Noticeable Performance Upgrade

Performance considerations for Intel NUC devices are usually pretty bland but the new Core i7 variant of the Broadwell generation produces much higher than expected performance increases. To go along with that though you have a 28 watt vs 15 watt TDP (Core i7-5557U vs Core i5-5250U) so there is a slight penalty for it…but take a look.

In all three scores in SiSoft Sandra, the Core i7-5557U is 36% faster than the Core i5-5250U; that is a sizeable gain considering that both processors are dual-core, HyperThreaded units. Clearly the improved base and Turbo clock speeds are resulting in more headroom for the Broadwell cores to spin up.

Even though the single threaded result only shows a 5% gain for the higher performing NUC device, once we kick in the multiple threaded version of CineBench that jumps to 35%. Even the Gigabyte BRIX device that uses the Core i7-5500U falls behind the latest Intel offering.

Another CPU-centric benchmark and another 35% win for the NUC5i7RYH over the NUC5i5RYK.

Our results in 3DMark Cloud Gate show that the Core i7-5557U has advantages in the GPU department as well. Featuring the higher performance Iris 6100 graphics, versus the Intel HD 6000 graphics on the 5250U, this NUC offers a graphics score performance that is 25% faster than the previously tested Broadwell model. In the Physics (CPU) score, results are 40% better.

Of course we had to do some real-world testing with some mainstream games too.

The latest version of Counter-Strike is definitely playable at 1920×1080 and maximum image quality settings, hitting more than 40 FPS on average with the NUC5i7RYH, besting the lower performing NUC5i5RYK by 62%!

The advantage for the Iris 6100 graphics over the HD 6000 in GRID 2 at 1080p (maximum settings) is 37%.

Finally, for the most popular game on the planet, League of Legends, the NUC5i7RYH offers more than 51 FPS on average at 1080p/max and is 36% faster than the NUC5i5RYK.

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