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 Core i5-4200H can't match up to the i7 parts in the other mini PCs that we compare against.

Video Encoding - x264 5.0

Video Encoding - x264 5.0


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


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. However, with Bay Trail, even the lowly Atom series has gained support for AES-NI. The Core i5-4200H in the BXi5G-760 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 GIGABYTE BXi5G-760 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

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 Core i5-4200H comes up short against the Core i7-4770R

Dolphin Emulator Benchmark

Performance Metrics - I Gaming Benchmarks
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  • flyingpants1 - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - link

    Nooooope, they should have tested noise levels.
  • bernstein - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - link

    yeah kind of silly... the only thing i was interested to hear... but then i expect this little box to sound like a hair-dryer... i just dont understand why it's not passively cooled @ twice the size...
  • The_Assimilator - Monday, September 15, 2014 - link

    I was hoping for some shots of the CPU and GPU. :(
  • SleepyFE - Monday, September 15, 2014 - link

    I am also interested to see where the GPU sits.
  • ganeshts - Monday, September 15, 2014 - link

    It is in one of the gallery pictures on the first page
  • Gunbuster - Monday, September 15, 2014 - link

    Seems like lazy engineering. Why on earth would they use two of those little high RPM demon fans?

    Could have made a larger slower and quieter fan across the top or bottom of the case and used some type of shroud to direct the airflow...
  • junky77 - Monday, September 15, 2014 - link

    Something about the gaming benchmark is a little strange, isn't it?
    Some result s look really strange - the M270/M275, even with GDDR5, should be considerably slower than a 870M.

    Moreover, in other tests, the 870M gets arounf 50FPS on bioshock highest settings benchmark @ 1080p (notebookcheck 870M tests and 860M too - like the GTX 750 Ti)

    Maybe some heavy throttling took place?

    That's true in other cases too.
  • Pissedoffyouth - Monday, September 15, 2014 - link

    Wow, for that kind of money considering its a custom build why didn't they do laptop style heat pipes from the CPU, to underneith where the GPU is, and then to a heatsink instead where the little screamer fans are?? And then have a quiet 12cm fan on the top of it or under it?

    Considering it's supposed to be VESA mounted the screen would defend the low hum of a 12cm fan...
  • Tikcus9666 - Monday, September 15, 2014 - link

    An laptop AMD FX 7600P APU,35W would surely be a better fit for a Box like this or even a 65W desktop A8 7600 (can be configured to 45W)

    no GPU needed (for almost 1080p gaming), and a fraction of the cost, however you wouldn't be able to fry an egg on it,
  • PixyMisa - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - link

    They have a model with an A8-5545M, and one with an A8-5557M and a Radeon R9 M275X.

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