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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Pork@III - Monday, April 20, 2015 - linkNo reason for write for discrete desktop graphics in this article.
JarredWalton - Monday, April 20, 2015 - linkSo, gaming on the Iris Graphics 6100 -- what gives? 48 EUs at up to 1100MHz should smoke the pants off the HD Graphics 5500 (24 EUs at up to 1000MHz), especially considering the 28W TDP vs. 15W TDP. BioShock Infinite and DiRT Showdown show at least a moderate bump in performance, but unless the chips are fully memory bandwidth bottlenecked I was expecting the Iris 6100 to be about twice as fast as the HD 5500. Disappointing to say the least. What drivers are you running?
ganeshts - Monday, April 20, 2015 - linkIntel actually wrote about this to me right after the Broadwell-U NUC review.. maybe I should have mentioned it in this review.
Driver version used for the Iris NUC: 10.18.14.4156
OrphanageExplosion - Monday, April 20, 2015 - linkHD 6100 perf is really poor on my 2015 rMBP 13 under Boot Camp too. Really disappointing.
JBVertexx - Monday, April 20, 2015 - linkWhy would you not include gaming performance comparisons vs. AMD Kaveri?
silverblue - Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - linkI think you'd need to find Kaveri within the same (or similar) power space in the same form factor, first. I'd be intrigued, as well.
JBVertexx - Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - linkRun it against an A8-7600 and A10-7800 in 45W mode. I am running an HTPC/Steam Box using an A10-7600 (45W mode) in a Streacom F1C Evo case (http://www.streacom.com/products/f1c-evo-chassis/)... That's close enough to the Nuc form factor, and at least it would see how well AMD graphics hold out against Broadwell Iris Pro.
JBVertexx - Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - linkCorrection - running an A8-7600.
Galatian - Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - linkSo is the NVMe Version of the SM951 purchasable now? Or is this just one you had laying around?
ganeshts - Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - linkIt is coming to the market very soon. Samsung has just now started sampling to the press.