Introduction and Specifications

The Intel NUC is for many the mini PC that defined the whole genre. It was not the first small computer, and it is probably not the best for every purpose either, but it certainly is a popular one. The line up has always consisted of a low-end Celeron unit and then a couple of more pricy Core i3 and i5 models. The new Intel NUC5CPYH is the 3rd iteration of the Celeron NUC. The tiny, but fully functional PC measures only 115mm x 111mm x 56.5mm (approx. 4.5″ x 4.4″ x 2.2″) and can literally fit in your palm. It costs around $129 / €140 / £100, but you will need to add storage media and a memory module.

The NUC5CPYH features the latest Intel Braswell N3050 processor that’s produced with the 14 nm technology just like the earlier Broadwell and the upcoming Skylake Core i3/i5 processors found in the more expensive NUCs. It is a dual-core processor capable of 2.16 GHz burst frequency and has a TDP of 6 watts. It’s standing on the border of passive and active cooled domains, but this NUC definitely has an active CPU fan built in. There’s also an inbuilt graphics processor with 12 execution units – significantly up from the 4 EUs that were found in the previous low-end model, the Bay Trail powered DN2820FYKH.

What’s in the Box

The product arrives in the typical cube-shaped box that many of the previous NUCs have been delivered in. Intel has clearly put more effort into branding this as a Intel NUC device. Included in the box besides the main unit is a power adapter that can be used pretty much anywhere in the world thanks to multiple plugs. Also VESA mounting hardware, quick start guide/poster, Intel inside sticker, warranty terms and conditions are in the box.

Features

  • Intel Celeron N3050 dual-core CPU, 2.16 GHz, 6W TDP
  • Single DDR3L memory slot, max. memory 8 GB
  • Intel HD Graphics with 12 execution units
  • HDMI and VGA connectors
  • 7.1 surround audio (via HDMI)
  • 4 USB 3.0 ports (fast charging on one of the front ports, max. 1.5A)
  • Consumer infrared receiver
  • Support for a single 2.5″ SATA drive
  • SDXC slot for a memory card (UHS-I support)
  • Realtek Gigabit Ethernet adapter
  • Intel Wireless-AC 3165 Wireless adapter (802.11ac, BlueTooth 4.0, Wireless Display)

Benchmark results

Intel HD Graphics driver for Braswell version 10.18.14.4234 was used for all of the following tests and screen resolution was set to 1920×1080.

In 3DMark the result for Cloud Gate is 1489 (Graphics 2088, Physics 744) and for Ice Storm it’s 17548 (Graphics 23522, Physics 9283). In Tech Radar’s test last year the preceeding model DN2820FYKH scored 1074 in Cloud Gate and 13313 in Ice Storm, so we’re seeing a 30-40% increase in performance here.