Our Summary and Conclusion
Performance Summary: The Intel NUC5i5RYK didn’t light up the benchmarks, but when loaded up with 8GB of RAM and a fast SSD, overall performance is still quite good. With its low-power dual-core processor and on-die HD 6000-series graphics engine, the NUC5i5RYK won’t offer the same kind of performance as systems equipped with higher-powered processors or graphics cards, but for common computing tasks, it should appease most users looking for a mainstream PC, whether it be for desktop use or something more specialized like an HTPC.
We really like the Intel NUC5i5RYK and think the combination of Broadwell and this ultra small form factor is a perfect match. These little machines are well suited to a variety of consumer and business applications—users looking for a low-power desktop or HTPC would be well served by the NUC5i5RYK and businesses in need of a small system for digital signage, video demo kiosks or point of sale use can look to the NUC as well.
Pricing for Core i5-equipped NUC5i5RYK is currently set at about $400, which is relatively high considering the amount of CPU and GPU horsepower on board. And that’s not including a drive or memory, so the price will only go up from there. We think it’s fair to expect to pay a premium for the form factor, but whether or not the price is justifiable will depend on your particular needs. In light of other small form factor systems though, we think the NUC5i5RYK is an excellent product that is absolutely worthy of consideration.