Lenovo ThinkCentre M75q-1 Tiny 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:
We saw an interesting pattern in many of our benchmarks. The 4 core/ 8 thread AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE performed about in-line with the 6C/6T Intel Core i5 offerings.
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 first Project TinyMiniMicro nodes we looked at were the Project TinyMiniMicro HP EliteDesk 705 G3 Mini units. Those are the A6 and A10 models below. One can see that we consistently get at least 2-4x the performance of those units at about 3x the cost. We also get newer graphics and newer platform features such as 802.11ac versus 802.11n. As a result, the newer models are a significantly more pleasant experience if you want to use these as a desktop.
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:
Again, we see a fairly consistent pattern where these are slightly faster than the Intel Core i5-8500T. It is not an enormous delta as we see moving to higher-end parts such as the Core i7-8700T, but it is there. Perhaps this is a case where the Ryzen 5 brand matches well with the Core i5 brand.
Next, we are going to discuss power consumption before getting to our final words.