Monday, July 31, 2023 - link

    No AV1 video encoding benchmarks? I think SVT-AV1 should be included. H264/H265 are now ancient codecs.
  • AdrianBc - Tuesday, August 1, 2023 - link

    None of these older integrated GPUs support AV1 encoding in hardware.

    AV1 encoding is supported now in the AMD Phoenix Ryzen 7040 series and it will be supported in the Intel Meteor Lake Core Ultra series, which will be launched by the end of the year.

    There already are many models of small computers with Ryzen 7 7840U, Ryzen 7 7840HS or Ryzen 9 7940HS, which support AV1 encoding in real time of several video streams in parallel.
  • meacupla - Tuesday, August 1, 2023 - link

    Mobile Ryzen 6000 only has AV1 decode.

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