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Intel NUC5i5RYK NUC Mini PC (with Broadwell) Review

By: Steven Bassiri | SFF PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 24, 2015 9:04 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Intel

Test Setup

 

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I had the opportunity to use some high quality Kingston HyperX Impact (8GB) DDR3L rated at 1600MHz and two SSDs.

 

The first SSD is Intel's 530 360GB M.2 drive which is a mainstream part, and Samsung's XP941 240GB which is an enthusiast part. I have separated results for both in storage testing, system testing, and thermal testing as storage makes a noticeable difference in those tests.

 

I also decided to toss in an Ultrabook into the benchmarks, the Ultrabook is a GIGABYTE U2442N which features a dual-core Ivy Bridge CPU and a dedicated NVIDIA GT 640M for comparison.

 

 

CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks

 

CINEBENCH 11.5

 

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HyperPI

 

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AIDA64 AES and HASH

 

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wPrime

 

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AIDA64 Memory

 

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PCMark8 Home Test

 

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PCMark8 Work Test

 

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The Intel NUC5i5RYK and the Ivy Bridge based Ultrabook are very close, despite the fact that the NUC5i5RYK draws half the power and that the Ivy Bridge CPU runs faster than the i5-5250U. Memory performance of the NUC5i5RYK is very impressive as well.

 

 

Graphics Benchmarks

 

3DMark Vantage

 

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3DMark11

 

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UNIGINE Heaven 4.0

 

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Lost Planet 2 DX11

 

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Resident Evil 6

 

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The Intel NUC5i5RYK has HD6000 graphics, but the Ultrabook is using a GT640M, which is a discrete graphics adapter which accounts for the Ultrabook coming out ahead. However, the UNIGINE results are interesting as the HD6000 beats the GT640M.

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