Intel NUC5i5RYK Broadwell-U Mini-PC Review

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General Purpose Compute Benchmarks - PCMark, Lame and SunSpider

In this next series of tests, we have some mostly CPU-intensive workloads with a bit of storage subsystem testing as well.

Futuremark PCMark 7
Trace-based Workload Testing
Futuremark's PCMark 7 is a whole-system benchmarking suite. It has updated application performance measurements targeted for a Windows 7 and 8 environments and uses various metrics to gauge relative performance. We report the overall PCMark score below.

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samsung ssd atto
Samsung SP941 M.2 SSD Performance

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Intel SSD 530 M.2 SSD Performance

We've got two results for the Intel NUC5i5RYK here--one with the system packing a high-performance Samsung SSD and another with a mainstream Intel SSD. Because this benchmark places some emphasis on storage performance, the numbers looks better with the Samsung SSD installed, but both results are quite good.

Lame Audio Encoding, SunSpider Javascript Processing
Standard Compute and Multimedia Workloads 

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The NUC5i5RYK finishes in the middle of the pack again in our custom LAME test and the Sunspider benchmark. With its relatively low clocks and dual cores, the NUC isn't going to compete with the full-sized quad-cores, like the Core i5, but considering the form factor and power requirements of the machine, it's performance is still good.

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