Performance Metrics - II

In this section, we mainly look at benchmark modes in programs used on a day-to-day basis, i.e, application performance and not synthetic workloads.

x264 Benchmark

First off, we have some video encoding benchmarks courtesy of x264 HD Benchmark v5.0. This is simply a test of CPU performance. As expected, the Habey unit comes behind the Core i5-based Logic Supply units. The Shuttle unit is the better than the Atom-class systems, but, not as good as the other Core-based ones. Recent releases of the x264 benchmark can show even more impressive gains, as they make use of the latest and greatest features of the modern Intel processors.

Video Encoding - x264 5.0 - Pass 1

Video Encoding - x264 5.0 - Pass 2


7-Zip is a very effective and efficient compression program, often beating out OpenCL accelerated commercial programs in benchmarks even while using just the CPU power. 7-Zip has a benchmarking program that provides tons of details regarding the underlying CPU's efficiency. In this subsection, we are interested in the compression and decompression MIPS ratings when utilizing all the available threads.

7-Zip LZMA Compression Benchmark

7-Zip LZMA Decompression Benchmark


As businesses (and even home consumers) become more security conscious, the importance of encryption can't be overstated. CPUs supporting the AES-NI instruction for accelerating the encryption and decryption processes have become more widespread over the last few years. TrueCrypt, a popular open-source disk encryption program can take advantage of the AES-NI capabilities. The TrueCrypt internal benchmark provides some interesting cryptography-related numbers to ponder. In the graph below, we can get an idea of how fast a TrueCrypt volume would behave in the Habey BIS-6862-I3 and the Shuttle XPC Slim DS77U, with a comparison against other select PCs. This is a purely CPU feature / clock speed based test.

TrueCrypt Benchmark

Agisoft Photoscan

Agisoft PhotoScan is a commercial program that converts 2D images into 3D point maps, meshes and textures. The program designers sent us a command line version in order to evaluate the efficiency of various systems that go under our review scanner. The command line version has two benchmark modes, one using the CPU and the other using both the CPU and GPU (via OpenCL). We have been using an old version of the program with 50 photogaphs in our reviews till now. The updated benchmark (v1.3) now takes around 84 photographs and does four stages of computation:

  • Stage 1: Align Photographs (capable of OpenCL acceleration)
  • Stage 2: Build Point Cloud (capable of OpenCL acceleration)
  • Stage 3: Build Mesh
  • Stage 4: Build Textures

We record the time taken for each stage. Since various elements of the software are single threaded, others multithreaded, and some use GPUs, it is interesting to record the effects of CPU generations, speeds, number of cores, DRAM parameters and the GPU using this software.

Stage 1 shows great benefits from GPU with systems having discrete GPUs. However, enabling them with the integrated GPU in the Intel processors seems to be detrimental compared to a pure CPU-based run. On the other hand, Stage 2 shows GPU acceleration delivring better results as expected.

Agisoft PhotoScan Benchmark - Stage 1

Agisoft PhotoScan Benchmark - Stage 2

Agisoft PhotoScan Benchmark - Stage 3

Agisoft PhotoScan Benchmark - Stage 4

Dolphin Emulator

Wrapping up our application benchmark numbers is the new Dolphin Emulator (v5) benchmark mode results. This is again a test of the CPU capabilities, and the Habey system takes lesser time to complete the benchmark compared to the Shuttle unit.

Dolphin Emulator Benchmark

Performance Metrics - I Networking and Storage Performance
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  • nathanddrews - Friday, January 5, 2018 - link

    The networking capabilities (dual Intel GbE and Wi-Fi) of the i3, coupled with its near 2X performance more than justifies its $102 premium, IMO. Shame about its media capabilities, but I guess we can't have it all...
  • shabby - Friday, January 5, 2018 - link

    Yes the usb 1.0 wifi speeds are pretty amazing...
  • DanNeely - Friday, January 5, 2018 - link

    For anything that needs Wifi the Habey's an obvious winner. OTOH for industrial use in many cases the systems will be wired and running software written for a much older system such that both systems will perform identically (major industrial hardware typically has multi-decade lifespans, and is typically designed for a low end PC was when it was new, so anything several years to several decades newer will fly) the cheaper shuttle'd be just as good.
  • MrTeal - Friday, January 5, 2018 - link

    The dual DB9 with one being configurable as RS-232/422-485 is a pretty huge plus in a lot of industrial applications as well.

    It's a pretty cheap upgrade to a lot of older Atom based industrial PCs with a huge bump in performance.
  • HStewart - Friday, January 5, 2018 - link

    I think there is a missing set of computers missing hear - something like Intel Compute Stick with Intel Y processors - I am typing on one right now and it has the same performance or actually more than my original Surface Pro 1 CPU - it is definitely faster than Celeron's and I believe it should be faster than the i3. It integrated graphics is 615 instead 620 as in i3-7100U. But it also only 5Watts.

    One big difference with Compute Stick - it can actually fit in your pocket - excluding power supply
  • HStewart - Friday, January 5, 2018 - link

    It m3-6y30 beats both of these boxes in Sysmark, but looks like to me lack in FutureMark because of graphics - but for industrial PC - where graphics is not always needed - it seems to better option
  • redviper9 - Friday, January 5, 2018 - link

    Are there any PC's in this form factor (i.e. small and fanless) that run AMD chips? I would be particularly interested in one running one of the new mobile Ryzen with on board Vega graphics (2700U or 2500U).
  • StevoLincolnite - Saturday, January 6, 2018 - link

    I would love one as well. Just a shame that such a rig would be bandwidth constrained with low-clocked DDR4.
  • Maxtang - Thursday, December 19, 2019 - link

    You can check at Shenzhen Maxtang Technology for the exact configuration you looking for.
  • Bullwinkle-J-Moose - Friday, January 5, 2018 - link

    2 points

    Was not expecting Legacy Support for Windows XP / no surprise there
    But the Sopport page for the Habey BIS-6862 does not show driver support for Windows 7 or 8 either

    Are you stuck with Windows 10 on these things?


    When will these embedded systems switch to 5 Volt input?

    Ice Lake?

    Methane Lake?

    Cryo Lake?

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