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).

Futuremark PCMark 8 - Home OpenCL

Futuremark PCMark 8 - Creative OpenCL

Futuremark PCMark 8 - Work OpenCL

Miscellaneous Futuremark Benchmarks

Futuremark PCMark 7 - PCMark Suite Score

Futuremark 3DMark 11 - Extreme Score

Futuremark 3DMark 11 - Entry Score

Futuremark 3DMark 2013 - Ice Storm Score

Futuremark 3DMark 2013 - Cloud Gate Score

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.

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15 - Single Thread

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15 - Multiple Threads

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15 - OpenGL

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  • jameskatt - Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - link

    Yikes! This Intel's NUCs are expensive. $300 I'd bite. $900 no way.
  • extide - Thursday, April 23, 2015 - link

    On the last page you lambash this unit for having mini-HDMI, yet in the photo's it appears to have full-size HDMI. I see mini displayport there though, did you mean to say mini displayport instead of mini-hdmi?
  • DG4RiA - Sunday, April 26, 2015 - link

    In the Power Consumption and Thermal Performance section, did I read the graph correctly in that the CPU will throttle down to around 1.5 GHz when the GPU is loaded ? That's like half the speed. Where I'm this i7 NUC cost nearly $200 more than the i5 NUC, what's the point if it will only run at the i5 speed when it really matter.

    I've been undecided between buying this i7 NUC and the Brix Pro 4770R. I prefer the Brix Pro performance but the overheating and high failure rate of the Brix Pro in the long run has kept me away from buying it. But this NUC can reach 105 degrees anyway. Anyone here own Brix Pro 4770R willing to comment ?
  • massib80 - Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - link

    I love my NUC! I'm using very successfully as a Plex Media Server :)

    Here if you are interested:
  • raymov - Thursday, April 30, 2015 - link

    What is the height in mm with the lid & rubber feet removed?
    I am trying to figure out if it will fit within 1 rack unit? = 1.75 inches (44.45 mm)
  • Ethos Evoss - Saturday, May 2, 2015 - link

    shame u anandtech didnt make price vs preformance comparsion

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