Intel NUC Kit D54250WYK Review – The NUC Gets Haswell Power!

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General NUC Performance

3dmark11

The Intel NUC scored P995 on 3DMark 11 with the performance preset. The Intel HD 5000 graphics scored 898 on the GPU test and the Intel Core i5-4350U processor scored 3103 on the Physics test.

3dmark13

In the latest build of 3DMark we found solid performance with a score of 39,339 in Ice Storm, 4,409 in Cloud Gate and 679 in Fire Strike.

pcmark8

In PCMark 8 we found the Intel NUC had an overall score of 2700 with a casual gaming score of 20.6 FPS.

cinebench

Moving along to Cinebench we found the Intel NUC with the Intel Core i5-4520U processor scored 15.72 FPS on the OpenGL benchmark and then 2.49 points on the multi-core CPU test and 1.13pts on the single CPU test.

x264

The x264 HD 64-bit benchmark showed around 28 FPS on the first pass and then 5.2 FPS on the second pass. Not bad rendering performance from the Intel Core i5-4250U!

sandra-memory

A quick look at the memory performance showed just shy of 18 GB/s of bandwidth. This sounds about right for a dual channel memory kit running at 1600MHz with 11-11-11-28 2T memory timings. It should be noted that we had some issues running a 2x8GB memory kit, but we expect the issue to be fixed before this model hits the market in October 2013.

sandra-arithmetic

In Sandra Processor Arithmetic the aggregate native performance score was 28 GOPS.

sandra-multi

The Sandra Processor Multi-Media aggregate performance score was 120.62MPix/s.

sandra-crypto

The Sandra processor Cryptographic score was 2.15GB/s.

truecrypt-nuc

In the Encryption Algorithm Benchmark that comes inside TrueCrypt we found an AES mean score of 1.3GB/s.

cdm

A quick run of CrystalDiskMark v3.0.2f showed the sequential read speed at 399 MB/s and the write speed at 261 MB/s! The Random 4K read speed was 21MB/s and the 4K random write speed was 69MB/s. This is the brand new Intel SSD 530 Series 180GB mSATA drive that just was launched in August 2013.

atto

Taking a look at another storage benchmark called ATTO, we find that the SSD reaching speeds of up to 548MB/s read and 520/s write!

sata-testing

Does the internal SATA III 6Gbps header work? We cracked open the case again and tried it out with a Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB SSD!  We didn’t have the proper female to female SATA power cable, so we hooked up a secondary power supply to do this test.

sata-port

As you can see with HWiNFO64, we now have two SATA 6 Gb/s devices hooked up to the Intel D54250WYB NUC Board and it was properly detected in Windows 8. A quick run of CrystalDiskMark showed that we were getting SATA III speeds and everything was working properly.

LAN Speed Test

When it comes to wireless performance the we used LAN Speed Test to check the performance of the new Intel 7260HMW 802.11AC Wireless Card. We used a desktop with Gigabit Ethernet to run LAN Speed Server that was hard connected to the ASUS RT-AC66U 802.11AC wireless router on the 5GHz band and moved it 15-feet away from the NUC test machine to check out performance with both 1MB and 100MB packets. We ran LAN Speed Test on the NUC with the wireless card to test the throughput and found roughly 175Mbps (20MB/s) write speeds and 250-325Mbps (30-40MB/s) read speeds.

This is the first 802.11AC card from Intel, so we were curious how it would perform and these are solid for a 2×2 802.11AC wireless card.

bootracer-best

The last performance test that we wanted to run was Bootracer 4.5 to see how fast the system is able to boot Windows 8 64-bit. We were happy it takes just 7 seconds to get to the logon screen and in just 22-23 seconds everything was up and running on the desktop! 

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  • lannister

    I thought external drives are not meant to fitted internally… or am I missing something?
    voir: galaxy s5 & Galaxy S4 zoom

  • vic

    Hi,

    great report!! Do you have any experience with SATA DOM Elements with this Intel NUC Kit??

    vic

  • vampyren

    If you want to use Wi-Fi be warned about pretty much all Intel Centrino cards like 6205//6235/2230/
    https://communities.intel.com/thread/31090?start=405&tstart=0

    8 months and 67 pages of complaints and still these cards dont work!!!

    I wish i knew this before i bought mine or i would have bought Mac Mini :(

  • John Simonelli

    HI Nathan, Thanks for the review. I recently purchased the D34010WYK model, and I have a 2.5in SSD that I would like to use. Would you happen to know where I can find small enough cables to use, which will allow this SSD to fit in the NUC?

    Thanks in advance!

  • AndySwe

    Cannot install win 8.1 – need to load a AHCI driver since the sata controller cannot be found using native drivers and the one extracted from the 500 mb November driver bundle isn’t sufficient :(

    • lello

      same problem with a D34010WYK. Trying to make a fresh install from a USB drive loaded with 8.1 update 1 but asks for ahci driver. The one from the bundle does not work. Any help?

  • DotFab

    Hi !
    I would be very interested to know which Intel 5000 HD in integrated on the 4250U.
    As here is many references. Is it the entry model one? Or am I mistaking with the other name of the HD 5X00 series?