UL Benchmarks - PCMark and 3DMark

This section deals with a selection of the UL Futuremark benchmarks - PCMark 10, PCMark 8, and 3DMark. While the first two evaluate the system as a whole, 3DMark focuses on the graphics capabilities.

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

PCMark 8

We continue to present PCMark 8 benchmark results (as those have more comparison points) while our PCMark 10 scores database for systems grows in size. 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 in the system.

Futuremark PCMark 8 - Home OpenCL

Futuremark PCMark 8 - Work OpenCL


UL's 3DMark comes with a diverse set of graphics workloads that target different Direct3D feature levels. Correspondingly, the rendering resolutions are also different. We use 3DMark 2.4.4264 to get an idea of the graphics capabilities of the system. In this section, we take a look at the performance of the ASRock Industrial 4X4 BOX-V1000M across the different 3DMark workloads.

3DMark Ice Storm

This workload has three levels of varying complexity - the vanilla Ice Storm, Ice Storm Unlimited, and Ice Storm Extreme. It is a cross-platform benchmark (which means that the scores can be compared across different tablets and smartphones as well). All three use DirectX 11 (feature level 9) / OpenGL ES 2.0. While the Extreme renders at 1920 x 1080, the other two render at 1280 x 720. The graphs below present the various Ice Storm worloads' numbers for different systems that we have evaluated.

UL 3DMark - Ice Storm Workloads

3DMark Cloud Gate

The Cloud Gate workload is meant for notebooks and typical home PCs, and uses DirectX 11 (feature level 10) to render frames at 1280 x 720. The graph below presents the overall score for the workload across all the systems that are being compared.

UL 3DMark Cloud Gate Score

3DMark Sky Diver

The Sky Diver workload is meant for gaming notebooks and mid-range PCs, and uses DirectX 11 (feature level 11) to render frames at 1920 x 1080. The graph below presents the overall score for the workload across all the systems that are being compared.

UL 3DMark Sky Diver Score

3DMark Time Spy

The Time Spy workload has two levels with different complexities. Both use DirectX 12 (feature level 11). However, the plain version targets high-performance gaming PCs with a 2560 x 1440 render resolution, while the Extreme version renders at 3840 x 2160 resolution. The graphs below present both numbers for all the systems that are being compared in this review.

UL 3DMark - Time Spy Workloads

3DMark Night Raid

The Night Raid workload is a DirectX 12 benchmark test. It is less demanding than Time Spy, and is optimized for integrated graphics. The graph below presents the overall score in this workload for different system configurations.

UL 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score

The inference from all of the above benchmark numbers is straightforward - the 4X4 BOX-V1000M leaves all Intel-based offerings (once priced significantly higher too) in the dust when it comes to graphics-intensive tasks. When the CPU comes into the picture, things aren't as rosy. Capabilities such as SpeedShift enable Intel-based systems to provide the extra burst of performance just when it is required for home usage scenarios. In CPU-bottlenecked tasks, the V1605B emerges as an also-ran - it performs better than the Gemini Lake-based June Canyon, but that is nothing to write home about given that the June Canyon is around half the cost of the 4X4 BOX-V1000M.

Hardware Setup and Platform Analysis Miscellaneous Performance Metrics
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  • hallstein - Monday, September 28, 2020 - link

    I just want to say how much I appreciate the title of this article. Great work.
  • deil - Monday, September 28, 2020 - link

    I will also endorse. Pure perfection. Try doing it with 1185g7, even intel did not try.
  • AMDSuperFan - Monday, September 28, 2020 - link

    This does not look like a good product for AMD fans. I am very concerned. Where are the products that can compete against someone? $560 and it doesn't even have a battery?
  • DiHydro - Monday, September 28, 2020 - link

    This is not a consumer product. it is for industrial applications were longevity and support are more important than initial price.
  • PeterEvans - Monday, September 28, 2020 - link

    Did you have the idea that industrial applications should cost more for longevity? I actuality it is the exact opposite.
  • Spunjji - Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - link

    Re: the only factual part of your post, it's only about $100 more than the near-useless Atom-based "June Canyon" NUC, $40 more than the Coffee Lake DeskMini and nearly $200 less than the Comet Lake "Frost Canyon" NUC - and if you need any GPU power there's no contest between them. But sure, please continue to make disingenuous shitposts in order to feed the thrashing mess of worms inside your brain.
  • Ryan Smith - Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - link

    Thanks! We've reviewed a lot of NUCs over the years, including AMD ones. So it's an interesting challenge to try to come up with unique titles.
  • tygrus - Monday, September 28, 2020 - link

    It's a pity the tech is 2 yrs old (Zen 14nm).
    What about:
    AMD moving slowly to update all product categories but OEM'S are moving even slower. Who or what are holding them back? Does Intel incentives & previous market dominance delay OEM's releasing AMD products or does AMD have some blame?
  • 5080 - Monday, September 28, 2020 - link

    They do offer this unit with a 4800U, see my comment below.
  • DiHydro - Monday, September 28, 2020 - link

    This is an industrial mini-PC. Usually used for visual inspection systems, or running GUI controls for machines. They wouldn't need a whole lot of processing power, and would prefer a fully vetted and reliable system (shame about the GPU drivers). That being said, the Ryzen 4000 series is much more attractive for home and office use in the NUC space.

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