Intel Broadwell NUC NUC5i7RYH With Iris Graphics Mini-PC Review

Power Consumption and Noise

Throughout all of our benchmarking and testing, we also monitored how much power our test systems consumed using a power meter. Our goal was to give you all an idea as to how much power each configuration used while idling and while under a heavy workload. Please keep in mind that we were testing total system power consumption at the outlet here, not just the power being drawn by the processors alone.

Total System Power Consumption
Tested at the Outlet


The Intel NUC5i7RYH's power consumption is relatively low--the only system that uses less is the lower-performing NUC5i5RYK. We should also point out that these tests were conducted with the full load placed on the CPU. If we also loaded up the GPU, power consumption tickles the 50W mark. Just tooling around the desktop, and browsing the web, power consumption usually hovers in the 25W range, however.

While power consumption is relatively low versus a desktop system, it is high enough to require some decent cooling. When under load, the fan in the NUC5i7RYH can get quite loud. When idling or just doing basic tasks, the system is very quiet. But under load, it is clearly audible and is noisy enough to disrupt a home theater environment, etc.

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