Performance Metrics - I

The Intel NUC6i5SYK was evaluated using our standard test suite for low power desktops / industrial PCs. Not all benchmarks were processed on all the machines due to updates in our testing procedures. Therefore, the list of PCs in each graph might not be the same.

Futuremark PCMark 8

PCMark 8 provides various usage scenarios (home, creative and work) and offers ways to benchmark both baseline (CPU-only) as well as OpenCL accelerated (CPU + GPU) performance. We benchmarked select PCs for the OpenCL accelerated performance in all three usage scenarios. These scores are heavily influenced by the CPU in the system. The benchmark numbers show that it is a toss-up between the Broadwell-U Iris Core i7-5557U in the NUC5i7RYH and the Core i5-6260U in the NUC6i5SYK. The former is a 28W TDP part and can sustain higher clocks. Despite that, the performance of the two are comparable for day-to-day usage activities (such as web browsing and spreadsheet editing), as tested by PCMark 8.

Futuremark PCMark 8 - Home OpenCL

Futuremark PCMark 8 - Creative OpenCL

Futuremark PCMark 8 - Work OpenCL

Miscellaneous Futuremark Benchmarks

Futuremark PCMark 7 - PCMark Suite Score

The Futuremark GPU benchmarks present a different story. The advancements in the Skylake GPU enable the Skylake NUC to easily outscore every other mini-PC that has been evaluated before.

Futuremark 3DMark 11 - Extreme Score

Futuremark 3DMark 11 - Entry Score

Futuremark 3DMark 2013 - Ice Storm Score

Futuremark 3DMark 2013 - Cloud Gate Score

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15

We have moved on from R11.5 to R15 for 3D rendering evaluation. CINEBENCH R15 provides three benchmark modes - OpenGL, single threaded and multi-threaded. Evaluation of select PCs in all three modes provided us the following results. In the single threaded case, the higher clocks and TDP ratings help the NUC5i7RYH (based on the 28W TDP Core i7-5557U), ECS LIVA One (based on the 35W TDP Core i3-6100T) and the GIGABYTE GB-BXi7H-5500 (based on the Core i7-5500U - usual TDP of 15W configured upwards to 28W) to outscore the Skylake NUC (based on the 15W TDP Core i5-6260U).

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15 - Single Thread

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15 - Multiple Threads

However, in the OpenGL case, the Skylake GPU with eDRAM enables the NUC6i5SYK to have a comfortable lead over other UCFF PCs.

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R15 - OpenGL

Introduction and Setup Impressions Performance Metrics - II
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  • gigahertz20 - Friday, March 11, 2016 - link

    I've owned the i7 nuc for a few months now, perfect little computer. I've had a few glitches here and there like the display/graphic drivers not working properly but normally uninstalling them and reinstalling the latest version from the intel website fixes it. If you're not a gamer or power user they are perfect computers, no reason to buy a full sized desktop computer for just basic computer use.
  • Valantar - Friday, March 11, 2016 - link

    Given that this is the first reasonably priced NUC with Iris graphics, I for one would like to see you run some of your laptop gaming benchmarks on this. Otherwise, great review!
  • Sypsy - Friday, March 11, 2016 - link
  • Teknobug - Friday, March 11, 2016 - link

    This is the one I'm most interested in, the 2.5" drive version one at least.
  • Noxxle - Friday, March 11, 2016 - link

    If you are interested in NUCs, check out Shuttle's DH170 slim PC. It's about the same size and you can install your own CPU. It is compatible with regular 65W skylakes. Cooling isn't the greatest. I've found turning off turbo helps keep temps under 80C during load.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Friday, March 11, 2016 - link

    Interesting, but with no AMD APU or intel iris option available, GPU performance would be wuite limited.
  • Teknobug - Friday, March 11, 2016 - link

    lol $1600 CAD for that.
  • Noxxle - Friday, March 11, 2016 - link

    huh? The DH170 is around $240.
  • Essence_of_War - Friday, March 11, 2016 - link

    Are there any plans for a dual-NIC variant?
  • woggs - Friday, March 11, 2016 - link

    I know this is nit picking but "till" means to turn soil for planting. "to date" or "until now" or even "'til now"

    "The full-sized HDMI port addresses one of the major complaints we have had about the NUCs till date."

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