Performance Metrics - II

In this section, we mainly look at benchmark modes in programs used on a day-to-day basis, i.e, application performance and not synthetic workloads.

x264 Benchmark

First off, we have some video encoding benchmarks courtesy of x264 HD Benchmark v5.0. This is simply a test of CPU performance. As expected, the higher burst clock rate in the ML100G-30 helps it score better than the other systems it is compared against.

Video Encoding - x264 5.0 - Pass 1

Video Encoding - x264 5.0 - Pass 2

7-Zip

7-Zip is a very effective and efficient compression program, often beating out OpenCL accelerated commercial programs in benchmarks even while using just the CPU power. 7-Zip has a benchmarking program that provides tons of details regarding the underlying CPU's efficiency. In this subsection, we are interested in the compression and decompression MIPS ratings when utilizing all the available threads.

7-Zip LZMA Compression Benchmark

7-Zip LZMA Decompression Benchmark

The above results track what we observed in the x264 benchmark, and the reason behind it is also the same.

TrueCrypt

As businesses (and even home consumers) become more security conscious, the importance of encryption can't be overstated. CPUs supporting the AES-NI instruction for accelerating the encryption and decryption processes have, till now, been the higher end SKUs. Since the Core i5-5300U with vPro capabilities is aimed at the business / enterprise market, it does have AES-NI support. TrueCrypt, a popular open-source disk encryption program can take advantage of the AES-NI capabilities. The TrueCrypt internal benchmark provides some interesting cryptography-related numbers to ponder. In the graph below, we can get an idea of how fast a TrueCrypt volume would behave in the Logic Supply ML100G-30 and how it would compare with other select PCs. This is a purely CPU feature / clock speed based test.

TrueCrypt Benchmark

Agisoft Photoscan

Agisoft PhotoScan is a commercial program that converts 2D images into 3D point maps, meshes and textures. The program designers sent us a command line version in order to evaluate the efficiency of various systems that go under our review scanner. The command line version has two benchmark modes, one using the CPU and the other using both the CPU and GPU (via OpenCL). The benchmark takes around 50 photographs and does four stages of computation:

  • Stage 1: Align Photographs
  • Stage 2: Build Point Cloud (capable of OpenCL acceleration)
  • Stage 3: Build Mesh
  • Stage 4: Build Textures

We record the time taken for each stage. Since various elements of the software are single threaded, others multithreaded, and some use GPUs, it is interesting to record the effects of CPU generations, speeds, number of cores, DRAM parameters and the GPU using this software.

Agisoft PhotoScan Benchmark - Stage 1

Agisoft PhotoScan Benchmark - Stage 2

Agisoft PhotoScan Benchmark - Stage 3

Agisoft PhotoScan Benchmark - Stage 4

The Logic Supply ML100G-30 performs admirably in the CPU-bound stages. However, when it comes to memory bandwidth-sensitive stages, the unit comes in the middle of the pack.

Dolphin Emulator

Wrapping up our application benchmark numbers is the Dolphin Emulator benchmark mode results. This is again a test of the CPU capabilities and the memory bandwidth available (more of the former).

Dolphin Emulator Benchmark

The results are as expected, with very little to separate the ML100G-30 from the benchmark leader (the enthusiast configuration of the NUC5i5RYK Broadwell NUC).

Performance Metrics - I Networking and Storage Performance
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  • Beaver M. - Saturday, May 2, 2015 - link

    Yeah well, I have an i7 in that same M350. You were saying? Reply
  • meacupla - Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - link

    Industrial PC, must continue to work in a pile of dust and metal shavings.

    But this model is lacking VGA and serial, so IDK how industrial it is...
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  • eBob - Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - link

    I might be able to use this as an OIT or a small SCADA system, but you are correct. Right now, I am selling our existing customers a whitebox computer with our software loaded on it. I need a minimum of two serial ports and PS/2 ports (the keyboard and trackpad are integrated into the machine cabinet). Reply
  • Morawka - Friday, May 8, 2015 - link

    Just buy a couple USB to Serial adapters since you wont be needing the ports for mouse and keyboard. Even if you needed them, you could get small and compact un-powered usb hub Reply
  • DarekLogic - Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - link

    Darek here from Logic Supply. The ML100G-30 features an optional COM port punch-out on the front of the system and is available as a drop-down during configuration. Due to its size, VGA is not currently available on the NUC form factor from our motherboard manufacturers. Reply
  • Sivar - Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - link

    I've worked with Logic Supply to buy high-reliability systems and have found that most of their models are very flexible and can accommodate serial ports, VGA, DVI, etc. by using their system builder form.
    I keep wanting to buy something like this for an HTPC, but with 4K HEVC support being unknown and the price being rather higher than fan-cooled models, it is hard to justify yet. :/
    Reply
  • joex4444 - Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - link

    DP -> VGA adapters exist and should be OK. In many industrial settings, these run headless anyways. Reply
  • Michael Bay - Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - link

    >current AMD smoking anything ever

    Try again.
    Reply
  • Pissedoffyouth - Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - link

    Uh its graphics are top notch Reply
  • Ammaross - Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - link

    We'll have to keep that in mind when the SCADA system has to play World of Warcraft between jobs... Reply

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