Intel NUC 11 Pro (NUC11TNKi5) Performance
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:
Here, the performance is very good. We actually got slightly better performance from the Core i7-8700T, which is a 6 core 12 thread processor, and better than the 6 core 6 thread 9th generation part.
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.
This was perhaps the outlier, even among the results we do not publish for Project TinyMiniMicro. Consider this a best case where the new chip can slightly outpace a three-generation older part with 50% more cores. Still, that is a great result.
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:
This is a more normal result for what we typically see across a broader set of benchmarks. Perhaps the big observation here is that Tiger Lake performance is a bit different as compared to some of the older generation chips. Generally, this setup falls somewhere between an older 4 core/ 8 thread generation and a 6 core/ 12 thread from 1-3 generations older, but at 35W. Slight power savings net to give us better performance per watt which is always appreciated.
At the same time, Intel had a 10 core Core i9-10900T and AMD has the Ryzen 7 Pro 4750GE. The Core i5-1135G7 is not competitive with those higher-end parts in terms of performance even if we do not get linear scaling with more cores due to TDP limits. The gap is still massive.
A Word on Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Something that I struggle with is integrated graphics. Make no mistake, the Intel Iris Xe graphics have Intel’s updated Quick Sync and other features which make it a definite upgrade. For those who just want a great desktop experience or something to use for transcoding video, the Iris Xe is a big upgrade, and one can tell Intel is putting a lot of effort into GPUs.
At the same time, we often get questions about playing games. There is still a fairly large gap between this and PCIe GPUs. Even non-resource intensive games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive at 1080p was “playable” if one turns down settings. With that said, playable on an older eSports title probably means your play experience is effectively that you are there to be fodder for players who have more traditional gaming setups.
For games that look more like they are Bloons TD, Candy Crush, Monopoly, Angry Birds, and such, the NUC 11 Pro is serviceable. For higher-end more graphically intensive or reaction-time-based games, this is not going to replace a traditional gaming PC.
Next, we are going to take a look at the Intel NUC 11 Pro power consumption and noise.