Intel NUC5i7RYH Broadwell-U Iris NUC Reviewby Ganesh T S on April 20, 2015 8:00 AM EST
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Performance Metrics - I
The Intel NUC5i7RYH was evaluated using our standard test suite for low power desktops / industrial PCs. We revamped our benchmark suite early last year after the publication of the Intel D54250WYK NUC review. We reran some of the new benchmarks on the older PCs also, but some of them couldn't be run on loaner samples. Therefore, the list of PCs in each graph might not be the same.
Futuremark PCMark 8
PCMark 8 provides various usage scenarios (home, creative and work) and offers ways to benchmark both baseline (CPU-only) as well as OpenCL accelerated (CPU + GPU) performance. We benchmarked select PCs for the OpenCL accelerated performance in all three usage scenarios. These scores are heavily influenced by the CPU in the system as well as the RAM speed. Even though the Core i7-5557U in the NUC5i7RYH is not as powerful as the Core i7-4770R in the BRIX Pro, we find that the scores are neck and neck, with the former even edging out the more powerful variant (possibly due to differences in the OpenCL drivers that they were tested with).
Miscellaneous Futuremark Benchmarks
In the other Futuremark benchmarks, the relative performance is as expected - the Core i7-4770R leads the pack, followed by the Core i7-5557U in the NUC5i7RYH. This trend is also present in the CINEBENCH results discussed below.
3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15
We have moved on from R11.5 to R15 for 3D rendering evaluation. CINEBENCH R15 provides three benchmark modes - OpenGL, single threaded and multi-threaded. Evaluation of select PCs in all three modes provided us the following results.
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ganeshts - Monday, April 20, 2015 - linkI can understand the issue for people who are following each and every review that is published here. On the other hand, many of our readers come from search results - say, someone searching on Google for 'Iris NUC review' - So, it is necessary for each review to be a 'standalone' piece ; I have published 10+ UCFF PC reviews in the last year or so. I would rather spend time writing about the actual benchmark results rather than thinking about 10 different ways to convey the same information.
If you are a regular reader, the only item of interest in the introductory section would be the table listing the specs of the unit on a comparative basis. Feel free to skim over the introductory section and dive into the actual benchmark results if you are a regular reader.
keg504 - Monday, April 20, 2015 - linkThe title for the DiRT Showdown benchmarks is "Tomb Raider" for some reason...
ganeshts - Monday, April 20, 2015 - linkThanks! Fixed it
hlovatt - Monday, April 20, 2015 - link@ganeshts Any chance of a Mac Mini review to see how it stacks up in the HTPC stakes? After all the Mac Mini is one of the founders of this form factor.
milkod2001 - Monday, April 20, 2015 - linki'll second that, please do review and comparison NUC vs Mac Mini if possible.
zodiacfml - Monday, April 20, 2015 - linkAfter all the Core M review these days, 28 watts appeared a performance monster at first glance.
Yet, this is no Quad Core compared to previous similarly priced NUC. Not impressed.
meacupla - Monday, April 20, 2015 - linkIf you're talking about that Brix Pro, that thing was a beast and it consumes about 2x the power that this NUC does.
zodiacfml - Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - linkTrue, but these devices are plugged in. For a notebook, I might reconsider.
Pork@III - Monday, April 20, 2015 - linkWeak is weak, if you will, and it names NUClear.
meacupla - Monday, April 20, 2015 - linkIf it said "NUClear" on the package, I would totally expect it to contain an R9 290X and subsequently melt down to a smouldering pile of plastic, silicon and PCB the moment it is subjected to ground breaking benchmarks.