Dell OptiPlex 7090 Micro Performance and Power Consumption
Instead of going through the entire Linux-Bench test suite, we are going to show a few performance and power numbers here to give a general sense of performance. We actually planned to do storage testing, but then we realized that there was a huge variability in terms of what drives could be found in machines.
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:
One of the big changes with this generation is that we now have more AMD results, and AMD performs relatively well in these lower-power systems. Dell does not offer 1L PCs with AMD Ryzen Pro at present so HP and Lenovo have a lead here.
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.
The Intel Core i5-10500T is a big deal because it adds Hyper-Threading to the *500T segment. That gives nice performance gains, and much more than we saw from the Core i5-8500T to the Core i5-9500T. AMD is really pushing Intel to do more here. While Dell does not have AMD options in this space, there is some indirect benefit because it is pushing the processors to have much better specs.
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:
Something that we wanted to quickly note here is that we had the 7080 Micro and 7090 Micro with the same Core i5-10500T CPU. When we went through the data, the performance was nearly identical between the two processors to what we would consider test run variations. That has implications because it means that if you are looking for a 10th generation system, and do not care about that USB Type-C 20Gbps port, then the 7080 Micro may be a lower-cost option.
Next, we are going to take a look at power consumption before getting to our key lessons learned and final words.