Intel Broadwell NUC NUC5i7RYH With Iris Graphics Mini-PC Review

Test Setup and Cinebench R15

We decided to compare the Intel NUC5i7RYH to the Broadwell-based NUC5i5RYK and Gigabyte BRIX Pro system we reviewed a while back, and to the closest set of desktop reference numbers we had on hand from our AMD Kaveri performance review. In certain scenarios, we will also compare the NUC's Iris 6100 series graphics to Intel's previous-gen Iris Pro 5200 graphics engine and AMD's integrated APU offerings with Radeon graphics.  Though the desktop systems are configured differently here, these are similar setups with only small variations in available resources.  It's not exactly apples-to-apples, these are all different platforms after all, but it's close enough to give you a good idea how performance differs between the platforms.

HotHardware's Test Systems
HotHardware's Test Systems
System 1:
AMD A10-6800K
(4.1GHz - Quad-Core)
AMD A8-6500T
(3.5GHz - Quad-Core)
AMD A8-7600
(3.8GHz/3.3GHz Quad-Core)

Asus A88X-Pro
(AMD A88 Chipset)

2x8GB AMD DDR3-2133
(@1866 with 6700)

On-Processor Graphics
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

Samsung SSD 840 Pro

Windows 8.1 x64
System 2:
Intel Core i5-4670K
(3.8GHz - Quad-Core)

Gigabyte Z87X-UD7 TH
(Z87 Express Chipset)

2x8GB AMD DDR3-2133
(@1600 with Haswell)

Intel HD 4600
On-Board Ethernet 
On-board Audio

Samsung SSD 840 Pro

Windows 8.1 x64
System 3:
Intel Core i7-4770R
(3.9GHz Quad-Core)

Gigabyte M4HM87P Motherboard

2X4GB DDR3-1600

Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200

On-Board Ethernet

On-Board Audio


Widows 8.1 X64

Cinebench R15
3D Rendering Content Creation Performance
Cinebench R15 is a 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. Cinema 4D is a 3D rendering and animation suite used by animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. It's very demanding of processor resources and is an excellent gauge of pure computational throughput.



The NUC5i7RYH puts up some decent scores in the Cinebench CPU and OpenGL tests. But note that this little machine is packing only a 2C / 4T CPU and the on-processor graphics are not as powerful as the previous gen Iris Pro 5200 series or higher-end AMD Radeon APUs.

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