Introduction and Specifications

It’s been a long wait since the Kaby Lake Core i3 model was released in January. A bit surprisingly my supplier told me that the i7 version was available, even if I was expecting to get the i5 model before that. The i5 should be here very soon as well but now I’ll try to focus on the i7 model. This is the third i7 NUC that I’ve had my hands on. The first one was the Broadwell i7 NUC and the second one was the Skull Canyon NUC about a year ago

Let’s start by looking at the feature list

  • Intel Core i7-7567U Processor, 3.5GHz to 4GHz, dual-core, 28W TDP
  • 2 slots for DDR4-2133 SO-DIMM memory, 1.2V, max. 32GB
  • Normal, full-size HDMI 2.0 port
  • USB Type-C Port with DisplayPort 1.2, ThunderBolt and USB 3.1
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650 GPU, 48 EUs (GT3e)
  • Four USB 3.0 ports (2 on the front, 2 on the rear)
  • Intel Gigabit Ethernet LAN adapter
  • Intel Wireless-AC 8265 WiFi adapter (802.11ac, dual-band, max. 867 Mbps, Bluetooth 4.2)
  • Support for M.2 SSD card (sizes 22×42 and 22×80)
  • Slot for a single 2.5″ drive (SSD or HDD, max. 9.5mm thickness)
  • Micro SD card reader (support SDXC cards and UHS-I)
  • Dual-array microphones on the front panel
  • Infrared sensor and 3.5mm audio jack
  • Dimensions 115 mm x 111 mm x 51 mm (4.5″ x 4.4″ x 2.0″)

Gaming

As this NUC is the fastest Kaby Lake NUC and it features an upper midrange GPU (when looking at the Intel GPU selection) I thought it would be fun to see how the thing can handle some games.

When looking at the results above, it’s quite clear that if you’re planning to do any more serious gaming and want for some reason to do it on a NUC, you should get yourself the Skull Canyon NUC (read my review of the gaming performance of the Skull Canyon NUC). The NUC7i7BNH will handle occasional casual gaming, older games or modern games that are not graphics-intensive. However, it just does not have enough grunt for modern games that you’d typically run on a full-size desktop PC and a discrete GPU.

Dirt 3

Need for Speed (2016)

Battlefield 4