Dell OptiPlex 7000 Micro Performance
As with all of these reviews, we wanted to look at performance quickly. We installed Ubuntu to validate Linux worked but also to provide some performance comparison with other offerings. We also had Windows 11 Pro installed for some of the storage testing.
Python Linux 4.4.2 Kernel Compile Benchmark
This is one of the most requested benchmarks for STH over the past few years. The task was simple, we have a standard configuration file, the Linux 4.4.2 kernel from kernel.org, and make the standard auto-generated configuration utilizing every thread in the system. We are expressing results in terms of compiles per hour to make the results easier to read:
Intel’s Alder Lake with a generous power budget performed extremely well here. It is besting the AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 5750G by a small margin in this test.
7-zip Compression Performance
7-zip is a widely used compression/ decompression program that works cross-platform. We started using the program during our early days with Windows testing. It is now part of Linux-Bench.
These results were surprisingly good. Intel at the higher-end is investing in crypto/ compression offloads as we have seen with Intel QuickAssist, but the level of on chip performance with Alder Lake is still very solid.
OpenSSL is widely used to secure communications between servers. This is an important protocol in many server stacks. We first look at our sign tests:
Here are the verify results:
Next, let us look at some of the fun Windows storage performance traits we saw.
Performance Context: GeekBench 5
We ran Geekbench 5 just to show off the performance difference between this and old servers.
For some context, one of the reasons we started doing Project TinyMiniMicro was to capture the low power and smaller form factor advantages. This 1L system is faster than a higher-end dual socket Intel Xeon server from 10 years ago while using less space and power.
Dell OptiPlex 7000 Samsung PCIe Gen4 NVMe Performance
First, we discussed the Samsung NVMe SSD. The performance was certainly good, but not necessarily top-bin for PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSDs we have tested. Still, this would be a midrange or better client SSD of this generation.
We expected a bit better. One interesting thing we saw during our testing is that the SSD was able to get hot. We will talk about that more in our next section discussing power consumption.