Intel NUC Kit NUC5i5RYK Review – Broadwell Comes to NUC!

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General NUC NUC5i5RYK Performance


In the latest build of 3DMark we found scores of 5,381 in Cloud Gate, 3,634 in Sky Diver and 870 in Fire Strike.


In PCMark 8 we found the Intel NUC NUC5i5RYK had an overall score of 3,173 with a casual gaming score of 26.1 FPS.


Moving along to Cinebench R15 we found the Intel NUC with the Intel Core i5 5250U processor scored 31.80 FPS on the OpenGL benchmark and then 259 points on the multi-core CPU test and 107pts on the single CPU test.


When we reviewed the Intel NUC Kit D54250WYK in 2013 we benchmarked with Cinebench Release 11.5, so we ran that as well for those folks that want to compare this Broadwell model to the previous Haswell version. The D54250WYK is powered by the Intel Core i5-4520U processor and 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. The new Intel NUC NUC5i5RYK along with the Intel Core i5-5250U processor scored 26.29 FPS on the OpenGL benchmark, which shows the Intel HD 6000 graphics is about 67% faster than the Intel HD 5000 graphics in this particular test. On the processor side we saw the single core performance go up from 1.13 pts to 1.25 pts, which is a nice 11% performance gain.


The x264 HD v5.0.1 32-bit benchmark averaged 25.93 FPS on the first pass and then 5.71 FPS on the second pass.


The benchmark built-in 7-zip showed that Intel NUC NUC5i5RYK had a total MIPS rating of 7,350.


Some readers are using these tiny systems as mobile render nodes, so we ran KeyShot 5.1 Pro (website) to see how CPU rendering works on the new Broadwell powered Intel NUC. When running KeyShot 5.1 to do some benchmarking and real-world stress testing and found that we were averaging 19.9 FPS on a scene that had nearly 42,000 triangles.


A quick look at the memory performance showed just shy of 16.1 GB/s of bandwidth. This sounds about right for a dual-channel DDR3L memory kit running at 1600MHz with 9-9-9-27 1T memory timings.


AIDA64 v5.00.3345 Beta showed memory read speeds of ~20,400 MB/s and write speeds of ~22,900 MB/s with a memory latency of 70.8ns.


In Sandra Processor Arithmetic the aggregate native performance score was 41.3 GOPS.


The Sandra Processor Multi-Media aggregate performance score was 92 MPix/s.


The Sandra processor Cryptographic score was 3 GB/s!


We ran the SunSpider 1.0.2 JavaScript Benchmark on Google Chrome 40 and received a score of 233.0ms.


In the Encryption Algorithm Benchmark that comes inside TrueCrypt we found an AES mean score of 1.5 GB/s.


The last performance test that we wanted to run was Bootracer 4.7 to see how fast the system is able to boot Windows 8.1 64-bit. We were ecstatic to find that it takes just 4 seconds to get to the logon screen and in just 17 seconds everything was up and running on the desktop!

Video Playback

The Intel NUC NUC5i5RYK has Intel HD 6000 Graphics and supports Intel QuickSync (hardware accelerated decode and encode) or Intel Clear Video HD (hardware accelerated decode). We had no issues with video playback, but we ran a few tests at 1080P to ensure there were no Full HD issues to be had.


In the screenshot above we played the 50 Shades of Grey 1080P movie trailer on YouTube and found that we were using up about 35-45% of the available processing power. It played smooth and our system had no issues with online HD video.


We also downloaded Media Player Classic – Home Cinema (MPC-HC version 1.7.8) along with several 1080P clips at various bit rates. We had no issues playing 1080P H.264 MKV video clips (one at 10Mbps and the other at 40Mbps) and found CPU usage to be right around 8%, which is nice and low.

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