The Intel NUC12 Extreme Dragon Canyon Preview: Desktop Alder Lake Impresses in SFF Avatarby Ganesh T S on February 24, 2022 10:45 AM EST
Integrated GPUs have become quite capable over the last few generations, particularly for 720p and 1080p gaming. In this section, we present a comparison of the performance of the integrated GPUs in the Dragon Canyon and Beast Canyon NUCs.
The DirectX 12-based GFXBench tests from Kishonti are cross-platform, and available all the way down to smartphones, so it is not too difficult for modern integrated GPUs. We processed the offscreen versions of the 'Aztec Ruins' benchmark.
|GFXBench 'Aztec Ruins' Offscreen Benchmark
(Frame Rate (fps) - Higher is Better)
There is no significant difference in the iGPU performance for the 'Aztec Ruins' DX12 benchmark between the Dragon Canyon NUC and the Beast Canyon NUC.
Four different workload sets were processed in 3DMark - Fire Strike, Time Spy, Night Raid, and Wild Life.
|UL 3DMark Benchmarks
(Performance Scores - Higher is Better)
|Fire Strike Extreme||1211||1104|
|Fire Strike Ultra||596||547|
|Time Spy Performance||809||802|
|Time Spy Extreme||392||370|
|Night Raid Performance||12441||10975|
|Wild Life Performance||6406||5868|
|Wild Life Extreme||1792||1667|
There is little to choose between the two processors when it comes to gaming. In any case, most users of the Dragon Canyon NUCs would probably utilize a discrete GPU to add gaming prowess to the system.