General Use and Connectivity
I sit at my desktop pretty much all day writing news, reviews, articles, and general work for TweakTown. I usually use whatever PC I'm working on, but I thought I'd completely replace my work machine with the Intel NUC unit, and folks, I'm never going back.
The NUC has become my new machine, as it is way more than fast enough to do everything I want. With a fast Core i5 processor, 16GB of DDR3 RAM and a slick mSATA SSD, I have no problems in the speed department. Connectivity-wise, I have GbE to my GbE router, miniDP out to my ASUS PB278Q 2560x1440 panel, and 4 x USB 3.0 ports to keep me happy.
I run my full desktop experience from the NUC, and it is absolutely no different to my "proper" Core i7 4770K machine. The reason? So much hardware, that everyday jobs just don't push it. All of my work takes place within Google Chrome and Microsoft Word - both of which don't require too much grunt. I easily played 1080p video back, streamed 1080p content from YouTube, compressed video with Handbrake while writing some news, all without the NUC breaking a sweat.
Performance on the NUC is nothing short of stellar. Sure, it won't break any new ground on benchmarks, but you don't need it to. The examples I used above for which I use it, most likely apply to you, too. If you don't need something that is going to break performance records, the NUC is something you should be looking into.
Idle power consumption sits at around 11W or so, down from the ~14W of the original NUC we reviewed. While load consumption is up to 30W, up from the ~26W on the original NUC. These numbers are just impressive, considering what is inside of this new NUC unit.
I benchmarked the Intel SSD using HD Tune, where I saw a result of an average of 323.7 MB/sec - which is absolutely amazing. Sure, there are SSDs on the market that are pushing 500 MB/sec in the consumer space, but this is an mSATA SSD, not a full 2.5-inch SSD.
I thought I'd test out Cinebench to see how things performed on the NUC. Nothing special at all, but it gives you an idea of what type of performance to expect from the CPU.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Australia: Find other tech and computer products like this over at PLE Computer's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction & Specifications, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 2 [General Use, Connectivity and Performance]
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Recommended for You
Latest News Posts
- Grand Theft Auto V 'ENBSeries' 4K screenshots will blow you away
- Just two of Intel's new Skylake CPUs are unlocked for overclocking
- Minecraft creator has 'never felt more isolated' with his $2.5 billion
- Julian Assange urged Edward Snowden to pick Russia over Latin America
- Cyclist has a rather amusing encounter with a Google self-driving car
- New network adapter making graphics card fail.
- x99 Extreme 4/3.1 Red Light + No Display
- Build Advice End of 2015 ASUS X99-A/USB 3.1
- X99 Extreme 6ac eSATA
- Until Dawn Sony PlayStation 4 Review
- CYBERTRONPC ANNOUNCES SMALL FORM FACTOR SYSTEM WITH AMD R9 NANO GRAPHICS CARD
- SilverStone Storage Devices - Mobile Series - MS08
- ASRock Z170 OC Formula Sets More Records at IDF 2015 San Francisco!
- ATTO Technology to Display Network and Storage Connectivity Portfolio at VMworld 2015
- SilverStone Accessories - Expansion Cards - ECM20