Intel NUC6CAYH (Arches Canyon) Apollo Lake UCFF PC Reviewby Ganesh T S on January 12, 2018 8:00 AM EST
Networking and Storage Performance
Networking and storage are two major aspects which influence our experience with any computing system. This section presents results from our evaluation of these aspects in the Intel NUC6CAYH. On the storage side, one option would be repetition of our strenuous SSD review tests on the drive(s) in the PC. Fortunately, to avoid that overkill, PCMark 8 has a storage bench where certain common workloads such as loading games and document processing are replayed on the target drive. Results are presented in two forms, one being a benchmark number and the other, a bandwidth figure. We ran the PCMark 8 storage bench on selected PCs and the results are presented below.
The Crucial MX200 with its MLC NAND is an impressive performer compared to the other SATA SSDs that we have used in our Atom-class PC reviews.
On the networking side, we restricted ourselves to the evaluation of the WLAN component. Our standard test router is the Netgear R7000 Nighthawk configured with both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks. The router is placed approximately 20 ft. away, separated by a couple of drywalls (as in a typical US building). A wired client is connected to the R7000 and serves as one endpoint for iperf evaluation. The PC under test is made to connect to either the 5 GHz (preferred) or 2.4 GHz SSID and iperf tests are conducted for both TCP and UDP transfers. It is ensured that the PC under test is the only wireless client for the Netgear R7000. We evaluate total throughput for up to 32 simultaneous TCP connections using iperf and present the highest number in the graph below..
In the UDP case, we try to transfer data at the highest rate possible for which we get less than 1% packet loss.
The 1x1 AC3168 doesn't perform as well as the Cherry Trail Compute Stick's 2x2 AC7260 in the TCP throughput test. The numbers in both cases are typical of what one might expect from a 1x1 WLAN card.