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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

Final Thoughts

 

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I like my computers to be power hungry machines with ultra-leaky transistors, I like ultra-fast performance no matter the cost, and the Intel NUC5i5RYK scares me.

 

My preconceived notion was that it would be a device meant to do one thing at a time, and not really suited for a 24/7 machine - I was wrong to judge the device by its size. The Intel NUC5i5RYK scares me because I fear the end of the old fashioned desktop, I love having so much power in the palm of my hand that I forgot how I really wield it.

 

Apart from gaming, high throughput rendering and overclocking, a device like Intel's NUC5i5RYK can take care of almost all my other needs. I would have no problem using the NUC for 24/7 activities like surfing the web or writing reviews. In fact, it would be very well suited for such endeavors. Using this machine to play Netflix on my TV is something the LIVA X is better suited for, however, each device comes at a much different cost.

 

The cost is one of the NUC's weaknesses; at $400 it's already at the cost of an entry level PC, yet it doesn't have full functionality until you toss in some DDR3L and a mainstream or enthusiast M.2 drive like the ones tested. However, once you put together your customized NUC, there is little it cannot do with the exception of gaming.

 

While the Intel NUC5i5RYK did hold its own against a dedicated mobile GPU like the GT 640M, the GT 640M still doesn't support high-quality gaming on the latest titles. You will be able to play some games at lower quality settings, but if you want to game, a dedicated full-fledged PC is still the way to go.

 

The Intel NUC5i5RYK does an excellent job of showing off Broadwell's capabilities, in almost all aspects it's a stunner. When compared against an i5-3210M (35W) with a 2.5GHz base and 3.1GHz Turbo, the i5-5250U (15W) with a 1.6GHz base and 2.7GHz Turbo basically matches the same performance, but at slower speeds and less than half the TDP.

 

That kind of performance per watt increase is very impressive, and in this tiny package with vast storage capabilities, it is a hard product to match.

 

 

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United States: The Intel Next Unit of Computing Core i5-5250U 7.1 USB 3.0 BOXNUC5I5RYK retails for $399.98 at Amazon.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance95%
Quality including Design and Build96%
General Features90%
Bundle and Packaging90%
Value for Money89%
Overall TweakTown Rating92%

The Bottom Line: Intel's Broadwell-powered NUC5i5RYK NUC Mini PC not only offers the latest Intel Core i5-5250U with impressive performance per watt, but also blazing fast storage and expansion capabilities for an ultra-small Mini PC that is sure to impress for its size.

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