Application and Futuremark Performance

Testing the CompuLab Intense PC is almost an academic exercise; mostly we want to make sure the Intel Core i7-3517UE is performing up to snuff and not being thermally throttled. I've hopped a lot of my desktop benchmarks over to the new mobile suite to keep everything lined up, so there isn't a tremendous amount of comparative data here. Still, you should get a pretty good idea of how the Intense PC stacks up against similar low-noise or no-noise boxes.

Futuremark PCMark 7

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R11.5

Unfortunately these are currently the only comparative results I can offer, but they paint a fairly clear picture. Any system running an SSD is going to perform better in PCMark 7, that's a given, and both Puget Systems boxes are operating off of SSDs. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M92 Tiny is a different beast, offering superior CPU performance with its low-wattage quad-core processor.

  Intense PC Dell XPS 12 (i7-3517U)
3DMark (Ice Storm) 24472 32841
3DMark (Cloud Gate) 2997 3721
x264 HD 5.x Pass 1 21.69 29.83
x264 HD 5.x Pass 2 4.19 5.51

Above are the remaining benchmark results compared against Dell's XPS 12 ultrabook featuring the non-embedded Intel Core i7-3517U. It doesn't look good. While actual core temperatures for the Intense PC are pretty good, I suspect the embedded CPU is throttling more, and/or the BIOS for the Intense PC is keeping the chip from hitting higher thermals. Since the chassis is one big heatsink, the CPU would need to be kept under a certain temperature to avoid actually burning anyone who chooses to use the system. Performance isn't bad, but we're clearly looking at about 20% of the i7-3517U's potential left on the table.

Update: The embedded i7-3517UE actually has a nominal clock of 200MHz less than the standard i7-3517U, so the Intense PC's performance is actually pretty close to where it should be.

Introducing the CompuLab Intense PC User Experience, Power Consumption, and Heat
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  • rvdbos - Monday, April 22, 2013 - link

    They should have borrowed a page on design from Apple. This dust collector is UGLY.
  • iratethep - Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - link

    It makes no sense that the standard is not SSD, isntead of a harddisk.
  • Wwhat - Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - link

    Can't believe he didn't fix it. And that while you pointed it out long ago and it's on top of the comments.

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