Intel NUC 5i7RYH Review
Intel NUC 5i7RYH Review
As the market seems to enjoy these small form factor kind of mini-PCs, Intel is offering variety of their Intel NUC units. Its low power consumption as well as decent performance makes these small machines quite popular alongside Intel’s Compute Sticks which we covered in previous review of STK2m3W64CC. So, what’s so interesting about Intel NUC 5i7RYH? Well, quite a bunch of cool features. First of all, user can choose which M.2 and 2.5″ drive (out of supported list) he wish to use with the NUC. Also operation system and RAM is not included.
Intel NUC 5i7RYH offers two slots for DDR3L-1333/1600 1.35V SO-DIMM and maximum Memory Size (dependent on memory type) of 16GB. Which is more than enough, even if you choose to share the memory with integrated Iris™ graphics 6100 chip. Intel NUC5i7RYH is powered by 5th generation Intel® Core™ i7-5557U Processor that is able to deliver decent performance. It is ideal for home theater PC, media server PC, office works or even gaming. Although, don’t expect any miracles when it comes to gaming experience. There is only so much that this small machine can offer. Let’s have a look what’s inside the package actually.
All important information can be found on side of the package. All ports are described and user is instantly informed that the NUC needs additional M.2 SSD or 2.5″SSD drive and DDR3L memory module to run. Also operating system is not included.
Front side of the case includes 1x USB3.0 port(blue), 1x USB charging port(yellow) and audio port. Power button is on top together with SSD status LED. The back side includes 2x USB3.0, Ethernet port, Mini Display port, Mini HDMI 1.4a port and power inlet. Also two vents have been placed here.
To get inside the case, we have to remove also 4 screws at the bottom. This is necessary to mount also SSDs as well as memory modules. There’s 2.5″ HDD/SSD bracket fixed with the bottom plate and can accommodate drive with max. height of 9.5mm. The M.2 SSD is mounted directly into mainboard. Any 22×42, 22×60 or 22x80mm form factors are compatible.
The HDD/SSD is connected and powered via SATA cable and small power cable.
NUC 5i7RYH accept only 1.35V DDR3L (low profile) memory modules. There are two slots available, should you wish for some reason to pack it with 16GB RAM. Thanks to Corsair support, we were able to test the NUC with 16GB Corsair Vengeance 1600 (CMSX16GX3M2B1600C9) memory kit.
As you can see, the teardown process is quite simple and adding SSD/HDD and memory is done inner couple minutes. CPU cooling handles small high RPM fan.
The fan let you know when it’s under full load, as it starts to be pretty noisy very quickly. If you plan to enjoy some gaming, then you probably would prefer to use headset as well. Quick detailed view at available ports and then we can get to testing results.
There is something many people would ask, why did the Intel use mini HDMI port instead of standard HDMI? Does every household use HDMI to Mini HDMI 1.4a cable? Probably not. So this move doesn’t make too much sense.
Futuremark PCMark 8:
3D Rendering by Cinebench R15 OpenGL / CPU
7-Zip Benchmark 64bit Mutli-Threaded MIPS rating:
Unigine Heaven Benchmarks at 720 and 1080p
Catzilla 720p vs. 1080p
Using Intel 535 M.2 SSD also makes the system running flawlessly.
|Product||SuperPi 1.5 XS - 1M (sec.)||SuperPi 1.5 XS - 32M
|Compute Stick STK2M3W64CC||18.814||954.664|
NUC 5i7RYH Main Features:
- Intel Core i7-5557U Processor, max. 3.4GHz, 28W TDP
- Intel Iris Graphics 6100 GPU
- 2 slots for DDR3L-1600/1866 memory modules, max. 16 GB
- 2.5″ slot for a SATA drive
- M.2 slot for SATA or PCIe SSD or other device
- Intel Wireless-AC 7265 adapter including Bluetooth 4.0 support
- Mini DisplayPort 1.2 connector supporting 4K @ 60 Hz
- Mini HDMI 1.4a connector supporting 4K @ 30 Hz
- 4 USB 3.0 ports
- Consumer infrared receiver for remote controllers
During our testing, the reported stock core clock of Intel® Core™ i7-5557U Processor was 3100MHz and maximum turbo core clock reached 3391MHz. The graphics chip Intel Iris graphics 6100 has 300MHz at core and 800MHz by graphics memory clock. With other words, Intel has offered us some interesting chip with let’s say acceptable gaming performance when it come to FPS gaming style. Of course lower demanding games like Diablo 3 were playable without any complain worth to mention.
If we speak about price, well it’s not cheap. In fact the price is quite high. Considering that user has to also invest into system drive, preferably some SSD as well as memory. the price for the case itself is in a range of €450(geizhals.de) or $ 449 (amazon.com)
Overall the unit is well made, portable and the top lid is removable, should you wish to 3D print your own cover. Included mounting plate allows user to mount and hide it behind the monitor pretty easily. Considering its small form factor it not even taking much space on the desk. If you have the budget and are looking for solid mini PC then this may be on your shortlist. From our side it’s Golden Recommendation.
USB 3.0 ports
SSD/HDD + M.2 SSD support
low power consumption
loud under full load