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Intel NUC NUC8i7BEH1: Jetstream, LAME MT, And Blender

Next up, we have some numbers from the JetStream Benchmark Suite developed by WebKit. The JetStream Benchmark Suite uses a wide array of latency and throughput benchmarks to evaluate JavaScript performance, and all of the results are tabulated with roughly equal weighting. The benchmark measures both metrics of traditional JavaScript programming styles used on websites, as well as new JavaScript-based technologies used on more modern, rich web applications. Scores in this benchmark are an indicator of the performance users would see when browsing and running advanced web applications.

JetStream JavaScript Benchmark
JavsScript Performance Testing

All of the systems were tested using the latest version of Microsoft's Edge browser, with default browser settings, on a clean install of Windows 10 Professional x64.


The NUC8i7BEH performed very well in the Jetstream Benchmark. It outpaced all of the mainstream, previous-gen desktops, and trailed only the 8th Gen Core desktop processors and top-end Ryzen 7 2700X.

Audio Conversion and Encoding
In our custom LAME MT MP3 encoding test, we convert a large WAV file to the MP3 format, which is a popular, day-to-day use case for many end users, to provide portability and storage of their digital audio content. LAME is an open-source mid to high bit-rate and VBR (variable bit rate) MP3 audio encoder that is used widely around the world in a multitude of third party applications.

In this test, we created our own 223MB WAV file and converted it to the MP3 format using the multi-thread capable LAME MT application in single and multi-thread modes. Processing times are recorded below, listed in seconds. Shorter times equate to better performance.


This benchmark is limited to one or two threads, so it won't take advantage of all of the resources available in a multi-core processor. High frequencies and IPC will help in this test, however, and as such, the NUC8i7BEH1 jumps into the second spot, just behind the Core i7-8700K.

3D Rendering Benchmark

Blender is a free and open source 3D creation suite that can handle everything from modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation. It has a built-in benchmarking tool that will track the time it takes to complete rendering a particular model. We used a CPU-focused BMW model for these tests here...


Although the NUC8i7BEH has a true quad-core, eight-thread processor, thermal constraints hold it back somewhat with a long, sustained workload like this one. Still, the mini-machine hangs with full-powered desktop-class quad-cores, which is great for a system with such a small form factor.

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