The low-power characteristics of Broadwell simply make it well suited to the tight spaces and constrained thermal envelopes of small form factor systems. But another side benefit of Broadwell is that it also allows manufacturers to cram higher performing parts into the same (or smaller) spaces than previous-gen, Haswell-based parts.
Take the Intel NUC5i7RYH we’re going to show you here, for example. This mini-PC is packing a Core i7-5557U processor with Iris graphics, which makes it the most powerful NUC released to date. Check out the full list of specifications below and then we’ll dive a little deeper on the pages ahead…
The NUC5i7RYH’s specifications are impressive considering the machine’s size. There’s a 5th-gen Core i7 CPU inside the rig (dual-cores, quad-threads) that can turbo up to 3.4GHz, Iris 6100 series graphics, support for dual-channel memory, M.2 and 2.5″ SSDs, 802.1ac and USB 3.0.
Like most other NUC systems, this particular model is a barebones unit, so it must be built up with a drive and memory before it can be used. It includes a processor, WiFi, the motherboard and enclosure, but you’ll need RAM and storage. The NUC5i7RYH is one of the somewhat taller NUC systems that can accommodate both M.2 and 9.5mm 2.5 drives though, so you’ll have plenty of flexibility when it comes to configuring your storage setup. Both the M.2 port and SATA port can be used simultaneously.
Although we didn’t receive a full-retail ready package, we should also mention that the Intel NUC5i7RYH includes a basic accessory bundle: there’s some documentation, a VESA mount, and a power-brick in the box. Intel also includes an array of tips for the power adapter for multiple regions. Some previous NUC systems didn’t even ship with power cords (they had to be bought separately, depending on the region), so Intel has solved that problem with this generation of NUC systems.