BAPCo SYSmark 2018

The ASRock DeskMini 310 was evaluated using our Fall 2018 test suite for small-form factor PCs. In the first section, we will be looking at SYSmark 2018.

BAPCo's SYSmark 2018 is an application-based benchmark that uses real-world applications to replay usage patterns of business users in the areas of productivity, creativity, and responsiveness. The 'Productivity Scenario' covers office-centric activities including word processing, spreadsheet usage, financial analysis, software development, application installation, file compression, and e-mail management. The 'Creativity Scenario' represents media-centric activities such as digital photo processing, AI and ML for face recognition in photos and videos for the purpose of content creation, etc. The 'Responsiveness Scenario' evaluates the ability of the system to react in a quick manner to user inputs in areas such as application and file launches, web browsing, and multi-tasking.

Scores are meant to be compared against a reference desktop (the SYSmark 2018 calibration system, a Dell Optiplex 5050 tower with a Core i3-7100 and 4GB of DDR4-2133 memory to go with a 128GB M.2 SATA III SSD). The calibration system scores 1000 in each of the scenarios. A score of, say, 2000, would imply that the system under test is twice as fast as the reference system.

SYSmark 2018 - Productivity

SYSmark 2018 - Creativity

SYSmark 2018 - Responsiveness

SYSmark 2018 - Overall

SYSmark 2018 also adds energy measurement to the mix. A high score in the SYSmark benchmarks might be nice to have, but, potential customers also need to determine the balance between power consumption and the efficiency of the system. For example, in the average office scenario, it might not be worth purchasing a noisy and power-hungry PC just because it ends up with a 2000 score in the SYSmark 2014 SE benchmarks. In order to provide a balanced perspective, SYSmark 2018 also allows vendors and decision makers to track the energy consumption during each workload. In the graphs below, we find the total energy consumed by the PC under test for a single iteration of each SYSmark 2018 workload. For reference, the calibration system consumes 5.36 Wh for productivity, 7.71 Wh for creativity, 5.61 Wh for responsiveness, and 18.68 Wh overall.

SYSmark 2018 - Productivity Energy Consumption

SYSmark 2018 - Creativity Energy Consumption

SYSmark 2018 - Responsiveness Energy Consumption

SYSmark 2018 - Overall Energy Consumption

The DeskMini 310 comes in the middle of the pack across all the SYSmark 2018 scenarios. However, in terms of energy consumption, it is in the top half. This bodes well for the DeskMini 310 being an energy-efficient machine for office use.

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  • skpetic - Saturday, March 16, 2019 - link

    Can you please review the possibilities for passively cooling the CPU in this case? I feel this is a device that could really be a hit in the low noise HTPC market. Interested in Arctic Alpine AM4 Passive cooler and the like.
  • AdditionalPylons - Saturday, March 16, 2019 - link

    The Arctic Alpine AM4 heatsink won't fit in the A300 case. Max supported CPU cooler height is 46 mm, while the Alpine is 70 mm. That said you can of course run with the case open but that's not an option for most people. Possibly move the motherboard to another case?
  • SaturnusDK - Saturday, March 16, 2019 - link

    The stealth cooler that comes with a 2200/2400G does fit though.
  • skpetic - Sunday, March 17, 2019 - link

    Do you know if the 2400G will throttle badly if you disable the fan on that / can the chip be under volted to remedy it somewhat?
  • guidryp - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - link

    Just dremel the case and let the Arctic Alpine fins stick out.
  • vithrell - Monday, March 18, 2019 - link

    Could you review 2400GE/2200GE at the same time, those are very interesting SKU, but solid reviews are nowhere to be found, especially with power consumption numbers.
  • IGTrading - Friday, March 15, 2019 - link

    Is there an AMD Ryzen based version ?

    I'll wait for that.
  • toliman - Friday, March 15, 2019 - link

    Check youtube for at least 2 reviews of the deskmini A300, with a Ryzen 2400G. They really should have focused on the A300 review as intel NUC hardware has been around for years & other options are available. Price is usd $149 on newegg
  • deil - Friday, March 15, 2019 - link

    I want one. Only reason I checked this article.....
    m.2 drive, amd apu, 3200 ram, vesa mount. mini-gaming-god.
  • Ashinjuka - Friday, March 15, 2019 - link

    I find the AMD-oriented DeskMini A300 Series much more interesting in this little sub-segment. I'm tempted to grab one to play with but I'll probably just wait until summer and the Ryzen 3000's and do a full build.

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