Intel NUC DC3217BY Kit - Leading the Downsizing Revolution

SYSmark 2012 & PCMark 7 Results

SYSmark 2012 Results

Last year, BAPco released SYSMark 2012, the latest edition of their popular benchmarking software. Designed to test systems running on the new Windows 8 OS (as well as Windows 7), SYSMark 2012 puts the system through a rigorous series of various workloads ranging from office productivity, data analysis, media creation and 3D modeling.

The latest edition of BAPco’s SYSmark benchmarking software is still relatively new and we are still in the midst of collecting results. As such we haven't yet garnered results that are directly comparable to the Intel NUC kit. What we have rounded up in terms of results are from the ASUS ET2300INTI and Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 AIOs, which are equipped with quad-core processors - the Core i7-3770 and Core i7-3610QM respectively. Unsurprisingly, the Intel NUC Mini-PC, despite having a speedy mSATA SSD, was left trailing the two AIO’s wake. This gives you an idea of what kind of performance you can expect to have in comparison with mainstream systems.

That said, despite the disappointing results, one must remember that SYSmark is a pretty intensive benchmark and potential users of the Intel NUC Mini-PC would probably not be using it to do things such as editing videos and designing webpages, tasks which form part of SYSmark's complex grading process.


PCMark 7 Results

PCMark 7 is the current benchmark suite from FutureMark that tests the performance of Windows 7 machines. It tests a wide range of mainstream workloads such as simple word processing, media creation and web browsing. And here, the Intel NUC Mini-PC stormed ahead easily surpassing our AMD A10-5800K Trinity and Intel Core i3-3220 test setups. This has much to do with its very speedy Intel SSD 520 Series mSATA SSD that we've equipped it. Thanks to its speedy drive, it was able to rack up the highest scores as this benchmark is sensitive to storage susbsystem performance.

The Good
Very compact and light
Quiet operation
Decent performance for HTPC use
The Bad
Components such mSATA SSD, Mini PCIe wireless card are hard to source
No dedicated audio jacks & USB 3.0
No power cord provided

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